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Hi, I am new and can see some really interesting discussions on here!
I am a retired teacher and have earned a good living to support myself and my husband over the last 9 years as a children's maths and English tutor. My husband has been working for our limited company building artisan audio products. The latter has had great reviews, s ( best sound in the NewYork Audio show 2016) but it eats money and certainly does not provide anywhere near enough to live on, just supports itself!
He is shortly going to train in UK where we live as a top grade electrician- domestic and commercial and start that as a self employed business. We will keep up the audio limited company.
I earn a good salary in the UK, as much as I would if I had stayed in teaching.
Canada is top of our list for a new life. We are getting tired of England. In the UK every child whose parents can afford it has a tutor, so it is easy to get clients here and I have great references, reputation and of course tax records to prove the longevity of my income-

How easy is it to make a living as a self employed qualified electrician-are they needed? I understand there would be tests to sit for him as an electrician. But is my self employment as a tutor transferable to Canada? Would I get the clients? Is tuition as big there as it is here in the UK? Thanks for reading. Please reply with any advice :)
 

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How easy is it to make a living as a self employed qualified electrician-are they needed?
He would not be allowed to work as an electrician until he was qualified to do so here in Canada. As for being self-employed, it would take considerable time to build up a customer list long enough to support oneself. Working for an established company would be a far smarter way to start out.


But is my self employment as a tutor transferable to Canada?

It is doubtful you could earn much as tutors are a dime a dozen here, and the rates they charge are coming down steadily.


Would I get the clients?
That would depend on you and your drive in building up a business.


Is tuition as big there as it is here in the UK?
'Tuition' means something different here. Tutoring is common, but probably not as common as in the UK. And as I said, tutors are a dime a dozen here.

Lately I have been seeing signs around my place advertising tutoring for $5 per hour. The quality can't be very good, and I have no idea how the business stays afloat and pays its tutors when charging such a low fee (to put it in perspective, I spend more than that on coffee per day and my coffee budget isn't that big).
 

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He would not be allowed to work as an electrician until he was qualified to do so here in Canada. As for being self-employed, it would take considerable time to build up a customer list long enough to support oneself. Working for an established company would be a far smarter way to start out.





It is doubtful you could earn much as tutors are a dime a dozen here, and the rates they charge are coming down steadily.




That would depend on you and your drive in building up a business.




'Tuition' means something different here. Tutoring is common, but probably not as common as in the UK. And as I said, tutors are a dime a dozen here.

Lately I have been seeing signs around my place advertising tutoring for $5 per hour. The quality can't be very good, and I have no idea how the business stays afloat and pays its tutors when charging such a low fee (to put it in perspective, I spend more than that on coffee per day and my coffee budget isn't that big).
Thank you. Same here, tutors are everywhere, many noit even teachers and parents are savvy about that though: it depends on results in tuition and I do have years of references for great results; we have grammar schools with the 11+ exam, and I actually have the best results in town and I am a very good teacher so my pupils say :); I learned a lot growing my tuition business from scratch and I think I could do that again- it depends what the market requires; I'm also an exhibited artist of many years, so could also do art lessons. Well, you don't know unless you explore and I think it is important in life to check out the options.

My husband is Polish and has I think it is 5 years in technical college with the full electrician qualification from there but whichever country you go to live and work in, you have to redo the exams- he is going on a course in a couple of weeks for UK. You're right about the self employed status- depends on whether there is a shortage of electricians in Canada - there is here!
I wonder about our Limited company- if our 3 year old company started to do well - it is still a baby- would that make us more welcome in Canada?
 
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