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A client asked me to design a logo for something and I agreed. When it came time for payment, I had to constantly hound them. After weeks of constant reminders, I finally received payment with this note:
Client: Sorry! I’m bad at remembering these kinds of things!
I wonder how phone bills, rent, and everything else gets paid for then.
I do freelance illustration as a hobby. Because it’s a side thing, my prices aren’t high: just $20 for a lineart sketch and $35 for colored.
Client: I’d like the cheapest commission option.
Me: Okay, what do you want?
Client: I want a design of my character, but can you color the sketch?
Me: I’d have to charge more for that.
Client: but you just have to put color on it! It won’t be hard.
Me: Yes it will.
Client: I could do that in five minutes, so why can’t you just charge the uncolored price for it?
I want a website that WOWs me. It should be better than NOKIA’s. My budget is $200.I want a website that WOWs me. It should…
Client: Sorry, we don’t sign contracts for non-physical assets.
Guess I’ll just provide you “non-labor” then.
I design and make custom dance outfits. One client, upon realising that I not only wanted to be paid for the materials but also insisted on being paid an hourly fee (as per the contract they had already signed) gave me some suspect career advice:
Client: You could waive that fee if your deadbeat husband just worked a little harder. Why should I pay you to do your hobby?
1. This is my actual job, not just a hobby. These costumes pay my bills.
2. I don’t have a husband.
Client: Hey we moved to a new web host, but we want you to keep all the hard parts of the website running – we just won’t pay you for it.
Me: Uhh… Well, you were a long-time client so we can keep it up going for a short period until you can fully transition.
Six months go by…
Client: Hey can you make a few changes to the site?
Me: You mean the one I’m hosting for free while you “transition”?
Client: Will you be finishing up by Monday? I promise I will send you the full amount by next week.
How about I’ll be finished the moment you actually pay me?
My classmates and I were approached by a client that wanted one of us to work for them over the summer.
Client: We won’t be able to pay you.
Me: Oh, you don’t have the money?
Client: We have the money. It just wouldn’t be ethical.
We didn’t get an explanation as to why, and even though we turned them down (obviously) now it keeps me up at night wondering what they meant.
A past client reached out to me in relation to an ongoing copywriting project. The gig involved writing copy-perfect sales emails for clients on a weekly basis. I expressed an interest, and the client added me to their system.
Two days later I find my personal Facebook profile added to a group chat. The chat was discussing the naming surrounding a new brand.
I reached out to the client and asked for clarification.
Me: Why am I involved in the brand name here? This is a separate service worth $250 minimum. We’ve talked about emails, but nothing about concept generation or brand ideation.
Client: Well the other copywriters inside that group do that sh*t for free because they know they will get paid for life.
Client: Don’t worry about writing for any of my clients - anyone inside of my business aims to go above and beyond, that should be the mentality of anyone who represents us, it’s why we are growing so fast. We’re a half a million dollar company within the first 12 months, and we didn’t get here by having a scarcity mindset like that.
Client: thanks but we’ll go our seperate [sic] ways.
Client: PS because of that $250, you just lost potentially $20k+ a year
For the record, this is the same “half a million dollar company” that tried to short out on a $900 invoice because they “just don’t have that kind of cash right now”.