• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

how to start a Computer repair shop..

Joined
Feb 12, 2008
Messages
41 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
System Name Red Blaster
Processor Amd fx 8350
Motherboard Msi 990 fx
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory G sklill snipper ddr-1866
Video Card(s) Amd Radeo 6870
Storage 3 Intel SSD 40GB raid 0
Display(s) Acer 23'
Case Cooler Master Sniper
Audio Device(s) X-fi Tithanium HD
Power Supply Cooler master Silent pro 1000 watts
Software Windows 7
#1
Hi guys, I'm a A+ certificated and I been thinking for a while about to open a computer repair shop on my town:toast:, I have experience troubleshooting computer (I'm the one who always receive calls from friends and family to get their computer fixed :) ), actually I'm just doing house calls, but I feel I can have my own repair shop, soo I dont know if some people here have some experience doing this.. you can share your own experience and give me (us) some advices.

and someone knows about a good store to buy computer hardware to resell for a reasonable price? newegg give a good prices but I want someting better :rolleyes:

Thanks for everything!
 

freaksavior

To infinity ... and beyond!
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Messages
8,086 (1.99/day)
Likes
889
System Name Absolute Zero | M.A.S.S
Processor Intel i7 4770k | i7 920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H | EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI
Cooling Phanteks ph-tc14pe | CM 212+ Push Pull
Memory Mushkin 16Gb at 2400Mhz | Corsair Vengence 6x8Gb=48Gb
Video Card(s) EVGA SC GTX 770 2Gb | Nvidia 7300GT
Storage Sandisk 256Gb Ultra Plus x 2 raid0 + 72.12 500Gb | Intel 320 80Gb 2x1.5Tb, 2x2Tb 2x.5Tb + 3 x6Tb
Display(s) Samsung 245BW + Asus PB278Q + Samsung 40" 650A | None
Case NZXT H630 |Rosewill 8bay 4u server chasiss
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar HDAV + GTX770 | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone DA800 | Rocketfish 700w aka fsp
Software Windows 7 ultimate X64 | Debian 7 wheezy
#2
Take a couple business management classes.
 

Phxprovost

Xtreme Refugee
Joined
Apr 6, 2009
Messages
1,217 (0.38/day)
Likes
260
Location
Pennsylvania
System Name Result of Boredom
Processor AMD FX-6350
Motherboard ASUS M5A97
Cooling Enzo Tech Extreme-X
Memory 16gb ddr3
Video Card(s) XFX R9 290
Display(s) Asus 24in (1920X1080) X 2 @144hz
Case NZXT S340
Software WIN7 64bit HP
#3
dont, thats my 2¢
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
7,693 (2.05/day)
Likes
1,772
Location
Chicago
System Name DarkStar
Processor i5 3570K 4.4Ghz
Motherboard Asrock Z77 Extreme 3
Cooling Apogee HD White/XSPC Razer blocks
Memory 8GB Samsung Green 1600
Video Card(s) 2 x GTX 670 4GB
Storage 2 x 120GB Samsung 830
Display(s) 27" QNIX
Case Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 760
Mouse Steelseries Sensei
Keyboard Ducky Pro MX Black
Software Windows 8.1 x64
#4
Yeah if you want to open an actual shop I would seek advice and information about running a small business in general first and foremost. A great many fail within their first year and not because they don't have a good product and/or service.
 

freaksavior

To infinity ... and beyond!
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Messages
8,086 (1.99/day)
Likes
889
System Name Absolute Zero | M.A.S.S
Processor Intel i7 4770k | i7 920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H | EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI
Cooling Phanteks ph-tc14pe | CM 212+ Push Pull
Memory Mushkin 16Gb at 2400Mhz | Corsair Vengence 6x8Gb=48Gb
Video Card(s) EVGA SC GTX 770 2Gb | Nvidia 7300GT
Storage Sandisk 256Gb Ultra Plus x 2 raid0 + 72.12 500Gb | Intel 320 80Gb 2x1.5Tb, 2x2Tb 2x.5Tb + 3 x6Tb
Display(s) Samsung 245BW + Asus PB278Q + Samsung 40" 650A | None
Case NZXT H630 |Rosewill 8bay 4u server chasiss
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar HDAV + GTX770 | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone DA800 | Rocketfish 700w aka fsp
Software Windows 7 ultimate X64 | Debian 7 wheezy
#5
Honestly, go the the local community college, take one class on it, then decide if you want to do it. im in one right now, and there is no way I would run my own business. To much work, liability and other issues.
 

