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Starting home pc repair business

By Wiseman458 ·
I am a college freshmen CS major working on A+ and Net+ certifications. I am interested in starting a from home part time computer repair business - with residential clients. If I keep it small could I avoid having to get a business license or liability insurance? If I center my services around virus removal/software troubleshooting instead of hardware troubleshooting I could avoid all the problems of opening someones PC and possibly damaging it or voiding the warranty.

Thanks for your help.

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We Helped?

by The Scummy One In reply to Starting home pc repair b ...

what help, was there even a question there?
I'll tell you what -- before being the 'neighborhood tech' get some real experience!

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I drove past an airport yesterday and got a waft of aviation fuel ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Starting home pc repair b ...

As a big big plane roared off away from me, down the runway.

I too, have a split personality and having the aroma of aviation fuel soaring through my lungs I fancy setting up a from home part time flying school.

If I keep it small could I avoid getting a Pilot's Licence or Passenger Liability Insurance?

If I centre my services on local low-level sightseeing trips / aerial photography of people's houses instead of inter-continental jetstream flight I could avoid all the problems of altitude sickness and possibly crashing or killing lots of passengers.

Thanks for your help. :^0

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Huh

by Jacky Howe In reply to I drove past an airport y ...

I don't think that you would get off the ground. Especially only catering for low-level flights. One TV antenna and it would be all over red rover. It would be akin to showering with a raincoat on.

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If the OP has an allergy to an allegory ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Huh

I'm afraid the metaphor may be wasted...


...as wasted as the TV antenna.

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LOL

by Jacky Howe In reply to If the OP has an allergy ...

you crack me up. Nothing to do with Confucius and being upside down.

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You couldn't be expecting

by Jacky Howe In reply to Starting home pc repair b ...

much in the way of an income. What makes you think that everything will be under warranty.
A lot of the Systems that I work on are well past their use by date but they need to be kept going for one reason or another.
Customers are a strange breed and their diagnostics sometimes have to be seen to be believed.
Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and have a go.
Get a couple of old Systems and strip them down, documenting before hand so that you can follow the steps to put them back together. Draw a mud map of the Motherboard and card placements. If they are running an OS document the drivers, eg: chipset, video and network.
When you have built up your confidence and learn't to work on the hardware put a new System together for yourself from scratch and then you can see how far you have progressed.
Volunteer at places that work with Computers or do it as Work Experience.
Above all keep it legal as a customers computer can fry when plugged in at your house or at theirs and unfortunately if you were the last person to use it, it was always working OK before.

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