A friend of a friend calls and asks if I would meet some business associates of his about building them an e-commerce site. I said sure, I will listen to their pitch.
I meet this very nice couple at a modest restaurant (entrees $16 and up). They introduce themselves, tell me they met my friend's friend at church and heard that I program for the web.
The man is a sales rep for a cleaning supply company and wants to be the middle man for the customers that his firm won't take as they are too small.
He has a good idea as to what he wants, a Amazonian type site, that lets the user order using their credit cards, shows product pictures, shopping cart, etc.
He can provide pictures, catalogs and everything seems to be well thought out until, wait for it.....
"Uh, we can't pay you until the site starts making money, I can offer you shares in 'our company' though. When this is huge, we will all be rich!"
I kid you not.