I can't speak to the broader economy but people can afford me. I charge 150 bucks to fix a fireplace and I as of right now my first opening is Nov. 7.
Years ago I used to have to discount my rates constantly to find jobs. Now I refuse to and I still have more jobs than I can handle I'm actually looking for an apprentice.
If people didn't have money I wouldn't be so busy and I would be back to discounting jobs for the most part repairing the fireplace is a luxury not a necessity.