I'm starting to get some clients here and there, for now it's mostly redesigns and repurposing existing content and modernising the existing look and feel of the website (I'm a designer not a developer). My latest stuff is on my Dribbble profile www.dribbble.com/mshanda
I've been learning design for just under 9 months and will always strive to improve my skills as time passes but this won't be enough to get that higher level of client.
What kind of things should I be looking to learn about so I can provide added value to my clients? I see a lot of talk about value based pricing but how can I add this mythical thing called value to my skill set? Is it a case of working within a specific industry a finding out what works and applying that knowledge to the work you do?
Right now I charge $22.50/hr, I've been told I should charge more but at this moment in time I'm not sure what value I can provide other than designing what I'm hired to do. Do you more experienced guys provide advice to your clients on top of the design work you hired to do?
Does anybody have advice on kinds of things areas I should learn about to make myself a more valuable and rounded freelancer?