Recently found out my day job was coming to an end and decided to do a complete 180 on the type of work I do. I did hard manual labour most of my life oil rigs, pipeline, logging (horses only), construction, landscaping. 4 years ago I made a 180 and went to work as a systems admin in the hosting industry. I really miss working by myself in the bush, and the physical aspect of it. I have done quite a bit of digging on doing this as a business and see the majority saying you need to go big if you want to make decent money. I am not so sure, keep in mind decent money for me would be lets say 25k CDN/yr. I have a truck and just picked up a trailer which is a homemade double axle 2 x 5k lbs axles. 6 foot wide by 10 foot long and the sides maybe 3 foot high. I have about 30-40 minute drive to where I can start cutting and I do not have to pay other then the license which is $30/yr. I estimate costs on a daily basis would look like: Truck: $25 gas Saw gas and oil: $10-$15 Splitter gas: $10 Misc: $15 (misc is to count towards repairs etc) I am fairly sure I can fit a cord of birch in that trailer fairly comfortably and I should be able to cut and process close to a cord a day (about 3 face cords). Where I am from in North, QC there is not much for competition and a face cord of white birch runs about $100 and I have seen it up to $125. I figure $100 is fine with $110 delivered. So that should average out roughly to $300/day - costs of $65/day for $235. This means I would need about 106 days worth of grabbing wood at a cord a day, here I would say May until mid October is fine for working so about 165 days available. This seems reasonable to me, am I missing something or do you see something I am off on maybe? In the winter months I will be forging knives as an additional source of income.