Most small business can't afford to pay the salaries that in-house computer repair technicians require. Why pay 30 to 60 thousand dollars a year on a technician, when you can purchase a service agreement for $10, 000 or less? If you only have a couple computers in your office, it may even be cheapest just to pay per incident for computer repair services.
The pricing and costs of computer repair will vary depending on the particular needs of your small business. This is a summary of the options available to you:
- Purchase an annual service agreement from one of many computer repair companies.
- Pay $50 to $500 per incident for on site or in store PC repairs.
- Spend between $30 and $45 per incident or get a prepaid service agreements using remote assistance.
Hire a computer repair company to provide annual services for less than $10,000 yearlyThe actual cost of a service agreement varies based on the number of computers in your office, how often you wish to have computer repair and maintenance services and if you want to include extra perks like emergency services or telephone tech support. An office can get small business computer repair services for a full year for under $10,000.
Purchase computer repairs and maintenance per incident for between $100 and $500If you don't have enough computers in your office to warrant spending a few thousand dollars per year on a service agreement, it may be worth your while to just pay per incident. You can get one-time computer maintenance services like a tune-up or data backup for between $100 and $200. Computers repairs tend to be more expensive, anywhere between $100 and $500 depending on the problem.
Pay between $30 and $45 an incident for remote PC repairsRemote assistance is one of the newer options for computer repair and maintenance services. As long as your computer is connected to the Internet, you can available yourself of these services and save money in the process.
- Most computer repair services will have you sign some sort of limited liability statement saying that any data lost during repair or maintenance is your responsibility. This means that you will have no recourse if you haven't backed up your valuable data ahead of time. Ontrack Data Recovery services can charge thousands of dollars to recover data from a dead hard drive. Always, always, always back up your data regularly.