5 Reasons You Should Never Fix a Computer for Free
By Windows Talk
If you know how to fix a broken computer, people with broken computers think you’re some kind of god. Your friends and family will flock to you with their computer problems. While you love them and will gladly help them, you should never do it for free. Here are five very important reasons why.
1. You’ll Be Expected to Do It Forever
If you fix a friend’s computer for free one time, you can bet that friend will come to you every time their computer breaks for the rest of your lives. They’ll come back to you, and they won’t expect to pay anything because they didn’t have to before. If you do it once, you’re expected to do it again. If you do try to charge in the future, your friend will whine about it. Even if they pay, they’ll feel like you cheated them somehow, as unfair as that is.
2. You’ll Be Expected to Do It for Everyone
When you fix one friend or family member’s computer for free, what standards do you have for charging everyone else? If you don’t make things even across the board, someone will get their feelings hurt. You’ll be showing favoritism by doing it for free for one friend and not the next. Even if you aren’t advertising your services, you can bet your friend will tell another that if they need their computer fixed, you’ll do it for free. Don’t start a trend.
This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.
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