Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
AsherGomez

Making Money

As someone who does that on the side, I'll offer my 2 cents (and a bit of context about my situation):

  • First, about what I do: I have a PC side business. I do not actively advertise or otherwise seek clients. I am a full-time student, or full-time employed at all times, and don't have time to fully into the PC business. So it's just a side thing. But here's how i do it, and some tips/info about how the market is:
  • If you want to build "normal" PCs for people to use at home for like, MS office and stuff, don't expect to make money. Frankly, best buy will get people similar or even better performance than you can due to the competitive mainstream market and their volume discounts at the manufacturing and selling levels. You might be able to convince people that the serviceability, upgradeability, and modularity of a custom solution is good, but you still won't make enough $$ for it to be worth more than "getting your name out there", helping a friend out, or like me, just having fun building PCs
  • When it comes to gaming PCs, you can actually make a small amount of money. Don't expect more than 100-150 bucks profit though, even for higher end rigs. What that is per hour depends on how fast you are. I can build a standard gaming PC in an hour, but I've been doing this a long time. Remember, the lower-end stuff is, the lower your margins will be
  • If you can find people who want custom watercooled builds, or modded cases, those will get you more profit. Hundreds, plural (especially watercooling). Those are hard to find, and it means often promising some sort of availability to help with maintenance, etc if you want to get some customers. But it is one of the better ways to actually get good profit. Case modding and such is also a good method, because you're providing something many others, even OEMs can't do. i.e. I have built briefcase-sized watercooled gaming PCs by modding some ITX cases that people just can't do without tools, confidence, and knowledge. That adds value to your work.
  • The last, and IMO most profitable category, is business. I have built a few CAD workstations for engineering firms, and those are good profit. You can make 500+ bucks on a machine that is not physically more complex than a gaming PC. If you can find people who need those, that really helps. If you can build relationships with those compaines, that's even better. I have been asked to return for upgrades, more PCs, and even networking/LDAP setup and related IT tasks. That's key.

I can't help you much with marketing as I don't do it. Everything I do is from personal connections since I don't really have time to dive fully into this. But hopefully that gives you some perspective and ideas on how things will work. One note I have for you, specifically, is that you will have more issues than I do with actually going through the ordering process with customers (probably) because you're not an adult and don't have credit cards with high limits. I can order the parts for a few CAD workstations before I get paid, assemble, test, and deliver, and be okay waiting to be paid until delivery. You may need help from parents, or perhaps ask for cash up front from customers to do this. That may be less than desirable for some, so keep in mind ways to try and get around that if you can. Also I advise getting an account with square or freshbooks (shameless LTT sponsor plug) or another payment processor so you can take credit cards if people prefer that (which some do).

 

Good luck, and if you have any questions, feel free to @ me or PM if it's more personal.

Recommended Posts

Posted · Original PosterOP

How would I (a 15-year-old) be able to make money with PCs? I'm trying to start a business building PCs but haven't had any luck so far...


Have fun, make tech.

Link to post
Share on other sites

just do small jobs for friends and family, it's too risky to do much more


NEW PSU Tier List//Vram info//80+ info//HDD Guide//Build logs//build plan guide//Before troubleshoot//Mark Solved//Off Topic//Community standards

Don't forget to quote or mention me

 

Primary PC:

CPU: I5-8600k  @4.5 ghz  GPU: GTX 1070 ti EVGA SC Gaming   RAM: 8+8 3360 mhz DDR4 Trident Z   MOBO: MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC   HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Baracudda, 1 TB 5400 RPM Samsung ECOGREEN   SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB   Soundcard: built in   Case: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 RGB   Screen: Salora 40LED1500

 

Second PC: Cedar mill

CPU: i3-2130   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 4+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3    MOBO: HP H series   HDD: 320 GB WD Black 7200 RPM   PSU: HP 250 watt   Soundcard: built in   Case: Sunbeam Quarterback   Screen: IIyama Prolite T2240MTS, Samsung SyncMaster710N

 

Server: CookieVault

CPU: core2dual E8400   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 2+1+1+1 gb 1333 mhz ddr3   MOBO: HP Q series   HDD: 4x 1tb 5400 RPM Samsung Spinpoint Ecogreen   Soundcard: built in   Case: Compaq 6000 pro mt   Screen: Samsung SyncMaster710n

 

Laptop : Acer TravelMate 8573t

CPU: I3-2330M   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 8+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3   MOBO: Acer   SSD: 250 gb mx500 sata   Soundcard: built in   Case: Acer TravelMate 8573t   Screen: TN 768p

 

Game consoles:

PS4 slim glacier white 500 gb, PS4 FTP Special Edition 500 gb, Xbox, 3 DS lites, DSI XL, Gameboy Advanced Color, PS Vita v2, Wii, PS3 500 gb

Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, 5CRiP73D_5P34K3R said:

How would I (a 15-year-old) be able to make money with PCs? I'm trying to start a business building PCs but haven't had any luck so far...

