I'll try and keep this short but really need some advice.
I picked up a website for an architect about 18 months ago (Maybe longer, I've lost track). At first it was going really well I got a 50% deposit with no issues and it was agreed I would build the site using a premium template with a fair amount of customisation.
I spoke with the MD of the company a few times and him and myself started building the site on a test domain. We almost got it to a point where it was complete. It was looking good and I was looking forward to pay day.
Then silence....for about 6 months.
I got the occasional e-mail saying 'we've not forgotten about you' but still...no progress.
Add another 4 or 5 months (about 12 months in total now) and I get an e-mail saying someone else has taken over the project and has a completely different idea of what they want.
I'm very patient and understanding with them. I completely rebuild the homepage, debug a few issues and even get in touch with the theme developer to fix an issue they wanted in order to make the site how they wanted.
Next thing, another stretch of silence. No e-mails etc for another 2 - 3 months.
I feel like I'm stuck in a loop of making amends and not getting any closer to signing off. Its costing me money continuously doing this stuff right?
Just today, I get another email explaining the 'last 12 months have been eventful' and they want to carry on the project. However I'm feeling like it could go on forever and I'll keep making changes and never see the end of this project. The more I work on it the more money I'm losing on this.
I'm a passionate person, I want to get this finished, I want to get them online and it would be great to put a new name in the portfolio, but this project could potentially last....forever?.
Has this happened to anyone before, and how did you end up finishing the project off?
Any advice would be really appreciated, as I'm at a loss here...