Sponsored Links


The Business of Computer Repair

Share it with your friends Like

Thanks! Share it with your friends!

Close

Info

Level: Beginner
Presenter: Eli the Computer Guy
Date Created: May 19, 2010
Length of Class: 84 Minutes
Tracks

Computer Repair
Prerequisites

Interest in starting a Computer Repair Business
Purpose of Class

This class teaches students the basic concepts for starting a Computer Repair business, but also warns that this type of business is unlikely to be viable in the future.
Topics Covered

What is the Computer Repair Business
Where to operate a Computer Repair Business from
How the Computer Repair Business makes profit
How to Bill Clients
Selling Computer and Parts
Limiting Liability
Common Mistakes
Class Notes

Introduction
The Computer Repair Business includes: Hardware Repair , Configurations, Viruses
Mix this business with Networking Business and Data Recovery
How to do it?
Storefront? — Seems more “legitimate” but costs can far outweigh benefits
At their house? — Going to the clients house is a good option that saves overhead cost, and really isn’t as bad as people imagine it can be
At your house? — People are willing to bring computers to your house.
Efficiency
Computer Repair is a commodity business
Setup your workbench to be as efficient as possible (4 Monitors, Keyboards, Mice)
Sysprep, Slipstream and Disk Imaging increase the speed of installing new operating systems.
Billing
They always pay something
Flat Rates work best
Up sell Parts — Reselling parts easily adds $25-$200 profit to a work order
Selling Computers?
Building custom computers is generally more trouble than it’s worth now.
Easier to “consult” on buying a Dell
Create Partnerships
You can’t do everything. Approach local tech companies about swapping work.
Limit Your Liability
Use contracts
You are not responsible for data
Time limit for pickup
Payment due at time of delivery
Common Mistakes
Create checklists so you have fail out points (Avoid the “Rabbit Hole to Hell”)
Communication with the client makes everyone’s life better
Under Promise, Over Deliver
Parts
Always buy name brand parts from reliable vendors.
It’s not worth time, money, or frustration dealing with no name manufacturers or vendors.
If a part fails the client will blame you, not the manufacturer
Final Thoughts…
The Computer Repair Business is dying
New Computers can be bought for $200 at Best Buy
Windows 7 is much more stable/ secure then XP and needs fewer repairs.
There still is, and always will be work, but… There are other aspects of Information Technology that will pay much better and be more relevant and interesting.
This is a good place to get your feet wet as a new IT Consultant. What you learn fixing $200 computers is directly relevant to what you need to know fixing $20,000 systems, but there is a lot less liability WHEN something goes wrong.
Start a Computer Repair Business with the idea of learning the skills required to become a valuable technology consultant. There is a lot or work available, but clients are not willing to pay enough for “real” technicians to deal with them. By coming in cheap you can easily get this work, and then move on to offering other solutions once you feel comfortable running a small technology business.

Comments

Goler Soft 7 says:

when your trying to sell computer repair at home how do people advertise?

Joe Paloza says:

Yeah, newer OS’s have less problems. But there are more newbie users out
there now then there was 10 years ago. You wouldn’t believe how many people
bring their “slow” PC to me, and I find they have 2 (sometimes 3) antivirus
programs installed. hehe, thanks for the vid Eli, you rock.

Charles Chikandro says:

would have liked to hear some marketing tips in this video, I was looking
forward to it throughout the whole thing (thought he was leaving it for
last), but it never came…however that aside, great video I very much
liked it. You’re confident and moderately genuine, what many of us lack.

benjamin james says:

This is computer business dvd course http://youtu.be/Tbn6-XcjDxY

Roger Davis says:

thanks for sharing your wisdom, particularly on the business side of
things. i’ve been watching your channel for hours.

Randolph Harris says:

Great Info Eli! I just graduated with an associate in IT and was thinking
about building a PC repair business from the ground up. I like having the
option because you can get fired from a company and still be able to make
some income from fixing computers. This video definitely puts things in
perspective! I definitely enjoy your videos bro! Keep them coming.

