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04 May 2021 19:19
Perhaps I'm not the best person to offer advice, because I haven't done any commissions for many years, but here's my two cents anyway.

What your work is worth is of course a very subjective matter. But logically, the price should at least cover your time and material costs.

If you spend any money at all to be able to do your work, you should include that in your price. If you work in physical media (e.g. paints) this is quite clear and you can easily justify those costs to your clients. But even if you work exclusively digitally, be aware that you still have some material costs (hardware, software, and electricity) which you should try to account for.

As for time, just charge an hourly rate which you think is reasonable. If you enjoy your work and are happy with $25, that's fine. You have every right to determine your own rates. But if you want to do it like a pro, you'd take into account the time between commissions too. Let's say on average it takes you 3 days to find a client, and 2 days to complete a commission. Then each commission should pay at least enough that you can live off it for 7 days (because you also have the right to take the weekends off)! Of course no one is going to pay you or me that kind of money, but just so you know... that is what an artist's work should be worth at minimum.

Getting people interested in anything is very hard, in my opinion. It was hard enough before the internet, but now you have the entire world to compete with. But if you've already done some commissions, you must be doing something right. Keep nourishing that, grow your network, hone your skills, and things should get easier over time.

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05 May 2021 13:11
Well, it probably couldn't hurt to increase your online presence. I tried clicking your instagram link, but it just redirects to a login page. If I were a potential client, you'd have lost me that way because apart from your avatar I have no idea what your art looks like, even though I tried.