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Computer Repair

 When you have computer trouble, do you take it to the repair shop or fix it yourself?  Do your friends and family members call you with all of their computer problems?  If you enjoy tinkering around with computers, a computer repair business might be a good home business for you.

Computer repair is an excellent home business opportunity because there is a large demand for such services.  Most businesses do not have dedicated computer repair people because they do not need someone available at all times.  And let’s not forget home computers. They need repair and maintenance from time to time as well.

Getting Started

There are no hard and fast educational requirements for computer repair people in most states.  In general, if you possess the knowledge required to make common repairs (and in some states the money to get a license), you can offer your services to the public.  But taking classes in computer repair and getting certified in various aspects of it can give you more credibility and teach you how to do more advanced repairs.  Home study courses are available, and many community colleges offer courses as well.

One of the best features of a computer repair business is low startup cost.  You will need some tools, and it’s a good idea to have some commonly used parts on hand.  Less common or more expensive parts can be ordered as needed if your budget doesn’t allow you to have them in stock.  As your business grows, you can reassess your on-hand needs and adjust accordingly.

Another great thing about computer repair is that it can easily be combined with other business endeavors.  Building and selling computers, for example, can easily go hand in hand with repairing them.  Clients will likely ask you for referrals to people who can take care of their other computer needs, and if you are capable of providing the services they require that means more business for you.

Promoting a Computer Repair Business

Word of mouth is often the most effective way to get customers when repairing computers.  People frequently ask for recommendations when looking for someone to fix their computers.  Doing work for friends and family and letting them know that you are looking for clients can help you hit the ground running without spending a dime on advertising.

That’s not to say that you should not advertise.  Well-placed ads can bring you lots more customers.  Classifieds and display ads in the local paper or trading post publication can put your offerings in front of the eyes of many potential customers.  The yellow pages are a prime destination for those looking for repair of any kind, so placing an ad there could prove to be well worth the cost.

A computer repair business offers a seemingly endless supply of potential clients, and can also be combined with other computer-related business endeavors.  In most cases you can get started without extensive education, and if the need arises you can take classes along the way.  These advantages make computer repair a wonderful home business opportunity for the technically inclined.

October 8th, 2007

Gift Baskets

Have you ever tried to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything?  Most of us have been down that road and know how frustrating it can be.  Gift baskets are a creative solution to this problem.  They also provide the home-based entrepreneur with a fun and profitable business opportunity.

Gift baskets have become quite popular due to their versatility and beauty.  Gift baskets come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be filled with anything and everything.  There is a big market for premade baskets, but more and more gift givers are opting for custom baskets.  Making gift baskets from your home allows you to take advantage of the need for either or both.

Getting Started

To get started in a gift basket business, you will need some supplies.  You will need baskets and things to fill them with.  And to make your baskets beautiful you will need ribbons, bows, cellophane for wrapping, and filler material such as raffia.  Buying baskets and other items in bulk will save you money.

If you are selling premade baskets, you will need to find an outlet from which to sell them.  Small local store owners might be willing to let you place some baskets in their store to sell through a consignment type arrangement.  Flea markets are also a good option.  If you don’t mind traveling on occasion, festivals are a good environment in which to sell gift items.

Pricing Your Baskets

When pricing your baskets, you’ll need to make sure you’re making a profit.  Add up the prices of everything used in the basket to determine its cost.  Then determine how much profit would make it worth your while for making it.  Add it all together for the total price.  If you need guidelines to go by, there are many gift basket providers online that you can check prices with.

Promoting Your Gift Basket Business

Gift baskets can be advertised in local publications or through fliers.  You could place an advertisement in the yellow pages.  Donating your creations as prizes in local giveaways can get exposure for your business for the cost of one basket.

You can even take your business online if you choose.  This works well for premade or custom baskets.  You could take orders online and ship the baskets directly to the recipient.  Adding a personalized card gives your baskets a nice finishing touch.

A gift basket business allows you to let your creativity shine while making a gift that the recipient is sure to love.  You can sell through a variety of outlets and your market includes anyone who buys gifts for any occasion.  If you have a flair for making beautiful and thoughtful gifts, a gift basket business might be a good home business opportunity for you.

September 9th, 2007

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