A cousin of mine is a computer wiz who occasionally does computer repair on the side; he typically works as a manager of a store full time. He agreed to answer a few of my questions about the job that he loves to do—tinker on the guts of many a computer.
How did you get started in computer repair?
That was my original passion. I went to school for computer repair and that’s what my degree is in. You know I’m a gamer and computers and games are what I love most.
So why don’t you work in computer repair full time?
I sort of just fell into the manager job I have, and started working up so I could buy a house and raise a family. I might do it fulltime someday; I don’t know. I don’t mind my job and it gives me plenty of time to spend with my family, and I don’t have weird hours that I might have if I worked on computers full time.
What do you charge per visit?
Usually a base rate of $50, less for family and friends. If it’s really complicated and I have to take it home to fix I charge more. If it’s something really easy and I’m out of there in ten or twenty minutes I usually only ask for $25 to be fair.