Originally Posted by Shroud
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.
That's the way it is most everywhere. People like us know better but the people who buy from those places really don't know any better. Believe me I have tried educating people like that and telling them how much of a rip off they are but no one ever listens.
Best thing to do is to leave them to their own devices. These are the kind of people who when you tell them how easy it is to build a computer, they will come right back and tell you that building a computer is really hard and only professionals can do it. So I leave them to spending a grand on Core 2 Duo rigs with ddr2 ram, or tell them to buy a mac.
However I think doing computer repair would be a much better way of getting customers. Most of the time you can solve a problem with a reformat and back up of files anyway. Then hopefully you will get some recommendations or customers.Edited by james_ant - 7/28/11 at 2:38pm