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How to become Computer Buying Consultant to make money for individuals want to quit their jobs and start their careers as an entrepreneur are as follows:
Description of Job
• Advise individuals and small companies in making computer purchases.
• Assist with setup of hardware and installation of software.
• Help install telephone, DSL, or cable modem connection to the Internet.
The Need
For some people, buying and installing a computer is a terrifying prospect. They
fear buying the wrong equipment, paying way too much for it, and then being
totally unable to figure out where to plug in which end of the cable.
Other people may throw up their hands at the prospect of figuring out how to
connect to the Internet or how to set up a small wireless network in a home or
office to share printers, modems, and other devices.
The computer buying consultant is like a contractor for the construction of a
house: someone who arranges for delivery of all of the pieces and services and
makes sure everything is working properly. Then he or she fades away (heading
for the bank), leaving the operation and maintenance of the house to others.
The job of the computer buying consultant ends once the computer system is
up and running properly. If a client runs into problems with software or if a piece
of hardware fails six months or a year later, the client should be referred to a
computer repair or software consultant.
We recommend separating the jobs of a computer buying consultant and a
repair service because the level of complexity is vastly different. Once the computer
is up and running, you will have no control over what the user does to it.
Challenges
Make sure you understand the needs, wants, and technical abilities of your
clients. You don’t want to specify a machine that is beyond the needs (and budget)
of your client, yet you don’t want to recommend a cheap and underpowered
or poorly assembled machine just because the price tag is low.
The vast majority of computers in homes and business are based on the PC
design and are intended to work with the Microsoft Windows operating system.
A small portion of the computer industry is devoted to the Apple Macintosh
design and its operating system. The two universes are relatively similar to each
other, but you will need to be well educated about the differences.
Learn the various Internet connection options available in your area. Telephone
dial-up service is the most mature and usually the easiest to set up, but it
is the slowest system available. Cable modem service, where available, is usually
the fastest for residential and small-business use. In between is DSL service via
telephone cable; setup can sometimes be very complex and problematic, and
connection speeds are faster than dial-up but generally slower than cable.
Be sure the client understands the brick wall you will erect between consulting
on the purchase of a system and its later operation. Establish relationships
with computer repair services and software consultants who will be available to
your client if needed.
Know the Territory
You need to be the sort of person who can quote prices and specifications from
memory, someone who reads computer ads and web sites for enjoyment. You
should be familiar with the offerings of the major online vendors of computers
(including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM) and the web sites and catalogs of
direct sellers of other machines.
Make regular visits to area computer retail stores to see the range of offerings
and understand their sales and support procedures.
How to Get Started
Place flyers and ads in community centers, schools, and retail stores. Advertise
in community newspapers, shopping guides, and school newspapers.
Ask satisfied customers to recommend your services to friends and acquaintances;
offer a bonus or discount for business they refer.
Up-front Expenses
Build up a library of technical manuals and computer magazines to keep current
on the latest technologies and products. Consult web sites of manufacturers of
hardware and software and be a regular visitor to Internet homes for companies
that sell computers, peripherals, and services.
You’ll also need a basic tool kit containing screwdrivers and nut drivers for
installation of systems.
Other expenses include advertising and promotion.
How Much to Charge
Charge by the hour for your services, or offer a package rate for a set number of
hours for buying consultation and installation of equipment. To offer the most
independent and unbiased service to your client, you should not ask for or accept
commissions or other payments from the sellers of hardware.

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