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use social media like twitter and facebook to your advantage. post pictures of your work. Do not ever say where you buy from though, because people will check prices against what you charge. I used to build computers for people in my area before i actually got a full time job as a Systems Administrator, and ended up doing all of the IT work for a dentists office on the side (12 computers + network printers + bull**** custom dental software) and built them 5 computers. Never said where i bought parts from, never shipped parts to the customer, just gave them a few builds and prices to choose from and went that route. Gave them options and they picked. One thing i never did was list what brand it was other than hard drive and processor (intel and western digital) so that it was very hard to get a price listing on the computer.

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As someone who has just started doing this in my spare time as well, I can say it seemed quite easy for me. I started out by just working on friends computers, virus removal/data retrieval/network help/etc, and from there I sparked the idea to build one of my friends a new pc.

From there, bought parts, put a build log on my facebook, and like wildfire I have friends, and friends of friends asking for builds/prices/other things/etc. My goal this weekend is to get some kind of brand name, an email account for said brand name, and a price guide together for people. Word of mouth seems to honestly be the best way to get a small hobby going these days.

If I can give out any advice, it would be to stress professionalism as much as possible. My facebook build log was as clean, and precise as possible. It also allowed me to showcase my overall build quality, and being able to set someone up with parts, to ready to game pc in just about 4hrs. Hope this helps
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To be blunt,people who assemble the components are a dime a dozen. If you want to take on something others shy away from take up Networking. Once a small business gets a bill from a true networking business to set up his small business he will be begging for a guy that can do the job on the side (and do it well I must add) to come by.Make sure you do your work in a way that the next guy that has to come by and work on what you did (as in expansion)can figure out your way of thinking.
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As someone who has just started doing this in my spare time as well, I can say it seemed quite easy for me. I started out by just working on friends computers, virus removal/data retrieval/network help/etc, and from there I sparked the idea to build one of my friends a new pc.

From there, bought parts, put a build log on my facebook, and like wildfire I have friends, and friends of friends asking for builds/prices/other things/etc. My goal this weekend is to get some kind of brand name, an email account for said brand name, and a price guide together for people. Word of mouth seems to honestly be the best way to get a small hobby going these days.

If I can give out any advice, it would be to stress professionalism as much as possible. My facebook build log was as clean, and precise as possible. It also allowed me to showcase my overall build quality, and being able to set someone up with parts, to ready to game pc in just about 4hrs. Hope this helps
Who knows, maybe your business will take off! ...

And then you'll quit you school/job, making custom computers for the masses, becoming widely known very quickly, to the point whre your profits are through the roof and you are growing faster than any other computer makers. Dell, HP, Toshiba, and other try to hire you, but you won't stand for their corrupt practices. You make GOOD computers at GOOD prices, and you make an honest living out of it. However, as sales go up, your consultants show you how much money you could be making if you maximized your profits and began sacrifing parts for price. "No big deal," you think, hesitantly signing your name on the piece of paper in front of you that would lower the quality of your computers. "They're still better than anything the competition can provide." However, you've obtained a lust for money. You continue to lower the threshold for quality of your computers, until they begin to have problems.

But you don't care. You have the money, the women, the cars. A you sail through your life, you ignore the thought in the back of your head, "something is missing." As you walk across your town one morning, you ponder your life. Why you're not happy. As the sun comes up, you find yourself on a bridge. Then it hits you; you sacrificed your standards for greed. You became what you hated. Tears stream down your eye, and you wonder: Where did it all go wrong? You can no longer find happiness in your money. And you don't know where else to look. Your life, a far as you are concerned, is over. You look over the bridge. You hate yourself, your greed, and everything you represent. Without any second thoughts, you jump.

In other words, not a profitable business.

(also, DARN YOU HALOSTRYKER. Now I have to change my avatar. )
Edited by AllyOmega - 7/29/11 at 8:19am
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I think that just building PC's is unrealistic as a business unless your able to get OEM rates or high quantity discounts. Building for friends for a bit of cash is one thing, but its difficult to compete with prices of OEM manufacturers.

I thought about trying to do something like this as a side project and they way I decided to see what the competition in my area was to look around first for people that said they built "custom computers" or the like and then put out some feeler calls/emails asking what their prices would be for a high end system, and what types of cooling they dealt with. Most didn't respond so I guessed that they either closed or weren't interested in building computers anymore. After that I started to price some different builds in price ranges that I thought would be viable.
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In other words, not a profitable business.
Oh this was never a business venture for me. This is just something I like to do when I'm not working, and the added side income doesn't hurt either. I guess though at this point i'm just taking my hobby to the next level

I do expect this to die off in the next few months though
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After all my negativity I just sold a rig,first one of the year though
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patinoye about it o suggeat youbuild tqhe c tqhen try tqo sell it.
    
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