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What did it cost?
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$125 to register the LLC. I still have to get a general business license I believe, and possibly more...

eHow ftw lol
http://www.ehow.com/how_6558838_regi...orida-llc.html
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$125 to register the LLC. I still have to get a general business license I believe, and possibly more...

eHow ftw lol
http://www.ehow.com/how_6558838_regi...orida-llc.html
Where in Florida are you?
post #74 of 91
Avoid major hardware problems with laptops. Unless it's a dead HDD or memory replacement, then it's usually far more trouble than it's worth, plus it's stupidly fiddly to work on, and parts are insanely expensive. Broken laptop usually means replace.

If you have to reinstall or reformat a drive, even if it is clear it has no data, then have a form that the machine owner has to sign that allows them to point out any data you need to save and which mentions that any and all files not on this list will be lost beyond retrieval. Do not reformat or reinstall without it.

If neccesary, a boot disk (cd/USB) and a portable HDD and some cloning software will help you avoid any possible legal troubles. You may (or may not) be stunned to find the dumb places users manage to hide their important files.

Custom builds are a decent revenue source, but rare. Lower value build requests are plentiful, but there is often no way you can beat a prebuilt from best-buy or the like.
I remember walking out of a major chain over here a few years ago with my first Athlon rig, and the whole machine (including software) was less than the cost of the parts from my wholesalers.
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Avoid major hardware problems with laptops. Unless it's a dead HDD or memory replacement, then it's usually far more trouble than it's worth, plus it's stupidly fiddly to work on, and parts are insanely expensive. Broken laptop usually means replace.

If you have to reinstall or reformat a drive, even if it is clear it has no data, then have a form that the machine owner has to sign that allows them to point out any data you need to save and which mentions that any and all files not on this list will be lost beyond retrieval. Do not reformat or reinstall without it.

If neccesary, a boot disk (cd/USB) and a portable HDD and some cloning software will help you avoid any possible legal troubles. You may (or may not) be stunned to find the dumb places users manage to hide their important files.

Custom builds are a decent revenue source, but rare. Lower value build requests are plentiful, but there is often no way you can beat a prebuilt from best-buy or the like.
I remember walking out of a major chain over here a few years ago with my first Athlon rig, and the whole machine (including software) was less than the cost of the parts from my wholesalers.
Yes laptop can be a pain unless its memory or HDD as you stated. Laptop repair is pretty much an entirely new entity so unless you know the insides and outs of any laptop I would stick with those 2 things only. Laptop repairs are very expensive as you said. I worked for a place that charged $125 for a DC jack repair. Laptop DC jacks go out ALL the time. However you have to completely take the entire thing apart to replace a $15 piece. So there is some $100 worth of labor.
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Where in Florida are you?
I'm in southwest Florida, but will be going to northeast Florida for college this fall.

@allikat I plan on keeping backup images of each client's data for a couple weeks in case they do find they forgot something. I will also have them sign in case though, thanks. Maybe I should compile a list of 'liabilities' for them to agree to.

Also, it is decided, I'm sticking to laptop RAM and HDD changes only.
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I'm in southwest Florida, but will be going to northeast Florida for college this fall.

@allikat I plan on keeping backup images of each client's data for a couple weeks in case they do find they forgot something. I will also have them sign in case though, thanks. Maybe I should compile a list of 'liabilities' for them to agree to.

Also, it is decided, I'm sticking to laptop RAM and HDD changes only.
Keyboards are easy enough to do as well on laptops, just order a replacement off ebay, then to replace, you literally normally only have to remove around 4 screws on the botton of the laptop and take out a ribbon cable and replace.

I've been working at a local repair shop for about a year, and these seem to be one of the most frequent repairs along with dc jacks.
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Just ordered a 4 port KVM switch, so that'll come in very handy. I plan on finding a basic fold-out or similar table and then getting a monitor and I'll be set on that end.
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Laptops parts are expensive but not much harder to replace than desktop parts. I have replaced video cards, wireless cards, ram, HDD, optical drives, screen inverters and screens. In fact upgrading my laptop parts are what got me into desktop building.
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Oh you might wanna make out a wavier for them to sign too so you are not responsible for their properties if something gets damaged.
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