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By rlokur ·
Hi everyone,
I was just wondering after a long time in job hunting as Computer Technician how one can instead look into getting self employed by fixing other people's PCs. My first question is, what does it really take to start a personal onsite PC repair or support for other people's PCs? Second, does one need to have special softwares, tools etc? I just need someone who is doing this kind of business to help me here if you can be so generous or anyone with brillian ideas all the same. I just need answers based on specific things like what one needs before hand to start this kind of business. Answers in 1, 2, 3 format will be so helpful when answering this question. My appreciation to anyone providing answers to this request.

Thank you.

Richard

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by TheChas In reply to Onsite PC repair Business ...

1. Time and effort. Along with excellent "people" skills.

2. A POST card and some good diagnostic software can be useful.

3. A selection of "common" system components so that you can complete repairs on the spot.
Power supplies, fans, drives, modems, cables just to start.

Are you in the US? Or, another major country?
If so, you need to start by checking with:
Your lawyer
Your insurance agent
Your city, county and state offices.

You need to have the wording on your forms and contracts meet specific requirements to protect you and your business.

You need some form of liability insurance, if not "bonding".

You may need a business or tax license, and may need to collect sales tax.

In the US, we are starting to see national franchise opportunities for PC techs.
Best Buy has their "Geek Squad"

Another firm has a more independent setup.
http://www.nerdsonsite.com
They cover the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and South Africa.

Might be an option for you.

Chas

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by rlokur In reply to Onsite PC repair Business ...

Thank you chas,

I think you had clearly elaborated your points in the way that I think is more precise.
Thanks a lot for your quick response.
By the way,live in Calgary, Alberta Canada

Richard

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