computer building business
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:21 AM
Posted 05 July 2006 - 09:13 AM
There is alot of steps, and really computer experience wont be worth anything if you are in competition with an established store that does custom building unless you can offer something special.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 12:21 PM
Edited by fleamailman, 05 July 2006 - 12:22 PM.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 03:47 PM
- Do a search on Google for "business plans", this will help formulate a go forward plan, and it is a great learning experience on how to set up a business.
- You may want to search in your local community for some computer wholesalers, when purchasing through NewEgg or Tiger Direct you are adding to the cost of your product, they are third party retailers that buy from distribution. Such as:
- Ingram Micro
- Tech Data
- Know your capabilities and what you have to offer.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 04:35 PM
I do something close to what fleamailman suggested. I fix computers and don't charge except for parts. When I build a customer base, then I will try to expand on that. A friends company has network problems so I may charge a call out fee. Fixing it is proving to be hard on the phone or messenger.
The major problems are things like tax, buisness banking, broken parts. I need an Australian Business Number for recipts. Insurance eats any chance of profit.
An ad in the local paper might help you.
Offer something nobody else has or does in your area like custom case mods. If your really good you can incorporate a computer with toaster or something.
Where I live there are huge computer fares every sunday all over the city, a small fee for stand and you can sell old/new parts, computers case mods etc.... but people are sometimes weary.
What I'm curremtly doing is making a few web designs, sell a few products on-line, but would need a customer base to really get anywhere.
Just a few thoughts for ya.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 07:18 PM
Projects can be an earner too, some people cannot type and want you to, others want you to help them on the Internet to find out something. Photo albums to be copied onto CDs. Their home video casettes to DVDs. Helping parents with their children's homework. Translating, text editing, prouf reading(the one I need myself), and many more ideas are out there.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:21 PM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:47 AM
Edited by fleamailman, 06 July 2006 - 06:49 AM.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 07:22 AM
There are some interesting (or not!) templates for business management and financial here.
I've never looked for small business start-up assistance in the computer industry, however, you could probably do some searches and come up with some.
Rough out a plan and just start. You can adjust your plan as you go. Nothing has to be set in stone. If you're not planning to borrow to get started all that you'll have at stake is your time and energy so you can't lose because at the very least you will have learnt stuff. The biggest hurdle I can see at the outset is to cover yourself in case something goes wrong - eg you build a system for a guy who is running a business and he puts all his work on it and something goes wrong that was as a result of what you did and he loses a lot of business and sues you ... in other words you will probably have to look at paying out for some kind of insurance.
Maybe you could research the kind of things you want to offer in another state where you would not be in competition and select some similar businesses who are doing what you are planning to do and get in touch with them and ask for advice. Most small business people I know are more than happy to help others out if there's no threat to their business.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 09:59 PM
Business cards help, a website is a good idea, but word of mouth means everything. An old adage in retail is that a happy customer tells 4 people, an unhappy one tells eleven. Make sure all your work is good and that your reputation never gets compromised. Learn to turn down jobs that will be more of a headache than a profit.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:38 PM
80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers..
or you could spin it this way.
80% of you headaches come from 20% of your customers.
Now you have to figure out which one works best for you..
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