Top Five Computer Problems Referenced in Arizona Business Gazette Article
By Daniel Kehrer
May 17, 2007:
Instant computer help online for businesses
Dear Dan: Help! And double help! Twice within the past two months my business has gone "missing" when something went kaput with our computers. We called our usual computer guy, and waited . . . and waited . . . and waited. We finally got things fixed, but the delays were costly. How can we fix computers faster? - Tanked on Tech
Dear Tech Tanked: Computer repair and tech support services for small business is a booming marketplace. As computers, software, networks, wireless, mobile and a host of other tech have taken over small business operations head to toe, the need to keep it all in operating order - or heck, to simply get it up and running in the first place - has grown exponentially.
Businesses that can afford it (and even some that can't) are adding in-house tech support for the sake of convenience. But a proliferation of outside tech support and repair services is making it easier than ever for small and even home-based businesses to get fast and affordable help with their tech troubles.
Earlier this year, Susan Forman's fledgling recruiting business Excelon Associates in south Florida came crashing down when her computer failed to work. She couldn't reach her local computer tech, called Best Buy to no avail, and couldn't find anyone who could help until the next day. Her desperation was growing until her husband mentioned a service he'd heard of called Support.com.
Working exclusively online, the remote repair team at Support.com fixed Forman's computer within hours, keeping her business up and running and saving her the expense of buying new equipment. "It saved my business," Forman says.
With the advent of "remote control" software that lets a tech engineer tap into your computer from anywhere, diagnostic and repair services are now easily accessible online.
A tech support person can operate your keyboard and mouse to find and resolve a problem while you watch, without having to be at your business.
It's a secure process that can occur only with your approval, used thousands of times daily by businesses nationwide.
The advantages for busy entrepreneurs who need to get back to business ASAP are huge. No more playing 20 (or more) questions with a tech support person on the phone. The services know what to look for and come armed with an arsenal of fixes that have already worked for other businesses.
According to RescueCom, a fast-growing franchise network of computer support services, the top five computer problems reported by small business are:
- Windows problems (22.3 percent), where Windows won't start or is running poorly.
- Hardware problems (18.1 percent) where peripherals such as a printer or scanner are not working.
- Slow computers due to viruses or spyware (13.7 percent).
- Internet connection trouble (13.4 percent) where the business can't get online.
- Data access trouble (12.3 percent), often made worse by businesses that fail to backup their information.
Here are some of the computer repair and support services offering remote diagnostic and repair solutions for small business and home office users:
Support.com, one of the newest entries, promises "instant technology relief" and claims to have patented remote access software that's been proven and deployed to millions of PCs at companies such as ADP, Bank of America, BellSouth and others. The firm's goal is to help small business and home office users fix any computer problem simply and easily, including software or operating system bugs, network trouble, spyware and virus elimination and general troubleshooting. Visit www.support.com or call 1-800-PC-SUPPORT.
FixFlash offers online computer repair and support, and can also dispatch a technician to your home or office anywhere in the U.S. Service options include monthly subscriptions with unlimited support, a flat-fee tune-up, or pay by the minute. Visit www.fixflash.com or call 1-800-574-8961.
RescueCom offers remote repair as well as on-site service, and something unique - a guarantee that they will fix your problem or it's free. Visit www.rescuecom.com or call (703) 986-3233.
Geek Squad, already known in many parts of the country for its fleet of brightly decorated VW beetles that deliver technicians to your door, also offers remote diagnostic and repair services. Visit www.geeksquad.com or call 1-800-GEEK SQUAD.
TunePCnow.com is one of the newer entrants that specializes in online tech support services. Visit the site or call 1-800-940-9175.
Daniel Kehrer is editor of Business.com and Work.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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