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.
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:
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:
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:
Of course, our own Geeky Fun page is always good for a laugh or two.
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.
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!