It is interesting to me how the various pundents around the country keep saying the worst of the recession is past. In my industry it is still in a depression. Contractors nationwide are struggling. Some are leaving the trade, others are barely hanging on. Those that are "connected" in the right way are doing ok.
I take the good with the bad. What choice do you have? Being self employed is a blessing and a curse all at the same time. It is all on you all of the time. You cannot pass the buck, you cannot shift the blame and most of the time there are no sick days. But, on the positive side it is rewarding to create work, please people, and bring concepts to life. It is hard work sometimes and I am still doing most of the work, but it is still a good lifestyle.
Now if we can just limit or eliminate the illegal contractors out there that keep robbing work from those who are abiding by the laws of this state. That does frustrate many of the legally licensed, bonded and insured contractors of all the trades. We will never be able to beat the prices of a guy or gal working out of their commuter car, but we certainly have to offer the service, education and professionalism that we as professionals offer.