Freelancer Feedback Comments for Client:
“This client hired me to help him design a “new concept thermal engine”that in his words was going to “revolutionize all forms of energy production and travel on this planet”. He sent me a lot of information and a link to a website he had which contained, among other things a “book” he had written. As I read the contents I was reminded, by the language, of something I had been involved with before. Some years ago I was hired by an investor to review proposals he was interested in. I read a lot of them. My job was to comment on the validity of the proposals from a scientific and engineering view. Most of them were not. As I read this clients information I remembered those proposals.
I spent 10 hours/week reading the information he sent me, some 2 1/2-3 weeks. The information was pretty well written but it lacked substance. The problem was that it lacked any specifics, no supportable engineering or scientific data. The things he sent me, besides what was in the website, was equally obscure. Drawings that were meaningless and discussions that made no sense. When I asked him for detailed explanations he just sent me the same things again.
I kept going despite my concerns. I saw some potential in part of what he was proposing.
I suggested to him that a place to start would be to theoretically and mathematically model the engine in a spreadsheet to see if it made sense. To model a thermal engine is complicated and contains differential equations in thermodynamics which are difficult to solve. After about two weeks, 20 hours, of work I sent him the partial results, needing more work. He had a fit, said that the information was useless and refused to pay the last time-sheet and gives me a very low rating.
I could have helped him develop the engine if that is really what he was after. It is not my fault that he has no clue about engineering or scientific matters. I wish him luck and success in changing the world-----not in generating income from investors.