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Old 07-16-2012, 02:20 AM
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I am starting up a computer shop in approximately 45 days and will have about 2 to 3 thousand dollars to put into it.

As a result of the move to Northern Virginia, I have discarded most of my tools, ALL of my stockpile of used computers and parts. (I had a small shop where I lived last and as a charity, rebuilt old PCs into Ubuntu boxes and gave away to homes with school aged children)

I am now comfortably moved in and am going to start up again this time in style as I have a couple grand at my disposal.

I have perused the site and found LOADS of useful tools to download (I wish I had discovered this site earlier it ROCKS!)

Right now I only have the following:
An nice big empty room with it's own outside door 12x17ft
MSI i5 8gig desktop

What I want:
PC testing tools
Network Testing tools

any suggestions?
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:24 AM
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I asked a similar question here a few months back and got some really great answers. Here is a link to the thread.

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Old 07-16-2012, 06:06 AM
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That thread is good, the key things we use when we open a location:

Power Supplies, for bench, and for sale

like 3 of those USB to SATA/IDE drive adapters

a few 8GB USB sticks to put bootable linux and tools on

and a synology 4 bay, 411j - gigabit network storage with 4x 2TB drives.

We backup customer data to that when we move it to new computers, and do recovery imaging to that..

lights, screwdrivers, etc - the usual..
Troy - RepairShopr

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:46 PM
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I am setup as a mobile repair company with a workbench in my home office for off-site repairs.

I started my business with some self-made Avery perforated business cards from Walmart, flyers & and simple website.

Aside from that, my recommendations are:
  • Develop a solid business plan, and after printing out business cards, go test the market before buying a bunch of tools
  • Cellphone w/ google voice
  • Network with people at every opportunit
  • Create a good spreadsheet to store client contact information for followups
  • Amazon Prime/Ebay/Monoprice for parts
  • Office Desk/Bench
  • Comfortable chair (you will be sitting a lot)
  • Good Desk Lamp/Overhead Light
  • A workstation to handle all of your backups/imaging
  • At least least one LCD monitor to start out with
  • Several Can's of Stoners Invisible Glass (Aresol can) - for cleaning monitors/lcds/dirty keyboards/cases
  • Microfiber cloths for cleaning
  • Universal Laptop Power Adapter
  • Dual Drive USB Dock
  • KMV Switch
  • Both PS2 and USB mice and keyboards
  • Anti-static wrist-strap & pad
  • Good Storage Container/Toolbox
  • Precision Screwdriver Set(s)
  • Tweezers & Needle Nose Pliers
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Magnetic wand & Magnets
  • Soldering Iron, solder and accessories
  • Heatgun & Heat-shrink tubing
  • Mulitmeter/voltmeter
  • Cat5e Line Tester
  • USB Hub
  • PSU Tester
  • Spare RAM
  • Spare Powersupply's
  • SATA & IDE to USB connectors
  • Spare CMOS Batteries
  • Artic Silver Thermal Paste
  • Spare Hard Drives
  • Spare Cables: IDE/SATA/VGA/DVI/HDMI/Ethernet
  • External usb cd/dvd drive
  • Air-compressor or computer vacuum/blower
  • Several thumbdrives
  • Windows 7/Vista/XP x86 and 64 bit versions
  • Hiren's Boot cd may be helpful (I have rarely used it over the past year, but it has come in handy a few times.
  • Malwarebytes & MSE are your friend
  • Excel or Quickbooks for Accounting
  • Teamviewer, Screenconnect, or other remote software
  • Scansnap S1300 w/ evernote or dropbox is nice if you want to go paperless (pricey though)
  • Good Laser Color Printer
  • Facebook page, google plus page and twitter along with local business directories (google, yahoo, bing, yelp, angies list, foursquare, etc..)
  • Tripod & HD Pocket Camera for customer testimonials (not necessary, but I've found that people like/trust video reviews)
  • Become an affiliate with Gillware for data recovery, they've always done a great job for my customers
  • I usually setup/refer most clients to a FREE drop box account as a means of backup/storage for their word/business docs and such (you could offer paid backup software like mozy or carbonite, but I do not use them)
  • ipad/tablet w/ 3g/4g is nice to have when you are mobile
  • small netbook/ultrabook/macbook air is nice as well for mobile jobs
  • IFTTT.com for syncing up twitter, google plus and facebook
  • Car Magnets/Vinyl Wrap/Rear Window Acrylic Lettering w/ Contact Info
  • Remember always to put the customer first, keep them happy and give them realistic expectations and you will benefit immensely.

That's all I can think of right now, but if you don't include luxury items like the laptop/tablet/scansnap... start-up costs are not much. You can typically start off with no tools, and buy as you go (this is what I did for the most part.)

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