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I have a few people wanting me to build them computers and I was trying to decide how much I should charge them so I'm curious as to how much some of you charge. I know a few companies that tend to charge around 25%, I myself was thinking of 10-15%.
post #2 of 17
...you're traveling down a slippery slope here!

The effort to just supply a wintel box to surf the interwebs and do some email is vastly different than providing a complete, turn key a high end gaming, rendering, or office system.

Will you Provide consultation on components and software that are needed for what the customer want the computer to do?
Will you purchase the components or the customer will purchase them?
Will you provide programs?
Will you install and configure programs?
Will you be providing peripherals (Mouse, Keyboard. Monitors, Modems, Switches, etc.)?
Will you install and configure peripherals?
Will you set up networking?
Will you provide optimization?
Will you provide overclocking?
Will you install at the customers home or office?
Will you be providing any guarantee/warranty?
Will you provide service and repair after the sale?
Will you provide phone support?

It would be best to set a price for each customer's individual needs. Just decide how much you're worth on a hourly basis.

Watch out for service!!!
Even with a simple computer that you just assemble for the customer, no matter what you tell them they will be calling you!. You don't want to be getting phone calls like "My daughter got toenail clippings in the keyboard, can you come over and clean the out?". If you're going to be providing any service (which you kind of have to do) price it high enough the the customer isn't going to be bothering you with trivial stuff they should be fixing themselves.

Good luck!
 
 
 
Edited by billbartuska - 7/25/16 at 6:10am
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It really depends on the type of system your building and services you offer. For a basic computer build (internet and email box) i charge $50 and that's with the customer buying the parts. If i have to go buy the parts its another $20 (price of parts gets billed back to the customer). Windows install is another $50 to $100 depending on what setup they want and software installation. I also burn in the system for a good 24 hours as well. Gaming computer with custom coolers i start at around $80 and can go all the way up to $250 - $500 for custom water cooling (installing video card blocks, rads etc...)
 
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Their is a pretty simply answer for this, figure out how long it going to take, what your hourly rate is and work it out that way. Have you got public liability insurance ? and their something else you need when your repairing computers, but I can't remember the name, But its a insurance encase you give them advice and your advice messes up their computer, when I use to do repairs, I had two insurances in total they came to £350 a year. Just encase you get sewed you never know. thumb.gif
Edited by Gregsta - 7/25/16 at 6:33am
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Yes, there's also this to worry about.

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When I was younger I got into a good flow of doing a decent amount of custom built PCs for people. I did maybe 150 PCs overall.... However I had to call it quits. You will not have a moments peace as soon as you go down this road. Based on that I'd say stay far away from it all. There's a very good reason why pre-built PCs have such a large markup.
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When I was younger I got into a good flow of doing a decent amount of custom built PCs for people. I did maybe 150 PCs overall.... However I had to call it quits. You will not have a moments peace as soon as you go down this road. Based on that I'd say stay far away from it all. There's a very good reason why pre-built PCs have such a large markup.
That why I quit it,I rebuilt a computer for a lady and all she keeped doing was phoning me up for tech support and it got really annoying, I thought I can't do this anymore. I have not fixed another computer from that day.
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What I would say is give it a go, don't let us put you off you might like it, I was a painter and decorator for many years as well and was under loads of stressed but love painting and decorating and suffered the stress just because i loved it so much, but running your own business is not easy you will get stressed out from time to time. Give it ago it just might be right up your street and you end up loving it. But I would strongly suggest you get some insurance in place, Just encase the unseen thing happens. and you need something in place to cover you. I did speak to a solicitor to ask what was the best insurance to have in place, Remember the first half and hour is free. So I got the legal advice for free. It was a guy who specialized in this area.
Edited by Gregsta - 7/25/16 at 9:19am
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That why I quit it,I rebuilt a computer for a lady and all she keeped doing was phoning me up for tech support and it got really annoying, I thought I can't do this anymore. I have not fixed another computer from that day.

 

This.

 

Sick and tired of people calling me to fix their crap.

 

Get on with your life, last time I did that was five years ago, surely by now you've found someone else willing to fix your tin can for a tenner.

   
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They stop calling once you start charging for each phone call biggrin.gif
 
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