Hi Paul, pleased to meet you. Decorating is a massive all encompassing profession and yu need to differentiate yourself in a commercial world.
If you have an artistic streak in you, and you are starting out, I would exploit that and aim for the finer side of decorating.
All through this site you will find info on how to master all the prep and basecoats, and then pushing for flawless finishes. Over time we will also be adding to the pool of knowledge about how to apply decorative finishes, wallpapering, and other branches of decorating.
Each of those is a specialism in itself, and there are guys out there who do just wallpapering 5 days a week, or working months at a time on historic buildings, and equally taking house bashing to a new level, mastering spraying and all the special paints and finishes that require spraying… And there is residential, commercial, industrial, marine…
A lot of us have been at it 25-30 years, but we all started out in the “P&D” trade, and just aspired to go beyond mediocre house bashing and whatever we find ourself doing, do it to the best levels.
Enjoy your journey
Whereabouts are you based?