Four years ago a client asked me to add some content to her e-commerce site. I did. Then, four years later, the changed the site from Open Cart to WP. That’s when I received an angry email.
Client: You cheated me! You uploaded that content without a category! Now everything is broken.
Me: I don’t even see how that’s possible. If you need some things updated for that content to work, I can do that but this isn’t my fault.
I got started and even fixed about 1/3 of the issues her site was having, but she kept accusing me of slacking off and causing all these problems in the first place… instead of whoever managed the shift in platform.
Eventually, I got fed up with unpaid work and constant allegations and just stopped.
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My brother asked me if I could make a logo for a friend of his. I was extremely hesitant, but my brother swore up and down that he was a good guy, that it was a great opportunity for future work and there was NO WAY I would get screwed over.
I contacted the client. We discussed what he wanted and it… wasn’t much. He basically told me he knew nothing about this kind of thing and had no ideas or preferences for the design. He wouldn’t even tell me colors he wanted, or even how simple or complex he wanted it to be. In hindsight, this should have been a massive red flag, but I was young and desperately needed money.
I did a few thumbnail sketches and sent them to him.
Client: Sure, yeah that’s fine.
Me: …Are you sure.
Despite this lack of interest or feedback, I spent a good amount of time putting together options and sent them with watermarks. He never responded.
I texted him several times a week for MONTHS. Finally, two weeks after the deadline, he finally got back to me:
Client: Well, not only are you late…
Client: …but someone else gave me something better for free.
He went on, telling me I was charging way too much, that the logos looked nothing like what he wanted, etc.
Me: Well I did a fair bit of work that I deserve compensation for. If you weren’t happy with the final product I’m sorry, but you didn’t give me ANY feedback or direction.
Client: What? I MIGHT give half of my quoted price to your brother to give to me. I only asked you for anything as a favor to him in the first place.
So yeah. I never saw a cent. I did look up the logo he used; it turns out it stolen from Shutterstock. Who I then notified about the unlicensed use of their IP.
You get what you paid for, and “free” = legal action.
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