home computer assistant

Discussion in 'Ideas' started by computershy, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. computershy

    computershy New Member

    I work in a public library. We have a lot of seniors who come in who need help with setting up their home computers and with basic operations such as web searching, IM, and email. Many of them ask me if I can come to their homes (which I'm not really allowed to do). This might be a good home business for somebody who knows their way around a computer --- just place a small ad in the local newspaper and you could be in business. Volunteering at local retirement homes and communities could be another way to spread the word about your business.
     
  2. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    DEFINATELY a good idea! Wish I knew more about computers...[​IMG]
     
  3. Danny33

    Danny33 New Member

    Quoting: getagrip
    DEFINATELY a good idea! Wish I knew more about computers..

    I know plenty about computers, I'm 16, and I dislike trying to explain computer stuff to other people... I don't always like explaining how to do stuff for my dad because I don't think he really listens :p

    Anyways, more of a personal thought - I don't think I would be good at it :p

    Anyone who feels like they could do it should try to do it though. Always try to have fun doing what you get paid for [​IMG]
     
  4. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Quoting: computershyWe have a lot of seniors who come in who need help with setting up their home computers and with basic operations such as web searching, IM, and email. Many of them ask me if I can come to their homes (which I'm not really allowed to do). This might be a good home business for somebody who knows their way around a computer --- just place a small ad in the local newspaper and you could be in business. Volunteering at local retirement homes and communities could be another way to spread the word about your business.

    It is a good idea. It is difficult to get reliable people for computer stuff
     
  5. miggy12

    miggy12 New Member

    OT and WAHJ are other topic and work at home job. Also wahm and wahd are yes you've guessed it, work at home mom and work at home dad. Just some thing I picked up at wahm.com.

    Anyway, my husband wont let me quit quite yet and I definitely wouldn't give notice until I knew for sure it was safe to do it. But I can't wait for that day to come. I want to thank you so much for all the great advise you have ever given me and it is great to have a friend like you. If you ever need any type of advise, I'll try to answer for you.

    Lucia
     
  6. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    OT can also stand for over time
     
  7. Chandan12

    Chandan12 New Member

    I would love to do something like this. I used to teach software programs. Tell me more...
     
  8. otiose

    otiose New Member

    I already do this. It's one of my two hats I wear during the day.

    Most mornings I'm in peoples' homes fixing their sick PCs and giving them tuition or guidance.

    By the time lunch time comes I don't want to see another sick PC until the next day.

    In the afternoons I run my proofreading service, and continue to write professionally.

    A balanced existence. Yep. I'm certainly well balanced . A chip on BOTH shoulders! [​IMG]

    To become established as a computer-tutor or whatever will take time.

    For word-of-mouth to be effective you have to already have a track record. Time...

    For me the best way to advertise was to combine my two skill sets. I began to write a regular computer column for a local magazine.

    Initially, I did it in exchange for a display advert. After 12 months it became so popular the editor offered to pay me each month, as well as give me the display ad.

    And that is where I get all my PC work from.

    Mind you, I've been working on, in and around PCs from when the desktops first appeared, so I've got a pretty sound foundation of knowledge and skills developed over many years.

    My first OS was CP/M. Ah, those were the days...

    Anyway, all this is a roundabout way of saying if you go into this arena:

    * make sure you know exactly what you are doing (bluff and evasion are not the ways to go!)

    * develop endless patience (and I mean 'endless' -- you will be sorely tried)

    * if you can't communicate clearly don't do it

    * you need to be able to translate complex material into simple explanations (an important skill)

    * teaching experience will be a great help

    * you need to be able to work a task backwards to establish the necessary steps to achieve the task

    If you've nodded or muttered 'yes' to all those then GO FOR IT!

    Otherwise just take up knitting. [​IMG]
     
  9. jayatd

    jayatd New Member

    otiose: I already do this. It's one of my two hats I wear during the day.
    Already done too since 2 years ago...
    very usefull [​IMG]
     

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