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How to become a freelance computer technician

10. July 2019 17:00

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By Linda Rosencrance, Insureon Contributor

If you love working with computers, and you have extensive technical knowledge and strong communication and problem-solving skills, then you might want to consider a career as a freelance computer technician.

Sometimes called computer support specialists, freelance computer technicians install, maintain, and repair computer hardware and software for their clients. Simply put, computer technicians troubleshoot and analyze user problems and implement solutions. The work can be done in the technician’s business location, a home office, or at a customer’s location.

The outlook for job growth in the field is good. Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And employment of support specialists in computer systems design and related areas is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026. This means that companies that can’t afford to hire in-house computer technicians will most likely turn to freelancers to fill the skills gap.

Computer technician education and certifications

To become a computer technician, you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent. However, you’ll likely stand out from your competitors by earning an associate’s degree in information technology or a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field.

You might also consider earning a certificate by completing a computer technician training course from a community college, vocational school, or industry organization. Some of these institutions offer training programs that prepare you for the certification exams. In these courses, you’ll learn the basics of computer software and hardware and gain the skills you’ll need to succeed as a freelance computer technician.

Certification exams test your knowledge of hardware, software, operating systems, peripheral hardware components, and networking protocols. These exams also test how well you execute installations, troubleshoot problems, and perform maintenance tasks.

Since technology is continually evolving, obtaining professional certifications could show potential clients that you possess the up-to-date skills and knowledge that meet industry standards.

Technical skills for computer technicians

As a computer technician, you’ll need the technical skills that enable you to perform the following functions:

Important nontechnical skills

In addition to the technical skills, you should possess these nontechnical skills:

Protect your business with insurance

In addition to the technical and nontechnical skills listed above, it’s important to protect your business from unexpected events with small business insurance. Clients might ask you to have technology errors and omissions, cyber liability, general liability, or another active policy before they sign an agreement to utilize your freelance services.

For example, general liability insurance can help pay for any damage you may have caused to a customer’s property, and technology errors and omissions insurance can help cover your costs if a client sues you over a perceived work mistake. Cyber liability insurance can protect your company against liability and expenses due to the loss of data and cybersecurity attacks.

Find out which insurance policy is best for your computer technician business and compare quotes from multiple carriers with a free online application from Insureon.

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