The worst ingredients for a client meeting: LSD and violence

I was hot, sweaty, the internet was bad, I didn't like my client and on top of that there was a fight in the background this was the final straw...



I wanted to share a funny story with you. A few years ago I’d a pretty annoying client. He didn’t even pay me half the money at the end of the project, kept harassing me and his partner was arrogant and kept emailing me with very annoying questions.

I was working while travelling, it was summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, and any of you who’ve been there at this time of year know that it’s so hot you can fry an omelette on a bonnet. I tried to get my work done, but the heat, the mosquitoes and the little sleep I’d because I was sleeping in a tree house made it incredibly difficult for me.

Don’t get me wrong, the place was fantastic and I’d a great time, but I’d to balance it all out with really arrogant customers who didn’t pay me well.

The owner of the hostel I was staying in had hired a guy to sell the bread they made in town. He’d just come from a town three hours away to sell bread. The only problem was that he decided to take a tab of LSD on his first day of work. A bad idea, a really bad idea. After a few drinks, the guy went crazy while selling his bread on the street. The police eventually took away his sales permit and the whole town knew that he worked for the hostel where I was staying.

The owner of the hostel was a pretty tough guy. He told me some crazy stories about how he’d fought with rebels in Guatemala and seen it all. He wasn’t very happy with his new employee.

I was in the middle of a video call with my troublesome client when the bread man entered the hostel. I heard someone shouting behind me. Then I saw on the video a man running for his life and behind him an angry beast chasing him with a huge log. In the midst of the chaos, I forgot to turn off the camera and the microphone.

The owner of the hostel chased his new employee and hit him so hard on the leg that the log exploded. Then he limped to his newly erected tent (his house), grabbed what he could and skipped to the bus stop. We never saw him again.

Now I see it as a funny story, another crazy adventure in the life of a digital nomad. What I can’t see with humour are the many unpleasant situations I got myself into because I couldn’t afford to stay in a place where I couldn’t work comfortably. The problem is that it’s a vicious circle: you’ve bad clients, they pay you poorly or not at all, and you can’t afford to to get a good working setup. Some of these clients made my life hell and caused me a lot of unnecessary stress, sometimes they wouldn’t even pay me after this.

This was before I decided to change things in my business. For a long time I’d convinced myself that because of the perks of my lifestyle as a traveller, I’d to put up with arrogant clients. These clients were draining me and I was on the verge of burning out.

I worked tirelessly to find a balance between travel, freedom and a decent income with great clients.

My previous freelancing lifecycle looked something like this:

  • Fail to find a niche
  • Undervalue service
  • Panic over lack of work
  • Despise clients
  • Struggle to finish jobs
  • Make uninspiring work
  • Hassle to optimize

I’ve developed a system that’s helped me create an optimal freelance life cycle:

  • Design your offer
  • Increase your value
  • Market effectively
  • Win dream clients
  • Maximise productivity
  • Create amazing work
  • Optimise your business

If you feel it’s time to get better clients and give yourself more freedom at the same time, book a FREE 1-1 30-minute session for creative freelancers.

I’ll take a personal look at your work and recommend quick changes that will help you get better clients, increase your value and maximise your productivity.

As these meetings take time to prepare, there are only a few left!

Book your growth strategy session


Let's find the solution that can change your freelance business

30-Minute Growth Strategy Session for Creative Freelancers

I’ll personally review your work and recommend quick changes to help you attract better clients, increase your value and maximise your productivity.

P.S. These sessions take tons of time and energy, so I can only take a few bookings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Key

Related Posts

The perfect insurance for digital nomads

An epidural to remove a sea urchin taught me a lesson I’ll never forget. I travel a lot and love being outdoors and doing extreme sports. I love surfing and always try to be careful when I’m out on the waves. But one day when I went into the sea in Indonesia, I stepped on a sea urchin. The pain was intense, but the waves were so good that I decided to surf anyway. Unfortunately, this caused the spikes to penetrate even deeper into my body.

100 parts of branding that aren’t a logo and how to use them to sell brand strategy

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, having a strong brand is essential for any business looking to succeed. However, many companies make the mistake of thinking that a logo is the only important aspect of branding. In reality, there are countless other components that make up a brand and contribute to its overall effectiveness. In this guide, we’ll explore 100 parts of branding that aren’t a logo, and show you how to use them to sell brand strategy. From brand positioning and brand promise, to brand storytelling and brand governance, this guide will provide a comprehensive understanding of the different elements that make up a brand and how they can be used to drive business results. Whether you’re a marketer, business owner, or startup entrepreneur, this guide is an essential resource for creating a strong and differentiated brand that will help you to stand out and succeed in today’s marketplace.

Insurance for Digital Nomads: A Comprehensive Guide

As a digital nomad, you have the freedom to work and travel wherever you want. However, this freedom also entails a certain risk. Without a permanent home, you’re more vulnerable to unexpected health problems, travel disruptions and liability issues. That’s why it’s important to think about your insurance needs before you go travelling.
In this article, we’ll look at the different types of insurance that can be relevant for digital nomads and give you tips on how to find the right insurance for your needs.