Thank you for all your replies.
There is a similarity between different bench-workers, which is, we
need to set the standard of our working conditions for ourselves.
It is about money, job satisfaction - and about investing into your
future, competition, and challenge.
If I work for the trade I do it for the experience. I also like the
ease with not handling the finance, marketing and sales. It is easier
to work for the trade when you specialize because marketing your
specialization is a big task. Trade work creates a gap between the
manufacturer and buyer, but it frees up a lot of time.
I do as much retail as trade. In retail you are affected by the
surrounding climate. You can do limitless hours marketing and
administration on top of the workshop load. It can be very rewarding
because you can become part of a happy time in a persons life
(weddings etc), but you need to balance your tasks.
There is a lot I don't know about retail. Perhaps that will be food
for another thread.