I worked for a nightmare of a woman for about a month or two before I fired her.
Her company sponsors wellness retreats, of all things, on a beach hotel property that I lived by. I was helping them as a freelancer update their website (the previous web guy fired her, too) so that it would work on mobile, take payments, integrate with the hotel’s booking system, and so on. In the end, I made something like 30 cents an hour for all the time I put in, including traveling back and forth to her beachfront cabana and responding to the billions of emails she’d send complaining about the website. One of my favorites was a mobile screenshot of the page before the CSS styles had rendered:
Client: Why does our site look like this? It looks awful!
The final straw came when she sent an email saying she was looking at my social media and did not appreciate the fact that I was “going out partying” instead of working on her website:
Me: You snooped on my profile?
Client: Social media is a bitch like that.
Ironically, the only recent picture I had posted was of me, in the hotel’s restaurant, working on her website.
I told her I would not work with her anymore. (Of course, she asked for a full refund of what she paid me, which I refused to give.)
A few weeks later her personal assistant quit, too, so she posted the following job listing in a community Facebook group:
Client: PERSONAL/EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT NEEDED…
Must be a TRUE “RIGHT ARM” for a quick moving, high powered executive of a growing spiritual retreat company with 27 years in the music industry. Responsibilities could include everything from scheduling meetings, checking emails, keep CEO on schedule & organized, run personal and business errands, booking and coordinating travel, updating social media, keeping office and house clean and organized, paying bills, handling health insurance, answering phones, managing credit cards & frequent flyer accounts etc. Must be thick-skinned, with a strong eye for details, good common sense, able to follow detailed directions and yet also think quick on your feet & independently. […]Must be willing to work long hours and any days when needed & work could take place in various locations, ie: from my home or yours, or our office. Travel is possible. Salary depends on experience and may change quickly with success. The more invaluable your skill sets, the greater your salary. Serious inquiries only.
My favorite part is that she knows the applicant must have thick skin…because she is a nightmare.
The poor soul who got the job quit 2 months later, and the next one lasted about 5 months.