Wade commenced his apprenticeship as a panel beater in 1984 and qualified as a tradesman whilst working with Rolls Royce Coach Works repairing prestige European vehicles and restoring them to their pre-accident condition. Wade set up as a sole trader in 1994.
He transitioned into management in 2000 managing two body repair facilities and in 2004 commenced business with Scott Bitters, a former work colleague. Together they set up Universal Panel & Paint Pty Ltd and now operate from modern, purpose-built premises in Neerabup. Wade also has interests in financial planning and a business consultancy.