“Join us today, find yourself being dispatched tomorrow!” Sound familiar? Yes, I too have seen this in Web ads from time to time. On the surface, this might sound attractive for the home-based repair tech looking to expand his or her business. Unfortunately there can often be a harsh reality that is overlooked when going this route. Oh sure, we do have some services out there which may provide an outstanding option for all involved. Regardless though, I remain steadfast sure that many of the ‘work from home’ employment (IT related) opportunities need to be looked at with great scrutiny.

OK. Having totally turned you off on the idea of pursuing this kind of work, you need to understand that there are still some legitimate options available if you look hard enough and ask the right questions. As you read on, you will find a few services listed below that happened to catch my attention. Please understand that neither I, nor Lockergnome, make ANY warranty as to their legitimacy. In other words, proceed with them at your own accord:
House Call Computer Geeks Right off the bat, you are asked to fill out a reasonable application for consideration. The only real restriction that I have seen is the agreement not to solicit clients away from their service. This sound quite understandable to me.
– Once again, I looked through a list of their expectations. Everything seems pretty reasonable. You are an independent contractor and are to be treated as such. Both this option and the other appear to let you remain very much in control of your time and which jobs you accept.
Gurus2Go – Now let me start off by stating that this certainly appears to be a reputable service. Unfortunately they appear to be living in la-la-land with the delusion that you can provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This is insane. In PC repair, every time you go out on a call, the perceived outcome of your performance is anyone’s ballgame. I understand and believe in providing the very best service possible. Heck, I can even deal with not charging a client for service if the task was not able to be completed. But to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee in regard to any aspect of the repair process is simply stupid. They may send you out on a lot of calls, but I have to wonder how many of them will turn out to be ‘unsatisfactory’.

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