How to Start a Home-based Computer Repair Business by Rick Harison

How to Start a Home-based Computer Repair Business by Rick Harison


Author:Rick Harison [Harison, Rick]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2015-01-09T08:00:00+00:00

Your First “Test” Order

Once you have your database set up, you’ll need to add the products to your database and keep an inventory.

It’s important for any business to keep track of and accurately account for the products you keep on hand. Keeping an accurate inventory is critical to lowering costs and providing an efficient process.When you first start out, keeping a “hand-count” of your inventory will suffice. Most likely, you’ll only keep a few items on hand and have the ability to order replacement parts and service modules as you sell them to your customer. As your business grows, however, you’ll soon want to institute some form of computerized inventory control and process.

The beauty of having a computerized inventory-management system is that it makes everything from inputting information to taking inventory much easier and much faster. Doing a hand count of a large inventory warehouse can take days, but a computerized inventory system can make the same process take just a couple of hours. In the case of your new computer repair shop, it may take only a matter of minutes in the beginning, which is a good thing!

Additionally, having a good inventory system will allow you to run reports so you can instantly see what you have on your shelves, how many of each product have been sold, and what needs to be reordered. Unfortunately having a computerized inventory system doesn’t ensure accuracy, and the inventory data is only as good as the data that is being input into it. Taking sample counts and “having your finger on the pulse” of the inventory will help you feel more comfortable and allow you to rely more on the data that you accumulate.

What is the importance of having a correct inventory at the time of making your first test sale? It’s simple. Each sale will most likely have a product attached to it. For example, let’s say you installed a new hard drive into a Dell laptop computer. Ideally you’ll have the parts and labor broken out (your customers will appreciate this), with the parts drawn directly from your inventory database so that your inventory remains correct. Once you sell a hard drive, you will have one removed from your inventory count, thus giving you one less to sell.


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