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Hey guys so I'm pretty fond of building computers and it enjoy it very much, and I kinda want start building computers for people on the side of working my regular job. So have a few questions.
1. Got any tips on how to start this? I know alot of people, but ,most of which already have computers and dont need new ones,
2. so how should i advertise, or whats the best way to get customers.
3. is this type of thing legal without some sort of license.
4. would be easier to try and get a job at a computer store instead?

Thanks guys.

I wasnt sure which section to post this in, so if its in the wrong spot, could a mod move it to the right spot? thanks
 
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This is the kinda work that I do and what I dePosed is that people don't trust some randome friend of a friend or the randome guy off of craigs pist witutheir money to build them a pc.. ifyour really patinoye about it o suggeat youbuild tqhe c tqhen try tqo sell it. That takes all the fun and makes it into stress....
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post #3 of 38
Not many people will ask your to build a custom rig for them and then have you charge them a little extra fee. most will buy OEM type pre build computers.

As far as trying to make a little side cash i would look into just doing virus removal, diagnosis, and data recovery simple stuff. Working at a place like geek squad or something will pay you less and have you do more work.

edited: to the poster above, please fix your thread.
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Originally Posted by StuffStuff1;14365684 
This is the kinda work that I do and what I dePosed is that people don't trust some randome friend of a friend or the randome guy off of craigs pist witutheir money to build them a pc.. ifyour really patinoye about it o suggeat youbuild tqhe c tqhen try tqo sell it. That takes all the fun and makes it into stress....

Wait, what?
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Well I build computers for friends on my spare time and those friends eventually tell another friend how good the computer was and they look for me. You can start by telling all your friends that you're going to start building computers for a living or something
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Ive tried the same and no luck frown.gif
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post #7 of 38
I do ~5 builds a year for friends, friends of friends, family and the last one was actually for a guild-mate on the other side of the country.


1. The only way to really be successful is by word of mouth. Someone telling someone how good/well you did on their job.
2. Again, word of mouth, if you're working local give Craigslist a shot.
3. No idea.
4. I think you'd be more frustrated with that, most of the computer places here are more along the lines of scam shops than anything else. Extremely old hardware for stupidly high prices to take advantage of people who don't know better. On the offchance you have a legit shop that does custom work, Id suggest talking to them, make sure you're comfortable with the people that work there. Working somewhere where you know more than all of the other employees combined will really put a damper on the experience.
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post #8 of 38
i did this for about 6 months but there wasn't too much demand on actually building their computers, just fixing them.

what i did was:
1 - put up flyers on stop light posts on all the major intersections in the area
2 - designed the flyer to say that you can fix and speed up systems - Call for more info on other services
3 - Told my friends what i was doing and to let ppl know

i am unsure of the lagallity of this but i DO know that you MUST charge people flat rates.
that is where you can get in trouble (i know it sounds dumb but bear with me)
charge the same for specific types of work or charge for hourly (people like static $$$ amounts; they think if they pay you hourly then you could just piss around to run the clock on them).

If you can fix something really quickly, don't charge them. they WILL be back and THEY will tell people they know.

Now that's to get you started on basics of getting what you're trying to do out.
when you speak to you're customers let them know that you can build them a new system for $XXX.XX amountof dollars. tell them it's a good investment...yada yada yada.

the biggest and most important thing is to be proffesional and KNOW exactly what you're talking about. you want them to be assured that you know what you are doing, but you also do not EVER talk down to them. Sometimes you won't realize you're doing it but just try to pay extra attention to that.

basically repairing computers for people gets your name around and opens up a gateway for actually building them. If you do a good job, recommend a new build (only recommend if their computer is outdated, otherwise just inform them that you can do it and to keep you in mind next time they need a new computer.) and be sure to make buisness cards. they're extremely cheap and EXTREMELY effective.
post #9 of 38
I have tried the same as well, never made anything off of it though. PC support is where the money is. At my PC shop we usually get maybe ONE customer that asks us to make them a custom computer every 3-4 months or so. My friend started a little business on eBay and so far he only had one guy buy into it. He sent $1500 through paypal so my friend could build a PC for him, but the profit was very minimal and not worth the stress of packing the thing and shipping it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by StuffStuff1;14365684 
This is the kinda work that I do and what I dePosed is that people don't trust some randome friend of a friend or the randome guy off of craigs pist witutheir money to build them a pc.. ifyour really patinoye about it o suggeat youbuild tqhe c tqhen try tqo sell it. That takes all the fun and makes it into stress....

Have you been drinking and typing?

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