Branson is no different than the rest of the country. Many former contractors are now working for an hourly wage. A skilled remodeling contractor can still find work and a builder with financial support can still do well building affordable spec housing (houses under $150,000). Demand for new inventory is rising as existing eventory is limited to stripped foreclosures and homes needing a lot of repair. Skilled workers that are fair in their dealings are always a sought after commodity so come on and make the move but you will need some staying power.