I love stories like this.
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The trades are so, SO important and often overlooked by people considering careers. I'm encouraging my kids to go in the trades. (Not too much pushing though, you know teenagers!) 

Anyone here work in the trades? I'm a Social Worker, so not me, but my fiancee is a Lineman. The money is great, the toll on his body, not so much; but its been a good career for him. 

If you are in the trades, how did you get into it? Would you do it again? 

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My better half is a licensed land surveyor.  I retired from a long career in real estate to help him open up his own business which we chose to run from our home.  We were able to connect with builders and developers to create a niche surveying business that has served us very very well with low overhead. The trades are in high demand in our area of FL, save for the big crash in 2008, but they have bounced back full steam now.

Hubby is a licensed electrician and we opened up our own electrical contracting business from home. Now that he's getting older and no longer wants to physically do the work anymore, we have transitioned to doing estimating and job/material tracking for the labor companies. It's so wonderful to do trade work from home. He will do some electrical projects on the side. And we're about to transition again to small real estate investing projects where we take the electrical and also invest in the rest of the construction. We would definitely do it all over again. 

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