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Old 11-29-2005, 08:24 AM   #1
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I would like to quit my job. What would I need to know and do to do PC repair work? I know a few of you do this.

I know that is a bad question but is it as easy as just going out there and doing it?<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by pipes clangor on 11/29/05 04:06 AM.</FONT></P>
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:22 PM   #2
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> I know that is a bad question but is it as easy as just
> going out there and doing it?

Advertising is everything. Professionalism is everything.

Get in the papers and get in the phone book.

Wear nice looking clothes...polo and khakis. Look professional.

Print color invoices which describe the problem, your recommended action, and what you actually did. Get some post-it note stick on glue and put a piece of carbon paper under that with a black and white version of the same invoice so you can retain a copy.

Have a friendly name. You wouldn't believe the amount of people who called me based solely on my name and logo.

Get back to people quickly. ALWAYS answer the phone. Have your home phone simultaneously ring your cell phone. Give people 2 numbers, address and email...they feel more comfortable.

BACK UP THEIR DATA BEFORE YOU WORK. Take an image of the drive or copy it over. There has been more than 1 occasion that I forget to restore something and had to refer to the backup.

Charge something reasonable. I'm $50/hr ($40/hr for 55+ people), which is the going rate for this area...anywhere between like $40-75. If you're in downtown LA or NYC then I'm sure you can get significantly more.

PM me for more info. I do this.
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Old 11-29-2005, 01:21 PM   #3
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Listen to swampy.

Promotion is a huge part of any private business. Before I went for a salaried position, I was doing freelance design, and it was incredibly difficult. You simply must promote all the time, or you'll quickly die.

I will come back to it someday, because there's nothing more satisfying than controlling your own destiny. I ditched freelance simply because I needed a lot more money than I was making, and didn't have the time or capital to grow my business.
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:52 PM   #4
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Well, firstly, do most of what Swampgas said, if not all. Keep your current job as a...Bankroll, if you will, and build your business slowly by advertising and spreading the word around to people, even people at your current job. Once you think you can make it on your own as a PC repair guy, then quit.

Secondly, learn as much as you can about what you don't already know about computers and computer repair. No sense in being a PC repair man if you don't know everything about the system you're working on, is there?

Lastly....No thats about it. Good luck, though <img src=smilies/thumb.gif>
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:35 PM   #5
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Here I am going to provide you with an expert opinion from an International Pol.Sci major at Kent State;

Get a phonebook and find all the other computer repair men in your area. Kill them.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:18 PM   #6
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> Get a phonebook and find all the other computer repair men
> in your area. Kill them.

My roommate and I were gonna do that over the summer. He wanted to reenact the T2 scene 'just in case' and I was ok with it because it would eliminate most of my competition.

We decided to drink a lot instead.
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