In the current financial climate, having a side gig or side hustle to top your income is all but essential. There are many things you could choose to do, but at times like these, you would be better off focusing on something people find indispensable. In the modern age, the number one indispensable item is likely to be the cell phone, so being able to repair these quickly is going to provide a valuable service that people won’t hesitate to pay for.
Before you dive in, though, there is some groundwork you need to do to ensure your brand-new side hustle doesn’t fall on its face.
You’ll Need Somewhere to Work
You might just need to use your kitchen table, or maybe the desk in your bedroom now, but you also need to think a little bigger. Depending on what type of repairs you are doing (like soldering), you could well need ventilation, or better lighting to make sure you are doing the best job possible.
You could look at sub-letting a bench or space in a unit already used by electronics companies, where everything is already set out for you, or setting up in your garden in a purpose-built ‘shed’ with everything you need. You’ll need to check for things like planning regulations, but once built, you are fully set for the future.
Find a Reliable Source for Parts and Equipment
You are not going to do a good job with sub-standard parts, no matter how good your skills are. To stop other people’s bad workmanship from ruining your reputation, you’ll need a go-to source to find whatever you need. Searching each component manufacturer individually is likely to take longer than the actual repair, so you could use a site like Octopart to do the legwork for you.
This can work as a part and equipment search engine, allowing you to find quality parts quickly and easily, and leaving you more time to look at other areas of your business, like reaching more customers who need a quick repair.
Market Your Business Correctly
You might think that most people’s phones are covered by warranties, and you would be correct. However, some of those won’t want to wait while their phone is sent off and repaired (eventually) and then take time to arrive back to them using the cheapest postage option available. By highlighting how quickly you can get their phone working and back to them, in comparison to the warranty method, you will get some people who are willing to pay for their repair rather than wait to get it fixed for free.
To Sum Everything Up
If you want to start a side hustle repairing phones, that could be a good move, as people will want them fixed as quickly as possible. To do this, you will need to let people know what you are doing and have somewhere to carry out those repairs safely. Just as importantly, you’ll need a source for quality components that can show you what you need quickly and easily, without spending hours scouring different sites.