Posted 04 October 2010 - 10:06 PM
I run a small business of my own, though I dont make a living off of it. All my customers I get by reference, and I keep them because I charge maybe a quarter what computer stores do, but thats kinda my goal-I know a lot of people who need their computers repaird or simply need new ones, and can't afford to take their dell down to office depot and pay 150 bucks to get a virus removed or a memory upgrade, so seeing as I just plain enjoy working on computers for fun Ill charge a quarter what the stores do, and be able to do what I enjoy and make a few bucks doing it. . .But I imagine, if I was going to do it for a living, I would charge a little more, but I would also recomend advertising, newspaper, craigs list, whatever you can afford, but the number one thing I think I can recomend is be honest, and fair, and do what you say you do. If you don't know how to fix a computer be up front about it-and recomend someone who can. Ive even done that-I get a computer with a major virus thats beyond my capabily to easily eradicate (I wont spend 2 days on a virus, I run Rkill, anda couple anti virus programs, and if that dont work I reformat) I tell them, hey I cant remove this without reformatting your hard drive, You can either take it to so and so who does do this kind of work, and I wont charge you anything for it, or I can backup your files, reformat your computer and restore everything to the way it was for x amount of dollars. . .which is almost as good as erasing the virus to begin with. And you need to find a fair price for your work thats not excorbent, in fact its good to be cheaper then your competition, but at the same time, you need to make money. Thats why I dont do intensive anti-virus-sure I could spend a week going through the registry and manually deleting a virus, but for what I charge (which isnt much since I cater to lower income people) I wouldnt be making any money, Id lose to much time-which is why I run Rkill, malwarebytes, and avast, and if that doesnt do it I give them the option to take it elsewhere or let me reformat, kinda like you said with motherboards, yes you can fix them with a soder gun-but is it really a smart idea to do so, you need to weigh in how much time and money its going to take, vs just replacing the entire motherboard, you have to find what works for you, and your client base. But, like I said the best thing you can be is fair and honest, and professional.
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.
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