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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: 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: 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

How A Computer Consulting Business Can Help Your Company

While many small companies only call in a local computer consulting business when something computer-related breaks, there's a lot to be gained by forging a proactive, long-term relationship with a local computer consulting business in your area. Consider Getting Advice from a Computer Consulting Business If you need to get advice once-in-a-while on how your computers can be better utilized, or you have a specific computer-related problem that needs to be solved, a computer consulting business........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Do You Keep Your Micro Clients?

A big question, especially among newly established computer consulting professionals is this: “I have some smaller clients with two to five PCs. Since they’re very close and they’re willing to pay our hourly rate and understand that I can schedule them when I can, is there a problem in keeping them as clients? Until I establish myself with more larger clients, I’d hate to lose this income.” Are Micro Clients Taking Up Too Much of Your Time? This is more of a focus and a time manage........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Balancing Your Portfolio

Do you have a balanced portfolio in your computer consulting business? Target 70% of your businesses in the small business state. Keep a small amount of your business dealing with home networks and the consumer side and then have 5-15% of your business with much larger businesses. This setup works for many computer consulting professionals but it all depends upon where you want to take your business. Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket Make sure that no single one of these clients accounts........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Do Your Homework

Beware of vendors who ask you to explain what you do in your business. Instead, give a basic explaination of what your computer consulting business is all about so a client can determine if he has any product or service that’s in your picture. Rather than be reactive, go to the interview being proactive! Know what they are doing before you go in and be prepared to help them with their needs. Computer Consulting: Research to Prepare for Your Meeting Even though it might take you 30 to 45 minu........ 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: 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 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 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: Finding Prospects Among Your Leads

How do you narrow down your leads and find your prospects? In this article, you'll learn some criteria that will help you narrow down your computer consulting leads and take them to the next step. One is finding your industry focus. You must laser beam your target market. You need to stand out tremendously from the crowd because everyone other computer consulting professional is chasing after the same hardware services, LAN, and the exact same advertising. But there are two other really big........ Read More

Computer Consulting And Virtual It

Do you own or manage a computer consulting company? Would you like to achieve greater small business success? If so, then get ready to learn why most computer consulting companies get IT (Information Technology) wrong and what you can do about IT. The Problem: Why Most Computer Consulting Companies Get IT Wrong Most owners of computer consulting companies make their jobs much harder than need be. Why? Because these computer consulting business owners fall in love with the technology… and vie........ 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


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