This would also make a good LTT or TechQuickie episode.

Building PCs is a niche thing. Not many people need that done and the ones that do usually go with people that already have a reputation behind them. 

Linus did the "Summer Job" 2 part series for making money for PCs. 

iirc, most US employers aren't allowed to hire you at 15, so if you did any work outside of things like this it would have to be under the table. 


If I don't respond, please tag me in your post. I'm probably AFK or responding to someone else. 

I know what sarcasm is... Sometimes.
Stille (Primary desktop)

i7-8700k @5.0Ghz - Cryorig H7 Ultimate - 16GB Vengeance LPX - Armor GTX 1080 - SanDisk Plus 480GB - Crucial MX500 500GB - (2x) WD Red 2TB - EVGA G3 650w - Corsair 760T

Macbook Pro 2015 (Musicians live and die by these, unfortunately I need one. :/
i7-4980HQ (Liquid Metal mod) - 16GB DDR3 - Radeon M370X (Liquid Metal mod) 

El-BEEFO (FreeNAS server)

2x Xeon E5-2667  - 32GB ECC DDR3 - Quadro 4000 - Dell H310 HBA (Flashed with IT firmware for JBOD) - Kingston 128GB SSD (Scratch/cache) - 5.5TB of mixed HDDs

Corsair CX series Power Supplies are fine

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Doing small jobs for friends and family works quite well.

Building PCs is fairly lucrative (NZXT charges 99$ for building PCs as far as I know), but you'll very likely not get many orders.


Despite me bringing in 3D XPoint into stupid shit, I am indeed not paid by Intel to advertise 3D XPoint

Ryzen 5 1500X 4GHz/1.4V, 8GB DDR4, RX 570, Corsair 88R, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD, Corsair 88R

1500X idle temperature: 40C 

1500X load temperature (OCCT AVX 64bit all cores/Prime95 1h sustained) : 80C

Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, 5CRiP73D_5P34K3R said:

How would I (a 15-year-old) be able to make money with PCs? I'm trying to start a business building PCs but haven't had any luck so far...

This would also make a good LTT or TechQuickie episode.

You see, its pretty difficult to do so, and even if you do have people to build pcs for, don't expect much money for your time.

I built a few computers for students in college, but most gave me 20-30$ cad per, or literally food.


~New~  ThinkPi project !  ~New~


new build log : http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/533392-build-log-the-scrap-simulator-x/?p=7078757 (5 screen flight sim for 620$ CAD)LTT Web Challenge is back ! go here  :  http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/448184-ltt-web-challenge-3-v21/#entry601004 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Tbh few are going to trust a 15 year old to build computers when you have computer stores that have "professionals".

 

Maybe start out by doing it for free for friends and family.

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted · Best Answer

As someone who does that on the side, I'll offer my 2 cents (and a bit of context about my situation):

  • First, about what I do: I have a PC side business. I do not actively advertise or otherwise seek clients. I am a full-time student, or full-time employed at all times, and don't have time to fully into the PC business. So it's just a side thing. But here's how i do it, and some tips/info about how the market is:
  • If you want to build "normal" PCs for people to use at home for like, MS office and stuff, don't expect to make money. Frankly, best buy will get people similar or even better performance than you can due to the competitive mainstream market and their volume discounts at the manufacturing and selling levels. You might be able to convince people that the serviceability, upgradeability, and modularity of a custom solution is good, but you still won't make enough $$ for it to be worth more than "getting your name out there", helping a friend out, or like me, just having fun building PCs
  • When it comes to gaming PCs, you can actually make a small amount of money. Don't expect more than 100-150 bucks profit though, even for higher end rigs. What that is per hour depends on how fast you are. I can build a standard gaming PC in an hour, but I've been doing this a long time. Remember, the lower-end stuff is, the lower your margins will be
  • If you can find people who want custom watercooled builds, or modded cases, those will get you more profit. Hundreds, plural (especially watercooling). Those are hard to find, and it means often promising some sort of availability to help with maintenance, etc if you want to get some customers. But it is one of the better ways to actually get good profit. Case modding and such is also a good method, because you're providing something many others, even OEMs can't do. i.e. I have built briefcase-sized watercooled gaming PCs by modding some ITX cases that people just can't do without tools, confidence, and knowledge. That adds value to your work.
  • The last, and IMO most profitable category, is business. I have built a few CAD workstations for engineering firms, and those are good profit. You can make 500+ bucks on a machine that is not physically more complex than a gaming PC. If you can find people who need those, that really helps. If you can build relationships with those compaines, that's even better. I have been asked to return for upgrades, more PCs, and even networking/LDAP setup and related IT tasks. That's key.

