Originally Posted by voidwarranty
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