I know pretty much everyone will roll their eyes at this
but I've known many people who left middle management office jobs or whatever to go into the service industry and love it. Some services there is lots of competition like landscaping, concrete curbing may be something to look at. Pressure washing to me is something that if what I do now doesn't hold up I would jump into in a heartbeat. Talked to a guy the other day who is a fireman with me and he makes a couple thousand a month pressure washing on his own, does it part time. I was telling him to go try dealerships and charge a few bucks per car to add to it.
I've read about dog pooper picker up services and have heard stories in big enough cities where people make good money. First time to come to your house or apt complex, motels, parks, public buildings, etc they charge a good bit to pick up poop. Then they come however many times a month and charge alot less to come. Elderly people like it also so they don't have to fool with it.
I love the auto glass industry with the exception of govt getting involved in it alot and insurance companies. I'm a one man show and do fairly well but still work at fire dept have my bosses up there. I hope to retire early from fire dept and just do auto glass. I've been there almost 10 years and can retire at 12 years but only like 46% of my highest 3 years. Still have a goal to try and make it to 15 years, honestly, I'm tired of working there. Been doing windshields for several years and love it though.
Again, I understand this is probably not the kinda advice you or anyone else was looking for, ya know, pooper picker upper
and all. I guess I'm just saying think outside the box. I've known at least one doctor and a regional manager for Home Depot who left to be a one man show in the service industry like landscaping, pressure washing, etc.
Disclaimer: If you do auto glass, not necessarily for replacements since it takes so long and people don't frick with you. On crack repairs expect to have the whole family standing over you shoulder watching every move you make repairing it. It sucks at first but you get used to it. Rednecks think your a superhero, its crazy. Oh, another thing that hasn't happened yet but one day will, that I'm dreading, is for it to crack out when repairing it while customers are standing by watching. I worry about that everytime
This post was edited on 10/11 at 11:27 pm