Dany Rockwell says:

Thank you for the wisdom and advice! Really! Thank you! 

mnhm gadka says:

thanks again

Mike Gluck says:

Eli, i used to live in Baltimore for 25 years…lived in Arbutus , Ellicot
City, Catonsville
We you on Route going in the city…or Randalstown, or Reiserstown….got
kind of bad….i enjoyed you videos….so do you dont think it is a good
idea to do this as a career….with all the advice you have given which was
excellent..

kyul2805 says:

This is exactly what I’m doing at the moment as a side project while
studying and working 🙂

Your website is the best find I’ve had in a long while! I’ve learned a lot
from your videos, thank you!

Xavier Forest says:

Thanks for the info 🙂 But this is clearly outdated. Right now there is
so much crap on the internet that i belive it is worse than those xp days.
Social engeneering, spywares, harmfull programs… More than half my
customers have infections. This is a great time to make money :)

Mike Gluck says:

Were you on Rt. 40 going in the city inside the Beltway.

maseeh ahmed says:

you r the best Tutor

LaMarc Plair says:

HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 5.27.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…

LaMarc Plair says:

Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 9.21.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
IAL,IAL,IAL,IAL,
SKIN BRONZE
YHWH
ANKH
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
September 21,2013
IAL IAM LAI MAI !!!!
IALLAIIAMMAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…

Amanda Fox says:
LaMarc Plair says:

HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 5.27.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…

LaMarc Plair says:

HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 5.27.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…

LaMarc Plair says:

@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 6.4.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
IAL,IAL,IAL,IAL,
SKIN BRONZE
YHWH
ANKH
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
June 4,2013
IAL IAM LAI MAI !!!!
IALLAIIAMMAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…

LaMarc Plair says:

@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 6.4.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
IAL,IAL,IAL,IAL,
SKIN BRONZE
YHWH
ANKH
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
June 4,2013
IAL IAM LAI MAI !!!!
IALLAIIAMMAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…

LaMarc Plair says:

@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 6.4.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
IAL,IAL,IAL,IAL,
SKIN BRONZE
YHWH
ANKH
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
June 4,2013
IAL IAM LAI MAI !!!!
IALLAIIAMMAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…

LaMarc Plair says:

@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
@@@HAPPY FATHER’S DAY@@@
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 8.30.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
IAL,IAL,IAL,IAL,
SKIN BRONZE
YHWH
ANKH
Expressive Aphasis
Expressive Aphasis
August 30,2013
IAL IAM LAI MAI !!!!
IALLAIIAMMAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@IAL@@IAM@@LAI@@MAI
@@MAI@@LAI@@IAM@@IAL
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,…

ELI ETHERTON says:
LaMarc Plair says:

HEMOTEF HEMOTEF HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
Queens,Kings,
IAL@@IAM@@
IAM@@IAL@@
Kings,Queens,
HEMOTEF HEMOTEF HEMOTEF
R.I.P. Richmond Ca. 3.8.2013
R.I.P. 9.20.2013
Programming,aimating,recording sound effects,Police Hiring,highway
Patrol,,,…
Programming,Electrical Engineer,photographer,Lawyer,airline pilot,Flight
Attendant,Doctor,PhD,,,…
How to Start a Food Truck,Home Based Business,How To Start A Business,
Entrepreneurship,Disability,,,… 

John Walter says:

Eli great videos! Super smart guy, great speaker also.

Glycerin says:

But the point was that I was refusing to do it because he wasn’t paying me
enough… sure, if he had started paying me more I would have done that. I
don’t work with that toolbag anymore, I got a much better job now.

HelmetVanga says:

go ITT, it is only 2 yrs. It is a good technical school, without a social
life.

Vinícius Carvalho says:

Would you say that Computer Engineering has a future?

Comments are disabled for this post.