Well, I'm having thoughts about how commissions work again, or at least how the pricing structure works anyway. Initially, the lower prices I set were done to help with gaining ground in the illustration market. Correction, the fan art level of pricing. Sadly, this idea is not working.
After being in my small business class for a while, it's become apparent that a large portion of the problem can be attributed me not listing out what the actual pricing scheme for each possible kind of level of work done at every level. So, in this area, I need to rework the commission guide to something more serviceable.
Secondly, pricing. This area may be be building off the above with better defining what people are being charged for, but at the same time I think it's a bit low, way too low. Again, you'd think that with charging less, it would attract more attention, but that's not the case. From what I can see, it's more of a hindrance as a lot of people may think that if I'm charging so little for my work that I'm more of a risk, less likely to deliver on time, or just not confident in my own work to charge more. While the last bit is closer to the truth, at times, I think that the lowered price point does come off as a cheapened method for underbidding, especially when compared to other artists I know. So, one of the things I'll change when I edit my commission guide would be to increase my prices for some of my services and see how things go.
Lastly, and maybe I'm just over thinking this, I believe a lot of my problem comes from the thought that my own work is not good enough to attract people. It's that or my style does not scream "BUY ME!" when I post my work anywhere. It could even be that I don't draw much in the way of fanart that people can relate to and, in a way, hurts any potential sale I could have. Come to think about it, it's exactly what happened when I was at Akai Con with my friend a few months ago and I only sold (and gave away) my work to the vendors who were in the room with us. Ugh... I'll have to rectify that with drawing some more fanart that is not solely centered around Medusa or Soul Eater in general. I've even given Homestuck and human versions of MLP characters a thought.
Anyway, this is just some of my thoughts on the subject. There's even a good chance that I'll stop taking commissions until an update of some sort has been posted to replace my old price guide. It's not like anyone is looking to pay near nothing for a doodle from me in the first place. -_-;
I'll just go to bed now.