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 Post subject: Building computers for a living, or at least supplementary $
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:02 pm 
Little Foot
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I love building PCs. I would enjoy doing it for a living. Someone gives me a dollar amount and some specs, and I go digging around for the best deal, and build it for them. What, if any education would I need to make myself credible in this regard, or who would I talk to to make this happen?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:11 pm 
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An A+ cert might help but realistically speaking nothing is needed for this. One word of caution if you touch a customers PC you own it. That means all their support will come from you. Trust me I know that is why I no longer do it. People will badger you because the floppy drive is too slow and all sorts of strange problems of which you may have no control. If you make them feel you are being harsh then they will bad mouth you everywhere. Have fun I wouldn't waste my time though. I make more money doing contracts on the side for Lexmark and so on. Check with some staffing or temp firms and ask about small one and two day contracts in your area. You'll make more and have less headaches.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:50 pm 
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You can build the systems for friends who trust you but I don't think people would trust a stranger with $400+ for a computer.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:24 am 
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If you want to do this keep in mind that people will suspect warranty support. So as long as the PC is with them if anything goes wrong with it you have to fix it for them. If you don't want to do this then make sure you tell them and make sure they sign something.

As far as the certifications, I think A+ Certification would be a good one to get.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:04 am 
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Unless you have the buying power of the Big Boys, then you just cannot compete and make a profit. If you like to work for free, then there may be a place in the market place for your efforts/product.

But, really...who likes to work? Wouldn't you rather be on a beach with 9/10 naked bodies walking before you?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:18 pm 
Little Foot
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Maybe you should go professional with some company. At least then you'll have legal backup.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:29 pm 
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The A+ never hurt anyone, and from all reports isn't all that difficult to attain. It also gives you a bit of a leg up on all the Highschool Dropouts employed by so many of the smaller, local type, of builders. The biggest problem would be in your expenses. It's not always all that easy to ask for cash up front for a system, especially from friends. And Relatives have this bad habit of thinking that being related to the builder SHOULD get them the MAXXED out Core2-Duo system at below the Celeron cost. So tread carefully. I hit a couple of Auctions in Oklahoma City, spent about 300$$$, and got home with a good amount of toys to play with. I proceeded to take them ALL apart and sort the pieces out. Then I built the single bestest I could and worked down from there. Ended up with about 10 'Decent' systems, 2 above 'Decent' systems, and a good supply of hard to find spare parts for older systems. I may even still have a few of the old IBM 2.88 floppy.
What you CAN do is only limited by what you can GET. So plan accordingly. I made little or no actual 'Profit' from the systems I built for others. Buit then I never set out to go commercial with it anyway. I did it for the Fun, + bowling money...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:55 am 
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One of the biggest problems you will have to address is in whatever OS is or is not installed on the finished systems. If they are coming to You for a new(er) system instead of buying from a primary vender, they aren't likely to want to shell out for an OEM install disk. Some few will have an OS install disk they can migrate to the new system, but most won't. Or else the disk they do have simply won't work on any other system. That OS disk can easily be the single most expensive piece of the system.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:29 pm 
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At the end of the day the people that want a high performance PC learn how to build one themselves (not rocket science). The millions of gamers and enthusiasts out there certainly know how to build a computer from scratch.

The people that just want a computer to check email and surf the net usually purchase a $400 Dell.

I also enjoy building PC's but I have never had anybody outside my circle of family and friends ask me to build them a computer. You might have a few people asking for advice or tips, like what components to purchase, but there is no profit to be made.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:24 pm 
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itpro wrote:
I also enjoy building PC's but I have never had anybody outside my circle of family and friends ask me to build them a computer. You might have a few people asking for advice or tips, like what components to purchase, but there is no profit to be made.


I actually started to refuse to build for others. If I can't make 20% on the sale, it isn't worth my time (IOW, if it sells for $1k my cost is $800 -- if it sells for $2k my cost is $1600, etc.).

People will show me an ad for a *fill in the blank* for $499.00 and ask if I can beat it. I tell 'em, "That's a VERY good deal, you should buy it!"

I hand them my card and tell them to call me if they have any problems (after their warranty runs out, of course :wink: ). I've found this to be far more profitable than having $$$ tied up in a build and warranting it for a year. A $100.00 Nuke and Pave with a 30 day warranty and NO out of pocket expences is very nice, indeed!

I've already made more $$$ in the last few days doing 'house calls' than I did on my last two builds! 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:45 am 
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brb011 wrote:
I hand them my card and tell them to call me if they have any problems (after their warranty runs out, of course :wink: ). I've found this to be far more profitable than having $$$ tied up in a build and warranting it for a year. A $100.00 Nuke and Pave with a 30 day warranty and NO out of pocket expences is very nice, indeed!

I've already made more $$$ in the last few days doing 'house calls' than I did on my last two builds! 8)



That's what I've been sticking to primarily. You'll find you make more on service calls and bench work then you do actually building machines. Being a lot more pleasant to work with over the asswipes at CruntUSA or the Nerd Herd over at BestBuy will net you a lot of repeat customers.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:28 am 
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ya, building a system takes time. You need to find out how much time you spend building the system ( and troubleshooting something that goes wrong). Then find out how much you are getting payed per hour of work.
This is from the profit when you sell the computer of course.
Then see if it is worth while.
IF you get a resellers licence and find a company that will give you REALLY good prices on computer parts, this will help your bottom line but finding a good reseller that will give you a good stream of parts in a timely manner may be hard.


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