Compared to many businesses, starting a computer support company is easy. The startup and overhead costs are low, the only employee needed to start is yourself and you don't need a retail location. You should have a year or two of supporting computers under your belt before you start the business.
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How to Start Your Own Home Computer Support Company

Not everybody has the right personality or character traits to successfully run their own computer support company. There are a few questions you should ask yourself:

• Are you patient?
• Do you have discipline?
• Are you an analytical thinker?
• Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit?

If you answered no to all of the above questions you might want to think of doing something else. However, answering no to just one or two doesn't mean that you aren't cut out to go into computer support as a business. I personally have all of these traits (or at least I think I do), and I have seen how important they have been for my own success in the business.

Patience is required because often troubleshooting with users is done over the phone, and there is not much else in the world that I know of that tries patience more than when the customer says something along the lines of, "It is telling me to press the Any key, which one is that?". Patience also comes into play when you are waiting for someone to call, it takes a fair amount of work to get to the point where a complete stranger will call you up for help with their computer.

Discipline is needed because, if you are starting this business up by yourself, there is no boss to look over your shoulder to ensure that you are doing your work. All of the deadlines are on you, and there is no one to blame if something goes wrong besides yourself.

Troubleshooting computer problems requires analytical thinking. You don't need to be Einstein, but being able to think logically about an issue you have never seen before is absolutely necessary. Getting to the bottom of a complex issue is mostly done by taking educated guesses and gradually removing possible causes. As far as being a good technician, thinking logically is the most important trait to have. If you don't think logically now, it may be possible to learn this trait. But it probably won't be easy, as it involves changing the way you think.

The entrepreneurial spirit is needed because you are starting a business, and more than likely it won't be easy. You need to have a vision for what you want your business to be, and see what steps need to be taken to get there.

I do want to emphasize that compared to many businesses, starting a computer support company is easy. The startup and overhead costs are low, the only employee needed to start is yourself and you don't need a retail location (Costs a lot of money).

Do You Have The Skills Needed

Beyond the basic character traits such as logical thinking, having the skills needed to fix computers are essential. You should probably have a year or two of supporting computers underneath your belt before you start the business. If you don't have that kind of time supporting computers yet, I would recommend volunteering your time to friends and family and maybe with a non profit organization. Non-profits are always looking for volunteers, and I am willing to bet that a larger one would have a fulltime computer guy who would love an extra set of hands.

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