HuskyPup - 2:22 pm on Sep 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
^ ^ ^ What the two Ls wrote above:-)
I am an awful designer, I can copy well but as a naturally talented designer I am crap however I am a perfectionist when it comes to website construction, CSS, image optimisation and SEO, my best mate calls me a code whore I am that fastidious and he is correct but all this has been learnt hands-on over the last 17/18 years since, quite simply, there were no guidelines (a bit from W3C) or instruction books on what to do when all this took off in the early 90s.
Far too many college kids come to me with design-only credentials and Lorel is correct, they do not seem to teach SEO etc but can build awesome flash sites which are useless for the SERPs but are very pretty IF a client wants one.
Personally I wouldn't recommend it to anyone considering self-employment in the UK at the moment, maybe it's different in the larger cities, but I do know it's difficult to establish oneself, very difficult.