Like previously mentioned, your mileage will vary based on lots of factors such as size of your operation, local market conditions, how well you market and network, whether you advertise or not, how well your website/SEO does, etc. I was fortunate to have a B.S. in Business Administration so I had a good understanding of the fundamentals on the business side prior to starting my business. I also had a lot of experience in networking and customer service from my previous career in IT, too. I was self-sustaining within 6 months of starting, but that was with my own modest expectations as I had positioned myself well to absorb the risk of a slow start and did not set my bar too high at first. Some of the additional factors that contributed to success were a strong housing market, visiting local real estate offices and setting up Lunch and Learn Presentations as an ice-breaker, immediately offering ancillary services such as Radon, Mold, Water Testing and Rental Inspections, getting listed with Relocation Companies as an approved Inspector, and as much as it pains me to do, I started Google Ads within the first few months, too (this more than pays for itself but it sucks having to do an inspection for “free” each month LOL - it’s a necessary business expense still for me as I do not want to be tied too closely to too many Realtors). The bottom line is you should get out of it what you put into it if you are willing to work hard and not accept defeat. There are many good Inspectors here and on the other Forums/Groups, just watch out for the “Holier than Thou” types - they unfortunately abound and seem to enjoy beating up on noobs. Just research for your own answers first before posting most things is my advice… As for COVID impacts with networking with Realtor offices, I have not actually done any of that this year - been too busy and I figured once COVID slows down it will be a better time to start the office visits again. Good luck and congratulations on your new adventure!