Discover key start-up tips for making your home computer repair
a success and why patience is a virtue when you hear advice and
tips from a fellow entrepreneur who started his computer
repair business while still in college.
I started my computer repair business I was still in college. My double major was (big surprise) Computer Science and Mathematics. I decided to start this business as a way to earn a little extra money on the side.
I was working a part time job when I decided to start my home computer repair business. However, my part time job had nothing to do with computers, which is why starting a computer repair business really appealed to me. And, quite honestly, I was trying to find a way to pad my resume went I went to apply for a real job after college.
My small business computer repair business services ranged from building a computer from scratch in the customer's price range to setting up networks and secure servers to simple virus problems.
My most vital asset during my repair service was my knowledge of Linux, Windows, and Apple operating systems. Additionally I took a Clear modem, thumb drives, and my laptop (w/all 3 OS on it) with me on every job, so if I needed to, I could transfer software or files or virus scanners without much hassle. I also kept a huge collection of various cables and used parts in my car in case I needed one.
At first I had a good time, I was exposed to a range of computer issues. And my customers absolutely loved the fact that I offered a flat rate.
I managed to make around 500 dollars extra a month. Although it was decent money, the irritation just wasnt worth it. So, I quit my business and decided to focus on school.
I ended up getting an internship with a tech company that was thankfully paid.
If you have patience dealing with a lot of people who dont understand how technology works than this is a business for you. Be advised that starting a computer repair business is time consuming.
When starting a computer repair business, a flat rate may actually make sense for you. But make sure in the end you charge for what you are worth. I was able to make up for the flat rate because most people ended up tipping me between 20-100 dollars depending on what I did for them.
Before heading into this business I had a strong background in not just computer maintenance, but also programming and electronics. My base knowledge really helped me to troubleshoot effectively.
Also, learn how to get deals on everything computer related. You can buy stuff on the cheap and mark it up by a few dollars and still be under cost of what retailers sell it for.
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