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Mobile Phone Repair Business
So you want to start a cell phone repair business? Well, I don't blame you. This is a multi-billion dollar industry that requires minimum investment to start and little to no experience.
Considering that this is a rather new industry that people are interested in, there aren't many good resources out there to help get you started. This article is the beginning of 30 to come that will take you step-by-step through starting your cell phone repair business. Stay tuned for more publications to help you along your journey.
Different Business Models
There a few ways that you can start your cell phone repair business. The two main models that are popular are a storefront and a mobile repair business. Let's cover both of them in a bit of detail.
The storefront is the best way to start branding your product. It shows legitimacy and puts trust in the minds of your customers. However, the start-up costs of starting your own store a lot larger than that of a mobile repair business. Having a storefront allows you to keep all of your inventory in one place as well as allowing you to work on multiple devices at the same time. This may be ideal for the business owner who has a lot of start-up capital and is able to take a risk.
The mobile repair business is great for low capital business owners and offers your customer convenience. It is also good for developing relationships with your customers and is great for referrals.
The downside of the mobile repair business is that you can only work on one device at a time. This will generate lower profit margins, but allow you to have better control over your schedule.
Which one is right for you? It depends on your situation. For those who have never run a business before and only have a little bit of money to work with, the mobile repair business is probably the way to go.
How Much Money Do You Need?
With a cell phone repair business, the start-up costs are extremely low. You can literally start with a single cell phone screen and make enough money to quadruple your inventory. However, depending on which business model you chose from above, you may have additional costs to calculate. Let's break down what those costs may include.
You want to make sure that you have enough parts to keep up with the demand for your service. Depending on how much availability you have, you may want to start with 5-15 pieces of each item you wish to repair. This allows you to continue to serve your customers while waiting for more parts to arrive. This cost can range between $100-500.
Now that you have all of the parts you need to repair the phones you have chosen to fix, you need to make sure that you have the right tools. There are many cell phone repair kits out there, but each device requires a different type and amount of tools. It is good to start with the basics like screwdrivers, spudgers, adhesive tape, scissors, and tweezers. This cost is about $50.
That is all of the requirements needed to fix a phone. If you are starting a business though, you need to begin marketing that business to start receiving customers. We will cover that in a future article.
What Type of Phones Should You Repair?
You should choose which phones to repair based on the demographic of your area. The easiest phones to get started with are iPhones as they require little experience to fix and minimal parts and tools. However, Android phones control most of the market share of devices on the market.
The three big brands out there are Samsung, HTC, and LG. These require a bit more equipment and experience to fix though. Another brand that receives a small amount of business is Windows phones.
In a future article, we will cover how to get started on practicing the repair of each individual device and where to find resources to fix them. For now, explore the options of parts and tools costs associated with each and see which one suits your business model the best.
How Much Money Can You Earn?
This question is completely limited to your availability. The profit margins of repair costs to that of parts costs are extremely high. As previously stated, the money you make from one repair can easily quadruple your inventory.
If you average the revenue of around $80 per repair and you fix 10 devices a week, you can have a revenue of $800 per week. That isn't too bad considering, depending on the device that you repair, the amount of time investing in those 10 repairs could be less than 5 hours. It all comes down to customer visibility and conversion. These are all subjects that we will cover in future articles.
Is Cell Phone Repair Right For You?
The cell phone repair industry is a very repetitive working environment. You have to be able to repair the same device over and over again without losing your sanity. It will take a while to build your credibility and you won't see sales climbing instantly.
This requires a lot of patience and marketing will become a full-time job on top of the repairs you have to complete. Before you start on this endeavor, ask yourself if the conditions I just mentioned are right for your work style. If time management isn't your strong suit, you may want to start a different business.
This is the beginning of a long series of articles that will help you get started. If you have finished this whole article and are still interested, stay tuned for more articles. I will try to publish a new article each day. The cell phone repair business, if managed properly, can be a great way to make money and still have a strong work-life balance. The emphasis on quality parts and service is the key to staying profitable. We will begin the step-by-step journey into a new business soon!
