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Starting any business even a self employed single business like what your thinking is pretty difficult. Making it successful is even more difficult. Some considerations:
Do you have a market?
Chances are there is already others doing what you want to, how are you going to break into this market? Marketing, word of mouth, etc.
Making profit?
You might want to look up what kind of prices others are charging. You might come to realise that you will have to be fixing/repairing computers pretty much all day every day to turn a profit.
You have to be able to pretty much fix anything to compete?
You can't show up to job only to say, "Sorry, I only do software" or "I don't do laptops"
Startup investment?
Unless you have everything already, you will have to invest into the tools of your trade, test kits, spare motherboards, PSU, CPU's, RAM and all for different chip sets. A computer repairer is much like a mechanic, except for your computer.
Insurance & laibility?
What do you do when you delete someone's data? When you break their computer?
I'm not saying it's completely impossible, just difficult. Maybe start with just friends and family and see how you go?

Yeah, right now I just want to start small. I have fixed a few computers for family friends, and I've made a small amount of money, which I've put into some tools that would be useful for me moving forward. I actually have done research on a lot of what you have said, I don't have it all figured out at this moment, of course, but it's not something I'm just going to jump into without being careful and putting much consideration into every decision I make. Things like Insurance, liability, when something goes (horribly) wrong, I'm not too sure what i'll do with all of that at the moment.

There is definitely a market here, profit, prices, etc, are all things that I'm going to be looking into as as soon as I can. I'm going to be doing my best to cover as large of an array of things as I can so that I don't have many shortcomings.
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You need to learn about computers before doing anything. Being "in to" something doesn't inherently mean you know a lot about it.
When you figure out what all comes with the hobby, decide upon what is considered worth it afterwards.

I actually have quite the passion for computers, and I'm hoping that this small business of mine will turn into something bigger. Only recently have I had the time for any of this, and it hasn't been that much time I'm sad to say. The information I do have is quite scattered but every time I learn something new, the intensity to learn just grows even more.
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If you want to fix computers, your going to have to know a thing or two.

One thing for sure is to have an extensive knowledge in Windows, how to remove viruses, various software (such as outlook... outlook issues are a pain in the ass), etc. Also understand what is a hardware issue and what isn't and when to just back away from a machine.

Going into business and repairing machines is not easy and it is not like you can just jump in either.

Also, an A+ cert is worthless... Really it is. If you want a good certification, get Microsoft certified. The tests are not easy (it is multiple choice but you are given a situation and actually HAVE to know the answer. You cannot guess). That will give you a good base to start from since a majority of the time you will work with windows machines.

From there, just gain experience on what to do. I tried doing it and failed hard.
 
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If you want to fix computers, your going to have to know a thing or two.
One thing for sure is to have an extensive knowledge in Windows, how to remove viruses, various software (such as outlook... outlook issues are a pain in the ass), etc. Also understand what is a hardware issue and what isn't and when to just back away from a machine.
Going into business and repairing machines is not easy and it is not like you can just jump in either.
Also, an A+ cert is worthless... Really it is. If you want a good certification, get Microsoft certified. The tests are not easy (it is multiple choice but you are given a situation and actually HAVE to know the answer. You cannot guess). That will give you a good base to start from since a majority of the time you will work with windows machines.
From there, just gain experience on what to do. I tried doing it and failed hard.

If it fails, it fails...if that happens then I'll do something else, hopefully with computers, but I'm not going to just quit before I even start because it's difficult!
I actually had the intention of getting microsoft certified whether it was required for what i was thinking of or not...I really do want to go beyond this, i just want something other than some ****ty 9-5 job for income while attending college.
The one thing I don't understand out of all you said is "when to just back away from a machine", I don't really understand this. Do you mean realize that it is beyond repair and move on?
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

If you want to fix computers, your going to have to know a thing or two.
One thing for sure is to have an extensive knowledge in Windows, how to remove viruses, various software (such as outlook... outlook issues are a pain in the ass), etc. Also understand what is a hardware issue and what isn't and when to just back away from a machine.
Going into business and repairing machines is not easy and it is not like you can just jump in either.
Also, an A+ cert is worthless... Really it is. If you want a good certification, get Microsoft certified. The tests are not easy (it is multiple choice but you are given a situation and actually HAVE to know the answer. You cannot guess). That will give you a good base to start from since a majority of the time you will work with windows machines.
From there, just gain experience on what to do. I tried doing it and failed hard.

If it fails, it fails...if that happens then I'll do something else, hopefully with computers, but I'm not going to just quit before I even start because it's difficult!
I actually had the intention of getting microsoft certified whether it was required for what i was thinking of or not...I really do want to go beyond this, i just want something other than some ****ty 9-5 job for income while attending college.
The one thing I don't understand out of all you said is "when to just back away from a machine", I don't really understand this. Do you mean realize that it is beyond repair and move on?


It's hard to run a tech support consultancy. There's not enough money in it with just fixing comps, virii, etc. Hmm, you might want to try getting at job a pc shop first, then you can cultivate your client base. LOL. One of my first jobs out of school was for a local shop. I built quite a good referral list. Then I was able to go self employed. These customers are then used to paying retail for labor. That's very important for your wallet. How are you going to get customers? Why should they give you business? Are you good? Are you going to break their stuff and run? Why would they take a chance on a random person? These questions are sort of hard to answer for a new customer when you've got nothing to draw upon.

When I did tech support it was while I finished my certs, then I went into enterprise management. Consulting on networks pays a helluvalot more then techsupport my man.
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Yeah, that's something I am considering, getting a job at a some sort of computer shop while getting all of the school/certification stuff done, just to get some experience. Like I said, I'm not jumping into this now, I'm taking my time, I have time now, and I'm doing my best to use it wisely. Many questions I can't answer at this moment, nor can I guarantee the ideas I DO have in my head will work. I would like to thank everyone, again, for all of this input, it reminds me that I shouldn't get overly eager about things. I don't know what you mean about consulting on networks, though! Is it like doing work for a company's private network? If so, that sounds interesting. If it isn't, it still sounds interesting!
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It's not that you shouldn't get overly eager, just don't try to get in over your head without knowing what it is you are getting into... if that makes sense.
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It's not that you shouldn't get overly eager, just don't try to get in over your head without knowing what it is you are getting into... if that makes sense.

It does make sense, and that's sort of what I meant, anyways. I've always been bad at conveying certain things with just words.
post #18 of 20
OK these negative comments are BLAH!

Just start building for people. Most parts come with 3-5 year warranty ... u are covered on that. Just start doing it and learn as you go and when you have questionsa come back and ask them smile.gif Good little Google Search never hurt any one biggrin.gif

If you listen to the Neh sayers and negative people you will not do it LOL.

Just go with it and see how you do! No one can make you do it or not do it ...



EDIT:
You dont need any certs ... GEZZ PEOPLE! i have no certs seam to be able to build for people and make a nice $$ if i want to ... but like other say ... once you get a big enough customer bases you will have t deal with dumb people and as long as you write out your warranty well so that they cant and you still take care of them you will be fine smile.gif
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I buy, fix, and sell iPods on the side.
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Myself and two other friends repair and build computers on the side, we have started building a website and drafting up a business plan. Luckily my city has classes for people wanting to start up their own business. We are taking the classes and hopefully going to learn something from it and get the ball rolling some more with the business ideas. We want to do it for the learning and experience. I encourage you to read and read and read, the A+ cert can be had and you can study for your self.
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