Hi, I'm the anon from a few months(?) ago, I asked you how your first commissions went... I followed your advice and just kept drawing what I love... and I might have my first commission! Someone just asked me about my commission prices and hopefully they will be interested and I'm just so excited for my first! ...I just hope I don't mess it up or jinx it somehow with all my excitement... any business advice?
Oh that’s good news!! I’m genuinely happy for you! :D
As for business advice—first and foremost, never overcharge. Keep your prices low for now since you’re only starting in the business. You can gradually do some slight price increase over the years as you feel necessary. On the other hand, don’t you ever undercharge. Sometimes you feel like you need to charge lower than $10 but you’re investing your own time and skills and you don’t deserve anything less.
Second, it’s advisable to engage into a creative discussion with your customer. Try suggesting some stuff to add on the commission, or the technique you use (if it matters to them) and all that. Just don’t overdo it, else your customer might think you’re acting all god-mode and telling them what to do. That’s a big no-no.
And third, don’t push yourself too hard. Commissions are a big pressure most of the time, so don’t ask for their payment until you’re halfway through. That way you won’t feel obliged to pressure yourself until you know their payment has gotten somewhere. At least, you know, that’s what I do.
Also, it’s important to always make sure you give your best in each commission, and at the same time try something new and practice. That way, you give your future customers a good reason why they should commission you. Of course they’d want to pay someone who constantly improves to draw something for them!
Good luck and enjoy, darling >:D<