The life of the average freelancer isn’t easy at all. I often lose my sanity over absurd modification requests, or just having to communicate with “one of those” clients. Sometimes, I just wish to have a 9-5 job, but then reality kicks in - and I start to appreciate that I can work in my pajamas…
Anyways, I have started freelancing way back in the ancient year of 2014. Life was simpler back then, selling fake reviews on Amazon, getting paid and have nothing to worry about. Fast forward a year in the future, when I started selling graphic design services. Things have become interesting, the weirdos have started to arrive.
My first horror story was with a client that presented him as Dr. Emmet. An old African-American gentleman that just started some lame business. Me being a 16 old, a newbie and a meksell at the same time; I knew jack about freelancing and how to protect my grounds.
This was happening on Fiverr, in the days when almost everything was $5. Get this, I used to charge $5 for setting up social media pages, designing them, writing a short description, linking them with the client’s website, adding product photos and pretty much everything that the client asked me to do. The obvious reason was that I didn’t want to lose $5 - and I did not like to get a bad rating.
It turns out, this client sensed that. He manipulated me in working two months on his gig for just $5… After that, even though the order was closed, he kept requesting modifications in my inbox. I was happy to do them. I fell for the “I am an old’ man and short of money, had to sell a lot of my belongings to set up my business”.
Well, I was stupid back then, plus scared of a negative review, plus just a 16-year old that started freelancing. Yeah, I know many pluses. Anyways, if you don’t learn from your own mistakes, you will never learn.
So, guys and gals, what are your freelancing horror stories. I know everyone has them.