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A collection of client horror stories from designers and freelancers on CFH.

…And It Shows

, , , , | Right | May 28, 2023

Client: “I don’t understand why I’m being charged for ten hours for this. It seems like it should take an hour or two, tops.”

Me: “Well, it may seem that way, but it was quite involved. The good news is that it is set up now, you can manage it with the front end, and you will never need to set it up again.”

Client: “I took a web design class once. I’m positive this would only take me an hour or two, and I’m not even an expert.”

They’re Gonna Regret That In The Morning

, , , , , | Right | May 27, 2023

I was doing some social media and web design work for a client I knew personally. The password suddenly changed on the web hosting and company email. Then, I couldn’t log in to the Facebook page.

Me: “Hey, did you take me off the Facebook page as an admin?”

Client: “Yes.”

Me: “Why is that?”

No response came, and a few hours later, I was kicked off of Twitter as I was doing some work. Apparently, the password had changed.

Me: “What’s going on?”

No response. After some more time…

Client: “We hired someone else. We’re not willing to pay what you want.”

I was working for free because I wanted to build my portfolio.

Me: “Well, thanks for the opportunity, and I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I would have preferred you talked to me instead of changing the passwords on work as I completed it. Regardless, good luck.”

A little later, I got a text from [Client], who was drunk.

Client: “I tired to talk to you about it when u were here and said he had talked with you we had a lady already doing it he was shocked on what you wanted to charge thanks.”

Elements Of Advanced Cluelessness

, , , | Right | May 26, 2023

Shortly after a client viewed the brief, agreed to the Scope of Work, signed a contract, and paid a non-refundable deposit, the following phone call took place.

Client: “Would it be breaking the law if we just called off this whole contract business and you did the work for me on the side? I would still pay you.”

Me: “Well… you already signed the contract and paid us a non-refundable deposit.  We would still need a contract to do work.”

Client: “But I need you to update my website!”

Me: “Which is why you hired us, right?”

Client: “Well, what’s it even going to look like?”

Me: “I’m resending you the brief now, but as you may remember, we’re going to use elements from your old website and—”

Client: “What? I have an old website? Is it on the Internet?”

This Is Just A Whole Crate Of Red Flags

, , , , | Working | May 25, 2023

I’m in a closed-door, one-on-one meeting with my boss.

Boss: “If I was ever going to sexually harass anyone, it would definitely be you.”

I no longer work for them.

Why Do These People Even Hire Specialists?

, , , , , | Right | May 24, 2023

I’m an e-commerce specialist working to analyse and optimise business accounts for marketplace sellers. It still surprises me how often clients assume their opinions are more valuable than my twenty years of hands-on experience.

Recently, I quoted to increase sales on an account. 

Me: “The two most important elements are firstly optimising the listings by improving the titles and removing the unnecessary and confusing subtitles, and then secondly, using marketing options to advertise the account.”

Client: “No, I think the titles are fine, and I want to keep the subtitles. And I can’t afford to spend any money on marketing.”

Me: “Well, as I showed you, your fees just for the subtitles were $2,200 last month for $16,000 sales, and they had no impact. That money could be used instead for marketing, which would have a major impact.”

Client: “No, I don’t want to do that. I’m happy to pay for the subtitles. Just let me know what else you can do to increase sales.”

Me: “…”