If only every week were like the past one. Got in nearly $4k worth of orders this week, but only 2 were lender jobs. Granted, this is a very unlikely scenario for us, but gets me to thinking which way to take the business, since I can't stand doing lender work anymore. One assignment was for a divorce and another was for an estate settlement. The best part about these two assignments is that we are able to charge at least 43% more than a standard lender appraisal for essentially the same amount of work (this sector of the business isn't overwhelmed with appraisers so that prices haven't been held to pre-1990 levels). I was thinking if this were the only work that I did: I could be working 3 days a week (instead of 5+), getting paid substantially more for the same amount of work, and making more money every year. Other bonuses: fees are collected at time of inspection or prior to, clients respect our professional opinion of value, and assignments are not nearly as time-sensitive as lender jobs. I wish I had gotten my start in a more diversified appraisal office. I would have shifted my focus long ago. There are quality assignments available for us in the marketplace, we just need to find them and get our names out so that those clients can find us.