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10 Things to Do With Your Computer Repair Business During Slow Times

Published 28th October 2014 By Dave Greenbaum
Computer Repair Business

We all have our slow times in the computer repair business. This phenomenon affects both break-fix and managed service business models. Create a strong plan in advance of your slow period so you can grow your business during this down time. Here’s a top 10 list of things I and other computer repair companies have down to optimize down time.

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Keep up with Tech Developments as a Computer Technician

Published 21st October 2014 By Micah Lahren
Tech Developments

A long time ago I asked a fellow technician how he kept up with Tech developments. He always had the news on the latest and best utilities, useful apps, and tweaks and tricks for tuning operating systems. His answer? Actually, he mentioned the articles here at Technibble as his primary source on new tools and repair technology.

What can you as a computer technician do to keep on top of new developments, utilities, and new methods of repair? You’ll want to keep up on new consumer devices that are on the market, so you know what will most likely be heading into your shop. You’ll also want to have the tools for those devices, so that’s another reason to keep up on that Tech. But how do you keep up on everything?

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Podcast: Phases of a Computer Business and the Danger of Expanding Too Quickly with Lisa Hendrickson

Published 17th October 2014 By Bryce Whitty

TN Lisa Hendrickson

 

I got a chance to interview Lisa Hendrickson from “Call That Girl”. I find Lisas story incredibly interesting because she has been through most phases a computer repair business can go through. She started out working for someone else and doing computer repair on the side before eventually making the jump to full time.

She gained some very large contracts and rapidly expanded to the point of owning 3 bricks-and-mortar stores with employees, then eventually losing those large contracts a few years later and having to close all of the stores. And finally, reinventing her business in remote support. This is her story and I am sure you will find it as fascinating as I did.

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Create Word of Mouth Advertising by Speaking to Community Groups

Published 9th October 2014 By Dave Greenbaum
word of mouth advertising

Many of us are looking for inexpensive ways to get word of mouth advertising for our businesses. Computer repair business owners like myself have had lots of success giving free talks to community organizations. Here’s how to take advantage of this easy method getting your name in front of more people.

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Top Internet Security Suites to Recommend to Clients

Published 6th October 2014 By Micah Lahren
Security Suites

There is no doubt about it, the amount of threats facing technology users today is higher than ever before, and it keeps increasing. After looking over some recent reports about some of the ‘free’ security suites available and how they scored in ‘real world’ tests, I’m no longer recommending free security suites to clients, especially with the prevalence of ransomware now.

You can purchase multiple user licenses of top notch security suites at a very reasonable price now, so there’s no excuse not to spend as much as $10 a year for each computer you’re protecting. If you’re wondering where that price came from you’ll find out if you keep reading.

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Using Warranty Policies to Deal With Returning Machines

Published 30th September 2014 By Micah Lahren
Warranty Policies

Three months ago you performed some maintenance on a client’s computer, and they haven’t used it since you worked on it. They turn it on, and something unexpected happens. A piece of hardware failed, or a certain program isn’t working right, or a virus seems to have infected the machine.

They bring it back to you and blame you for the problem, and expect you to fix it, even hinting that since you must have been responsible, you should fix this new issue at no cost. Do you have to fix it? What are your options?

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How to Recover a Windows 8 Key

Published By Micah Lahren
Windows 8 Key Recovery

When Windows 8 machines started hitting shelves without the previously common license key label on the side, it removed the possibility of using those stickers to activate installations on the same computer after recovery or repair. If you’ve been handed a Windows 8 machine and you need to replace the hard drive and get Windows 8 installed and activated again, here’s a simple process to get the system back up and activated again.

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What Tools and Stock Should a Mobile Technician Carry in Their Toolkit?

Published 24th September 2014 By Micah Lahren
Mobile Tech Toolkit

What do you carry around in your mobile toolkit? What about hardware and replacement networking devices for clients? What products do you carry around for clients to purchase on the spot from you? How prepared are you for each service call? Let’s take stock of items you should carry around on service calls with you in addition to your usual toolkit of software tools.

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How to Price and Market Maintenance Plans

Published 22nd September 2014 By Micah Lahren
Maintenance Plans

Pricing your maintenance plans can be a challenge, and deciding how much to charge and how much to perform, and then marketing your maintenance plans can also be a challenge. Depending on your clients’ needs, as well as the competition’s offerings, you might need to adapt accordingly. First of all, how much should you charge, and how much should you cover in your plans?

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Windows 8 Based PE Boot Disk With Portable Apps

Published 17th September 2014 By Micah Lahren
Portable Apps

Gandalf from WindowsMatters.com wrote an article last year about his Windows 8 based PE boot disk, which is a really useful boot disk with many free portable repair and troubleshooting applications on it.

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