Trying to break into photo-retouching in freelancing/company

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are having a FANTASTIC day today!! Anywho, I have a question (or two). I just graduated from college (Sept '04). My specialty is photo retouching and I am trying to do freelancing and/or break into a company to gain more experience. Do any of you have any suggestions on how to go about doing this (on either or both)? Also, when it comes to freelancing and photo retouching, how much do you think I should charge per/hr? What if they want the photo printed how much should I charge then? Do keep in mind I am just starting out, but I dont want to cheat myself either. Your suggestions are all greatly appreciated.

Also, I have been cold calling companies/photography studios to see if anyone is hiring. As well as I have been trying to spread the word of my services, yet I have been unable to set a price on it. So if you have any advice you can give me, that would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you all for your time. Have a great weekend!

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