I admire your initiative. Good luck.
Oops…doubled up, there.
I would be happy to help you too if needed.
I just recently got a new client that is interested in me designing banners for their website as a freelancer. They are a fairly decent sized online magazine with over 12M page views per month in Northern Europe.
I would love to get some of your input on rate standards and/or if you work by piece or hour.
Many thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.
I just surpassed the century mark myself after more than a year. A nice feeling. Congrats to you.
If you have no other option, which it seems you don’t, may I suggest just thanking them in the items comments. There is a decent chance that the purchaser might eventually see your gratitude there.
I think the first thing you need to do is take SomethingDesign’s advice. Relax.
Secondly…don’t be to hard on yourself. Inspiration is not always waving at you from a close distance. Sometimes it can be hiding in the most peculiar places.
You have a tough job. It is not like a doctor, plumber or IT guy with a procedure or checklist to get through each day. You have to rely on your gut and the passion of your ideas to continue to work.
So get outside, take walks, visit a friend, go to a film, talk and listen, but most importantly…pay attention and alway be present. Soon after, I guarantee inspiration will sharply tap you on the forehead.
Thanks for the opportunity. Congrats to the invitees.