In the next one or two weeks, I am planning on opening a small-scale computer repair service. I would like to just make house calls and repair basic things… deal with hardware, software… any “typical user” problems, for the most part. I am planning on working together with a friend of mine, to share to financial costs and the workload. I have a couple legal questions though, and I was wondering if anyone could help out.
Does it require any kind of insurance to enter a “customers” house? We are aiming to keep the buisness to a word-of-mouth and newspaper-classifieds kinda deal, so I’m not sure that we’d even legally be considered a buisness. We’d work completly out of our houses, and not spend any signifigant amount on advertising or stuff like that. So, if the customer invites us into their home, do we need some legal status to do so?
If the computer problem is too envolved or complex for us to trouble-shoot it on-site, we were planning on taking their computer to our house to resolve the issue. Is a signed waiver all we need to do this? Or do we need some kind of certification or other status in order to do this?
Are we a buisness? Both my friend and I are dependents, and we are also students. Does the IRS need to know anything that’s goin on, or are we small enough to not matter?
Is there anything I should know about doing the kind of buisness I am planning on? I am very proficient with computers, and I feel that if I did come across a problem I didn’t recognize (bound to happen) I could easily research it enough to resolve the issue. Any ideas on how much I should charge? I am thinking $50-60 an hour would be cheaper than any “yellow-pages” repair service would be.
Any/all suggestions are welcome, and appreciated. Thanks a lot.