This is probably a familiar tale by now, but I'd really like to hear from any professional tilers on here to get some advice please. I was made redundant in February from my job in IT, which although came as no shock, has left me at a crossroads in life. I've been wanting to do something differnt for ages now and it seems like now is the ideal time...trouble is I've a mortgage, wife and two kids! I've looked at re-training into a trade and of all of them tiling looks the most appealing, why? Well quite simply because of all the DIY jobs I do, tiling is the one I enjoy the most, I think it's quite creative and offers for me personally the most satisfaction. I've some redunancy money which I thought I could use to pay for a training course, tools, advertising, stationary and a van etc and set up on my own. Big question is though, can I make as much tiling as I did in IT and still pay the mortgage? It would be rude of me to just ask "how much do you earn" so I'll tell you how much I got in IT and see if hopefully it compares! As a permanent employee I would earn 35K p/a plus bonus, shares, private health and 28 days holiday. As a contractor I could get as much as £350.00 - £400 per day. I live in Cumbria where I guess rates are lower, however do you think it would be worth investing some of my redundancy in this venture and if so could I really continue to keep my wife in the life she is accustomed to (or should I ditch the wife and go plumbing?..just a thought!) Thanks for any help you can give with this, as I need to do something, being at home is driving me mad!!! Cheers Carl.