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New Computer Sales

With new models constantly coming out, the market for computers continues to boom.

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New Computer Sales

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Selling computer systems and equipment isone of the most competitive sectors of the retailing industry. However,with clever marketing in place, it’s possible to earn a six-figureincome selling new computer equipment from a home based location.Operating the business from home will give you an enormous competitiveadvantage and minimal overhead expenses. The key to success in thisindustry is specialization. Concentrate on sales of one particular typeof computer or a computer that has been designed for a specific task.Marketing the product line can be done by way of the internet, printadvertising and networking with business owners and professionals atbusiness meetings and functions.

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Computer Training

Use your computer smarts to teach others how to use their software and hardware.

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Computer Training

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Computers and computer programs are among the most wonderful toolsavailable–as long as you know how to use them. If you don’t, youquickly learn the true meaning of frustration. And let’s face it: Mostprograms–despite what the blurb on the back of the box may say–arenot cuddly. Which leaves lots of would-be computer users, especiallybusinesspeople, floundering instead of working successfully.

But ifyou’re intimately familiar with one or more software packages, then youcan transform the virtually flummoxed into virtual wizards (or at leastcomputer-savvy souls) with a computer-training business. This is a hotfield–according to the International Data Corporation, the worldwidemarket for technical computer training is nearing the $28 billion mark,with an annual average of $8,200 spent for information systems stafftraining and $3,000 per person spent on general staff training. You canspecialize in the software program or programs you know best; in afield you’re familiar with like law or medicine; or, if you’ve got abroad base of software smarts, you can be a computer G.P., trainingclients in a wide variety of programs and packages.

And you can workone-on-one with individual clients–from tots to seniors–or train aroomful of employees at a time for corporations.
The advantages to thisbusiness are that you’re out and about, working with lots of differentpeople; helping folks overcome computer-phobia is always rewarding; andbecause you have to keep up with ever-changing technology and softwareupdates, you’ve got the best excuse in the world for buying newcomputer goodies on a regular basis. You should know inside and out atleast one software package, commonly used by the mass computer marketor by a particular industry. But it’s not enough to be a softwareegghead–you’ll also need the ability to communicate your knowledge toothers. Other must-haves are the patience to help clients conquercomputer-phobia and the communication skills to transfer yourenthusiasm and techniques to your pupils.

The Market

Your clients can be private individuals or corporate types who want tomake their employees computer-literate. To get the business fromprivate parties, establish relationships with computer retailers andask them to refer customers to you. (Be sure to leave a stack ofbusiness cards for them to hand out.) Place ads in local newspapers andthe Yellow Pages. Solicit companies and corporations throughdirect-mail campaigns and network at professional, civic and tradeorganizations. Place ads in industry journals and other publications.Another excellent technique is to get certified or licensed fromsoftware manufacturers or vendors who will then refer customers to you.(Sometimes there’s a fee involved for getting certified.)

Needed Equipment

You’ll need your own computer and up-to-date versions of the softwareyou’ll teach, along with a good word-processing or desktop-publishingprogram, and–naturally–an inkjet or laser printer, so you can spinout training materials. To go with this, you’ll want a desktopprojector and a laser pointer so a classroom of clients can see whatyou’re doing.

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Computer Upgrading Service

As technology advances at record speed, providing the occasional update may be the right niche for you.

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Computer Upgrading Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that specializes in upgrading existing computersystems with new internal and external equipment is a terrifichomebased business to initiate that has great potential to earn anoutstanding income for the operator of the business. A computerupgrading service is a very easy business to get rolling, providing youhave the skills and equipment necessary to complete upgrading tasks,such as installing more memory into the hard drive, replacing a harddrive, or adding a new disk drive to the computer system.

Ideally, tosecure the most profitable segment of the potential market, the serviceshould specialize in upgrading business computers as there are manyreasons why a business would upgrade a computer system as opposed toreplacing the computer system. Additionally, managing the business froma homebased location while providing clients with a mobile service isthe best way to keep operating overheads minimized and potentiallyincreases the size of the target market by expanding the service area,due to the fact the business operates on a mobile format.

The Market

Businesses and individuals who need to upgrade their computer systems

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Computer Cleaning Service

Almost every employee in an office has a computer. And all of those computers need to be cleaned.

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Computer Cleaning Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Most commercial office cleaning serviceswon’t clean computers while cleaning an office. In fact, mostcommercial cleaners won’t even dust a desk that a computer is sittingon or near. Why? Simply because they don’t want to accept the liabilityshould anything happen to the computer equipment or information andprograms stored within. Herein lies the business opportunity.

Thefastest and most efficient way to establish a computer cleaning servicethat specializes in cleaning computers used for business is to buildalliances with commercial office cleaners so they can recommend yourservice to their clients. The only requirements for operating acomputer cleaning service are to have the proper equipment to clean thecomputers along with the needed skills and a liability insurance policy.

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