Because of our passion for photography, we are vulnerable to many scams and schemes that take advantage of our skills and our equipment. Many Marketing firms filled with "slick-willies", are out there promising to get you the experience you need to make it into this field. These marketing firms are there to do dirty work for you such as the paper-work, sales and editing, however they rarely contribute to the deterioration of your equipment. No matter how good it sounds, you are basically dependent on the assignments you get and/or the skills of the marketing team. These marketing teams usually down-play your skills considering them minimal and highly replaceable, whereas their marketing skills is what seals the deal. This is highly arguable since you can market yourself just as well as they do, usually at a lower price because there is no over-head involved. Of course this is not so easy and is one of the most negative aspects of being on your own. The same thing is going on in the IT industry, where many and I mean many Marketing companies have taken advantage of the large pool of Programmers, to start up businesses mainly consisting of contractors who are more like hired servants and a few recruiters, accountants and sales people who do the dirty work. The good thing about this business model is they can get your foot in the door. The bad thing is that these people are making HUGE profits based on you efforts and only give a damn as long as you don't rock-the-boat, or upset the Client. You are basically a hired servant often without any legal rights, regardless of the rights that are in the book for regular employees.