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Start Your Own Computer Repair Business In 2008

May 1, 2008
Computer repair is basically a service, you may do some hardware sales and installation (both replacement and new) but most times you are selling knowledge and skill.

It's estimated that there are more than 250 million computers in service, with huge potential for growth every year. Computers consist of electronics that have a limited lifetime. They also require software, which can be a challenge to setup and operate.

These conditions set the stage for a tremendous opportunity for anyone with some skill at computer and software repair. Throw in all the associated hardware and connectivity issues and you have quite a broad and diverse marketplace.

As it appears we are entering into a recession (or may even be there right now), the first thing people do is put off purchasing new equipment and fix what they have. This is true for cars, houses, and even computers. This trend will create even more opportunities for a good Computer Repair Business.

There's never been a better time to start a Computer Repair Business. Here are just a few advantages of a Computer Repair Business:

You can start part time and build your business as you go.
It doesn't require a large amount of money or inventory to start.
The Internet has created a huge demand for connectivity.
Technology is constantly changing which creates more demand.
Software changes and requires faster and more powerful hardware.

There are three basic markets for Computer Repair Companies. The home and home office users, small businesses (up to 10 computers), and medium to large businesses. Most businesses depend on computers and software to run their day-to-day operations.

Home users are becoming more and more dependent on computers and software for domestic chores from tax preparation to shopping on line. Most households have multiple computers, small networks, and shared devices.

The break/fix potential is huge. Then add in all the security threats, sophisticated software setup, and connectivity issues and you have many areas for potential service.

So what does it take to start a Computer Repair Business? Individuals with good computer skills and who have had a little training and experience can put those skills to work. Computer troubleshooting is a repeatable process; basic methods are applied to each scenario.

The trick to starting your own Computer Repair Business is you also need a little business savvy and marketing skills. The devil is in the details of any new venture. One of the biggest challenges to most individuals is the day-to-day activity of running your computer repair business.

Insuring you don't fail to adhere to State, Federal, and local community licensing and tax laws is important. Most are pretty straightforward but you need to do some research and insure you're in compliance.

The most common stumbling block for many new computer repair businesses involves finding new customers, keeping current customers, establishing good policies and procedures. The old adage of an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure is true.

Twenty years ago the typical computer repair business made the majority of the their income by selling equipment, either in parts or as assembled computers. With all the large manufacturers and discount electronic stores, a computer is just a commodity like a vacuum cleaner or TV.

Service is now the best path to a successful computer repair company, small or large. And even a one man (or woman) operation can also take advantage. The big companies ignore the small accounts due to the cost and low return.

This opens a huge gap for providing computer repair services to the home user and small business client. Even a one-person company can make a good living filling the gap. The trick is in developing that kind of client.

The best way to learn how to run a success computer repair business is from someone who has been there and done it. There are no secrets, just proven methods that work to help you successfully market and run your Computer Repair Business.

Most people who want to start a Computer Repair business have questions like:

What computer repairs are most common?
How do I organize my computer repair business?
How do I find new clients?
What do I charge per hour?
How do I get paid and bill clients?
How to handle both good and bad clients?

What business, people, and marketing skills you need to address for a successful computer repair business the easy way. Learn from someone who has already blazed the trails and discovered what works, and what doesn't.

One of the best things about starting your own computer business is you can start part time and expand your business to full time. Regardless of where you live, the income possibilities are excellent.

Initial start up costs are small, normally less than $200 (and you probably have some of the items now). Remember you want to sell service not just physical products. Knowledge and skill are your basic revenue generators.

You don't need any inventory to speak of since many repairs will require very specific items that will fit that particular repair. You don't want to be stuck with items that technology obsoletes before you can sell them. My advice is to buy as you go.

So if you have some good computer and software knowledge, that's the first hurdle. Add in some sound advice on running the business, finding customers, and how to make your business grow and it's the perfect business opportunity.

If you would like to know more about how to start your own Computer Repair Business, click on the link below. Make 2008 the year you started your own computer repair business!
About the Author
John Dow owns www.jdWebWorks.com, a computer repair and website design firm. Find out how you can start a computer repair business by clicking here Start Your Own Computer Repair Business.
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