Archive for the 'Running Your Business' Category

How to Start a Computer Business Using Subcontractors

Most aspiring business owners do not start with the consideration that they won’t be doing the labor themselves. When it comes to running a computer repair business, actually repairing computers can be a big distraction from managing the business. For this reason, it may be worth considering starting out by hiring contractors to do the […]

The Rise of Tablets

In a followup to Is the End of PC Repair Near?, a new article from the Los Angeles Times discusses the rise of tablet computers, and the decline of PCs. Some article highlights reflect the discussion that has taken place around whether the PC repair industry will be around in a few years, including points […]

Is the End of PC Repair Near?

In The Future of the PC Repair Business, your author speculates on what technicians should expect in the coming years. Virus removal is an important service for today, but will it be around in five years? Will PC’s become extinct?

Computer Tech Scams

I had an email exchange with a scammer today. Nothing new, but just something for computer techs to watch out for. Scammer: Hello let me know if you are capable of repairing computers in volumes. Thanks. Me: Possibly – what sort of volumes are we talking about, and what’s the issue?

Fill in Your Downtime by Partnering with “The Competition”

When your computer repair business doesn’t have a full workload, why not lend your technicians (or yourself, if you’re a one-man show) to “the competition”? By working as a subcontractor, you can gain additional work and experience. Full Article.

More People Repairing Before Buying a Computer

With the declining prices of computers, one would think more people are buying a new computer instead of getting it repaired these days. A trend in search behavior suggests the possibility that more people might at least be considering repairing a computer before buying one. It’s clear that there was an increase – from 2009 […]

How to Start a Virus Removal Business in a Down Economy

Over a year since this article on starting a “virus removal business” was originally written, it’s still a “down economy” and the economics of starting out by first running a home-based computer repair business still makes sense. The article covered some basic strategy and marketing for the part-timer just getting his foot in the door. […]

Recommended PC Business Forum

Are you a computer repair business owner? I recommend pcbiz.org, a great forum for experienced computer repair business owners. There are registration restrictions for this forum, but the upshot is that you will find a very professional community there.

Should You Include Rates on Your Website?

In the Forum, Kev discusses his rationale for providing a price over the phone instead of your website. Adding to what he stated, the decision of whether to list your prices for computer repair services comes down to several factors: if your business has competitive pricing, then these rates should be displayed prominently in your […]

Yext Advertising for the PC Biz: Worth It?

Yext, a lead-generation service, is supposed to generate calls for your business, charging you only for the legitimate ones. I called up a Yext rep looking for their rates in a region that can expect $15/phone lead. The rep told me that they were charging charging $30/lead in this region. Seems kinda high. Doing some […]