I haven't slowed down at all this year, but I suppose it depends on your location. I live in a heavily populated area, and there is plenty of work. + I have a huge customer base, and someone is always having a problem with something. I would say I probably repair still about 95 percent of the machines I work on. Been getting alot of icemakers, refrigerator calls. I work on alot of higher end stuff that they will fix rather than throw out. I talk to most guys at the parts place, most of them in this area are very busy right now. Only a few are slow.
Tomorrow, for instance, I have 3 icemaker calls, 4 refrigerator either leaking or frozen calls, 3 dryer no heat calls, A jenn aire cooktop screwed up, and an oven door glass. Right now, I have a backlog of parts waiting calls at about 24. Plus another 23 I have promised for tuesday or wednesday. I'm actually hoping that tomorrow is slow call wise, with the 4th coming. I don't want to get too backed up. I worked 6 hours saturday *(would have worked more but had to work my other job or my hobby lets say) and about 8 hours Sunday. So right now, that's 59 outstanding calls as of this moment. + whatever comes in starting tomorrow morning.
Stoc, how do you market yourself? Maybe that is the question you need to address. If you do it properly, I think you will make yourself immune to the economy. Hey, if your fridge goes, you have to fix it. Hard to live without it or a stove. Or a washer or dryer. I also do alot of disposals. I also have alot of people working for me, Electricians, plumbers, handymen, realtors, etc. They give my name out all the time. I also have the president of one of the local labor unions that has given my name out at least to 30 people. This kind of stuff helps.