How to Start a Home Computer Repair Business

Starting a home computer repair business not only allows you to work for yourself without a formal "boss," but also makes you more self-sufficient when going up against tough computer problems. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of thriving as a self-employed computer repair person is competing against big-box retailer operations like Best Buy's Geek Squad or Circuit City's FireDog services. However, being confident in your work and knowledgeable about many types of computer problems may help you undercut your competition and achieve success in the process.

Determine the services that you want to offer clients. Make a list of the knowledge and expertise you have in the area of computer repair. Decide if you want to offer both hardware and software services. Examples of possible computer repair services include hardware component upgrades, operating system re-installs, and virus and spyware removal services. Decide if you want to offer house calls or simply want people to bring their systems to you.

Purchase supplies for your computer repair business. Powering multiple systems requires electrical surge protectors. Other supplies you may need include screwdrivers, anti-static wristbands and other tools for opening computers as well as additional computer monitors.

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Set prices for your services. Call or research local competitors to determine the current market rate for various computer repairs. Determine an hourly rate for labor as most clients will be paying for your "time" to fix computer problems. Or, set a flat-rate for performing certain jobs, such as virus removal or simple computer troubleshooting, which may only take ten to twenty minutes.

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