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Old 03-04-2016, 04:56 PM   #1
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If I come to your RV park, and post a sign saying "I fix computers", how busy...

...would I be?

I can fix laptops and desktops, software and hardware, set up wifi and networks. Clean up viruses and malware. Etc and so on...

How busy would I be?

Trying to see if I can survive on the road with these skills.

And taking suggestions on how to advertise this. Because I know just hanging a sign out front might be frowned upon in many parks.
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You're correct in that you typically cannot sell services openly in a RV park. However, you might contact some of the 'resort-type' parks that have a clubhouse and classes. Perhaps they'd be interested.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:18 PM   #3
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I have been in Parks in AZ that have Barber Poles and other types of advertising signs. Most Parks have a "list" of various venders like mobile RV repairmen, wash and wax services, etc. You would probably have to contact the RV Parks and ask if they allow your type of service in the Park.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:28 PM   #4
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7 yrs on the road traveling and needed laptop repair ONCE.
Blue screen of death!

Mobile computer tech (via business card at cg office) came out tried a few things....took laptop back t his place (wherever that was) saved all info/docs/pics etc on laptop, dumped it and reloaded OS (I had discs) then set it back up and returned it working good as new.

This was in 2012--------charge $75 (I paid him $100 and thought that was under payment)

Asked him about job......he stayed busy but most was from locals vs folks in RV parks. Worked from his home.

Personally I would think it would be difficult to stay busy enough to make a reasonable income let alone any monies to a retirement account.
Good luck in your endeavor
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:31 PM   #5
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Know of a retired electrical engineer that works his way around the county workcamping his trade. He started by contacting rv parks ahead of his route and after a couple years had enough return and word-of-mouth business to keep him busy. His hobby was adding gizmos to his motorhome; it is quite a showboat.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:46 PM   #6
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We stayed at a top-end park in Port Aransas, TX for Thanksgiving week and for 10 days at Christmas, and started to get to know the "locals". They told me that if they had known what I did, I could have kept busy for weeks, just getting all their stuff cleaned up and repaired.

We are hitting the road in June, but don't plan on staying anywhere longer than a week or so. I figured any extra income wouldn't hurt. Just trying to figure out how to present myself so as not to offend the management, or bother other campers.

I don't "need" the income, but the more I get along the way, the longer I can stay on the road.

And it doesn't hurt to help others along the way.

I have been given $200 for a job once, when I only asked for $50. The lady said she took her computer to Best Buy and they wanted to charge her over $300 for what I was going to do and from then on, she paid me double whatever I charged her. (Her step son kept getting into porn and getting the computer all virus-ridden, so she was a regular customer!). So, as far as I know, my prices are very reasonable.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:52 PM   #7
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First, let me say please do not take this as personal attack or questioning your abilities, ethics, or motivation. But this is about keeping my data secure from others in general.

Let someone into my computer I don't know, will never see again, and that does not work for a known business entity, is NOT going to happen, NO WAY.......

And I'm not going to let anyone set up my wifi, router, or whatever that I connect to either.

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I just don't see it as feasible. You wouldn't be able to advertise without first getting permission from the campground management. Since you already state you won't be in any place longer than a week, I very much doubt a campground will risk their reputation endorsing you since you would be conducting your business on their property.

I'm sorry; but I'm with Betr2Trvl. A computer is too personal/confidential an item to trust with a transient person. How would someone find you again when a fix of yours doesn't last & you've moved to another campground?

Good luck. I hope you find something that'll supplement your lifestyle.

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Been following a few YouTuber's who run computer based IT or virus repair operations out of their RV's. The Deprey's I think people subscribe to a yearly virus protection service, and he (Ross) walks them thru any bugs that get in that persons computer. They have a new 5th wheel and he advertise on the back window of their extra car they drive.
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I manage a park in Austin ,Tx and we do not allow any kind of advertising
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Met a retired electrician in a CG. He would advertise availability for small/medium residential jobs on Craigslist a couple weeks prior to and during being in an area. He also bartered with CG for his services. He said he was pretty busy, too busy more so than he wanted sometimes.
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We stayed at a top-end park in Port Aransas, TX for Thanksgiving week and for 10 days at Christmas, and started to get to know the "locals". They told me that if they had known what I did, I could have kept busy for weeks, just getting all their stuff cleaned up and repaired.
At our "top end" park in Port Aransas I ran a free computer clinic once a week. I fixed numerous minor problems and answered dozens of questions and didn't charge anyone a dime for any of them. I was offered money by a number of people and refused it all. IMO there's nothing wrong with sharing some knowledge and helping people.
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I've never stayed in an RV park where the office didn't know of a local computer repair shop nearby. I know of at least one snowbird park where a permanent double-wide had a computer repair sign out front. He asked me to sit and watch while he removed the HD, copied settings and documents to supplied discs,fixed the problem, handed me the discs, and charged me $45. I reloaded docs and settings when I returned to the MH.
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Think about those magnetic plastic signs you see on pickups. I wager it would never be an issue, if it was, just pop the sign off you vehicle at that park until you get to the next one.

I always have something that needs a little tweaking. If rates were reasonable, I would use you.
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