Consultants are in a tough spot. We don't get paid until our client gets paid -and if he gets stiffed, we're usually also out of luck. To add to it, some people view the architect and engineer as no recourse, zero-interest lending institutions who will finance their project on a handshake for an indefinite period until they "get funding." If the funding never comes through - "Sorry about that. But good news! I have this other project I'd like you to fund, er I mean do. When can you get started?"