A repair is a repair, right? Well, actually there are a number of differences that can make
you a professional in your field versus an amateur.
Just like the sports arena, there are amateur teams and there are professional teams. There
is nothing wrong with being an amateur athlete. In fact, it's quite an accomplishment. Not
everyone can be an athlete and it takes a certain type of person to be good enough for am-
For example, a college-level athlete. Once the collegiate-level athlete progresses and
moves up the ranks he may opt to go professional. Like college athletics to professional
athletics, the computer repair game can be divided into these categories as well. The pro-
fessional service company possesses stricter rules to which you, the business owner, must
adhere to. But as in athletics, there's a huge difference in the moneymaking capability
between the ranks.
Amateur repairs are services provided to friends and family as favors or as gifts, and typ-
ically an amateur will not charge for services or will possibly charge a nominal amount for
the work performed.
At the professional level, services are provided at a cost and in return the customer expects
a warranty, support, and that a company that will be available for support in the future. Pro-
fessional businesses are the only successful businesses that survive in the real world. While
you might be thinking “I can do this on the side,” be forewarned that your business will
never bring you the satisfaction and true financial freedom that you are dreaming about.
If your dream is to be a football player, then your dream is to be in the NFL making profes-
sional wages and being the star of the game. If your dream is to be a business owner, then
your dream is to provide high-quality services and support at your business, make profes-
sional wages, and be the star of the industry.
I see the need for someone to provide amateur repairs on a small scale. For example, re-
pairing one's own devices if the need ever arises. These can be done cheaply and on the
fly, but in America, there's no room for “under the table” services and sales. There are far
too many consequences for business owners to try to run “under the table,” “cash only,” or
“under the radar” when it comes to the IRS and state governments. It is difficult for a small
business to operate in the US due to the laws that business owners must abide by, and rules
that we need to follow. There are taxes to pay. A business owner must understand that these
taxes and laws are merely part of the cost of running a business—a professional business.