If you’ve ever worked freelance — even for a day — you know exactly how cheap clients can be. They’ll try to stiff you for the most trivial things, to the point where it’s almost like they don’t realize you need to pay your rent and eat food in order to be able to produce good work. For them

And if, God forbid, your career relates to art in any way — whether you’re an illustrator, painter, graphic designer, or writer, even — well then, you’ve really got the worst end of the stick. I’m not sure if people think that all artists are rich and don’t have anything better to do with their time than make free designs and logos for clients, but that’s certainly how it’s come to seem.

It’s a really gross practice that has metastasized over the past few years with freelancing becoming more commonplace as a part of the rise of the gig economy. It’s become such an issue that New York City had to put a “Freelance Isn’t Free” law on the books last year to protect independent contractors. 

Getting financially cheated after putting in time and labor isn’t funny, but when there’s nothing concrete you can do to help your cause, laughter can be the best medicine. 

Below are some of the most miserly cheapskates everyone needs to avoid at all costs. And we’re sure the freelancers among us can relate.


Avoid this person if you’re trying to rent out a room in your house.


If you’re looking to re-home your pup, it might be a good idea to avoid this family.


Avoid this company if you’ve got a Bachelor’s degree and two years of production experience under your belt.


Avoid letting this person crash at your place. Probably.


If you’re getting rid of your old TV, don’t give it to this guy.


Avoid selling nice furniture to people who would rather shop at discount stores.


Avoid this kind of demanding “friend.”


Artists, beware!


Tattoo artists, avoid conceited and mediocre clients.


Avoid babysitting for this woman’s kids.


Avoid this non-job, even if you are a pious developer.


Avoid living here unless you’re a true masochist.


Unless you’re a coder who wants to work six months for free, avoid this gig.


Even if you do have a bus you’re willing to loan 20 people for free, I’d probably stay away from this group.


If you’re feeling altruistic, maybe avoid giving your change to this guy.


Next time you’re thinking about helping a friend get home to see their sick relatives, make sure it’s not this one.


I know people often give away mattresses when they’re moving, just don’t give it to this person.


I had to do a double-take here.


Avoid lending money to the friend who hasn’t talked to you in ages.


If you see this woman on your next flight, AVOID! Or, pull this move.


Avoid working for companies that think they’re doing YOU a favor.


Writers, run fast!


Reasonable copywriters, avoid from this kind of boss.


Artists, run don’t walk away from this guy!


If this ain’t every graphic designer, tho.

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