Do you have experience repairing computers? Do you have a knack for computer repair? If so, you can make good money with a mobile computer repair company. Here are five tips to help you start it successfully.
#1 Research your rates
Most mobile repair companies charge by the hour. Before you set your rates, determine what others in your area are charging. Also take a look at how you can specialize or offer unique value and thus charge a higher rate. The national average for computer service is $100 per hour. However, your region may accept higher or lower rates.
#2 Determine your region and customer
How far are you willing to travel to repair a computer? Determine your scope and range and then advertise to your audience specifically. If you charge extra for service trips outside your range, make sure that’s communicated well.
In addition to region, you can target a specific audience. For example, you can target small business owners. Targeting a specific niche or customer will help you become a specialist. It’s easier to market to a targeted audience than to market to everyone.
#3 Market online and off
It’s essential to market your business. Online marketing can include:
* Social networking
* Article marketing
* Email marketing
* Local search
* Register in business directories
Offline you can:
* Post and/or distribute flyers
* Join your local small business association and/or chamber of commerce
* Yellow and/or white pages
* Local networking events
* Local press
* Host workshops and seminars – train people to use their computer
* Car magnets
* Local coupon books
* Ads in your local paper
It’s important to dedicate yourself to marketing your business. Once you have customers, consider also offering a referral program. Help your customers become an advocate for you. Encourage and motivate them to spread the word about your business.
#4 Stay informed
New technologies are released every day. It’s important to stay on top of technology so you can offer your customer the best service. Subscribe to industry magazines. Know the technology your customers use and can benefit from. And of course be on top of the latest computers so you can fix anything.
#5 Become a consultant
Set yourself apart from your competition by becoming more than a repair person. Be able to provide advice on how your clients can improve their productivity. For example, if you specialize in helping small business owners, then it can pay to know the best small business software and technology. Then you can guide them to buy the best technology for their business. You can even become an affiliate for some of the companies you like to recommend. It’s a great way to add value to your service and money to your bank account.