DirectorC

New Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
1,624 (0.54/day)
Likes
267
Location
Florizy
System Name -= Son of a Whore =-
Processor E8400 @ 4.0GHz (445 x 9)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Memory 3GB Corsair XMS2
Video Card(s) EVGA 8800 GT 512
Storage 74GB Raptor + Caviars in RAID0
Display(s) I-Inc 19" LCD 1440x900
Audio Device(s) Audigy SE & Logitech X-540
Power Supply Corsair 750TX
Software Win32 v6.1.7600
Benchmark Scores Logitech KB & Sidewinder X3
#6
Most businesses fail within the first year. Restaurants most notoriously, and my mom opened a restaurant and limped along for four good years--but it wasn't her first business, I come from a long line of business owners on my mother's side. The whole thing about opening up a computer shop is demand. You have to know that people are going to come and seek your services. And you have to advertise them well. Invest into fliers and and people to go dropping them off at residences. Also, you'll need a decent loan, especially to stock up with a decent supply of cases, monitors, video cards and sound cards, etc. One thing I can tell you as a descendant of business owners is that persistence is key. Stick around long enough, find a way to make it through the rough patches, and more people will come to know you and seek your services and supplies.
 
Joined
Jan 7, 2008
Messages
519 (0.14/day)
Likes
60
Location
U of WY, USA
System Name Fusilli
Processor AMD Phenom II 965 C3 @ 3.9GHz (200x19.5, 1.51V)
Motherboard MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX/SB600 (AM2+)
Cooling Zalman 9700NT, 2x silent 80mm & 2x 120mm Scythe & Enermax
Memory 4GB Patriot Viper DDR2 @ 1066 5-5-5-15 2.1V
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD4870 512MB @ 825/1050 (3x heatpipes)
Storage 2x 250GB RAID 0 - Seagate 7200.10 16MB on Promise FastTrak
Display(s) ViewSonic VX2450 & VX1940
Case Lian-Li PC60 PlusII
Audio Device(s) Auzen X-Fi Prelude, Denon AH-D1000 headphones
Power Supply OCZ GameXtreme 600W
Software Windows 7 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores 3DMark Vantage - P10909
#7
1) be prepared for failure

2) as others have said, find something unique to offer, offer it in a creative and original way. there's been half a dozen of such shops open and close in my hometown over the past 10 years. the one that's been around the longest also offers broadband net service. pretty sure that's what's kept them going.
 
Joined
Feb 12, 2008
Messages
41 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
System Name Red Blaster
Processor Amd fx 8350
Motherboard Msi 990 fx
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory G sklill snipper ddr-1866
Video Card(s) Amd Radeo 6870
Storage 3 Intel SSD 40GB raid 0
Display(s) Acer 23'
Case Cooler Master Sniper
Audio Device(s) X-fi Tithanium HD
Power Supply Cooler master Silent pro 1000 watts
Software Windows 7
#8
Honestly, go the the local community college, take one class on it, then decide if you want to do it. im in one right now, and there is no way I would run my own business. To much work, liability and other issues.
yeap.. that is right.. maybe I dont have experience on that... I'm actually on.. reading some books and also have my parents helping me out
 
Joined
May 10, 2009
Messages
1,514 (0.48/day)
Likes
257
Location
South California, The desert.
System Name My Computer
Processor Core 2 Q9550 4Ghz 1.23volts
Motherboard Gigabyte
Cooling Corsair
Memory OCZ
Video Card(s) Galaxy
Storage Western Digital
Display(s) Acer
Case Lian li
Audio Device(s) Asus
Power Supply Corsiar
Software Microsoft
Benchmark Scores 25,000 3dmark06 at 4.35Ghz processor, 835core card!
#9
You can try, your own @ home craigs list deal.

But when i tried that, Some people in the local area asked if i had a business license
and what i was going to do, how i was going to help out, and work with my offer/business.


Also there could be ALLOT of competition around your area, computer shops, with guys going getting there A+ certified degree'z and going to college courses and stuff.


Here is how im going to start moving into the business, i have a program at my high school that will allow me to take internships on my loved jobs, see how there like, learn how to respond and fill out resume, dress right, and see if i like being a on field, or at shop technician which ill probably love. I might go work at geek-squad over by best buy(for idiots).


You have to sustaine yourself, and your probably not going to be so lucky, or be born into your dad himself working on computers and having his own shop/companies.