Ready to Move On?
- Start a Cell Phone Repair Business in 30 Days - Day 1 - Buying Practice Phones
This is the first article in a series that helps you start your own cell phone repair business. It will cover the topic of purchasing practice phones to help you learn the business.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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Thank you for this information. God bless you! on November 14, 2019:
It's really helpful.
Lewis Solvent on October 09, 2019:
Really splendid to read.i want to get more updates.Thanks!
waleed on September 12, 2019:
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Felipe on February 05, 2019:
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Siddharth B from Indore, India on January 16, 2019:
A great stuff to read if you are starting a cell phone or a mobile phone reapairing business in your city. I also owned the mobile repair center in Indore, India and serves our customers effectively by the name "Uncle Fix". If you want to know more about our services then, visit https://www.unclefix.in/.
Perry on December 25, 2018:
Interested under study.
Lucy3887 on December 20, 2018:
Your tips really helpful who want to satrt their cell phone repairing store. Here is some tip they can use to get clients.
1. Google listning: List your store on google map.
2. Facebook page , twitter post, instagram promotion
3. Calssified ads
4. List your store at sites like smartrepair.io to get repairing leads in from their city or locality. city.
Christopher Cham on October 17, 2018:
I am iterested in opening a cell phone repair company or becoming a cell phone parts distributer. Maybe even dealing in used fully functioning parts like logic boards, front, rear camers and glass camra cover lens, microphones, speaker phones, power buttons, coax antena wire, screens, back battery cover pannels, ect... i just need to know what phones have a high demand for parts then whete to find those phones to harvest parts from for a cheap enough price that it woukd be a profitable buisiness. If you can offer me any advice or steer me in the right direction to explore my options as far as investing in some phones , harvesting the parts then listing them on an ebay store and maybe a couple other selling sites that would be great.
Ryan on August 25, 2018:
I'm starting up a mobile phone, tablet and computer repair business within the next 6 months. I'm converting a box truck into a mobile repair unit i'm going to use plexy glass so the cx can see whats going on.
Saeed Hamdani on August 19, 2018:
I am interested to get as much important informations to open cell phones repair business in the future.
these type of articles could be good source of guidance to start this kind of business.
Panganiban edwin on August 02, 2018:
nice information for me as newbee cp tech and my sideline business..
eric on July 11, 2018:
where to buy the screens
Kingsco Jr. on March 22, 2018:
Awesome. Thanks a lot
YES THIS IS FOR ME.... on February 24, 2018:
LOVE THE ARTICLE VERY EXPLICIT...
Anand on February 23, 2018:
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Bruce on December 24, 2017:
This is really helpful man thanx
tlmissa on October 16, 2017:
This is really good
Kyle Koopman on October 16, 2017:
I'm going to start a business now as well.
Let's hope someone will back the business for a store front!!
Awan on September 29, 2017:
Jay on May 10, 2017:
Let's be realistic you need to acquire a business license and then also get setup with a cell phones parts companies to buy certified replacement parts and not 3rd party alternatives it's a lot more to owning and operating a business and you yourself will have to get certified to even repair apple devices without voiding warranties
Lindsay Hale on March 13, 2017:
This is a great article if your looking to start a new business fixing small electronics. I have just opened up a new online store to provide quality wholesale cell parts in Canada and the US. Any feedback would be awesome on my site!
Rosta on February 10, 2017:
I think providing and posting such article is more than great ,it really helped me and and gave me enough encourage to step in selecting this career in order that I am really enthusiastic and ready to go for it.
Personally I really appreciate you Sir and hope yout to come with more this time.
Tanya Jackson on December 08, 2016:
Where do I buy screens from in bulk for the phones?
eric wan on November 15, 2016:
A pretty good article for a starter like me! Looking forward to the next posts.
By the way, congratulations to Grant for a good start!
Raj on November 14, 2016:
Hi Grant, I'm impressed with your success and I too want to do this business. I have sent you an email as well.
edgar on August 21, 2016:
extremely helpful article
Dyami on August 11, 2016: