Right now my advice would be to go where the money is at. Maybe you could invest into your partners business and make more then a hourly wage, depending on what that hourly wage is and if a investment into his business would pay out. We too are in the same boat as most everybody else, business is slow. You could start a website for your business too, if you don't already have one. That is what I plan on doing very soon and I hope to have more work flowing. I also hope to start manufacturing parts, I have no idea at the moment if it will take off or not. Thats about all you can do is try, one thing for sure is not to be passing up business.