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Old 03-03-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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I am interested in starting a PC repair business.

This will be done locally in my area and also from home as remote assistance.

Do I need a EIN or should I use my social?

How can I get a company name?
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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What if I just use my social?

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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They also have LLC.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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I am interested in starting a PC repair business.
You should find customers first. Don't waste time and money until you know you find some customers. If you can't find some customers then you won't *turely* have a business.

Also, ask yourself who your market is. If a computer costs $500 or less, how much can you charge to fix it? If you charge more than $100 to fix a computer that has used up it's 2 year warranty why would someone not just go buy a new computer?
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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My husband has a PC repair business on the side. We are LLC but its just side income, not truly full time income. He works out of his office in our home for this on evenings and weekends away from his full time job. It's good spending money and we've been doing this for about 3 years. We charge at least $40 but have never charged over $100 since most fixes are pretty standard.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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My husband has a PC repair business on the side. We charge at least $40 but have never charged over $100 since most fixes are pretty standard.
So to help the OP. If a fix makes $40 in revenue. The OP would need to do 5000 fixes per year to make $200K. Take 5000 fixes divide by 365 days per year and that 13.7 fixes per day.

With a return rate on advertising being ~2% you'll need to touch ~250,000 potential customers to get 5000 paying gigs.

That looks quite grim. I ran a computer repair business for about 5 years when computers cost $2000+ each and I rarely put more than $50,000 per year in my pocket after taxes. People would pay $500 for a fix before even considering buying a new computer back then.

There are ways to make additional revenue that you would be exposed to while running a repair biz. But, keep this in mind. If you own the biz and you do the labor, all you're really doing is buying yourself a job.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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So to help the OP. If a fix makes $40 in revenue. The OP would need to do 5000 fixes per year to make $200K. Take 5000 fixes divide by 365 days per year and that 13.7 fixes per day.
It's not something (PC Repair Biz) I would pursue full time but to make extra income, sure!
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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You should find customers first. Don't waste time and money until you know you find some customers. If you can't find some customers then you won't *turely* have a business.

Also, ask yourself who your market is. If a computer costs $500 or less, how much can you charge to fix it? If you charge more than $100 to fix a computer that has used up it's 2 year warranty why would someone not just go buy a new computer?
After finding customers, then do what? There are lot of dumb folks out there who are willing to pay to fix it and pay high price out there. Lot of folks value thier time more then money. Target would be the elderly, lower income and/or class folks.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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My husband has a PC repair business on the side. We are LLC but its just side income, not truly full time income. He works out of his office in our home for this on evenings and weekends away from his full time job. It's good spending money and we've been doing this for about 3 years. We charge at least $40 but have never charged over $100 since most fixes are pretty standard.
Wow, that is great. Who are your target customers? Does he do remote assistance?
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