This is the first in what I hope will be a series of “showdown” type posts where I compare similar services to see which one ends up being the best for my business needs.
Do you need to get more computer repair experience before starting your own business? Not getting enough work for your current business? Want to get some experience in an unfamiliar niche?
When I first started my computer consulting business, one of the best ways I found to get my feet wet with computer repair was to sign up for a national IT service provider. These services basically provide IT support to customers all over the country (or world-wide) by contracting with local techs to complete the work. Each service provider may have dozens or hundreds of techs in any given area in its database that it can call on to service any particular client.
Over the last few years I’ve signed up for a bunch of these service providers and had the opportunity to work for a few of them. My results have been mixed, but they have provided great learning opportunities, especially when I was first starting out.
Below is a list of all of the national IT service providers that I’ve signed up for, along with my experiences with each. All of these services provide voluntary work, meaning you do not have to take any of the service calls they offer you.
Please note that my experiences are based on my education, background, and location and are not to be taken as endorsements or rejections of any one service. Your mileage WILL vary!