I think this is going to one of those things that is this, that and everything in between. I personally am starting to realise that you have to treat each job carefully. don't be in a huge rush to say yes, to look at everything, to help everyone. If you are the only tech, you are going to have to decline some jobs you would have liked to do for interests sake, for the ones that bring in money, and also the ones that give credit to your business and its ideals.
no point having 5 or 6 hard jobs, ones you really want to play with, but are not straight forward, if you are struggling for next months rent.
It is easy to work in standard PC repair, if you want to portray a mostly DR Lab by adding "DATA protection" and "computer integrity" where you market like you are making sure the system is optimal.
I cant stress this part enough, no matter what stance you have on the work, no matter if you want to specialise so much as to concentrate on polishing the "halt" button on MicroVAX 3400's or want to do everything from offer video card advice to recovering scsi drives..
DO YOUR PAPERWORK! I mean all the time.. every night.. get it done and keep it up to date!
The money and paperwork side when lapsing causes an obscene amount of anxiety, greif, added fees, and makes you not love your thing you used to enjoy. I have seen my partner just finish going through taxes and finishing up a failed business after 5 years of putting it off. the relief, even owing a substantial sum, is showing. If you can do this you will find you are better organised, your customers don't hound you and you enjoy working more.
If you already are good at this, you may not understand how big of a deal it is, but for someone like me that is insanely busy with things going on in all directions, and trying to research as well AND work to actually get something out of this... well trust me this I believe is the single most important thing. You still need to concentrate on all other aspects, but you will find being organised will help.
I have no problem with doing computer repairs, but really you need to look at your business logo/sign/name and say to yourself "what do I want my customers to see me as?" and work towards it. It may not be instant, but one foot after the other to your dream business. It can be done, never before has there been so many opportunities.. and so little people around that are willing to help..
hey TONY ROBBINS, get off my account!!