Beware: The Computer Consultant and Repair Industry Is NOT Regulated

by Wally Moore

on March 10, 2014

in blog

 

Computer consultant Buyer beware

 

This is the second post from our Business Advisory Guide entitled “What Every Business Owner Must Know About Hiring an Honest and Competent, Responsive and Fairly Priced Computer Consultant.”  We wrote this guide to help business owners who have to outsource the maintenance of their computers.

In our last post we introduced the guide by telling you what’s in it. This week we actually begin by sharing something you need know which is: If you’re shopping for a Computer Consultant to manage your technology . . .

Buyer Beware: The Computer Repair and Consulting Industry Is NOT Regulated

Here’s an embarrassing fact about our industry: it's not regulated like many other professional service industries. This means ANYONE can claim they're a “computer consultant.” In fact, a lot of the businesses in this industry started because the owner was FIRED or laid off from their job. And that means many so-called experts are not qualified to help you. They just don’t have the experience.

Automotive repair shops, electricians, plumbers, etc. are regulated to protect the consumer from receiving substandard work or getting ripped off. But computer consulting is still highly unregulated. There aren't any laws in existence to protect the consumer – which is why it’s important for you to arm yourself with this guide.

Anyone can buy a domain name, setup a website and promote themselves as a computer consultant. Even if they are honestly trying to do a good job for you, their inexperience can cost you dearly in the speed of your network and performance or in lost or corrupt data files. That is why we decided to offer this guide. The information is provided to help you guard against unethical or incompetent companies.

In our next post we’ll talk about: 5 Rules You Need To Know Before Hiring a Computer Consultant also known as an IT Support Company.

If you want to skip this blog and just read the guide, Download the Business Advisory Guide Here. If you’re not ready to do that, then just read these posts when they come out. When you're done, you'll know what questions to ask. And the answers will show you the computer consultant most qualified to help you.

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Wally Moore

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