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General Chat Thread, Startup Business - PC/Laptop service/repair in General; Originally Posted by apoth0r It takes a long time to be that 'word-of mouth' - Year 2 for myself, still ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by apoth0r View Post
    It takes a long time to be that 'word-of mouth' - Year 2 for myself, still not loads of business. I work full time also and refuse to spend money on the business unless it pays for itself. Which is probably the downfall, but hey I'm still here after 2 years and I've been trying hard to build the reputation.
    It's a tough game, if you can't be flexible with your time then you really will struggle.
    I hope if you do decide to that you have the drive because it does take a lot to keep the motivation when the business isn't there.

    Good luck and best wishes
    Steve,

    Good for you! I hope you do well.

    I wasn't being down on people who do do this. It's just that it's not the easy way to riches that it may seem to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyatollahPies View Post
    This thread is a great antidote to the rubbish about how the IT industry apparently needs to grow up.

    If anything it's proving that if anything needs to "grow up" (bad choice of words from the original author IMO) or move forward, it's people's perceptions and naivety when it comes to technology. Not that it's the average joe's fault by any means, as has been mentioned numerous times, it all moves forward far too quickly. The media need to stop both patronizing and scaremongering (the amount of rubbish I've had to field today courtesy of the BBC and their "IE is dangerous" wasn't funny - it's no more unsecure than it was yesterday, this time last month or this time last year.) One of the best skills someone supporting IT can have is the ability to explain problems and solutions to users in english, and just about all the media like to use big words and acronyms in jargon, very unnecessarily.

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    Couldnt agree more syn.
    I'm not a big jargon buster at the best of times, 'thingies and wotsits' (not the cheesey ones). You just have to speak english to people. At the end of the day, they don't care whether your AVG is better than your McAfee as long as it "ent poppin up with that bloomin 'buy me' webpage mcDizzle every 2 minutes".
    Simply explain how to avoid it in the future! "Don't press that me old china " usually works.

    I really do love my job though!

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    Another thing...

    Getting phone calls at home in the late evenings, Sundays, when you're putting the kids to bed or any other inconvenient time isn't much fun.

    Most recent example was 8:30 pm Saturday night "could you just come over and ... ?". I have to grit my teeth and calmly explain that I'm not working at the moment, when what I really want to do is tell them to get lost.

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