I'm having my best year ever thanks to a local commercial job. Aside from that work, the business I built is "residential after the builder", which has been average...much, much better than about 12-18 months ago when my phone died for about 6 months. It was a bad time for a lot of businesses, and many went out of business.
I've had my own business for 20 years, and started this electrical business 10 years ago. The electricians exam here was really a little too easy, though it was a scary moment when I was told I couldn't take the test again for a year if I failed it.