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Not Easy To Run Your Own Repair Business

By on August 8, 2012

Do you know that it is not easy to run your own repair business? I have many emails from fellow ERG members telling me that they wanted to set up their own repair business. My replied to them was always make sure they have enough customer base before resigning from their fulll time job and start on their own. Motivation will drop if you do not see profits after few months running your own shop. Rental to pay, electricity, phone bill, your salary and other expeneses need to be considered before you really come out on your own.

The age factor is also important. If you are on your own and after running the business for couple of years and you can't sustain it and wish to join back working for others, you may have a tough time looking for a job. Many companies usually looking for someone younger and have experience.

If you have a stable job then I recommends you to run it from your home first. See how is the profit for the first half to one year. If it is stable and growing then you may consider to go full time.

The reason i wrote this post is not to pour cold water on you but because I have personnally went through all the difficulty in running a repair business. Seeing some of my repair friends closed their shop and joined back the 9 to 5 work is a fact. There could be many reasons why they are not successful. It could be lack of marketing skills, not skillful enough in repairing, lack of fund management, need to spend more time with family and etc.

If you still wish to set up your own business then I'm wishing you all the best.



  1. Waleed Rishmawi

    August 8, 2012 at 4:09 am

    i have been running my workshop for more than ten years now and still having a hard time with customers. yesterday I found anohter part time job at night calling people about products. i am keeping my workshop but working somewhere else. I am cutting my workshop hours down and I reported that to my customers. I will see how ti will work.

    • Jestine Yong

      August 8, 2012 at 6:24 am

      HI Waleed,

      Getting another job to sustain our expenses is also a good idea. Hope it will work well.


  2. Gopal Sharma

    August 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I liked your most valuable experience. I have  also realised this fact.

    • Jestine Yong

      August 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Gopal,



  3. jojogreg

    August 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    hi jestine,
                    i come to realize that it looks like a career electronics repair is like a hobbies only.i love electronics repair.I lost my job and at the age 40 landing a job again is never been realistics my only hope is to venture into electronics repairing and earn a living but base on testimonies of those who are already in this kind business for many years but still suffer this kind of situation.hopefully i don't lost my passion.

    • Jestine Yong

      August 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

      HI Jojo,

      Please do not rush to set up a repair center on your own. Take into consideration of all expenses in order to avoid regret later.


  4. Humphrey

    August 9, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Hi Jestine,
    Thanks for the info you have shared here...i have a full time job and therefore do repairs over the weekends and evenings from my house. through this i get extra income beside my salary but in future i intend to go full time doing what i like doing most...electronics!
    Regards Humphrey

    • Jestine Yong

      August 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Hi Humphrey,

      If you could make money more than your full time job then it could be a sign that you may have to set your own.


  5. Rohmell Brills

    September 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    In the United States, repair shops are closing rapidly, there are very few left. The U.S. consumer finds it easier and cheaper to throw away a defective TV, DVD player, microwave oven, radio, etc. and buy a new one than to take it in for repair and wait while it is being fixed.

    • Jestine Yong

      September 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Rohmell,

      Yes I have heard of it too but electronics repair not necessary have to deal directly with consumer electronics repair. There are alarm cctv, parking system, industrial electronics, beauty equipment, medical electronics just to name a few.



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