How do you guys (freelancers/small studios) deal with requests for very small gigs that are possibly interesting(vague introduction) but potentially a waste of time?
Getting an insane amount of quick "3 second animation" "gif animation" "quick logo thing" "shoestring budget" type of request from social platforms that could be done under 2 to 5 days and wondering how people handle these?
-I often simply don't reply - but then I feel like an asshole.
-I often just throw a really high number knowing that there is no way in hell "little startup" will go for it - but then I feel like an asshole.
-Pretend I'm too busy - but then I don't know if I missed out.(you can't pull that card once you're too deep into the conversation)
-I often get in to discussions, negotiations, which suck up a lot of my time and most don't result in anything.
On one hand I feel like some of them could be interesting and even if small, could be fun/lead to further,larger business relationships-some have. On the other, I might go into way too much work for little reward. those jobs usually come with little info or the producer or "client" talk up their project so much you just dont know if their product might actually be cool or its just empty promises and good salesmanship.( i.e lots of app developers ).
what do you do? ignore or jump into the rabbit hole?