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Old 12-19-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Im thinking of doing some computer repair stuff for my home town...
I heard working for geek squad, you get a book of things that happen to people, problems I guess... anyone know where I can look for something like this?

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Old 12-19-2006, 10:11 PM   #2
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a barns and nobel or some other book store near you (wow i sound like a movie announcer dude) tend to have good comptuer repair books. belive it or not, the books for dummies are very good when it comes to the comptuer repair area.
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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all right, ill tkae a look at those
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:36 PM   #4
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Are you looking at doing this as a business? If so ya will need to get liability insurance and stuff
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:59 PM   #5
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You might also want to get a few certifications. A+ would be a good one to start with.
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Yea and start with friends and familys PC before you jump into the Job market.

See how good you do, how much time it takes ya, and how you like it overall.

Then move out to real world customers.

AS far as books go i would look at amazon.com they have great deals.
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I do my own business, and it makes a lot of money if you know what your doing. Mostley reformatting, virus scans, home networking, installing CD and Hard drives. That's about all people ask for.

I had to fix a cellphone once so it would work with iTunes, bout the oddest so far.

although it is a VERY stresful job, especially when the customer paces around you over and over....
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I do my own business, and it makes a lot of money if you know what your doing. Mostley reformatting, virus scans, home networking, installing CD and Hard drives. That's about all people ask for.

I had to fix a cellphone once so it would work with iTunes, bout the oddest so far.

although it is a VERY stresful job, especially when the customer paces around you over and over....

I always thought about doing my own as well.

I started a small one where i was originally from in a town with about 2K ppl,

Now i am in a city with close to 1 million ppl, Any suggestions you have for someone trying to start up. Always open to good advice
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I always thought about doing my own as well.

I started a small one where i was originally from in a town with about 2K ppl,

Now i am in a city with close to 1 million ppl, Any suggestions you have for someone trying to start up. Always open to good advice
yeah, start out with a low price. My slogan is "If I don't fix it, I don't get paid". Then once you work up enough customers to use as references, then up the price more. I charge $20 a visit including the first hour, and additional hours are $20. I made $75 in 2 hours 30min this weekend. I get tips aswell. I got a $20 tip from some rich guy. I'm going to up the price this summer cuz I can drive, I'm also getting a decent site up because I've been making sites for people aswell. I'm getting an ad in the phonebook ontop of that also.


Also charge people for wires and crap you use, i used some wire i had laying in my basement and charged the dude $5 for it. Add your percent to parts you gota buy.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:17 PM   #10
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yeah, im starting at 20-20/hour.. is there an easy way I can get any certifications besides going to the nearest college? im 17 college is 30 mins away..

are there like any free things online or something..

and I have been repairing things for a while.. and I kinda like it the best!

thanks guys

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Old 12-21-2006, 05:56 AM   #11
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If you want certs, ya will have to study for them. You can do them at college or ya can self study. Either way you will have to sit an exam at a test centre to get the cert.
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:31 AM   #12
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Here's a good guide I remembered from a little while ago about being A+ Certified

http://www.computerforums.org/showth...ight=certified
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:08 PM   #13
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when I get home I will read all of that, I saw there were links on it..

Thanks!
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Well, people never asked me about my certifications or anything like that. Of course if you were planning on making a living out of computer repair or making it a full time job, you definitely would want certifications. They are always a plus, I might think about getting one in the near future.
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well, once I read that post and see what an A+ certification is.. i will be happy. I just want to read something that will teach me more avout this repair thing .. I want to be ready for whatever hits me.. all that stuff someone listed up there about reformatting and stuff I can do.. I dont know wbout the cell phone thing though, im sure I could figure it out... Ive done some pretty weird stuff in my time lol.

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well, once I read that post and see what an A+ certification is.. i will be happy. I just want to read something that will teach me more avout this repair thing .. I want to be ready for whatever hits me.. all that stuff someone listed up there about reformatting and stuff I can do.. I dont know wbout the cell phone thing though, im sure I could figure it out... Ive done some pretty weird stuff in my time lol.

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haha the cell phone wont work you would have to mod the firmware and make it play mp3's and stuff....
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:51 PM   #18
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on that A+ certified guide link you gave me up there, it had a link to a book on amazon.. the A+ certification book for 37$.
Is that still the right book that I should get? and should I just go ahead and they the A+ certufucation abd Network+ certufucatino book pack? (on the same page at the bottom for like 70$)

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Now i am in a city with close to 1 million ppl, Any suggestions you have for someone trying to start up. Always open to good advice
what my work does (idk if u'd be able to do this just startin off, but when you get more customers its an option) is do a quick diagnoses for the customer at the counter. so if their comptuer isn't turning on test teh PSU, connections etc. if it doesn't respond to that, check it in, and charge what you deem resonable. (we do $40, and 99% of the pple have no problem with, altho if your just starting 20-30 might be a better place to start)
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how would one go about testing the Power Supply (PSU) ?
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