Clients from Hell

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I’m being considered for a month long freelance job to design icons for a big company. As part of...

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I’m being considered for a month long freelance job to design icons for a big company. As part of the on-boarding process they needed to do a background check. I filled out the background check forms and submitted all the info requested about my past employment for the past seven years. 

Every day they email me asking for more information gong farther and farther back in time. Today they want my tax returns, invoices and 1099s from 25 years ago (!!!).

I don’t have space in my apartment to store 25 years worth of tax returns and 1099s. I’m also only legally required to save them for 5 to 7 years. My invoices from 25 years ago were either done on paper and are now thrown away or were done in a software program no longer supported by today’s computers. I sent them the files anyway but told them they would be unlikely to be able to open them. I also told them I had literally hundreds of clients over the years and could not possibly provide information on all of them as i can’t even remember most of them. 

What kind of morons ask for information 25 years old in order to allow me to design some simple icons? The weirdest part is that I didn’t even ask for this job; they recruited ME. This is not a scam. It’s a reputable recruiter and a reputable company.

This is going to be a very LONG month.


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