When I first started my pet portrait business way back in 1998 I thought that I needed to compete against other portrait artists and I tried very hard to have the fastest loading best looking site I could possibly have. I just really wanted to be the very best of the best. Somewhere along the way I started making friends with other portrait artists and my competitive drive started to change and morph. These days I really spend more time competing against myself than competing against other artists. I look at my sales from the last year and I look at how many projects I proofed during a particular month. Last January I proofed 19 clients. I hope I can do that well this month, crossing fingers.