Computers are part of everyday life in all corners of world. As their usage is increasing, customers too along with problems regarding their functioning and output. So a big market has emerged with opportunities to cater computer repair needs. A few people have jumped into this field but still there is scope for many. One should always analyze his strengths and weakness, polish up his skills before entering into this field as people with good fundamentals will only survive at last.
Many online resources now provide comprehensive business plans which are helpful for a newbie. They give detailed description on various required components, obstacles in this field and details which will help to sustain a successful profile in computer repair business. Many real life rags to riches success stories are available on internet of people in this field. Many go through business plan templates that come in popular world processor formats, automated financials and easy to use presentation templates are available online which can be used readily to start ones own venture in computer repair business.
All these tools will enable to enter the market as a professional. They help to deal with daily financial situations and help while expanding the business later.
It is crucial to be equipped with all the technicalities before entering into the business. One should be careful in choosing his team while opening his venture. The team must consist of qualified people with considerable amount of relative experience in the field. With a good team organizational structure, financing, operations and marketing could be planned. The business objectives could be decided and financial targets could be set. These all are necessary for running a successful business.
As the market of computers and their peripheral cousins is growing fast, the demand for computer repairing professionals will never decline. The start costs can be between $5000 to about $12000; depending on the depth of business. For serious efforts in marketing more money would be needed to spend.
This profession would provide immense satisfaction beside handy technical and management skills along with ‘job security’. Offices report that defunct computers lead to a high level of stress and sometimes even panic. So by repairing computers, man’s long time companion in office, not only the machine will be healed but its owner/ operator as well.
It’s up to your choice whether to visit the site i.e. the client’s homes or the office with your tools or get them come to you. However the former will fetch you more clients and money as time is one thing most people gladly pay for. As far as people see it, your work is indispensable. So you are going to earn whether it is repair or maintenance. Preventive maintenance, such as dusting and cleaning disk drives can earn you a tidy sum on quarterly to annual basis, as per your work schedule. You can actually sign AMC with big offices having many computers. They would be eager for such things as problems regularly appear and they do not have to search for a qualified professional every time. They can directly contact you and get their problems sorted out in the minimum of time.
It is important to get your name around. You must spread a mouth by mouth publicity or reference campaign through your relatives, neighbors and friends. Do get your tech- friendly business cards printed out and leave them at computers retailers. Meet some software retailers and other persons related to computer field. You never guess first opportunity may appear form where. Ask people whose computers you have fixed to write testimonial or review and get it printed in local newspapers. You can surely offer to do a few free test fixes before pricing your services.
You must keep all your tools in good order. To carry a laptop at the client site along with screwdrivers to open up hard dives, disk cleaning material, diagnostic and antivirus software, spare parts and some fix-it –yourself manuals will be helpful and make you prepare for all kind of problems. Last but not the least you should check the particulars from you state Law regarding the need for a license or permit for starting a computer repair and maintenance business.