Starting an auto repair business can be a daunting endeavor. From shop equipment to marketing, it is easy to quickly become overwhelmed by the process. This article will break down some of the hardware needed to efficiently run your business on the back end.
Supplies You Need
At a time where almost every facet of life is dependent on technology, an office computer is an absolute must when it comes to efficiently and effectively running your auto repair business. Identifying the capacity in which you will use your computer will help you to appropriately choose one with the right specifications (hard drive size, memory size, etc), without overspending on unnecessary features. If you are not confident enough in your computer fluency to purchase one without assistance, stop at a local computer store, preferably one that sells various brands, and ask for advice. Be forthcoming about your budget and needs so that you are offered the best choices for your business. Be mindful of hidden costs, such as software. Some computers, like Dell and HP, come standard with Windows. Factor in the cost of purchasing software for computers that do not come standard with it. You may also consider an external hard drive to help you store large quantities of data, protecting sensitive materials from unforeseen accidents. Once you have a few options in mind, do your research and look for deals or rebates.
If you want to save a significant amount of money buying a computer, consider a refurbished one. You can save hundreds of dollars purchasing a refurbished computer from a respectable brand. Many of these items have either been returned by the customer or have been part of a canceled order. Most refurbished computers are sold with a limited time warranty, so MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FINE PRINT! You want to purchase a computer with a manufacturer warranty, instead of a third party warranty. Not rushing through the computer purchasing process will ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Buying an adequate printer should be your next step. While a home printer has an alluring price tag, remember that you will be printing in volume. What you save on the initial purchase will quickly be spent on ink cartridges and maintenance. An office printer should also give you the flexibility to make copies and scan documents. Costco offers a Brother MFC-8910DW printer for about $400, while Best Buy sells the Brother- L5900DW and the Brother-L5700DW for about $400 and $320, respectively.
Once your hardware is taken care of, give some thought to connectivity. While you could always use an ethernet cable and get internet access by plugging right into the wall, you may want to consider a wireless router for your office. With packages starting at varying price points, wireless connectivity is a great choice. Not only can you connect other devices that you bring into the shop (your phone or apple/android tablet), but your customers also would appreciate the ability to connect their phones to speedy wireless network while waiting for service. A wireless router means faster connectivity for your business and also solves the aesthetic problem of running multiple wires throughout your shop. You can find a variety of routers for businesses of all sizes.
Obviously, the main focus of owning an auto repair business is to be the best in AUTO REPAIR. If you want to stand out from the rest, pay attention to the other aspects of having a successful brand. Running an organized and efficient business will speak volumes to your customers. Having the right hardware and connectivity will help you get there faster. It may seem like an expensive venture, but I can assure you with a little research and some initial investment, these items will help increase revenue by streamlining the way you do business.