How To Start a Computer Repair Business

someone repairing a computer.

You’ll find the steps to start a computer repair business below, followed by a few points to consider.

Steps to Starting a Computer Repair Business

  1. Researching a Computer Repair Business – See An Inside Look Into the Business You Want To Start.
  2. Choosing a Location for Your Computer Repair Business For more, see Choosing The Best Location for Your Business.
  3. Choose a Name for Your Computer Repair Business. See How to Choose a Business Name.
  4. Legalizing Your Business – See  How to Register your Business.
  5. Create Your Corporate ID – See A Complete Introduction to Corporate Identity Packages.
  6. Computer Repair Business Equipment – See The Most Recent Google Search Results Related to Computer Repair Business Equipment.
  7. Estimating Your Start-up Cost – See Estimating Start-up Costs: Are you Missing Anything?
  8. Writing a Computer Repair Business Plan – See How to Write a Business Plan.
  9. Set up a Business Bank Account – See, How to Open a Business Bank Account.
  10. Get the Funding for Your Computer Repair Business – See Getting a Small Business Loan.
  11. Software Setup – Check out Google’s Latest Search Results for Software Packages Related to a Computer Repair Business.
  12. Get Your Computer Repair Business Insured – See the latest Google Search Results for Computer Repair Business Insurance.
  13. Computer Repair Business Office Setup – See, Here are Considerations for The Setup of Your Office.
  14. Choosing Suppliers for Your Computer Repair Business – See, How to Choose a Supplier You Can Depend on
  15. Create an External Support Team – See, Building a Team of Professional Advisors for Your Business
  16. Hiring Employees – See How and When to Hire a New Employee.

Points to Consider Before Starting

The work you performed can range from replacing hardware, upgrading software, virus cleanup and protection, networking issues, system setup, and more.

Considerations:

There are several things to consider before starting. First, consider whether to start this business inside your home or in a shop. A shop offers more credibility while working from your home, you’ll have fewer monthly costs to cover.

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Also, consider whether you plan to make house calls or only work from your shop. In my opinion and especially for a business you will need to work at the customer’s site.

You may decide to specialize in certain programs or operating systems, such as Linux, Windows, Mac OS, etc.

You may want to consider a franchise computer repair company such as Fast-Teks®.

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You may want to have a standard waiver in case of loss of data. You can always backup data when there is a danger of losing it, but in case something does happen you’ll be covered.

Skill Set:

  • Using a variety of diagnostic tools.
  • Cleaning computers.
  • Software installation.
  • Soldering parts.
  • Building custom computers.
  • Data backup.
  • Staying current with advances in the computer industry.
  • Knowledge of both hardware and software.
  • Experience working with electrical components.
  • Knowledge of different operating systems.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair various types of hardware, software, and network issues.
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, analytical, and multi-tasking skills.
  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Common Business Skills.

Hours of Operation:

General Hours of Operation – Many companies operate within normal hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but this can vary, depending on the clients that require 24/7 emergency services.

Employee Considerations

Licenses:

See our Page On Licenses and Permits

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Approximate Minimum Startup Cost:

Entrepreneur Magazine estimates that a startup can range between $2,000 to $10,000. However, if you already have a lot of the equipment and planning to start from home, these expenses may be less.

Equipment:

  • Diagnostic tools and testers
  • Laptop
  • Reliable transportation
  • Gloves and grounding tools
  • Small precision screwdriver set
  • A variety of toolkits including wire strippers, solder guns, etc.
  • Digital Voltmeter
  • Different types of cables (USB, audio/video, etc.)
  • Office Equipment

Monthly Expenses to Consider:

Special Requirements:

You may decide to obtain an additional certification for hardware and software (IT)

Pros and Cons:

The Pros:

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  • Minimal startup investments
  • High-profit margins are available
  • This business is completely expandable
  • Being your own boss

The Cons:

  • Customers can be impatient and demanding
  • You may be held responsible for lost data
  • You may be on call at odd hours
  • Intermittent problems can be difficult to diagnose
  • You don’t have control over some software problems
  • In the future of personal computers, it may become a disposable unit and cheaper to buy a new one than repair.

Type of Customers You Need to Attract:

As technology continues to advance, more and more homes and businesses have computers and networks. Clients can include businesses such as retail stores, law firms, and government agencies, as well as a variety of small businesses, and home computer users.

Revenue:

Entrepreneur Magazine says that the national average for computer service billing is $100 USD. This varies though. For example, the average for Manhattan is $160 USD.

Resources

The next section includes resources that can be helpful during the startup phase and after your business is up and running.

Trends and Statistics

Industry trends and statistics related to a computer repair business may provide tips and insights you hadn’t considered. Click Here for the Latest Google Search Results Related to Trends in the Computer Repair Industry.

Industry Terminology

Entrepreneurs need to have a thorough understanding of their industry. Terminology can be learned from experience, however. Check out glossaries to get a head start. Search Results Related to Terminology in the Computer Repair Industry.

Supplies

The supplies you choose can have a significant impact on your success. If you select low-quality supplies, you could face problems down the road. See the Latest Google Search Results for Computer Repair Business Supplies.

Associations

The benefits of joining an association are numerous. You can often obtain publications and news from associations. A lot of them also host events that you can attend to network with other professionals.

Click Here To View Associations Related to the Computer Repair Industry. You may also want to check out our page for tips and insights about Joining a Trade Association.

Top Computer Repair Businesses

You will be able to learn what other businesses offer, as well as pricing and other ideas. Perhaps you will come up with a unique idea or discover something your business lacks. Search Google for the Top Computer Repair Businesses in Your Area.

Marketing Tips

Marketing is a part of running any business. As a business owner, you can market your own business by trying one technique at a time, testing what works, doing more of that, and doing less of what doesn’t. Have a Look at the Latest Articles for Marketing a Computer Repair Business.

Computer Tips

No matter how much experience you have in the computer industry, it doesn’t hurt to read up on the latest computer tips. Have a Look at the search results for tips related to computers.

Books

You can also gain a greater understanding of your industry by reading books. View the Most Recent Google Search Results for Computer Repair Business Books.

Training

The more skilled and informed you are about your business, the more likely you are to succeed. Take a look at the newest publications related to computer repair business training. Google’s Search Results Related to a Computer Repair Business.

News

You can find stories about computer repair that have been covered by the media by using Google News. See Google’s News Search Results Related to the Computer Repair Industry.

Videos on YouTube

YouTube is a great resource for finding tips and insights to expand your industry knowledge. See the Most Recent Videos Related to a Computer Repair Business.