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Computer Training Small Business Idea

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Computer Training Business


Some people are naturally computer-savvy; some people find a challenge in everything computer-related. If you are in the first group and have extensive experience with computers and various computer software, a computer training business might be a good small business idea for you.

Here is a look at the pros and cons, as well as resources with tips for starting your computer training business.

The Pros

Some of the benefits of starting a computer training business include:

  • You can train clients in their homes, through local classes, or virtually via the Internet.
  • You can target personal computer users, home-based business owners and even larger companies.
  • You can work one-on-one with clients, or teach computer classes to groups.
  • Your business can provide a broad range of training services or focus on specific software.
  • You can sell training materials to bolster your services and increase your income.
  • You get to use all of the latest computer equipment and software every day in your business.

The Cons

Some of the potential challenges of a computer training business include:

  • You must have an expert knowledge of computers, software and tools.
  • The necessary software and equipment can be expensive.
  • You must be a good communicator and comfortable with public speaking.
  • You need to be patient and have excellent customer service skills.
  • You need to stay current on computers, software and industry news.
  • You may need insurance, permits and bonding if you will be working in your clients' homes.

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