There are a lot of things that may seem simple to you but may be difficult for others (particularly older people who did not grow up with technology) to do. Do you know how to install apps on cell phones, set up printers, install TV streaming devices, etc.? Think about the things you know how to do and offer yourself as a consultant who can help your neighbors for a small fee.

PROS:
— Can be very lucrative

CONS:
— Clients can be very demanding and may not trust young entrepreneurs
— You may have to go into the homes of strangers

How to Get Started:
NOTE: Before you start your business, you should read the page on this website entitled “things to think about before you get started.” After you have taken the preliminary steps for starting any business, you can take the specific steps outlined below.

A website is not always necessary, particularly at the start, but for a tech-related business you want to have a great website to show your customers that you’re technologically savvy. Keep your website simple and easy to navigate, since your potential customers might not be very tech-savvy. Make it very clear what services you offer — and make sure it’s something you know how to do well. Keep in mind that, for many customers, even tasks that are simple to you (like installing an app) may be difficult for them. Also, you should suggest apps that people may not know about.

The most efficient way to advertise this type of business is steering potential customers to your website through social media sites like Facebook and Nextdoor.

Keep in mind, though, that many potential customers for this service may not use social media a lot — or at all — so you should also create brochures that you post around the neighborhood or distribute to each house.

How Much to Charge:
There’s a wide range for hourly rates for technical help, depending on where you live and other factors. Decide what one hour of your time is worth to you. Then check out how much local technical help businesses are charging, to come up with your own hourly rate.

Taking it to the next level:
Keep learning and looking for ways for improve your tech skills, so you can grow your business. Take classes, watch educational videos, or visit technical websites to stay up on the latest changes and updates.

 

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