Starting a Business Teaching Computer and Internet Use

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QUESTION ON Starting a Business of Helping Others

I am a truck driver, and the only passion I have is the computer, and the Internet. I am not specialized in anything, but I do know some about a lot of things. I find it all very exciting, like photo editing for example. What are some things I could do at home to start a business. Maybe at least spare time, and make it full time? Would really appreciate your help. One idea I had was helping people with there first computer, getting started, teaching Internet use, maybe even in the selection for purchase. Maybe with senior citizens. If something like that might work. How would I get started? Thanks

– Don


Advice by Mershon Bell

Dear Don:

Congratulations on considering doing what you love! Having passion about the computer is an important first step towards success.

Here are a few things to consider when starting a computer business from home: Find out about starting a business. Having a successful business is alot more than just doing what you do well. It is about accounting, marketing, business plans, office equipment, etc. Visit or read Small Time Operator by Kamoroff or hire a business coach for a start.

In the computer field, consider offering an HMO type of arrangement for small business people. For X dollars a year (a retainer type fee) you service their ongoing computer needs. This would include installing upgrades, cleaning out the system, defragging, consulting on new add-on equipment. With this arrangement you have some security in terms of clients and money; your clients know you’ll be there when they need you.

Start out by giving talks about the Internet, photo editing, etc. at your local library or senior center. This can be a great way to meet people, demonstrate your knowledge, and locate potential customers. Offer a free month of service as a give away. Chances are they will pay you for a year’s worth.

Network, network, network. Talk to everyone who will stand still about what you want to do, who your ideal clients are and how they can help you succeed. Marketing is the key to a successful small business.

Target your market. Is it senior citizens? If it is, become known in this arena. Go where they go, find out what their needs and interests are, write articles that will appear in publications they read. Become known as “the” computer guy for senior citizens! This is called branding (like Oprah).

Devise a plan of action and take it a step at a time. As Walt Disney said, “If you can imagine it, you can do it!” Get started on your dream today!

Good Luck!

Mershon Bell

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Article originally published in July 2001. Updated March 4, 2012

Mershon Bell

Mershon Bell is a Certified Personal/professional Coach who works with people around the world to help them realize their goals and dreams. She has successfully worked from home for over 15 years. Visit to learn more and to subscribe to her newsletter.

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