I can't help you much with marketing as I don't do it. Everything I do is from personal connections since I don't really have time to dive fully into this. But hopefully that gives you some perspective and ideas on how things will work. One note I have for you, specifically, is that you will have more issues than I do with actually going through the ordering process with customers (probably) because you're not an adult and don't have credit cards with high limits. I can order the parts for a few CAD workstations before I get paid, assemble, test, and deliver, and be okay waiting to be paid until delivery. You may need help from parents, or perhaps ask for cash up front from customers to do this. That may be less than desirable for some, so keep in mind ways to try and get around that if you can. Also I advise getting an account with square or freshbooks (shameless LTT sponsor plug) or another payment processor so you can take credit cards if people prefer that (which some do).

 

Good luck, and if you have any questions, feel free to @ me or PM if it's more personal.


Main Gaming Rig: i7-7700K @ 5.0 GHz, GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4 2400, Modded Corsair 280x Case, Full Soft Watercooling
Second Testbench Rig: i7-4770K @ 4.6 GHz, RX 580 (air cooled), 16GB DDR3 1866, Thermaltake Core P3 White TG, CPU Soft Watercooling

Third Server Rig: R7 1700X @ 4.0 GHz, GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4 3000, Fractal Core 500, Full Soft Watercooling
 

I don't have a problem...

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, 5CRiP73D_5P34K3R said:

So use my money (that I don't have) to build computers for free? I can't do that.

You can find tens of threads on forum asking the same thing. Reality: Repairing and upgrading, cleaning etc. is much better way to start than building.

 

There are few things to consider here. Whose money is going to be used, and who is responsible for results or if anything goes wrong. If you are under your country's/state's age limit for responsibility of loss, then responsibility would drop onto your parents insurance. If someone would hire you, then they would be responsible of your actions when you are at work. So, if customer gives you $1000 for building them gaming PC, probably up to some spec you've agreed to. If that PC fails set spec, then you have just wasted customers money and any fixes/compensation would come from your own pocket. Same goes to any warranty. You are their OEM and you are responsible of handling anything that you might have caused. Not hardware issues, but loose cables or something gone wrong with OS install. Thats your time (and money) for fixing it. More the money involved, more customer expects you to perform.

 

So back to why repairing, cleaning and upgrading is better. Because thats rather easy to do. You probably already do it to your family and relatives. Set $30 per gig rate and you are already ahead of shops (which have $50-70/h rate). Update Windows and software, run some cleaning tools. Easy. Consult on hardware upgrade, install it and make sure everything works. Clean some dusty mess, do backups and stuff like that. When you get some customers who can vouch for you, then you might get bigger deal, like building gaming PC.


^^^^ That's my post ^^^^
<-- This is me --- That's your scrollbar -->
vvvv Who's there? vvvv

Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, AsherGomez said:

Thanks, @tarfeef101.

My pleasure. I only pissed off one person at work cause I was typing a massive forum post instead of helping them :D

Good luck!


Main Gaming Rig: i7-7700K @ 5.0 GHz, GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4 2400, Modded Corsair 280x Case, Full Soft Watercooling
Second Testbench Rig: i7-4770K @ 4.6 GHz, RX 580 (air cooled), 16GB DDR3 1866, Thermaltake Core P3 White TG, CPU Soft Watercooling

Third Server Rig: R7 1700X @ 4.0 GHz, GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4 3000, Fractal Core 500, Full Soft Watercooling
 

I don't have a problem...

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×