Continuing from here.
Looks like the "oil change" idea is getting good response from people i've asked. I still have yet to test it out, but i want to work some things out first. These ideas are from me and other people that i've asked. It's amazing, asking actually gets goods information from people that want to help. Who woulda thought?
Most of this is random ideas in no particular order. I need to get some things worked out before i write an orderly busines plan.
So, here they are, i'd appreciate any comments on it.
Cost must be US $29.95. People will part with twenty, but not with thirty. Maximum is basically $29.95 (though i wonder about lessening it to work it out to be $30 with tax, or just eat the tax myself.) Also, this works well with calling it an oil change, which is usually about the same price in non-cheapo places.
The problem is that the work will take more than a half-hour, or more likely more than an hour. So, although it's money, it's a "loss". However, money can be made on repeat business, now that their computer has all the updates, assuming i'm only there for one-half hour.
Repeat visits should be made every three to five months. Basically, put a sticker on their monitor (not in the viewable area) "reminding" them to get an "oil change" after three months. A postcard, possibly with a discount, can be mailed out in the fourth month.
If extra work is needed, it can be had at $25 for the half-hour. However, this is not promoted, and only mentioned upon request. The idea is the oil change right now, and do not want to get mixed up, or make people uneasy with suggestions.
Oil change is preventative. Currently, most outfits are reactive. Problem happens, come to us. I want to be proactive. To protect the computer *before* the problem happens. Also, to speed things up.
The question than is, what should the oil change consist of. Here's ideas, however this is too much even for a repeat visit. Unless there is an "oil change plus" charging $59.95. I could really use some help here.
Disable startup programs
config.sys remove just about everything
win.ini remove run and load lines
StartUp group, both personal and common
Windows Update (probably carried on CD or external HDD, later additon may inclide cell phone with web access just to make sure).
Office Update, same
Start Defrag before I leave.
Norton System scanning stuff
Clean ball mouse.
Wipe screen with moist wipe.
IE toolbar stuff
remove text labels
remove all buttons besides back, forth, reload, and stop
make buttons small
remove "go" "links" and "profile assistant".
Move buttons and address bart onto same line as menu bar.
Problems may include if I have persmission on the system. Or ther need to have OS or Office cabs with me, for *each* Windows variation out there.
Someone was telling me that defrags on larger harddrives don't do much.
If updates are on a CD, how do i know which updates they need? And how often do i update the CD?
A serious problem is liability. What if the HDD dies when i'm there? Do i need insurance?
I don't want to sell hardware, but i don't mind reccomending it. What happens a upon hardware incompatibility, or opening the case. Am I getting myself into trouble?
How do i know which programs to disable on startup? Office SlowStart is a no brainer. What about palm tools, or other things i may find?
Uninstalling things like Yahoo (for those with Yahoo DSL and installed all the unrequired software (which is everything besides Enternet)). Uninstalling it speeds up *everything*. And most people don't even seem to use the tools. However, what if they do?
Of course removing RealPlayer is a good thing, but some people use it.
Giving people programs to use may be good. A quickie is IrfanView for picture viewing. Many people do not seem to have a decent picture viewer. Irfan is free, easy to use, and handles multiple picure easily. There are probably others too.
I already have an LLC. Probably weill need a DBA for this. So, what to call it?
Hmm.. enough for now. Any ideas, comments, directions?