Are you good with computers? Don’t get a computer repair job, start your own computer repair business at home! Maybe you would just like to stop having to pay others every time something goes wrong with your computer. It’s no secret that every day the world becomes more and more dependent on computers. Most people have many aspects of their daily lives tied up in their computer, from financial records to calendars and entertainment, practically everything. When someone’s computer crashes they need it fixed fast, and are willing to pay for that service. Anyone who has spoken with a foreign-based tech support agent over the phone while trying to remotely fix a computer problem knows how frustrating that experience can be. Many people would rather pay to have somebody just come fix the darn thing. This is why a computer repair job is one of the very best businesses that your can start.
So how does a computer repair business work? Well, there are two basic models. One way is to open a retail repair shop and hire employees. The advantage of this system is that customers will be able to bring their computers to you and feel safe about doing so. The other ways is to have a home based business and bring your repair services to your clients. The home business model has many advantages. First of all you do not have to pay for a storefront. You also don’t need to hire any employees, although you certainly could later on when you get a lot of business.
The general plan is to have a website and advertise through traditional ways, like Craiglist, radio and print advertising. Then when customers notify you that they have a problem, you speak with them on the phone to assess the situation and offer an estimate. When the deal is agreed on you go to the clients residence and repair the computer. In difficult cases where tricky hardware work is involved you might return the computer to your home workshop. I have seen businesses with this model charging upwards of $100 an hour for simple repairs and getting plenty of business!
The business side of doing this is not really all that difficult. There are many good books on how to set up a home-based business that can get you started. This business does not require very much start up cost at all, especially if you run the home business format. Two books that we like specifically on computer repair businesses are:
How to start and run your own computer repair business
Start & Run a Computer Repair Service (Self-Counsel Press Business)
Just don’t try to learn the actual repair work from a book, you will you need videos for that.
The real challenge in the computer repair business is how to actually repair the computers. Can you replace a motherboard? How about replace a LCD Screen on a laptop? What kind of tools do you need? Where are the best places to buy wholesale spare parts? You will need to learn how to do all of this and much more.