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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall good book, useful information., July 14, 2006
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This review is from: Start Your Own Computer Business: Building a Successful PC Repair and Service Business by Supporting Customers and Managing Money (Paperback)
I liked the book.

From a small pc builder's viewpoint, a hard part in getting started is in finding REAL wholesaler sources.

(Not middlemen who get in the way and jack up one's final costs).

The book mentioned a website called the Reseller's source kit.

( [...] It is a "subscription only" site

(to gain access to the vendor's).

But, they also offer a free newsletter.

I joined the site and while it had interesting newsletters and informative details about the "small-biz-owner-pc-shop" business.

I was not blown away by any great pricing, on OEM software, or on hardware.

[So the idea of finding cheap hardware and software, then build a pc for cheap,WHILE making a reasonable ($100+) profit, very quickly vanished]

The small biz owner that deals with PC's has to think NICHE!

There's not enough money to be made in marketing of pc's directly to consumers. Maybe $100 per pc, a big MAYBE!

One NICHE could be after-the-sale "services".

- Training on software apps,

- peripherals training (i.e. video editing),

- remote data backup services (offsite disaster recovery)

- or other services.

If nothing else, it is an eye opening book into what is involved in running this type of business.

In today's world, I think a small pc retail business would be very hard pressed to compete against someone like Dell ,head to head. Only on price.

The giant pc makers have volume purchasing on their side and inexpensive overseas tech support personnel on call.

But if you think "computer Consultant" and find a niche area to specialize in, there is money to be made.

Especially if you can solve problems in person, if needed.

Examples:

- Performing a disaster recovery after a hard drive crash,

- re-configuring a specialized software application to get it to work again

- removing mal-ware and/or virus' and reloading the OS.

Just my 02 cents.
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