I think it is an excellent idea!
Word of mouth is always the best form of advertizing!
I completely agree, with Eyesee.
I ran Businesses for years and always used word of mouth to expand.
I am Retired, but over many years I have been reclaiming old Computers and Donating them to disadvantaged people, plus fixing machines for them, as a Community Service. I find it so rewarding. Just one look at their faces when they pick up their machine is enough.
Over the years other people, that had found out about it, have donated their old Machines to me, so I have parts to work with. My agreement always has been that I only charge for Parts I have to buy in. I never charge for Labour.
Lately I have been in ill Health and can not do certain things, like mow the Lawns, Clean up outside. The people that I work on their Computers decided to do those Jobs for me. That really made my day.
Go for what you want to do and let people know that you really care for those less fortunate than you.
Magic "Word of Mouth Advertising" anywhere, even in a big City.
BTW, you will get some that just use you, but that happens?
Overall it will be definately positive for you.
Remember, if you are in Business, all those Machines that you may throw away? They could be Tax deductable if you revamp them and give them to Charity? It just depends on your Tax Laws.
Edited by Drovers Dog, 28 May 2010 - 01:52 AM.