I read a stat this week that was pretty shocking — it said that over 33% of Americans started a side hustle since the pandemic began. And even more surprising, almost half of those reported that it was profitable.
Want to read the article that made the claim? Check it out here.
There’s no doubt the economy is changing. Getting a job out of school, going into the office every day, working yourself up the ladder, and retiring with a pension is not as common as it once was — yet that’s the route I was taught as a kid not so long ago.
So what does that mean for surveyors and the surveying industry?
With so many more independent surveying businesses, the value of standing out and being found through search could become harder and a lot more valuable.
Having more choices will allow potential clients to find surveyors that meet their needs more specifically or closer to home.
However, with more independent non-surveying companies being established, this could potentially increase the need for surveyors.
Some of these things are exciting, and I can see a lot of opportunities for the surveying industry to thrive. Of course, some of them are a bit scary, too. But that’s the thing with change — it’s rarely all good or all bad. It’s a mixture of both opportunities and threats. In the end, change will force some people to close up shop and disappear, while others will seize the opportunity. The biggest difference between the two might just be the realization and recognition that the change is happening.
What are your thoughts about this? How has the pandemic changed your view of yourself, your business, or the industry as a whole? I’ve started a thread, linked below, where you can share your thoughts and read what other surveyors have to say about it.
This morning I received a telephone call from prospective clients about a neighbor’s forest cutting plan. Their land has been marked by orange flags and they do not agree. Would I be able to survey their boundary to determine if the orange flags are correct?
After I shoot in my found points, I rotate my data in the field to match the plat. I have been doing this for months with no problems. All of a sudden, when I rotate my bearings, my stakeout points are off as much as my rotation.
In Norwegian folklore, a deildegast is a type of ghost connected with the sanctity of boundary stones, and what happened to those who dared to move them. The term derives from deidl for stone and gast, having the same meaning as ghost.
I have been getting a consistent 0.25 foot discrepancy in elevations between my total station and my static GPS for the past year. I need to run some more structured tests and see if the RTK is having the same issues but thought I would put it out there.
In northern Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest, the expansive stands of majestic birch, aspen, maple, and pine trees look almost timeless. But looks can be deceiving. Today, much of the famed “Northwoods” are made up of trees that are less than a hundred years old.
Much of the United States’ northern forests were clear-cut in the late 1800s and were only reforested decades later. But thanks to a surveying error, a rogue patch of old-growth forest was left untouched by loggers in Minnesota.
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