I emailed a few studios asking if they needed a freelance web designer who specialises in clean web design and got the usual repsonses (held on file, no answer, a few interested for later) and a couple who are up for working with me.
One - whose name I wont mention - said he'd pay me 250 euros for a 3 page design, it's less than I'd normally charge but I had nothing else on so I went for it. I told him a 25% deposit was payable up front and is non-refundable to cover my time reading and researching the design brief and making the first 'mockup'. He paid 50 euros (though 25% would be 62.50) and then sent me the brief which was for what I would describe as a 'creative' website design (colourful, image heavy) and far more than what I had quoted him for.
He said he'd need a design in two days so I emailed him back saying the deadline was unrealistic to which he replied he was sure I could come up with something..needless to say I could not create anything lovely in 2 days so I sent him a preview of what I had made and he didn't like it..surprise surprise! Now he has filed a complaint with Paypal and wants his money back.