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freelancing onlineThe freelance lifestyle has its perks. You can eat ice cream whenever you want, and you get to set your own hours.

There are downsides, however. You only get paid when you do work, and finding work is completely up to you. You also need to be a keen businessman in addition to being talented in your field, because there’s no department to take care of the finances for you.

But perhaps the hardest part of freelancing is the lack of people to talk to: you get no real “water cooler” conversation.


Such conversation not only keeps you human, it also allows you to vent about clients and co-workers who are particularly annoying – not to mention commiserating with others who are experiencing crazy situations with clients.

If you find yourself missing such conversation, particularly the so-bad-it’s-funny situations, keep reading for a couple of great freelancing online spots to read during your ever-so-rare downtime.

Clients From Hell

A lot of people don’t understand the concept of freelancers. For example, some people think paying a freelancer is optional. Others make so many demands that it would almost be better if they did the job themselves.

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Clients From Hell documents situations like these; conversations so frustrating it’s funny. If you’re having a particularly stressful day dealing with your clients this is the stress relief you’re looking for. It features golden tidbits like this:

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Not Always Right

We’ve all heard the adage: the customer is always right. It’s supposed to promote an agreeable customer service mindset that allows you to always make the client happy. Sometimes that’s hard, however.

Not Always Right documents such difficult situations, and they’re almost all hilarious. For example:

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The site is less specifically focused on freelancers than Clients From Hell, obviously, but it fills the “insane stories heard at work” niche quite nicely. Expect a wide variety of crazy stories from a variety of different industries.

Passive Aggressive Notes

This freelancing online destination is not directly work related, but very much in the same spirit as Clients From Hell and Not Always Right. Focusing on the crazy little notes people leave each other, Passive Aggressive Notes includes gems from work and home alike. Check out this masterpiece, for example:

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Bonus Sites

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Check out this list of great lunchbreak websites for onlines freelancers The 4 Great Lunchbreak Websites for Online Freelancer The 4 Great Lunchbreak Websites for Online Freelancer Read More for more sites worth checking out. And, of course, our own Geeky Fun page is always good for a laugh or two.

Conclusion

Months ago I had a phone conversation with a tech-support client, and it went like this:

Client: You fixed my computer, but my Internet still isn’t working all that well.

Me: Okay, how do you connect?

Client: I connect to the Linksys.

Me: And that’s not working anymore?

Client: No. I can connect to it, but the Internet doesn’t work.

Me: Check the router and make sure it’s plugged into your modem.

Client: I don’t have either of those. I just use the Linksys.

Me: Okay, so you’ve been stealing wireless from your neighbor…

Client: No. I’m using the Linksys.

Me: Linksys is just the default name for a router. It’s your neighbor’s Internet, and you’ve been stealing it.

*silence*

Reading sites like those linked to above makes me feel sane: I’m not the only person who deals with situations like this.

How about you? Do you find such sites entertaining, or just in bad taste? Discuss below, or just share some more funny sites for freelancers!

  1. orangecopper
    September 26, 2010 at 12:26 am

    the client conv.. was fun !!

    cheers
    Josh

  2. Anonymous
    September 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    the client conv.. was fun !!

    cheers
    Josh

  3. Saikat Basu
    September 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Apart from water cooler humor, you need to let off steam by bashing the boss too :) I guess we have games and websites for that 'niche need' as well!

  4. jhpot
    September 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Sure enough; it happened in that video. It happened to me as well, and is a
    bit of a meme within the company I work for. I bet every tech support person
    has a story like that.

  5. John
    September 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    That last back and forth about the router in the conclusion is actually from a phone conversation Leo Laporte had on his radio show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  6. John
    September 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    That last back and forth about the router in the conclusion is actually from a phone conversation Leo Laporte had on his radio show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0zt4opqL18

    • jhpot
      September 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      Sure enough; it happened in that video. It happened to me as well, and is a
      bit of a meme within the company I work for. I bet every tech support person
      has a story like that.

  7. Pat Veretto
    September 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I think some of the sites are in bad taste, but that doesn't mean they're not needed! Sometimes after a long day of dealing with clients all by my lonely self, I don't care much about taste. ;) Thanks for the links.

    • jhpot
      September 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      Sounds good, Pat. Just don't let your clients see you reading these sites!

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