Thinking about business

I’ve been thinking about starting a business after I get a few more years of work experience. Some type of computer retail and software consulting thing. Here’s some random things that might be fun and profitable that could be thrown together under one roof.

  • Sell custom computers without bloatware. Linux, Windows, even Hackintoshes. Preload software that is actually useful. Instead of Microsoft Works, use OpenOffice. Instead of some trial for anti virus for Windows, ClamWin or AVG. Have different versions ie (Student, easy enough for grandma, hAx0R 1337 teenager),
  • Allow anyone to use the computers on display, as long as they want. Sell some coffee and pastries to them (think Barnes and Noble with Starbucks) When they see our $300 linux box outperforms their $700 spyware ridden and bloated Dell they will want one.
  • Lease option. Offer to manage computer remotely. Many people might just want a Internet or Word processing appliance. This lets them forget about all the computery things like updates.
  • Lauch computer donation project. Recruit volunteers to do most of the work. Could generate some buzz amongst the geeks in the community, a major target market.
  • Develop software for anything. Try phone apps, websites, consulting, email, web hosting. Just see what works.

We’ll see where this goes.

By David

I am a supporter of free software and run Burke Software and Consulting LLC. I am always looking for contract work especially for non-profits and open source projects. Open Source Contributions I maintain a number of Django related projects including GlitchTip, Passit, and django-report-builder. You can view my work on gitlab. Academic papers Incorporating Gaming in Software Engineering Projects: Case of RMU Monopoly in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (2008)

1 comment

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: