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Making Money with partenering w/ local PC Repair Guy

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by yazo80s, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. yazo80s

    yazo80s Junior Member

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    Hey Guys,

    (Had this posted in the money section, and realized that it was better posted here, since this is an offline subject)

    I had an idea (and wonder if anyone else is trying this), i thought of partnering with a local Computer Repair Guy, i basically bring him the customers and we split the earnings 50/50. Basically i would advertise for him, he doesn't know how i did this, as long as it works, right? (thanks to BHF, i was able to get several ideas on how to market this).

    I actually tried this last friday, i went to CL and found someone (PC repair guy) in my city. When i explained to him about a possible partnership, he got excited and agreed to meet this week, we are going to go over the finer details, who gets paid, contracts, non-competive agreements, etc.

    Just wondering if anyone has tried this yet, and what tips you might have to make this work effectively.

    And, ohh, almost forgot, if this works i am thinking of brokering more deals with other services such as cleaning, window washing, landscaping, etc.

    Hope to hear what others have to say.
    Lets see if we can ramp this up, get more people to offer suggestions and input.
     
  2. AffGuy08

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    I did this before with my student (I worked as a lecturer before). This guy (pakistani) was damn good in repairing computers, laptops and office networking setups. We talked about this over a drink and the next day I started surveying the market rate for each type of repairs. Then we met again and discussed over the price, and agreed to beat the market price to get more business. I advertised in 2 newpapers here and we received a lot of calls and business was flowing in really good.

    The most important part is keeping the customers happy and not to "Cheat" them. Give them a good rate and customer service and they'll keep coming back to you. We even got a few office setup contracts and biz was good :)

    I was learning at the same time on repairing stuffs ;)

    Unfortunately my partner had to go back to his country due to some personal problems, and just returned back recently. We will start this thing again!

    Tips :

    1. Always beat the market rate.
    2. Promote in papers
    3. Good customer service and even convience the customer that your rate is the best
    4. Follow up and keep their contacts
    5. Advertise in papers every month (if you can afford it)

    Hope that helps ;)
     
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  3. yazo80s

    yazo80s Junior Member

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    Would you by chance have a sample contract with the customers, and also with the pc repair guy (like a non-comp agreement or something similar)?

    Had a couple of thoughts

    * How would i keep the pc guy from going behind back, and take control of the customer? :eek:

    * Would a referral option be a good thing? Instead of handling the accounts, i would instead contact the pc repair guy and offer him the referral and pass the customer on to him. I realize this is less pay, but in the end less hassles. What would be your thoughts on this.

    Thanks again.
     
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  4. AffGuy08

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    Have a contract with your PC repair guy and agreement (rules and reg) that he can't bypass you in contacting your customers. With customers you don't need any sort of contract or agreement, it will put them off. Show them you are in charge, give them your contact and let them know you're the boss and that pc repair guy is your worker ;)

    Referral thing will make you lose future businesses tbh. You take control of your customers and the pc guy will be there just to repair pcs :)

    I am going to register a small enterprise company to make my pc repair business sound more legit and trustable. Create a simple website with all your services in it (do not put the pricing) and have name cards (only yours) with your contact details and site url. Make sure you HIGHLIGHT this word in your name cards and site - BEST PRICE IN TOWN, TOP, QUALITY and AFFORDABLE PC REPAIR SERVICE...sentences like this really increase your business.

    Hope that helps and glad to help you more :)


    Cheers and Goodluck!


    PS : I'll post my business stats and progress in BHW once I start it back (soon).



     
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  5. Alex Brooks

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    I'd suggest you work out how much your earning monthly, take away the money you spent on advertising, such as newspaper adverts and what not; then split the earnings from that, that insures you have the money to advertise for the next month and expand your business, obviously word-of-mouth is the best way to get well known in your community, so offering business cards to your clients, so they can easily contact you again and hopefully tell their friends, going down to your local PC store and asking them if you can place your business cards there, would work, but they might not let you, as many PC shops now offer repairs for a fee.
     
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