Whether you work in design, art, web development, or any other creative field, you're bound to deal with at least one absolutely terrible client in your lifetime. Thankfully, however, a magical place exists where all of your frustrations can be vented anonymously and among people who know exactly what you're talking about - down to the last revision.

It's called Clients From Hell, and it's so discreet that even its founders and admins remain completely unknown to this day, which is great news for the hundreds upon thousands of creatives and freelancers who have used the site to share their stories since 2009. If you've ever dealt with a client straight from the fiery pits yourself, these harrowing accounts of trickery and insanity with first give you a chuckle, and then a long, slow shiver of dread. The user-submitted posts can even be sorted by 'client type,' ranging from 'deadbeat' to 'racist' to 'chaotic good.'

Scroll down to see some of our favorite Clients From Hell moments, and be sure to check out these illustrated quotes from people who expected artists to work for free, as well as 15 types of difficult clients and how to deal with them while you're at it.

More info: Clients From Hell, Twitter

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Hans
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2 years ago

Fair enough.

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

Freelancer: "Yes. Think ahead next time."

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Anastasia B
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2 years ago

They are the worst kind... idiots thinking they are genius...

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

This is the most desperate way of talking your way out of a CONTRACT

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Victor Calamity
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2 years ago

He was right, though: He literally can never tell

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--
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2 years ago

someone needs to give that person a slap

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Vanessa
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2 years ago

I even saw someone searching google in google bar. Yes.

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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2 years ago

Did he accept?

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

I sometimes wonder what parallel universe some of these people must be from.

Mhiller17
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2 years ago

Well, picture it as if this universe was double-sided. We are on one side, they are on the other.

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Ben Lavalleur
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2 years ago

Do you people don't understand double sided websites? You can view it from both the front and back of the monitor. It gives double exposure.

Hans
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2 years ago

You may suggest you could even put the Web site on the modern thing which they call the Internet – and charge extra for that.

Just Caturday 3.0
Community Member
2 years ago

But, but...Freemason doesn’t mean free masonry. Free means without contract, not without pay

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Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

I know it must be incredibly frustrating. ... but i do not find ppl's lack of knowledge funny. some quick education in order there.

elvis james
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2 years ago

i just HOLLARED laughin

Thegreatcountryofverden
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2 years ago

I also Nederlands laughing.

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endelbendel
Community Member
2 years ago

That makes sense - a split view.

Ntosh
Community Member
2 years ago

I actually feel kinda bad for these people. I understand those clients who are being rude and those not wanting to pay deserve to be called "Clients from Hell". But for someone like this client to be on this list is not right. They really do not understand how these things work, I am sure they would appreciate a little education to help them understand better. I used to not understand why somethings so simple and logical would be difficult for some people to get. But I have now learnt that we are different, with different training and education and that we all don't know everything. Instead of making fun of those that lack knowledge in a certain area we should help them, if they do want and accept the help that is.

Sofa Faso
Community Member
2 years ago

i'm pretty sure sure this client just wants to troll him lmao

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe that's where they keep the Dark Web?

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

O_O

Greg Davies
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this client just wasn't listening.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 years ago

Some of these are really painful.

Claire Kellerman
Community Member
2 years ago

LMAOROF

Patricia Santmajor
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol

Mary Checketts
Community Member
2 years ago

hahahahahah

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

HUH?

Kate Baxter
Community Member
2 years ago

You know I don't know much about computer but even I am not that stupid.

BobbyK
Community Member
2 years ago

OH MY!!!!!!

Alan Cheong
Community Member
2 years ago

this takes the cake ... cue picard face palm

Psalm Kivinen
Community Member
2 years ago

Three times as much.

Jess Harvie
Community Member
2 years ago

Perhaps they are thinking of a page as a page of code? So if you printed it out and sold just the code? I don't know, still pretty stupid

Gwen Johnson-Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sorry, what???

Chuck Staples
Community Member
2 years ago

"Why, that would normally be twice as much. But for you, just adding another 100 percent should cover it."

Z
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope you charge a LOT for a double sided website.

Holly Hobby
Community Member
2 years ago

lol

Eamonn Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

double sided websites are the future

Eyeball
Community Member
2 years ago

Facepalm right through the entire face.

Denise Taverner
Community Member
2 years ago

I laughed and snorted...from laughing, that is.

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Ahahahahahaha!

Judy Semmens
Community Member
2 years ago

Every web page is already double-sided. Each one has a left side and a right side. :-D

Abir
Community Member
2 years ago

The client clearly knows how to take the piss lol.

Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years ago

...and is a color website going to cost more than black-and-white?

