I started a new job in mid/early January. It is sales/design. It is standard in my industry to get a "retainer" in order to move forward with having me explore design options, etc. Once you collect the retainer the job is basically sold. After just under a month of being open (this is a new business) I have gotten the first retainer! Yay me!! Also, I've "sold" a small project as well - no retainer, just straight to the "let me give you money" stage. Awesome. I had been out of the industry for a year and a half, so I was worried I had lost my mojo. Apparently not...