I hope that, for a first post, what I’m trying to find out is not too broad
I run a small but quite successful Carpentry business in the UK, but when my family and I relocate to NorthEast Ohio in the springtime, I’m considering a career change.
I’ve been interested in Home Inspection services for a while now, and although I love the finish carpentry work I do currently in England, I feel that if I’m to change professions, my arrival in the States would be a good time to do it. I will be living with the In-laws for a year or so, and I’d be more inclined to work independently rather than as an employee.
This might sound like a Resume, but here goes…
My strengths are:
Strong marketing knowledge, and an understanding of how to run a business;
Excellent communication skills;
Good with my hands;
Practical hands on knowledge of construction and industry standards;
Handle paperwork clinically and methodically.
My questions to you folks, in the know, are;
In what appears to be a saturated market, do the better professionals with investment in knowledge and experience earn a good enough living, or is there too much competition from other certified - and non certified - inspectors to make a healthy income.
With a background such as mine and a significant amount of dedication to study and research, how long would it take for me to become one of those professionals that I mentioned above. Very subjective, I know, but I’d appreciate whatever you can tell me from experience
As apposed to a $3000 - $4000 investment in Carpentry tools, what kind of investment would be necessary initially when starting from scratch.
Any advice would be much appreciated, in the meantime I’ll keep searching the archived posts.