Jon, we’re in different fields, but on the same page. Thanks for writing this!
I’m a small business owner working on residential remodeling and repair projects in Austin, TX for the last 8 consecutive years (all the while seeking a foothold in commercial work). I’ve dealt with many, many people wanting something for nothing, primarily homeowners. It’s normally one in every fifty. Long story, short here’s one of those I refused to work with yesterday.
A small victory, I’m just no longer putting up with it. And, don’t get me started on Yelp, that’s just a springboard for the non-payer.
Be well, keep writing, & KEEP GETTING PAID.