I had a buddy of mine subbing for me that decided to work with/for safeguard doing inspections for them. He ran his S10 into the ground trying to cover rural Missouri. Got chased by homeowners, their dogs, harassed by neighbors, sent back when reports conflicted, cops called, etc. All for $5-$7.
His check would come and he couldn't make heads or tails of their accounting unless he was willing to spend hours doing a forensic audit. First they were 3 pics on a driveby, then he had to get out of the car, then he needed three sides of the house, address, confirmation of occupancy, then more and more and more. He be out in the boonies to knock out 2 or 3 inspections, at a loss, and find out later he had two more in the same area come in and listed as past due. Meanwhile gas went from $1.90 to $3.80.
Safeguard has not issued an across the board price increase on their inspections since the 90s AFAIK
His sole claim during the whole time was that he was his own boss and free to come and go. Now one could argue that it works for a part timer, stay at home mom, urban orders, etc. But when my guy figured in say 60k a year, minus mileage, truck wear and depreciation, time spent on the road and in the office, he realized he could have worked in an office or a restaurant and made more doing less and spending less.
Long story short, you could do yourself a great favor marketing your experience to local lenders, insurance agents, investors, etc for 5-10 times more money without the headache.