OK, so while I’m attending grad school this fall, I’m going to need a part-time job for things like rent and food. I figure something like delivering pizzas or whatnot will work fine, but I figure why not see if I can get a few extra bucks by offering out my services as a home computer repair tech. Although I haven’t passed any official certification tests or anything, I feel confident that I can fix the vast majority of problems encountered by the home user (seeing as 90% of those are virus/spyware related nowadays.) Aside from networking (which most home users don’t do,) I am very competent at jsut about everything computers, software and hardware. Only a few times have I had a problem with my or another person’s computer that I needed outside help for (and for my problems, they almost always turned out to be hardware related, which with a regular home user, would probably happen less as they usually have pre-built systems with integrated this and that instead of a mish mash of parts in a ohme-built system.)
So, what should my rates be? I’m thinking they should be less than someone who would do it for a living, for reasons mentioned, but I don’t want it to be a waste of my time if it’s too cheap (ie, less than I would make if I just worked at an actual job for the amount of itme I spend.) OTOH, if you think that I should jsut abandon this silly idea altogether and leave it to the true professionals, by all means let me know.