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Anyone thinking of starting an IT odd jobs type of business?

 
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Hey all,
Over the past several months I have been getting a bunch of request from friends, coworkers, and friends of coworkers about doing random IT jobs for them. This has included everything from PC Repair and website design, to setting up a network for an organization and writing e-commerce apps. The requests seem to be coming in at about 1 or 2 a week. Now, I am not advertising at all, people just know me as "the computer guy" and are calling me if they have problems or need something done.
I'm just wondering about the possibility of parlaying this into a full-time business that generates some solid income. I have a few ideas, but I would love to hear from you guys.
Jon
 
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I'd recommend looking at the article in this thread.
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An idea would be to team up with the local best buy or circuit city and offer their customers a tech support kind of person. In other words they would outsource their tech support to you..
 
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Originally posted by Paul McKenna:
An idea would be to team up with the local best buy or circuit city and offer their customers a tech support kind of person. In other words they would outsource their tech support to you..


Circuit City and Best Buy do all their tech support in house and charge out the wazoo for it. They aren't going to oursource anything.
 
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For a small shop, I don't think hooking up with one of the big retailers is necessary (or even possible). Most of them try to sell you a service contract when you purchase your system from them. I think this could grow into much more of a referal based business. The idea of selling services which involve integrating the PC/Internet with home theaters, appliances, cell phones, etc. That leads me into the whole hardware hacking area that I have become interested in lately.

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Some Small Businesses using Java seem to be doing well.
For e.g. a mediocre wine business has profits going up as much as 40% after adding JSP, Servlets , e-commerce to the equation. Being a bit of a wine buff would like to know the secret. Or perhaps some things thrive in a recession like home improvements ; feel good factor easily appeased.
Actually it's a good indicator of when a recession is about to hit. Bright colourful home decorware in abundance in EVERY SINGLE SHOP/SUPERMARKET.
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Originally posted by Jon McDonald:
For a small shop, I don't think hooking up with one of the big retailers is necessary (or even possible). Most of them try to sell you a service contract when you purchase your system from them. I think this could grow into much more of a referal based business. The idea of selling services which involve integrating the PC/Internet with home theaters, appliances, cell phones, etc. That leads me into the whole hardware hacking area that I have become interested in lately.
Jon


PC World was closed for refurbishment so I tried Maplins - a corner shop that sell hardware and also do repairs (in major towns only) for the price of the components that are bought from the shop.
Personal time spent tweaking by staff are an add-on but for me the management also provide a necessary layer of control over how much is finally charged.
You could be in business for the innovative state-of-art stuff such shops don't stock for which there will be a niche market. I couldn't believe PC World don't support RH Linux yet.
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