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    We might as well start turning him into a drunk as well.. *looks for a bottle of tequila*

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    Wow, you guys are harsh on the kid.
    I think he needs a little more encouragement than critisim.
    I talked to him about systems and for 13 yr old, he knows his stuff better than I did at his age.
    I think we all agree that starting a business with a storefront is a bad idea for him, but thats not what he wants to do. Just start out of the garage, which is fine.
    I also agree that pretty much his chance to get any business will be word to mouth. But with worms like the last one comming out might just give him a little more of an advantage.

    BTW JediAgent: He got 6 cust this week to fix the worm. Which, I think, is a good thing, as he has some kind of networking done.


    I think that his age is an issue, and it will hurt his business or cust base. But if I were looking for an aplicant and saw that he was troubleshooting since he was 13, I would more likely hire him over the next guy.

    BTW amd_man. I would advise you to try to talk to small business owners, do some work for dirt cheap or free. Reason, they have more networking skills than you, and that would mean other people are networking for you as exchange for your service. Trust me, thats how I got a couple of some nice accounts. Think of a business in your are that uses computers and needs them to be totally reliable. Ex Car Sales or Landscape or Car Repair shop. Most likely they will need someone to do their maintence/repair or know someone else who needs it. :2cents:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    We might as well start turning him into a drunk as well.. *looks for a bottle of tequila*





    ^^ :rofl: :laugh: ^^

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    When i was 15 i was writing AOL proggies, and trying to get my highschool to host a MUD that me and my friend Tiffany wrote. It was called Legend of Arina. Anyone ever played?

    I remember asking my best friends Dad if he had any books to referance C++, and he told me to wait until i got into College. Man, that was a big hit... He diddnt even try to encourage me to program.

    So that weekend i went to a computer show with that girl i mentioned earlier, and we stole like ten programming manuals.

    Ended up writing "Legend of Arina" with C++ and using VB to create a front end. It was a pretty sweet game until the System Administrator of our highschool found out that afterschool (we were tech staff) we had been hosting the game from the school webserver.

    ;) Never give up man!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kane2g
    BTW JediAgent: He got 6 cust this week to fix the worm. Which, I think, is a good thing, as he has some kind of networking done.
    Its one thing to trust a 13 yr old kid with your computer that suddenly isn't working when you really don't know anyone else to fix it. Its another thing to trust a 13 yr old kid to know the best way to spend your $1000+ on parts that seem complicated enough for other ppl to have to go to school for 4 years to learn about. Think about it rationally from the mind of a 40 yr old with a mortgage and mouths to feed when amd_man comes asking for money as a deposit to build a computer. Im not saying he can't do it, but if he builds 6 systems for non-family members by the end of the year, i would congratulate him. Besides, if he can learn to sell a couple systems now with his age as the main hinderance, imagine what he could do at 20. Like i said, its not the lack of computer experience that im afraid of, its the lack of social-business skills.

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    another problem with bein young and workin out of yer backyard is how do people know yer gonna be there in a coupla years time when their part dies and they need warranty?
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    I was thinking this though, If i got the A+ cert. like I mentioned a while back, that would do wonders, in helping ppl trust me, as most ppl love seeing certificates on your walls if your fixing somehing for em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpetrie
    When i was 15 i was writing AOL proggies, and trying to get my highschool to host a MUD that me and my friend Tiffany wrote. It was called Legend of Arina. Anyone ever played?

    I remember asking my best friends Dad if he had any books to referance C++, and he told me to wait until i got into College. Man, that was a big hit... He diddnt even try to encourage me to program.

    So that weekend i went to a computer show with that girl i mentioned earlier, and we stole like ten programming manuals.

    Ended up writing "Legend of Arina" with C++ and using VB to create a front end. It was a pretty sweet game until the System Administrator of our highschool found out that afterschool (we were tech staff) we had been hosting the game from the school webserver.

    ;) Never give up man!!!
    Once again, NOT A BUSINESS. Nice story though. ;) But thins like programming and making websites are cheap and easy to do on your own. Businesses aren't. Am I the only one seeing that?

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    Beefy, What I dont think your seeing, is how small of a scale this is gonna be, pretty a little rinky-dink repair shop that does kickass work :D, for cheap. And the way I see it is this, my Dad is a strict person, so If I guaranee something, he'll be damn sure I fulfill that guarantee. I laos see this, It wont be a big loss if it dont work out, BUT, if it does, I could have something good going on before I ever graduate HS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdkiller
    another problem with bein young and workin out of yer backyard is how do people know yer gonna be there in a coupla years time when their part dies and they need warranty?
    Well I disagree here. They arent buying parts form him, but some other company like BestBuy or newegg, so thats where they would go for warranty. Its not amd_man;s fault if the part fails.

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