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Posted: July 20, 2006 at 9:10 AM / IP Logged  
Most insurance companies require the license to get the insurance for this, just fyi.
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Posted: August 04, 2006 at 7:42 AM / IP Logged  

In my relatively short experience I have learnt never do jobs for friends at a discounted price if anything charge more! These are the guys who call you at 10 o clock at night on a Sunday asking if you know why their 1989 Honda Civic speakers stopped working and want you to fix it for them.

And always remember this Your only as good as your last job!!

Keep doing good jobs and eventually word of mouth will prevail.

Good luck and all the best


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Posted: August 04, 2006 at 9:26 AM / IP Logged  
josh1979 wrote:

good point .i'm sory Velocity Motors i guess its good to know both sides.

Fastlearner just dont let it sway you from a dreem thats what happend to me. people said it a lot of work ,you know nothing of bussiness, you have no money ,and so on and so on i let i sink in instead of putting my mind on it and figgureing out how to overcome the obstacls i gave up the idea only to watch people who know less me about any aspect make it. so learn all u can about the pros and cons figgure out how to over come them and good luck

Apology accepted. I wasn't intending to steer away anyone from starting their own side business or start a new business but negating the fact that there's bumps in the road to self employment is like disregarding the warning signs on a pack of cigarettes.............. eventually it will come to haunt you and you wish you would have listened to the warnings.

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Posted: August 04, 2006 at 9:48 AM / IP Logged  

hey there im going to give you my opinion since thats what i do i have my normal job but since i love this i only do it on the side  at first its going to be hard because alot of people prefer going to  someone that has a store but youll still get people calling you since ffrom what ive seen alot of installers that work for big companys here in houston they just do the crapy a** job to get the car in and out what ive done is do the things right the first time that way they dont come back to hunt you and that way you can ceate a reputation of you doing good clean installs like someone mentioned abobe line a few distributors up and try to give better prices than the other people becuse at first thats how your going to get customers by giving good prices i say go for it.

thats my opinion maybe the way i think is different than everybod else but at least it works for me

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insurance is a good idea.  just be careful and take your time on each install but don't "milk the clock" (take way too long).  use the right tools even though it costs more money to buy five panel tools than just one, it's worth it in the long run to have the tools for the job.  plus it makes it easier on you and the job quicker.  word of mouth is good advertisement, do a good job and people will talk about it.  get your friends and family to spread the word that you are doing installs and maybe do a coupl e for them to show off to others.  things will be slow at first but will pick up over time.  and don't get discouraged.  if you get turned down for a job with a dealership, try another and another then friends and maybe work at a shop during the day and do part tiem installs yourself.
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Posted: September 10, 2006 at 8:09 PM / IP Logged  

used car dealers! they are always looking to make a buck for free. give them a deal. same price+extras every time and let them know you dont care what they charge.that you want them to make money. give them incentives during slow seasons (summer remotestarter specials). above all, make friends with them. and never talk bad about anybody. thats a good way of getting out of business.

find a product that has a dealer model....same unit with a different remote. that way you always use the system, but if 2 dealers are close and compeating...they are not selling the same product. as far as the customer knows.

remember....word of mouth is the best form of advertising. but bad word travel fast. if somthing goes wrong....always get right ontop of it,and keep the customer in the loop. people like honesty. i have customers who will only use me. even after 10 yrs.

business cards, flyers for parking lots. mobile service(house it in their driveway or at their work) at someones work is a great place to gain other customers.

keep your prices even....dont change the price alot. i havent changed my dealers price in 5 years. the add-ons(gm adapters-pass4s and other bypasses) have made the price go up...but the alarms/remotestarters stay the same

good luck, its tough at first...but hang in there.

expandable sound
south of boston
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