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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 11:06 PM

All jobs have things that suck. With any of the skilled trades, you can do extremely well or limp along poor for the rest of your life. It is more of a matter of how well you run your business than how well you perform your trade. That said, as an electrician, you wouldn’t be underbid by people working for pennies an hour in factories overseas or being churned out by machines by the box car load. Electricians and Plumbers can’t get outsourced. Carpenters can.

Regarding the pay. There are two sides to that. (No offense meant, just straight talk) When you started at 13 or so you were not worth that much (probably costing them more than you were earning them). You make yourself valuable by the work you do. You say you were “bored.” That tells me you weren’t earning what you were given. You are on a job and have nothing to do? Man up and ask for more to do. Better yet, do it without asking. They are on a job to do work for a customer and not to keep you entertained. Even if it is cleaning up the truck, sweeping up the work site, or covering ditches, or hauling a pitcher of tea for the other people on the crew or anything else that needs to get done. It’s all part of the job. You make yourself a more valuable asset and then you ask for more money.

There is a lot difference between woodworking for enjoyment and doing it for a living. It will take many more years to be good enough at woodworking to be up to the skill level to make as good a living as one of the licensed trades. Now, doing woodworking for yourself at home? I can see no reason against it as long as you don’t leave a mess for everyone else in the household. Get good enough at it, it might work into something great.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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