DancingToMyself
Community Member
2 years ago

That has to be troll! Please, tell me it's troll.

nazan fidan
Community Member
2 years ago

hahahahaha amazing:D

Nash Nopper
Community Member
2 years ago

hahhaahahhahahaaaa - I'm dying!

Obyn Odtuhan
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2 years ago

I was confused for a sec

Matthew Montgomery
Community Member
2 years ago

4 times as much

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
2 years ago

What a genius... :D

Wanderlust89
Community Member
2 years ago

This should be on the top!!!

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Mikleo
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2 years ago

As long the client is satisfied.

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh, in customer service we have a lot of cases like this "WHY DON'T YOU ANSWER ME?!" *the avalanche of spam messages was sent outside of working hours every 5 hours*. We are not a chatting service. And we are humans too, not NPCs programmed to answer any time you press the key.

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Belle_Panda
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2 years ago

I am NOT impressed! Do these people even have brains???

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nimnimnim
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2 years ago

Oof.

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

Wise decision.

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Jason
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2 years ago

Nice!

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

Why don't these people understand they actually need to PAY for the service???

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

This is the most aware client of the bunch so far.

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Belle_Panda
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2 years ago

:(((

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
2 years ago

Printing animated gifs does not work with Muggle printers.

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morgan jeffries
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2 years ago

Wow. That is so offensive!

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

If this was CSI, they would use the reflection of the car in the puddle which is reflected in the window of the barn, increase it be 5000% and hit "enhance". Job done!

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

Tell them you accept either £20 per hour or £1 per minute for 60 minutes work ;)

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Anna Thouvenin
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2 years ago

That reminds me of a friend who had a flatmate who thought she had to pay only for the time she was physically in the room. One time she went away for two weeks and didn't understand why she had to pay for the whole month since she wasn't there...

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Anastasia B
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2 years ago

I had that exact conversation when I was working at an IT department. More than once... We used to go on site for support... So many times people weren't happy.

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Faramir10
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2 years ago

Time to go to small claims court. (or regular court.)

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Shana
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2 years ago

And some of these people run their own business? Just how.....

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

What is wrong with people these days? Expecting to get paid for services not later than they choose - are you crazy? (*sarcasm*)

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Morph
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2 years ago

Ummm .15 is less than .7

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DancingToMyself
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2 years ago

It's kinda cute. :)

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Iveta T
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL..

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Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years ago

"Why, of course it did! Legally, we can't discriminate against people named 'Bob'..."

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

This actually explains a lot ...

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't, absolutely don't know how an adult would actually believe that someone would do free work. But then, it's another level where they believe YOU pay to work for them...

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Anastasia B
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2 years ago

Nothing fancy

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Leslie Crowley
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2 years ago

//face palm

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Iveta T
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2 years ago

omg..

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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

Sex sells

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J. Pell
Community Member
2 years ago

The ignorance displayed is staggering. I remember a post on Quora asking if they spoke Latin in England.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

I've had similar!

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Nadine Ducca
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2 years ago

Creating the website from Hell...

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Iveta T
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2 years ago

"please don't correct me again" "can i slap you in your face???"

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Catalina Salvatierra
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2 years ago

What do you even reply to THIS person?!

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Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years ago

My reply would have been: "I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with that word... is there another word you'd like to use that won't get you sued?"

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Juana
Community Member
2 years ago

In fairness, anyone who does this professionally should learn how to explain and translate their work to lay people. If everyone knew and understood the details of this stuff, they probably wouldn't have to hire a professional.

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Dropbearboy
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2 years ago

He's probably colorblind.

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--
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2 years ago

well but at least he wants to pay unlike some of the idiots here

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J. Pell
Community Member
2 years ago

Did you advise the client where to put the 20 cents?

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LittleGrayMouse
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2 years ago

*facepalm*

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
2 years ago

He is probably used to being logged in his Google/Apple account everywhere and import all his bookmarks.

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nimnimnim
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2 years ago

*facepalm*

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

How the hell do these people maintain a business???

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

Oh dear god... there is no hope for mankind.

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Vicki Hardy
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2 years ago

Busted!

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

I feel your pain.

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Jason
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2 years ago

Sexist..

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

Okay that's just horrible. Have the agreement of the model himself first. The rest comes later.

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nanashi
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2 years ago

how? make a captcha-like test of a picture of an orange and Trump and make visitors to choose which they have more negative thoughts on?

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Hans
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2 years ago

At least this client understands that files have a size. Tell that to all these people sending insanely large attachments and replying to emails with attachments always with them kept.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

Bahhh hahh!!

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

I can understand that you can fool a teenager with $20 extra. ...Probably not a full-time freelancer

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