I recently started a project for a small clothing company. When my client said she had "a lot" of items, I guess I didn't comprehend what that meant. It meant over 200 pieces. Because of some issues with my studio (and having to relocate to my dining room) and one day down due to horrific allergies, I've estimated that I'm getting paid less than minimum wage for this gig. Further more, each item ends up being about a dollar or less per image. All of these items are put onto a form or pinned to a board = time consuming. You don't have to tell me this is wrong. The problem is, I'm a soft touch and feel for clients who have hit hard times - as she has. I need to break this habit of undercharging. I'm not getting paid what I'm worth, I'm working harder than I should, I'm caving when clients ask for ridiculous turnover times...it's a mess and it's stressing me out. Now, I would have lost the job if I charged my normal rates, but times have been tough and I hadn't had a paying gig in over a month. I tried to stand my ground, but she wasn't biting. I even lowered my rate by half and she still wouldn't bite. How can I still manage to compromise with my clients but come out feeling as though I'm not working for slave wages? I feel like such a sucker.