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.
In this age of modern technology, computer and its related gadgets like laptops and notebooks are found in almost every house. Since their usage is immense so is their wear and tear. More often than not, we are left stranded due to some or the other problem related to Computer Repair.
From virus to Trojan horses, anything may hit your computer especially if you are connected to the internet. Software and hardware problems are the two main reasons making us go to a CR agency. Other than hardware and software installation, there are other services which are offered by these agencies like Memory upgrades, PC Installation, Virus check, Fault finding and repair, Access to the internet, Home network setup, Data backup and restore and Laptop Repair.
Software repair is usually the installation of the software. Care must be taken that only authentic and licensed software is being used by the CR guys to install in your system. Installing anything other than that such as pirated or free version of software amounts to software piracy and is punishable by law. It could also pose problems for the user later on. Also, pirated software cannot be fixed in terms of technical glitches. It simply has to be reloaded. Your precious data might also get corrupted.
On the other hand, hardware repair is a little tricky job. Most often the person doing the CR has to check why a particular piece of hardware is not working and how to rectify the problem. Of course! Putting in a new piece and fixing it is a solution, but a costly one. At times, a particular hardware may not work with the software because they are simply not compatible with each other. This is one such problem faced by many who do CR.
We have searched around and found a fantastic training system for learning everything you need to know. Best of all this system focuses on laptops which are more tricky to repair than desktop computers. This means that by learning how to repair the laptops you are in essence learning both as laptop and desktop computer repair are based on the same concepts, only that the laptop being more compact and inter-connected are more difficult.