Originally Posted by BWG
Yep, we are so dang busy though, but we just need to figure it out. I have to take some time to adjust to my son living with me and try to work on consolidating the 3 jobs I work into 1 that pays the same amount first. I had a dream about opening a computer store (man cave is disguise) last night
Yeah, I'd love to open a computer store/repair shop, but it’s a difficult field to try to jump into. People tend to be untrusting of mom & pop computer shops and trying to be competitive with brick & mortars (let alone onlines) would be almost impossible. The only place one could really do well (and where I do well in my side business) is in the repair.
I typically charge $30 - $60 for most of my repair jobs. Considering the Geek Squad charges $65 just too diagnose the problem, it works out as a really good deal for people. Most jobs are pretty straight forward and don't take too much time (virus repair), so I can resolve them in a couple hours and clear $15 - $30 an hour. Also, for most things that take more (like having to do a fresh install of the OS), I can typically start the job, go do something else and come back to it, so I'm not confined just to that one thing. So even if it takes longer, I can work on other things, so I'm still making money on it. Main problem (and why it has remained just a side gig) is getting business. I typically only land about 1 a month, but I don't advertise or anything, just word of mouth. At some point I'm going to build a website, Facebook page and have business cards printed, but for now, I just take what comes my way.
As for getting together, I know how you feel. Working full time and taking 9 hours at school has really put a strain on my time. As it stands my free time is Friday nights (wife works) and Sunday nights (wife also works). Besides those nights, I'm pretty busy with 15 hour days of work and school, then finding time in there for homework. Yeah, life is crazy. Also, I know you've mentioned a few times that you work 3 jobs, what are they (I've just been curious)? I have to give you props, I don't think I could manage my time well enough to juggle 3 jobs, and doing what you have to for your family is really awesome. I have a lot of respect for you.