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    arutha
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    Just found this article on the web, makes for quite an interesting read :)

    http://www.capetowncorp.com/whatsnew/repairarticle.html

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    tmac1956
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    @Arutha wrote:

    Just found this article on the web, makes for quite an interesting read :)

    http://www.capetowncorp.com/whatsnew/repairarticle.html

    Hmmm…. It sounds like there might be a future in this after all.

    #52961
    vanhooglesnort
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    That salary at the end was a joke, right? 15-16k per year? Is that even above minimum wage? This kind of a self=supporting hobby for me, but I’m pretty sure I could make more than that part time if I tried. Is it really that bleak?

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    Bob Tascione
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    Hi all,
    Good article but pretty sure it’s been around for quite awhile. Those are old numbers Vanhooglesnort.

    Bob

    #52963
    watchthebear
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    Hello all, copied this from article: ” Some are already complaining that they can spend months looking for people skilled enough to work on expensive complicated watches, despite offering salaries that can go as high as $60,000 plus benefits.” stay well…….b

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    arutha
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    I know from my own experience that when a customer does find me it is usualy a case of them telling me they have been trying to find a clock repairer for months or even years as the guy they used to take it to has gone. I think there could be more people suggested in the figures doing horology as a hobby but there sure aint many doing it as a business.
    Paul.

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    harold g
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    That is my goal as my body wears out from 35 years as a electrician.I want to learn this because I have always been mesmerized by the mechanics and beauty, but want to start a shop to flip over my electrical business for the watch business. As the saying goes it looks a lot easier than what it realy entails.

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    arutha
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    Hi Harold,
    it takes a lot of reading, research and sometimes tools but once you get into it there are not many things more enjoyable :)
    Paul.

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    willofiam
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    Hey Harold G welcome to the forum, and everyone else, how goes it :) ? I have had the same issues with the worn out body and have had 25 years of my own cabinetmaking business, incorporating any other type of construction, NOW, getting to old :( !!!! started my clock repair business last year, countless hours of study, working on my own stuff and investing everything I had into this new and exciting direction, many hurdles to jump over but it gets easier as you go, I foresee the ability to carry on till the day I croak, (physically anyway) Do you have a shop space already? I first left the door open in the wood-shop and built a small area for the clocks, it wasnt long before I made the full time decision in the clock repair giving it 100% and taking the chance as there does not seem to be anyone around here that has invested knowledge into proper repair. I have turned down numerous woodworking jobs but once in awhile I have picked a good one to do just because I have the nice guy syndrome. I was partially prepared financially as the income, as you may know, started out a bit less than what I was used to. My dilemma now is space, even after 2 shop remodels ( I wish Bob or Paul would dig up a can or 2 out of the backyard and send enough for a addition 😆 ) I have been blessed in many areas and also give much credit to Bobs forum, a wealth of knowledge and insight from all the members in all areas, :D :D I hope it stays fun :D :D William

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    arutha
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    I would love to help William but what with my bad back etc…… :)

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