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Unemployment and Commission questions.

I was written off the schedule at my place of work today. It's only been 77 days since I even started working there, I was hoping to make it at least 3 months, but alas business is too slow now so they moved me to on call status for weekends. At least I wasn't out right fired for something that was my fault. Actually my boss agreed to write a letter of recommendation for me so that is good at least.

But anyway, with a piddly paycheck for the previous two weeks, plus an even smaller one coming this week as what is probably going to be my last one here, I've known my job was nearing its end for a while now. So I've been thinking, a couple people have asked me about commissions, and I realize I haven't been very active of late so bare with me, I'm finally considering opening up a small number of cheap slots, but in order to do that I have a few questions:

What is a good alternative to PayPal (since they don't like people selling porn and I don't really want them to freeze my bank account!)

What is a decent price range for an artist of my level to be asking for pieces?

Here is what I am thinking of offering:

(Up to two characters with simple to no backgrounds)
Sketchs - Cheapest.
Inked Sketchs - Still cheap.
Digitally Colored Images - Not expensive, but not real cheap either.
Digitally colored and Shaded Images - Most expensive, but still not a whole lot.

If you want me to do more than 2 characters or to attempt a more elaborate background I will increase the price accordingly. Likewise I am willing to discus doing a comic/manga but those will be pricier and I will be a little more picky with what I accept for those.

Other than that I don't really care what you ask me to do, I'll do anything you want, I won't POST anything, but I will definitely draw anything (so if I am too uncomfortable with posting it on here you will still get a copy via e-mail.)

Also, I tend to work fast so I will get the images to you within a week of purchase and will probably never take more than 3 commissions at a time.

That being said, this is still all kind of up for debate as to whether or not I can actually do this (namely because of payment methods being an issue).

One possible solution I have come up with for PayPal is to have people who want a pornographic image officially buy an over priced simple clean sketch and then receive a "free" gift of a pornographic image of their choosing.

Anyway, any answers, questions, and comments would be appreciated on this one.
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Added: 6 years, 5 months ago
6 years, 4 months ago
for testing the water, you may want to offer $1 to $2 sketches to see how that goes.  Just a couple.  It will give people an opportunity to see how it is to work with you and it will give you a chance to see how it is to work with them.

I generally buy sketches for $5(or less)
I'm not sure what Inked should be $8 to $10 maybe
Rarely do colored, so probably a few dollars more.

Paypal is a risky thing, but people still use it.  Instruct every buyer to not mention what they are buying when paying.   Interesting idea about the gift picture that comes with a clean purchase.  Not sure if it would save your ass or not.

If you are in the US, Dwolla is a lot like paypal, except no instant transfer from bank(without paying) and no credit cards.
6 years, 4 months ago
Thank you, I don't really mind doing a few things for really cheap like that at first. I've never heard of Dwolla and will have to look more into it. Thank you again for responding!
6 years, 4 months ago
it is USA only, currently.  A lot of people I've asked about it have been refusing to join simply because they don't want to add another service to their payment list.
6 years, 4 months ago
Hmm, well that sucks...
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