Local to me I know of an inspector who fits the “hobby” inspector. Although he is one of the busiest guys in town. I was recently on an inspection with him where I witnessed him turn down 4 jobs not for any other reason than he already had two booked that day and his golfing schedule was more important than the money. He drives a Lincoln Navigator and lives in a nice home. I see this as successful.
I think one of the things I considered getting into this business is similar to the point of this thread… is there enough demand to enable me to make the kind of money I want or need to make. I answered that question with another question “what is it I can offer to someone that would have them call me rather than the next guy?” The answer for me was simple. Technology, energy, enthusiasm and customer service. I noticed recently that customer service as a whole in Canada has really deminished. When is the last time you really felt a company was grateful for your business? I noticed that when you go through a drive through they no longer say thank you have a nice day rather just “here’s your food”. They could care less if I come back tomorrow, tell a friend about the meal I had or even share a negative experience.
I think in many industries we can find people lose the enthusiasm for their work and for customer service. I noticed a comment “crawling through attics” or something to that effect. When I read it, I couldn’t help but feel this is something the writer isn’t passionate about, does excite them and as such probably comes across to customers that way.
Long story short, what I feel I can do to ensure I have steady business is demonstrate my enthusiasm for my work by continuing to educate myself, provide above average customer service and overall my genuine enthusiasm for this profession will be evident. I really think when the day comes that I no longer want to crawl through an attic (which I can appreciate isn’t always the most pleasant thing) or overall I lose the spark I have today I could only expect my business to decline and will look to diversify myself into perhaps a related field or even something completely different.
The one thing I can’t help but think of regarding this subject is that all the home inspectors I know are also entrepreneurs. As such the spirit of an entrepreneur is to seek out new business ventures and use their creative minds to satisfy a new demand in an industry.
Rudolf, the other thing to consider is: not everyone wants a single income family. I couldn’t imagine my wife not working. The accomplishments she has achieved through her education and through her work are a good part of what makes her so wonderful. She makes a meaningful impact with her grade 11 and 12 students and I know they are better off for having her as their teacher. I understand your question is “can HI income support your family” in my case the answer is I’m glad it doesn’t have to for not just financial reasons. As I said above my wifes job adds to her character and she enjoys it. Not everything is dollars and cents.
Sorry, I know I’m long winded… I’ll stop now