A few weeks ago, I found myself in a strange situation that reminded me of all the things I HATE about being a freelance graphic designer.
Usually, most of my work comes from online freelance websites like O-desk, Fiverr and more. I rarely actually do anything for REAL LIVE people standing over my shoulder but I recently made an exception/mistake (which I should have totally seen coming by the way) that I would later regret.
I recently had a client ask me for a logo design. I want to make the point clear that this particular project wasn’t exactly my cup of tea but I was doing it for an aunt of mine (who will remain nameless) as a favor and that’s where the whole FREELANCE part of the equation started to suck.
So, like I said, this friend of hers comes in with his logo design project. My aunt comes in to talk about the project and gives me his contact details and mentions that there is a rush deadline (even though I was giving her great family rates). Whatevs, I bite and try to be nice about it and take the job.
All in all I had about 3 days to meet up with him, figure out what he wanted for the logo, send him some studies, get some revisions and make a miracle happen.
I know. What was I thinking, right?
Well, I was trying to do my aunt a favor (she is family) and I thought this would be a quick turn over and I’d make her happy in the process. BOY WAS I WRONG!
So, I contact the client and start asking him when we can have the initial meeting… for 2 whole days I was trying to contact this idiot so I could help him meet his 3 day deadline and NOTHING. All sorts of missed calls and emails left unanswered, like I was some stalker!
Well, I figured, “Whatever, it’s his logo. Not mine. No worries…”
But as it came to the last day before the deadline, I get this terrible call from my aunt. She was super upset about how I had “totally embarrassed” her to her flaky friend and how I was “so unprofessional” in how I handled the project.
Apparently, this moron was “offended” by the text and call assault that I had given him in the few days trying to make INITIAL CONTACT! What the hell?! And as if that wasn’t bad enough, he then tells my aunt that I would never make it in the professional world if I treated my clients like that and that maybe I should try working for a REAL graphic design company for a while so I can get an idea about how it’s supposed to be done.
Excuse me for trying to help you meet your OWN deadline, you numbskull!
So yeah, I think it’s safe to say that that particular incident TOTALLY sucked. That’s the last time I’m helping her out or any friends of hers, let me tell you.
From now on, I’ll be sticking to DIGITAL clients.