How to Start a Computer Repair Business
The computer repair business can be started with little to no money and can turn a profit almost instantly. If you’re a computer whiz, the guy or girl everyone goes to when their computer is broken or not working well and if you enjoy working with computers, consider starting a computer repair business.
Almost everyone has a computer and just about every business has several computers running all the time. Many people that use these computer either simply don’t have the time or don’t have the knowledge and skill to keep them up and running at peak performance.
The computer repair business can take on many aspects, from the repair of hardware and/or software, networking issues, or simply performance. All computers slow down and they all need to be cleaned up and optimized from time to time, if not on a regular basis.
How much can you make?
Although it varies and you have to stay competitive with others in your area offering computer repair services the national average is $100.00 per hour with the potential of becoming a 100,000 + home based business.
The computer repair business is one that can be started as a sideline business in addition to either a traditional job or small business and grown over time until it’s full time.
Let people know you have a computer repair business.
Make sure to market you business on a daily basis. This can be done in a variety of ways from ads in the local paper, a yellow page listing, online through Craigslist and other online classified ads, a personal website. You can post on bulleting boards in local grocery stores. Pass out business cards and flyers. And of course this business will spread through word of mouth. and always as with any small business make sure to always ask for referrals. If you’re marketing to small businesses in your area, consider attending the local chamber of commerce and socializing with local business owners.
How much does it cost to start a computer repair business?
As I mentioned earlier a computer repair business is not one that requires a large investment. You’re marketing a service. This business can easily be started for less than $100.00. Actually if you’re starting this business on the side repairing friends and family computers a computer repair business can be started with no money at all.
Licencing and Insurance
General liability business insurance (which ranges from $300 to $1500 annually and is obtainable through your local city hall, that’s all you need. A small business licence can also be obtained in the fashion for a reasonable price, 50-150 dollars on average. If you’re starting small you can use your initial profits to take care of these fee’s.
If you’re not interested in starting a full fledged home based business, repairing computers is a great way to bring in some extra money. And as I once told one of my real estate friends. If you’re doing work for friends it’s ok to charge them for the work, especailly if it’s time consuming and tedious work. That doesn’t mean you should do what friends do but learn how to draw a line and not get taken advantage of. To your success and good luck.