In 2003 I returned to school to earn a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Art and a Masters in Education (completed in 2009). In addition to my freelance business, I am working towards full-time teaching at a local high school.
The most common type of job is logo design. This naturally leads to other work for a client, but sets the foundation for a brand.
Value my time the same way I value everyone else's; just because Design can be fun, does not make my any less valuable than a lawyer, plumber or auto mechanic.