Not sure what state you are in but my advise is real simple, considering you have been in the construction field for 10 years, simply make a list of your strengths and weaknesses and then concentrate on the weaknesses.
I am sure some of the fellow inspector / members will have a difference of opinion, I am not a great fan of home inspection schools…taking a course for 2 - 12 weeks can not compare to someone who has actually worked in the various fields for 10 years or more… you can learn some basic stuff but that is about it…as is evident by our (NC) disciplinary action.
Inspectors should be generalist…having a general knowledge of the components and systems they inspect. InterNachi has some excellent materials here…I would consider it before taking some seminar or course for 1500.00 or more…the $289.00 you spend in becoming a member is well worth it considering the advice you can get from seasoned members…schools can not offer that type of expertise.
Let me also be brutally honest, if your marketing skills are not where they should be than chances are you will not do well in this present economy.
Builders, real estate agents, and anyone associated with the building trade, which includes home inspectors, are falling like flies. Don’t think that jumping into the Home Inspection field is going to be much better.
You may want to do a little research about how many home inspectors are in your area and how they are doing…and what will set you apart from them.
Let me also say that offering cheaper services will not cut it…one thing that does piss off other inspectors off is when a newbie’s comes into the market with rock bottom pricing…not only will it guarantee a business to fail it hurts our profession. Considering that the amount of knowledge and education an inspector should possess, $300 - $400.00 is not much considering the liability you will incur. You say you have been in the construction industry for 10 years…that great but let me also say that there is greater liability in inspecting a home than in building one.
As a supervisor you are responsible for ensuring that the job is done according to code and manufacturer specs…the advantage is that you or your company decides which suppliers and subcontractor you utilize…you are thereby controlling the quality of materials and work however how would you like to inspect a home where such materials and quality are not there…especially with track builders. As an inspector you have a fiduciary obligation to your client…while you may only collect $300.00 for an inspection if you miss something that cost your client 10x that or more…chances are you will be hearing from their lawyer… I don’t care how good you think your contract is…we live in a litigious society where everyone wants to sue each other for all sort of stupid crap…even if you do win, you may end up paying out the wazoo in protecting yourself. You need only go to the legal section and read some of the stupid stuff for which inspectors were sued.
Anyway, the above is simply food for thought…