I don't think anyone should seriously consider being an electrician or any
other trade without actually working in that trade, under supervision, for a
I will agree 1 & 2 family isn't "rocket science" but there are skills you will
only get by doing the work.
When you kick the "contractor" tar baby you have also added a whole new level
of complexity. Not only are you taking ultimate responsibility for the quality
of the work, you are also running a business and the business part is usually
what sinks most contractors.
There is a big difference between managing a department for a fortune 500 and
actually owning the "day to day" on a business.
BTW a mere $5000 bond is so ridiculous I don't know why they bother. An
unlimited contractor (electric, plumbing HVAC etc) in Florida has to pony up
$75,000 in bond and some say that is not enough. It is easy to leave customers
holding the bag for that amount of money when you make a few bad business
decisions and your company goes belly up.
If you work in a "right to work" state, just about anyone who shows up with a
screwdriver and a rusty pair of Kliens can work as an electrician, under
someone else's license. Try it for a while and see if you have a flair for it.
If you are good your boss will promote you or you can find a better boss.
Good trades are in demand, no matter where you live, it is only the union
dominated areas that value "time" over "skill".
Do that for a couple thousand hours and then you are in a better place to make
a decision if this is really what you want to do.
I would strongly suggest taking some small business credits before you try to
strike out on your own.