A Very Good Job, For Someone Around Seattle
Given that so many people are unemployed right now, I thought that I should post about what must be a superb opportunity for a handy person interested in owning his or her own business.
RV repair. Specifically I think Airstream repair, with a focus on vintage units.
There just aren't that many RV repair places out there, and most people who own an Airstream will not take it to a normal RV repair place because of the differences in construction. Adding to all of this, some RV repair shops will not work on vintage units due to their presumed fragility.
How bad is it?
My Airstream repair guy is about 3 hours from my house. He charges just under 100 dollars per hour. He is very good at what he does, but he is also the only guy around who specializes in Airstreams, and who likes working on vintage units.
It took me about a month to get an appointment with him this year for my annual spring fix ups. He's had it for over a month now, and tells me that he is so backed up with work that it still isn't done.
He's got a two-person shop, plus his wife does the bookwork. It seems to me that at his rates, with his constant employment, and the lack of similar service providers in the Pacific Northwest it would be a great field to pursue for those who like fixing things and working with their hands.