Think about being a computer technician hardware/software fanatic like being in a carshop, it that kind of drop off, change some tires(graphics cards) and send em off charging a crap load for what a little kids thought could do for someones computer :).



***********NOTE***********Didn't really get into reading your first post, my bad, haahahaahaha, well i wouldnt know much about having your own place/building and offering prices, showing credentials, keeping track of employees if it gets bigger, advertising for a business, and going threw licenses threw city, state, country ordeals, so i couldn't help you there. but from what the Op says it looks like you should be prepaired for failer, and if you put money into it which is guaranteed that you'll loose it if something goes wrong(highly possible).
 
Last edited:
Joined
Feb 12, 2008
Messages
41 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
System Name Red Blaster
Processor Amd fx 8350
Motherboard Msi 990 fx
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory G sklill snipper ddr-1866
Video Card(s) Amd Radeo 6870
Storage 3 Intel SSD 40GB raid 0
Display(s) Acer 23'
Case Cooler Master Sniper
Audio Device(s) X-fi Tithanium HD
Power Supply Cooler master Silent pro 1000 watts
Software Windows 7
#10
1) be prepared for failure

2) as others have said, find something unique to offer, offer it in a creative and original way. there's been half a dozen of such shops open and close in my hometown over the past 10 years. the one that's been around the longest also offers broadband net service. pretty sure that's what's kept them going.
I talked with a guy who have a PC shop and he said the only way to survive is begin cheap! lol I would offer competitive prices.. the only pc repair center around its best buy.. and you know guys.. how they work and charge, insanity on computer repairs..
 
Joined
Oct 30, 2009
Messages
1,362 (0.45/day)
Likes
633
Location
TX
System Name Beast, little beast
Processor Core i7 2600K 4.5GHZ 24/7, Core i7 Xeon6 core 3.6GHZ 24/7
Motherboard Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 1155Sckt, EVGA X58 sckt 1366
Cooling H80, H100
Memory 24 gigs DDR3 1600Mhz Gskill RipJaws,12 gigs DDR3 1600Mhz Gskill Ripjaws
Video Card(s) 1 Nvidia 670 eVGA FTW, 1 Nvidia 580 eVGA
Storage 1- WD Black 640GB, 1X Samsung 1.5TB, 2 X 160 WD Veloc Raptors Raided
Display(s) Hanns-G 28" 1920X1200, Acer 24" 1920X1200
Case rig#1 Dismatech test bench, rig#2 Made By Bill Tech Bench
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Antec 1000 Watt, PC power&cooling 850 watt
Software both Rig's, Win7 64Bit
Benchmark Scores rig #1 4.8GHZ @ 1.375 Volts. running 4.5GHZ 1.272 Volts 24/7. Rig #2 4.6GHZ @ 1.3 Volts 24/7.
#11
Start doing it on the side. Have some business cards printed and pass them out as much as possible. The best way to advertise is word of mouth, make sure your customers like what you have done with their computers and they will tell other people about you and the work you do. Always give people a warranty on your work. Be polite and dress nice. Learn about routers and advertise setting up wireless in houses and business's. Last but the most important and I can't stress this enough is do good work and always keep your customers happy and you will get repeat customers coming back.
 
Joined
Nov 25, 2008
Messages
922 (0.28/day)
Likes
281
Location
Akron, OH
System Name Main Rig
Processor Athlon 5350
Motherboard AsRock mITX
Memory 4gb
Storage 120gb Kingston HyperX SSD
Display(s) Samsung Syncmaster 740N
Power Supply Corsair 430 watt
#12
Repairing hardware would make it much more tricky--you will likely soon tire of having to explain to someone why you can't get the same 10 year old motherboard to replace the one that they had that just burnt up. A better business would be on-site PC repair where you perform services like repairing PC's that are infected with spyware and viruses. No overhead. No inventory. No store front to worry about--just you and your software repair toolkit.
 
