The business I'm considering is a computer consulting/service business. I'm just in the planning stages and talking to different people in the area about whether my company would even be feasible. The business would cater to people, especially older ones, who would love to own a computer, but are totally in the dark on how to even turn one on. There are two community colleges that offer continuing ed programs, which are inexpensive, but they don't want to be in that environment. They are also overwhelmed when it comes to going to one of the big box stores to purchase one, because the salespeople will attempt to sell them computers that they don't really need. I would be willing to go with them in an advisory capacity to help them choose what would be appropriate for their needs, or build them a custom inexpensive computer myself. I would then work with them on a one on one basis showing them basic computer tasks and also show them how to keep one maintained. I'm not looking to make a fortune with my business. I want to use it to supplement my disability check. My charges would be less than most computer services, but still be enough to be profitable after taxes. I would also offer repair services and on any computer I build I would give a standard warranty.
#3. "RE: Is this a good idea?" In response to Reply # 0
Not only viable, I know someone who is doing this.
My Mother-in-Law, who is 80, has a young fellow who consults on her computer for her. He charges her a flat rate per hour and helps her with whatever she needs to know. It takes the strain off the rest of the family and she has become quite adept as a computer user. She is even using advanced graphics programs now.
And yes... target the kids of those seniors... Some (babyboomeradult)kids would love to get their parents on line, but haven't the time to get them online... a "Get your parents online" Christmas package might go over well and you could see yourself with steady contracts right through easter.