My dad is called Costakis and is originally from a village near(ish) Larnaca
Considering the community is so small here I'd probably know one of his cousins or uncles etc. If not I am originally from the UK so Greeks kind of know each other there, in particular up Northern England. There is an 80% chance your dad left from a village beginning with an 'A', if I presume correctly, and there is a pretty big chance your from the central area of England, even though many Greeks in the UK leave in London.
Guess your British-Greek-Cypriot of whatever you want to call yourself, just like me.
So would you ask them to fill in a questionnaire. From experience people who fill in a questionnaire are less likely to mess you around, but asking some who's close to you, or who you know well is a little belittling and confusing to say the least. I would like to add from experience the ones more likely to mess you around are the ones who know you and therefore DEVALUE your time, which is pretty bad.
It's always tricky dealing with friends, but you can still screen them so you have enough info to know whether it's something you want to deal with 'properly' or just casually over a 'Keo'. With friends, I just tell them straight - I'm a busy person like you are, I've not got time to be messed around so while I'm happy to give some advice over a beer, if you are serious about the site, I will treat you like any other prospect.
I don't really mind for this. I have a 3-month deadline on all projects.
What is the timescale for site launch?
... are they ever? It seams that there is a huge gap of what is actually involved in a website. Clients have no idea. I get the idea that it's felt that what we offer is like a graphics designer. I had one potential client even ask me to design him something quick to see. I could no way even entertain the idea.
Are they aware of the rough costs involved?
Is this normal, do people normally say they are fishing around. From experience such potentials won't fill in a questionnaire and would simply be going for the cheapest deal.
Who else are they talking to? Have they received any quotes from the other vendors?
Internally you don't know what's going on. What they have spoke about between each other is never to your knowledge.
Who has contacted you from the company? Decision maker or gatekeeper? Will the decision makers be at the meeting?
From experience this is always an indication. Never is it full blown.
Are they expecting a full blown proposal, or just an indication of price?
If you quote something like .50 c they will, but otherwise they say they have to think about it.
What happens at the end of the meeting? Are they in a position to agree a deal there and then?