Just last week I collected a check for $3000 (actually PayPal payment) and secured an agreement to manage their SEO and PPC for $1500 per month. They have budgeted to spend around $6-$7k in PPC per month plus the costs to hire me.
The other deal was for a website and the client agreed to $950.00. Simple wordpress site and an ecommerce plugin module. He already sent a PayPal payment for half and will pay the rest when complete.
I also have some other deals working.
Just thought some of you might want to here some good news. It has been tough but I was determined not to give up.