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Clients From Hell by Luke Farmer - 1d ago

An addition to the pantheon of Lorem Ipsum LOLs…

I submitted some presentation slide designs to a client who did not want to provide any copy (I explained I would use placeholder text) and received it back with one note.  

Client: What is this? The text is not even in English.

Because it’s so important that the stuff that will be erased is in your language. 

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Clients From Hell by Manesh G - 1d ago

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. 

Client: What? You can’t stop. I’ll sue you! 

Me: You’re welcome to try. 

You try to do something nice for someone… 

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Don’t be “Just Another Freelancer.” Instead, listen to Kaylee White!

If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you can’t compete for scraps. That’s the message that Kaylee White of Kaylee Writes puts forth in her new book, How Not to Be Just Another Freelancer, but how do you find the GOOD clients that will push you and your business into the next level? 

Kaylee talks with Kyle about what it means to step away from the pack and run a successful business for yourself, and the very important steps you need to take to do so! 

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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.

Client: Whatever.

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…

I wasn’t.

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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Clients From Hell by John Anderson - 2d ago

Client: Part of the website’s not working. This is absolutely mission critical. It must be fixed right away!

Me: Sure. I just need a few more details before I can do anything.

Client: Oh, it’s 5 o’clock. Time to go home.

One weekend later: 

Client: Part of the website’s not working. This is absolutely mission critical. It must be fixed right away!

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I created a new logo for a client. They also asked for a pure white version. 

As a jpeg. 

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Client: We want to eat Google for breakfast, but probably won’t.

You think? Well, at least they have their expectations set correctly. 

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Clients From Hell by Damon - 4d ago

A client refused to pay me. I threatened legal action. He resorted to some horrible name calling. I got fed up.

Me: Pay me or I sue!

Client: You shouldn’t threaten me. I have your address!

You mean the one I put on my resume? Yeah, scary.

Client: You don’t know who you’re dealing with – I’ll send the Chinese mafia after you! 

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I run an online shop, and all of my products are listed on my site.

But somehow I’ve had multiple people e-mail me trying to order products I neither sell nor have ever sold.

This one client though. I told him I don’t offer the products he wants. He persisted. I explained again that I don’t have it.

Now today, he sends me an email with MADE-UP SKU codes for the products:

Client: See right here,,, you have it!

Because, obviously, making up a SKU code will **magically** make it appear in my inventory.

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Put a ton of cool new looks into your toolbox with the Maestro bundle for $9!

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