These days more and more people start using a smartphone as their main device to access the Internet. But there are still over one billion desktop computer users worldwide. In South Africa a third of web traffic still comes from a desktop computer.
Look at the following diagram:
You see? This is why we can assume that millions of South Africans still use desktop computers. Moreover, people want their children to have a computer to do assignments. But often computers break and need to be repaired. So why not take advantage of this and start your own local computer repair service?
Why starting a computer repair service might be a great idea?
A desktop computer in comparison to a smartphone is a huge device, isn’t it? Most of the computers that are currently being used were made 1-15 years ago. Sometimes, a computer won’t turn on, or virus is blocking Internet access. Inexperienced users don’t know how to deal with this sort of difficulties, so they really need help.
A computer repair service might be a stable, in-demand service.
Tools and skills needed
You have to understand what a computer is and how it works. You must be a perfect Windows user, to know how to make a bootable USB flash drive, install and reinstall software like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop etc.
What is great is that you don’t need any money to start a home-based computer repair service, because in most cases you will work at a customer’s home. But you do need to set up a workspace and buy some equipment because some computers require major repairs.
Today the work boils down to reinstalling operating systems and other software, the replacement of hard drives, motherboards, and other accessories etc.
An average computer repair price (labour only) is around R500. So, if you can repair one computer per day, your income will be up to R10000 a month, two computers and its R20000. Also many computer repair guys charge a callout fee, to cover petrol if they have to travel far, and if they are installing new parts they also put a markup on the parts.
If you establish a company and hire a few employees, you can grow your income and make much more money.
If you are seriously interested in starting your own computer repair service, watch the following video
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