Technology is perhaps the most fast-paced industry out there. By the time a device hits the shelves, it seems that is has already become obsolete. With this in mind, it is often difficult for office workers, students and home-users to keep up with such devices.
Fortunately, there are people like you out there to spout out technical jargon as you fix our computers and teach us the ropes. While the rest of us nod to pretend we understand, you grease the wheels of the ever-growing information age. Yet, if you have the entrepreneurial spirit, you may feel stifled by your current 8-to-5 job and calls at night from hopelessly-confused managers.
So, why not turn your career into a business and call your own shots? Let’s take a look at a few business ideas for techies.
Mobile Computer Training
Imagine running a worksite with 20 office workers. You just upgraded your computers and most have no clue how to get beyond the login screen. You could send them to a computer training school and sacrifice a lot of time and money in the process or hire someone to come in and train them on the spot. Which sounds better to you?
A mobile computer training business is just that – a business in which you provide onsite computer training to clients. Clients can include businesses and individuals.
Given that you won’t need a large worksite or your own equipment, startup costs will be relatively low at an estimated $2,000 to $10,000. In a nutshell, if you are great with computers and have a vehicle, you’re well on your way to starting this type of business.
Computer Upgrading Service
For a variety of reasons, businesses and individuals often require computer upgrades. Yet, the average person has little to no idea how to do so. That’s where you come in and add or replace components on their computers.
This business can be started for $10,000 to $50,000. It can be home-based, which will keep your costs down. You’ll perform upgrades onsite, so you’ll need a vehicle. Other than that, your main business asset will be knowledge, which you already have!
Computer Delivery and Assembly Service
When purchasing cable or satellite television, customers often have it professionally installed. This may be for convenience or lack of knowledge. Either way, someone gets paid to install the product after the sale is made.
As a techie, you can perform a similar function for computer users. You can establish joint ventures with computer retailers (both new and used). As they sell computers, you can be their go-to installation expert, helping users set up their new computers.
You may even be able to throw in extra services such as system security, software installation and computer training to generate further income. Just imagine an elderly customer who purchases a new computer for his grandchildren to use when they come over. You might install the latest security tools and show him how to use software to manage his finances when the grandkids aren’t around.
Startup costs are estimated at $2,000 to $10,000. Keep this business idea in mind if you’d like to showcase your computer skills at a reasonable startup cost and say goodbye to your manager!
These are just a few of the many tech-based business ideas out there. As you can see, such businesses can often be started for relatively low costs, making them realistic endeavors. If you are interested in starting a tech business, find the idea that works for you and ditch the 8-to-5!