O.k. we all know the economy is very slow, and I'm self employed in the trades. I usually make a pretty good living whenever I'm working, and just like anything in the contracting field, sometimes it's really good. Plus, there is the freedom of being self employed, which I'm very used to now. Now, all that being said, it's been slow lately, and at the moment, not sure when my next job is. I'm not trained for anything else, and in the past when it's been slow, I've toyed with the idea of being an installer. Reason being, I do all my own stuff at home, so it's not something completely foreign to me, and I know they work all the time. I've been thinking about it again lately, but I'd never do it unless I took a good look at all the variables, and weighed everything out. I've heard in the past that it's 12 hour days and mandatory 6 days a week, so that made any thought of doing it go right out of my head. I'd do whatever I needed to do to pay the bills, if things got bad enough, but it hasn't been "that bad" yet. I was talking to the installer that did my in-laws install, and he said he does pretty good, works 5 days a week, and doesn't work 12 hours days. He actually seemed happy. He said "they take care of us pretty good". I was a little surprised, because it's different than what I usually hear. He has been working for Directv for 3 years. That being said, I know it's work, and not a picnic, but what can a person expect out of doing it, especially at first? What kind of money do you make weekly, on average, and what kind of hours do you put in. I don't want to get into anyone's personal business about income, but maybe someone could give me a "you won't make any less than (x)" answer, or something like that. Just a general idea of what to expect, and what it's really like. You could even pm me if there is anything you don't want to post. Tell me I'm crazy, I don't care. I appreciate any honest feedback. Thanks!