Joined
Jan 6, 2007
Messages
2,549 (0.63/day)
Likes
344
Location
Illinois
Processor i7 2600k@4.6ghz
Motherboard MSI z68ma-ed55
Cooling Silentx Extreem 120mm
Memory 2x4gb XMS 7-8-7-20 1600
Video Card(s) HD6870
Storage 2x128gb Kingston Hyper-X (Raid0), 2x750gb RE3 (RAID1), 2x750gb RE3 (RAID1)
Display(s) Soyo 24", Gateway 22"
Case Fractal Design Arc Mini 6x120mm fans.
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Zalman 750w
Software Windows 7
#13
Hi guys, I'm a A+ certificated and I been thinking for a while about to open a computer repair shop on my town:toast:, I have experience troubleshooting computer (I'm the one who always receive calls from friends and family to get their computer fixed :) ), actually I'm just doing house calls, but I feel I can have my own repair shop, soo I dont know if some people here have some experience doing this.. you can share your own experience and give me (us) some advices.

and someone knows about a good store to buy computer hardware to resell for a reasonable price? newegg give a good prices but I want someting better :rolleyes:

Thanks for everything!
You probably feel it's a lucrative venture now because your making money doing it on the side so with a storefront it can only get better right? The reason you get by now is partially due to the fact you have no overhead besides putting gas in the car to get to the next job. Once you have a store front you'll have a lease, utilities, insurance , business licence, inventory, advertising, and tax expense. Trust me I've been doing it in the Chicagoland area for 20 years and every time I start crunching numbers the overhead of a store will destroy my profits.
But...
If you can make people believe your less expencive and do a better job then the next guy then you might make it. That's where your marketing and personal skills need to shine. People will buy anything if you make them think they need it.
 
Joined
May 21, 2008
Messages
4,090 (1.16/day)
Likes
766
Location
Iowa, USA
System Name FUTURE CUBE!
Processor intel Core i5 6600k
Motherboard Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE BK
Memory G.Skill TridentZ 3000 Mhz C15 32GB 2x16GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte Aorus 1080 Ti
Storage 2x M.2 Samsung Evo 250GB/500GB / WD Blue 500GB / 2x RAID1 Toshiba P300 3TB
Display(s) Samsung C24FG70 1080p 144hz Quantum Dot/ASUS VH226H 1080p 21.5"
Case "THE CUBE" Custom built, pure Red Alder wood
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Core3D/ Logitech Z-2300 200 watts/ Beyerdynamic DT 880
Power Supply Seasonic X Gold 650W
Mouse Logitech G700
Keyboard Logitech G910
Software Windows 10 Pro
#14
Well its going to be tough at the git go, my dad has his own business for around 28 years,(not with computers). some days it can be hard some days it can be easier, make sure you are always nice to a customer, thats how you can get repeat's. and watch out for those tax's that will take a big chunk of your profit.
 
Joined
Jan 12, 2009
Messages
1,236 (0.37/day)
Likes
165
Location
Connecticut
System Name Corsair 900D
Processor FX8350
Motherboard Asus Crosshair V
Cooling Corsair H110I
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance
Video Card(s) Asus GTX1080
Storage 2x 500GB 1x 1TB WD Green
Display(s) Acer 24" 1080p / HP 27" 1080p LED
Case Corsair 900D
Audio Device(s) Sound Blaster X-Fi (Built in/Mobo) - Xonar Sound Card
Power Supply Enermax 1020Watt
Mouse Logitech Something Whatever
Keyboard Logtich G910
Software Windows 10
#15
Don't bite off more than you can chew. Start off with a small customer base, and don't rent a shop. Work from your home, pick up the PC's to work on or go to the customers location. Limit your overhead and cost.

I'd say give it a shot, just don't get yourself all screwed up with Loans.
 

Fourstaff

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
9,382 (3.15/day)
Likes
2,103
Location
Home
System Name Asus K50-X5DAB \\ Orange!
Processor Athlon QL-65 2.2Ghz \\ 3570K
Motherboard Laptop \\ ASRock z77 Extreme4
Cooling Laptop \\ H100i
Memory 1x1GB + 1X2GB \\ 2x4Gb 1600Mhz CL9 Corsair XMS3
Video Card(s) Mobility Radeon HD4570 512mb \\ Zotac 660Ti OC 2Gb
Storage 250Gb \\ Samsung 840 250Gb + Toshiba DT01ACA300 3Tb
Display(s) 15.6" 1366x768 \\ LG 22EA53VQ
Case Laptop Chassis \\ NZXT Phantom 410 Black/Orange
Power Supply Power Brick \\ Corsair CXM500w
#16
Try setting up a website instead, then develop your business from there. That way, you don't need to pay for all those rents, taxes etc. Then slowly expand, but don't overdo it (say, you have 300,000 people in your town, and you plan to open 10 stores <---- way too overkill). Always have something to fall back on (like a stable job until you have a large enough customer base). Of course, you have TPU and generous souls to help you if you get stuck.