How to Start a Computer Repair Business from Home
If you’ve been wondering how to start a computer repair business from home, this article lists five key points to consider before you get started:
Obtain any Necessary Permission: Before you think about HOW to start a computer repair business from home, check that you actually CAN. If your home is rented or mortgaged, there may be clauses in your contract that prevent you from operating a business from the property. Check this before you do anything else.
Investigate Insurance: Thoroughly research the insurance required in your area to start and operate a computer repair business. Consider what happens if your home is burglarized and client’s equipment is taken. Consider what happens if a mistake you make means replacing a customer’s computer, and what happens if you accidentally lose some important data. Ensure you are properly covered.
Decide a Specialty: Do you intend to repair laptops, rebuild servers, or simply perform reinstallations and software fixes? Once you decide the scope of services to offer, make sure you are adequately trained and confident. Don’t use client’s equipment as training equipment!
Devise a Marketing Strategy: How you market your computer repair business will depend a lot on the intended scale of your company and the capital you have available. Work out what you have to spend on marketing and then decide how to distribute it—Web marketing, local newspapers, even cards in neighborhood shops—the choices are endless.
Consider an Accommodation Address: Many home-based businesses use accommodation addresses, also known as virtual addresses, to hide the fact that they work from home. An accommodation service can give you a prestigious address, improve your credibility, and also prevent customers knowing your home address.
These basics should give you a good grounding in how to start a computer repair business from home. What did you, or do you plan to do first? Share your COMMENTS below.
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