But I'm hesitant to. Sounds dumb I know. But the main thing I'd want to do in terms of commissions is raise my prices.
To some people, by a lot.
This is for a multitude of reasons. One, I realized that in the past I was majorly, majorly ripping myself off. Secondly, I noticed that compared to the hours I was spending working on things, the amount of points, once converted to real life currency, was insanely low. I remember when I first joined deviantart, 20
was a small fortune. Or at least that's what it felt like. But when you think about it, when converting points to cash using a commission widget or the like, 100
= $1.00. So, for a solid two to three hours of work, I was making about twenty cents. What exactly can you buy for twenty cents nowadays? Yeahhhhh not a lot. Nothing, I'd bet. To be honest, I feel bad when I see all these artists charging 20-50
for commissions when in reality, they're basically making chump change. "But they're making art for fun, not for the money". Fair enough. But even then, no one should be making that little off of art. Either offer it for free by that point, or raise your prices boyo.
Another thing that really helped me here was working my first job. I'm 19, and I know most highschoolers try to get jobs during the summer but I never really had a job in highschool. I just doodled and relaxed honestly. But now, basically, I'm working a part time summer job in Housekeeping at a summer camp near my house. I get paid $10 an hour to sanitize sinks, scrub showers, clean toilets and the like. And it's not easy work. Granted I'd say it's better than working at Mcdonald's where you'll probably progressively lose your sanity over time, but I'm definitely working for that money.
This really set things in perspective. Five years back, I was happy to get twenty cents on a commission, and now I'm busting my butt, granted, but making $10 an hour. And you know what? Anyone, absolutely, anyone, could do my job. Any rando off the street can scrub at showers till the rust stains come off and make ten bucks an hour. But can anyone make art? Hail to the no brotha. Art takes years to get good at. If someone's paying you for a commission, they're not only paying for the art itself, but all the blood, sweat and tears it took for you to get to the point where you could make art at the level you're at.
And ya sure as heckity heck shouldn't be paid a mere twenty cents for that kinda stuff. Yes, DeviantArt and websites like it have a whole lotta artists, a whole lotta supply, and not nearly as much demand. But does that really mean you should be making only a dollar or two off of stuff you might've spent hours on? Like three hours of work, just to have enough money for, I dunno, a small fries at Mcdonald's? Or maybe one of those single-scoop soft serve thingies? And let's not forget, those people working at Mcdonald's are making 8-10 times
as much as you!
I don't know 'bout the rest of y'all but after all this, I'm charging at least minimum wage (maybe rounded up a tad so like $8) an hour for my commissions. What you're doing may not be back-breaking work, but time is money. It really is. And if I'm not going to make at least minimum wage off of the art that I make, then I'm better off mopping dirty floors and cleaning showers.