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Computer Consulting: Should You Work With Micro Businesses?

When it comes to computer consulting with micro businesses, look at the margins issue. You will always have a certain amount of hours that you’re forced to eat because you can’t bill for it. When you have a larger base of computer consulting clients to spread it over, a loss is a lot easier to swallow. "Eating" a Loss is Easier with Big Clients Than Small Ones For example, if you have a customer that’s billing $2,000 a year with you and you’re forced to eat a $500 job, you’ve sacri........ Read More

Computer Consulting Business: Determining Client Criteria

So you’re looking for quality accounts as you start your computer consulting business. What are the qualifying criteria for such accounts? Consider Proximity First, the potential client for your computer consulting business should be close to you, generally within a 30 to 60 minute drive from where you’re located. This is going to have some impact on the networking events you attend or anything else you do from a marketing perspective. Potential Client Size In starting your computer c........ Read More

Computer Consulting: How Do You Find Sweet Spot Clients?

Where do you find clients that are going to spend $1,000 to $2,000 a month on IT computer consulting services on an outsourced basis? You need to evaluate each client. Are they big enough to need a real server, a real firewall a real backup solution and offsite or online backup? Do they need to emphasize security, power protection, virus protection? Do they need a real professional for their IT needs? network support and LAN-WAN support? Your ideal customers can’t........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Some General Tips

To run a successful computer consulting practice, you need to be able to deliver on that end-to-end solution. Have a good service agreement ready to go. Have an IT audit checklist. Have partnering agreements. Be prepared to take your clients from the beginning to the end of the process with you. Computer Consulting Service Agreements If you don’t propose the service agreements to your customers, your small business decision makers probably won't ask for them. You have to tell your computer ........ Read More

Computer Consulting: 3 Questions To Ask Your Clients

From a customer service perspective, you can ask your computer consulting clients three questions that will explode the growth of your company. Question Number One: “How Can We Improve the Level of Service That We Provide Your Company?” Ask your computer consulting clients this question on a regular basis; at least a couple times a year. You will be amazed at the type of suggestions they give you. They will tell you some things you’ll be able to implement without charging them anothe........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Take Some Action

Before you open the doors to your computer consulting business, you need to get your ducks in a row. You'll need to pick a company name and get your business cards printed. Then you'll need to consider what types of customers you want to pursue and where you can meet them. In this article, you'll learn how and why you need to accomplish these steps. Get Your Business Cards Printed Get your business cards printed, even if you don't think they'll last you forever. If you decide to change your c........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Which Business Is Right For You?

Some people decide they want to open up an independent doughnut shop instead of buying into one of the really large doughnut shop companies. If you want to make submarine sandwiches, you can do it on your own or you can buy into one of the big, extremely well known franchises. If you want to start a computer consulting business, you can be independent or part of a franchise. It all depends on whether you want to build your business completely by yourself, or whether you want to try to take some........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Don’t Market The 90’s Way

The 90’s was a time of certification for computer consulting businesses. Everyone touted what formal partnerships they had with what major corporations. “Hire us because we’re a Novell certified shop” or “Hire us because we’re an IBM business partner.” Most consultants aren’t leading with that anymore because they don’t want to be perceived as an extension of that company sales force. They want to be perceived as their own brand of computer consulting. The Benefits of Partner........ Read More

Computer Consulting Services: Protecting Client Data

As a provider of computer consulting services, you should communicate to your clients that a dedicated server generally can enforce strong user passwords. This means your clients can: • Force users to change passwords at predetermined intervals • Prevent recycling of previously-chosen passwords • Eliminate the use of blank passwords • Enforce selection of passwords that are a mixture of both letters and numbers, as well as upper and lower case characters Protection Against "Accidental"........ Read More

Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips (part 1 Of 2)

Does your business need the services of a computer consulting firm? Before you rush out and hire the first techie or slick-salesperson that knocks on your door, be sure to consider these favorite Computer Consulting 101 hiring tips for screening and interviewing local computer consulting firms. In this first in a two-part series, we’ll look the root of the problem, as well as the four most basic criteria that you’ll need to ask about when searching for computer consulting vendors. Computer ........ Read More

Computer Consulting 101 Pc Troubleshooting Advice

While most small businesses really do need to find a good local computer consulting business to take care of their computer problems, there are some computer problems that are simple enough for even a technophobe to handle. At Computer Consulting 101, we've found there's one very simple piece of advice that often doesn't get communicated to non-technical small business end users: When in doubt, reboot first. Seriously, while it may sound tremendously simple, end users often overlook it during t........ Read More

Computer Consulting Profit Secrets

Do you own or manage a computer consulting company? Are you having trouble growing your computer consulting company's profits? If so, then you must learn how to focus on your computer consulting firm's profit and bottom line. In this article, we'll look at 7 profit secrets and strategies you can use in your computer consulting business, to ensure that you are able to balance your clients' small business IT needs against your own computer consulting company's profitability challenges. Origins........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Diversify Your Clients

Make sure that you never get to the point that any one computer consulting client has control over you. None of them should have such supreme leverage over you that you couldn’t afford to either lose them because of something that’s either out of your control or because you want to let them go. Spread Out Your Risk Among Your Computer Consulting Clients This is all about diversifying. Think about building your client portfolio like a mutual fund portfolio. It’s very similar with marke........ Read More

Computer Consulting Business: Hardware Warranty Services

As a computer consulting business, you shouldn’t be spending precious time and your clients’ limited budgets troubleshooting a malfunctioning monitor or CD-RW drive. If your computer consulting business is large enough that you have both senior-level and technician-level staff, you’re probably already doing a great job of directing workload to the right personnel. Are You a Company of One? However, if you are a small computer consulting business, where perhaps you are the "company", it........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Should You Buy A Franchise?

You can approach the decision whether or not to buy a franchise in many different ways. There are many pros and many cons with franchise organizations. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons with franchise organizations in computer consulting. The Pros o You get the trappings of being part of a larger company. o You get a peer support network that's built into the organization. o You get a lot of tools and resources. o You have people to go to with problems. The Cons There is a fli........ Read More


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