Lets face it, there are a lot of “computer guys” out there. It’s no secret that the IT industry is growing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The demand is there and the money is good.
However, not every computer guy is created equal. Just because you have a degree related to computers, you solve all your friend’s computer problems in less than 15 minutes, and you can hack into the pentagon, doesn’t mean you’re cut out to start your own computer repair business.
Since starting my business, many customers I service seem to be relieved when they realize that I’m not out to make a quick buck, and that I can speak to them about their computer in terms that they can understand and relate to. Some have even related to me the pains they’ve experienced at the hands of some other computer guys that they’ve worked with in the past. Couple these experiences with the fact that, through interviews on this website and other encounters with successful computer techs, I’ve noticed that there are some characteristics that make certain independent computer consultants really stand out among the competition.
There are many obvious traits that one must posses in order to be a successful independent computer consultant. You must have people skills, business savvy, and broad technical knowledge. But that’s just the beginning.