So If I get a scanner I don't want it to be cheap and crap out on me like my last one, but I don't want to go too expensive either. What are some of you guys using out there in terms of scanners? Also what do you think of these two? I kind of need a printer too to a degree so a combo one would be ideal, but I am told they break down easier and my last one didn't last long.
I'm also looking for ways to better display my art or store it. I have those carry brown protectors but I only store big stuff in them. I've used clear binders and inserts over the years, but I'm not sure I'm liking that. I may stick with it though. What are your thoughts? How do some of you protect your art? Or portfolio if?
When it comes to commissions and ideas of what people want I've posted several polls to get ideas. I posted a poll on what people wanted to see from me more this year, what people watch me for and such. I even posted a poll to see how many people would be interested. I have nine potential interested watchers. I guess even aside the polls I'd like to hear from you guys comments wise what you would want if you were commissioning me, to gain an idea on how to tailor my ToS. If I'm going to be setting this up this year I need to make sure I'm fully ready with a scanner, a ToS, and a Commissions Price Guide. I want to be sure all of my eggs are in a basket.
I also have questions for online commission money handling. If I use ko-fi then they take a percentage for running the site and then from there if I transfer it to paypal they also take a percentage. So is it better to ko-fi to paypal or go straight to paypal? Points to paypal? Should I do points? I recently I found out that you can convert them. Is there a rate for which I need to watch out for on points converting to money and vise-versa? It would seem that 10 points equals less than ten cents? In real life things of this nature are easier, building a contract and receiving payment and such are smoother. When handling money and clients I've thought about making it an 18 or older so that parents do not get upset at their kids for such interactions, I know some parents that don't want that kind of information being passed around and I completely agree with and understand internet safety. In paypal when people transfer money I can see their name and email address, so this is sensitive information and I wish to keep my clients safe! Is it best to do 18 or older clients online for safety precautions?
Just some things I have been thinking about, feel free to pitch in if you commission or are interested in commissions and what topics/subject you would like to commission. Knowing is half the battle! Thank you for reading and stopping by to give your input!
Edit: I apologize for scaring anyone I was up way too late last night working on Candyland, reading tutorials, and writing this out. I myself do not have a business paypal but a personal one so I do not see your home addresses. I am doing some research into the differences between the personal and business paypals. For now I am set to personal because I am not sure how successful commissions will be and will probably not need a w2. In the US w2's will be needed for business or jobs for tax purposes and if you come under a certain amount it is not required to file from my understanding. Though I always have and its beneficial to file even if you come under because you can get tax credits and returns. I think if you donated straight to my paypal and not through the third part site you can actually see my information, because I use google, I will have to look more into it. It is why I haven't selected the option to do direct paypal donation but the use of a third party site.
*I have changed the paragraph to reflect email address instead of address.* All though if I do handle commissions where I ship the original pieces I will be using addresses so this is why I have talked about safety and security. I may or may not offer original pieces based on my research on here. For yours and my safety. If I decide on not shipping originals I will provide a high resolution file for prints. Prices will obviously be reflected in that for fairness. Please forgive me and be patient with me. Online is a new learning experience for me, and this is why I am not rushing into online commissions as fast as possible. I am taking my time so I can protect myself and you from fraud and harm!
If anyone else has questions on internet safety, fraud prevention, and commissions, I will be sharing what I know either sometime today or later this week in a well written document for your enjoyment. I will also be uploading them to WritersResources and Network-With-Us for multiple platform access.
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