I began my business in January 2012 by offering computer repair on the side. I literally fixed computers on my coffee table in the evenings and on weekends.
There was no shortage of work. I found myself running home over lunch to continue scans that were in progress, and using vacation time to keep up with the demand.
I did this for two years, but couldn’t continue this pace any longer. On January 6th 2015 I left my job of eleven years. Then three months later I opened a storefront. This is an account of my experience making that transition.
Why a Storefront?
Working from home was great! I could pick the hours I wanted to work, and schedule my work around it.
Take a day off? No problem!
Kid home sick from school? Not an issue, I’m home anyway!
However, the negative side was starting to present itself. Parking is at a premium where we live. I had to schedule clients to avoid traffic congestion in the street out front.
I had intentionally kept my address out of my advertising, and I’m sure this made some people question my legitimacy. But I didn’t want people just showing up since I have a family here.
I also didn’t have the ability to offer merchandise for sale, or to display the refurbished systems I had available. Time to open a storefront!