Regardless of how you learned your Photoshop skills, please keep in mind that your skill set is always under attack. You have to remember that if you’re selling any kind of graphical skills on the open market, you’re only as good as your last victory. That’s the bottom line. And if, for some reason or another, people buying your services think that your skills are outdated, be prepared to charge less money or be prepared to not make any money.
That sounds harsh, that sounds alarmist, but it’s also absolutely true. You see, you are not operating in a vacuum. Whether you work for a corporation, a small entity, or you work for yourself, you are part of a larger global marketplace of skill sets. There is always a tremendous amount of bargaining in that market. It’s all about market demands, it’s all about meeting certain needs for the best prices. This is why if you cannot compete based on price, you better compete based on quality.
Accordingly, you need to do the following so you can get a leg up on your competition. It doesn’t matter whether your competition comes from down the street, across state lines, at the other side of the United States, or halfway across the world, you need to be ready, eager and willing to compete in that competition. Otherwise, you’re going to get beaten again and again.