I’m sorry, I was only partially paying attention to this meeting. Please disregard anything I just approved.Client
via phone conference
I work for a local newspaper. We are doing an advertisement page for local businesses to promote themselves by posting images of their business cards. They were all told by the sales staff to send me either PDF files of their cards or scanned images (preferably the first option). One sent me a photo of his card (which is black and white).
Client: Can you redesign my card? I don’t like it. And I want it in color.
I used to work for a well known photography studio as a photographer. We were always swamped between October and May, so we called frequently to confirm and remind people of their appointments. The day before Easter I called one client to confirm. No answer, so I left a message. On the day of the appointment, I called in the morning about four hours before the appointment time; again no answer, so I left a another message informing them that if they did not show they would lose their appointment.
Six hours later as I am closing up, the client arrives, with about 10 people total, demanding that they have their appointment.
Me: I’m sorry but you’ve missed your appointment. I called to confirm and you didn’t answer or return my messages to say you would be running late.
Client: We were waiting for family who had to fly in. They are on their way now. This is very unprofessional of you! You should have known we would be late because we didn’t answer.
It’s 8:42pm and I receive a text message from a client.
Client: I’ve got a 9pm conference with Pat from (Big Corporation). A BONUS 4 you if U can finish both of my videos TONIGHT! REMEMBER I am FINANCING this out of my POCKET!!!
Me: What kind of bonus are we talking about? You know I have to stay up all night to finish them and I have no direction for the second video so it will be my writing.
Client: $20 extra?
Me: An hour?
Client: Oh No! REMEMBER I am FINANCING this out of my POCKET!!!
Me: You will have your videos in TWO DAYS like we had planned.
I’m a freelance artist and sometimes do commissions. One day this girl comes up to me and asks if I can draw her OCs.
Client: So I want highest resolution retina canvas with clean line art, realistic, full colour and shading, a detailed background, and ten characters.
Me: (adding up the numbers) Well, I guess I can do that if you give me a couple months. That’ll be somewhere around $80.
Client: Oh, but I’m not going to pay you! But you’ll get a lot of publicity.
Me: Wait, what?
Client: It’s all going to be under my name, of course. But I’ll pay you, don’t worry.
Me: Wait, where do you think you’re going with my work?
Client: I’m just going to post it on my DeviantArt!
I never talked to her again.
If you’re good, why aren’t you willing to work on commission or profit-sharing?
Me: Just to be clear, you’re planning on both of us taking off work on Thursday and Friday for the holiday, right?
Client: Yes, of course. But you can work Saturday and Sunday, right?
If I could do what you do, I would do it myself… and if I could do what you do, I would do it for free.
I was being messed about by the agency I occasionally freelanced for. After months of leaving me hanging, cancelling bookings, and not paying for my time (meetings) and refusing to pay me my proper rates, I’d had enough and told them I would no longer be working them. This is their reaction:
Client: You are a professional let down.
One of my clients tried forcing me to work over the weekend on their project. The project was a simple poster and invitation to their film screening, so nothing of national importance. When I explained that I wouldn’t be working over the weekend, I received this response:
Client: You are ruining the economy.