Questions to ask as early as possible in the project. Ideally in the first coversation.
- What sort of budget do you have to work with?
- Is there a deadline for the project? If not what sort of timeframe is in mind?
I have been told many times that a project has a hard deadline, and that it is soon.
The deadline can almost always be moved.
The deadline is not your problem. It is the clients. You do not need to work around the clock and under pressure to deliver it.