A client contacts you for a potential new project he wants to have developed. You've never talked to this client before and it's not practical to sit together in a live meeting (he lives in another city, in a galaxy far far away). In his email description the project looked like something you'd like to work on, but you can't be sure and there are many questions you need to ask before you commit to creating a proposal. What questions do you ask, in what order and what decisions do you make based on the answers you receive? This article deals with the best first question to ask a new client. This question dictates the course of the whole interview and can make the difference between wasting your time and successfully landing a profitable new project.