The sad thing about working as a freelancer is that thanks to the word "Free", people often think that the work you do is low cost. In their mind, they are doing YOU the favor by keeping you busy, and helping you grow your portfolio so you can start making some real money.
This mindset completely under values your work, and forces you to spend all of your time underpaid. If you could only break out of the low-cost slump you find yourself in, then maybe you start living a more prosperous life. The problem is that I always felt as though that price was way too high. After all, I didn't want to pay those prices, so nobody else wanted to either. Boy was I wrong.