For the past several years i've been a repair tech for a large printer manufacturer. It's mainly parts changing since we don't actually fix anything, but at this point in my life I'd like to go off on my own and stop working for "the man".
My question is, what's the best way to get started? I've always been interested in fixing gaming consoles, laptops, phones etc.
Currently I've got the equipment to tackle most repairs, a solid understanding of electronics, and even an LLC formed.
Any advice is appreciated, thanks again!
Congratulations on breaking free from corporate overlords and venturing out on your own!
Have you already hooked up with SBA, Score, etc? What is your marketing strategy to attract clients? Take it you will be a rework and repair oriented business? Where are you located? Board level primarily or screens and whatever else is wrong too? Do you plan to operate out of your residence or set up shop in a commercial site?
I formed my LLC, have business license, and a laundry list of things I need/want to get going but my struggle right now is for startup funding. My business plan is to primarily acquire, professionally refurbish, and sell consumer electronics via e-commerce but will also offer rework/repairs via mail. Being a disabled veteran has opened up a lot of networking opportunities and resources but can't escape requirements of the all mighty dollar lol.
Second Chance Repairs LLC
"The advertising dollar." Where do you spend it and how, so that it's most effective for your business. Any do-over in advertising will only cost your business more money.
"Budget." Have enough in your business account to sustain your business for 9 months, a year for a buffer.
"Location." Is your business located near any other similar shops? 15 mile radios is a good rule of thumb if you can get it.
"Payment." Pay all your bills first business and home alike, then split the net up 50/50, 50 in your pocket and 50 back to the business account for the future, what ever comes you way good or bad.
"Thick skin." There are going to be customers who are just unsatisfiable, no matter what solution to a happy end you offer it's never going to be good enough so know when to say no.
Those are the basics, there is plenty more to manage when running your own business and you will cross those bridges when you come to them, that's how you grow your business, crossing those bridges when you come to them.
I got the chance to adquiere an andostar ad407 micro. Is it a good purchase i have enough to adquire this one. Starting to offer electronic level repair so will be starting. Is this a good starting option?
@macguyver I was inspired to do the same after doing repairs for almost 20 years and never having to the courage to start my own venture. I just received my LLC this month and I can't help being excited and nervous at the same time. I hope great success for us little guy