I guess i know where the problem lies. It is always interesting to never forget days of little beginnings.
That said, 10k for a logo? thumbs up. Good start. But you need to learn from every job and one thing is for sure - PACKAGING!.
Here’s what i do:
when a potential client makes a request, send them a questionnaire sharp sharp. The questionnaire must contain questions that can help you juice out info that will help your design process.
wait for their feedback. Once you get that feedback, send them an invoice telling them so and so and so is what i would design and deliver. Include the cost too. Send to client and wait for feedback. Always WAIT FOR THEIR FEEDBACK.
Once you do this, your client would see you as a pro.
If you want, i can show you the questionnaire i use. Hey! it works.
As per the logos you made, they are both nice but but but, the first looks Amazon except its not saying A to Z. what’s it saying then? i dunno o. In my opinion, if you take that arrow off then it’d look a little pro.
For the 2nd one, as uncle leslie suggested, go with his thoughts.
Is there a need to change the font? That’s not my call to make. I even ask clients if they have any special font they like to be used. That way, i don’t design outta context.
Finally, i cannot judge your design sense as whether this or that you have made is great. Your client here is KING.
Conclusion: Don’t look cheap to your client even if your charges are small. Communication with your client also matters. Why on earth will your client say s/he doesn’t like the logo you made with no reason at all? (except of course that client is from hell o)
I guess i’d have to stop here.