Clients From Hell


We love your work. But we can’t afford you.

When will I get that one client who will say “We love your work and because we want to work with you we’ll even take off our underwear and dance naked to get you to design for us.“?

Never I guess.
Never ever.

They see the portfolio, they see the client testimonials, they even get a fantastic recommendation from a previous client – but they just don’t want to pay! And they will re-iterate that they love your work – like it’s some kind of magic charm that will get me to work for them for free.

Negotiations are part of every job – I first ask the prospective client what is the value they attach to this kind of deliverable – how much have they budgeted for this – when they don’t tell me how much, I just go ahead and tell them what I want to charge – they will ALWAYS negotiate so it’s just better to quote what you really want to earn for that particular project.

After three weeks of hankering and negotiating the client will still tell you “Hey! We really do love your work but we can’t pay you want you’re asking.” When I ask them how much they are actually willing to pay, they come up with absurd amounts that are usually AT LEAST 25% of what I have quoted AFTER negotiation.

How may times will I tell propective clients to “Go to hell.”?

Filed under: from HELL

Why aren’t we getting any hits?

There’s this client, they needed a holding-page on their website before the whole website was launched because their budget for the full website would be generated only after the products we packaged and started selling.

The holding page is basically an image with links to the client’s official e-mail id and their phone number and a short description – one page only.

Now the client asks me why they are not getting any enquiries via their website, when it isn’t even a website! Gah!

Filed under: from HELL

I want the moon, I’m giving you dust

Repeatedly, this particular client, keeps giving me examples of other websites that he likes and wants to follow similar styling. The trouble is that all these websites are designed in Flash. And he has made it very clear that he cannot afford to pay for Flash designing.

Is this client that dumb?

Filed under: from HELL

Clients From Hell : Yeah

Bitching about clients. The bad ones. And boy are there many. The good ones are meant for the real, company-linked design blog. The bad ones go down in history here - I wish I could tell them to their face where they're screwing up but then I'll just be a poor designer instead of the decently rich one I am now. Compromises.