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i do car magnets but honestly if you have NO clients it is a waste of money at the beginning. Get some decent business cards and make some flyers and go to colleges or post it on craigslist and look for people that need help
Good tips... I won't mess with the magnets just yet then and will focus on the cards and flyers to begin with, thanks.

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I'll be honest you made me laugh and I lost my train of thought. I had something good to say too. I can't remember it.
Hopefully you remember.

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I think your best bet is older people that aren't as tech savvy. That would be your best target. Remember to keep your prices reasonable too.
Don't worry I won't take advantage of my customers... My moral boundaries are probably half the reason I haven't found a job yet since I refuse to work at places like Best Buy/Geek Squad that charge an arm and a leg.
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You need to register and operate as a limited liability company (LLC). Keep your accounts separate and pay yourself from the account. Do NOT mix the account with personal or you might weaken the LLC.
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You need to register and operate as a limited liability company (LLC). Keep your accounts separate and pay yourself from the account. Do NOT mix the account with personal or you might weaken the LLC.
Very good info Duckie!
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Don't worry I won't take advantage of my customers... My moral boundaries are probably half the reason I haven't found a job yet since I refuse to work at places like Best Buy/Geek Squad that charge an arm and a leg.
Morals are always good. Forget Geek Squad, half the time the people there know very little. I had a friend that worked there and said the people he worked with were dingbats & they charge outrageous prices. Always better to know someone that is tech savvy.
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You need to register and operate as a limited liability company (LLC). Keep your accounts separate and pay yourself from the account. Do NOT mix the account with personal or you might weaken the LLC.
When you register an LLC what kind of continual fees are there? Does the account open automatically under my LLC when I sign up an LLC, and is it a checking account?
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You need to register and operate as a limited liability company (LLC). Keep your accounts separate and pay yourself from the account. Do NOT mix the account with personal or you might weaken the LLC.
I don't know much about what it takes to make your company a corporation but my father runs his own small business as a corporation. He has 1 employee besides himself. I have heard him talk repeatedly about how he runs his business as a corporation because it will be very hard for any legal problems to touch his personal life. He claims that somebody could sue his company into the ground but they wouldn't be able to touch his personal savings.

Again I don't know a lot about it, just heard my father say that. Might be something to look into.
    
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When you register an LLC what kind of continual fees are there? Does the account open automatically under my LLC when I sign up an LLC, and is it a checking account?
Fees depend on state.

The account is something you set up with your bank. You need to separate your personal accounts from business accounts. Otherwise, your personal accounts are at risk if someone does end up suing you.
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Fees depend on state.

The account is something you set up with your bank. You need to separate your personal accounts from business accounts. Otherwise, your personal accounts are at risk if someone does end up suing you.
agreed, all your answers will come when you go to florida's site
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I don't know much about what it takes to make your company a corporation but my father runs his own small business as a corporation. He has 1 employee besides himself. I have heard him talk repeatedly about how he runs his business as a corporation because it will be very hard for any legal problems to touch his personal life. He claims that somebody could sue his company into the ground but they wouldn't be able to touch his personal savings.

Again I don't know a lot about it, just heard my father say that. Might be something to look into.
I was reading about LLCs and I believe they have virtually the same protection as corporations.
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I'm interested in knowing all this stuff too.

I only have a part time job at my college as a stuent assistant and I fix computers and do a whole buch of IT related stuff, but 20 hours of work per week is not enough when you have a wife and a kid and pay isn't good since I'm a student getting experience.

At least once or twice per month I fix computers for family members, or family's friends.
Most of the times it's just viruses or needing to reformat and change bad HDDs though I would like to see what other tools/software would be nice to do other stuff.

I use Malwarebytes and then free Anti viruses to do the job and so far has worked.

So far I haven't had any problem with clients, but it's probably because they are my family's friends. But I want to start advertising myself and know more about how you guys handle angry clients.

Also the most complicated thing for me is knowing how much to charge, any tips?
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