"Money is not an issue, happiness is. I fortunately have a nice bit of savings that I'm able to live off of and focus my efforts on a job that I enjoy rather than one to sustain me."
- The first step to getting a job is to ask yourself what you can do for the person or business you are approaching, what's in it for him. They are in the business of making bikes for a living even if you don't need to be and getting your mind around that dynamic might help.
- There really aren't any apprenticeships since the economic basis for them has broken down. In some ways that's good news for the learn and leave specialist, since you don't have to actually stay with one builder for a long time, or give back for what you have learned. Just be careful not to add insult to injury by asking about apprenticeships, keep it to yourself.
- If you need the skills, don't have them yet, then a mass kind of shop is a good place to go. You get lots of practice, the people are competant, one would hope, and they need a constant turn over of people. A lot of the better makers of today started out in regional "factories" so they learned how to do it fast. It's a lot easier to slow down once you know how, having learned the skill, than to speed up without the skills.