How I Got My First Client as a Computer Consultant (Aged 15)

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Hi, I’m Phil and I live in the Uk. I am in full-time education, and like spending time with my friends and doing random things just like any normal teenager. Since age 11, I have been using my knack for making money for, well, making money. For a couple of years I sold sweets, drinks and chocolate to friends and made a good bit of money doing that. However, reselling multi-pack foods is generally frowned upon (by the government), and takes a lot of effort to go to the shop and carry everything around in a backpack, etc. For a while, I tried making money from a combination of Google Adsense and Hubpages. Unfortunately for me, Google decided to randomly accuse me of cheating their system and ban me forever from this service.

From Kid to Consultant in 3 months

In December 2013, I decided that I was going to make money by using my IT skills (I have spent hundreds of hours finding out about and fixing computers. I could also make basic websites), but I had no idea how to do it. While I was thinking about what services I could offer, and watching videos from Eli The Computer Guy, I built a website to represent myself, which went up on New Year’s Day.

I decided that I would offer PC clean ups, basic website solutions and virus removals/ other odd jobs. Check out my website at philtower.co.uk. However, as a 15 year old I realise that not many people will hire a stranger that they found from a Google search. What was essential to me getting my first client was word of mouth. I would be very surprised if you could get experience in the IT industry by creating a website and then sitting on your bum all day waiting for someone to contact you. I made sure that all my friends knew what I was offering, and got my family to keep an ear open for people who needed help.

These three months have consisted of three things:

  • Waiting
  • Telling more people about my business
  • Waiting

Eventually, someone who wanted a PC clean up contacted me through my sister. As simple as that! I didn’t pay for any advertising, special websites, flyers, or even web hosting (I will talk about how I got free hosting on a separate post)!

The best way to keep clients and a god business is to have a good business ethic, to always be honest, transparent and efficient – even if it looks like you will make less money that way. This will build you a solid reputation, and free word-of-mouth advertising.

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Phil Tower

Email: phil@philtower.co.uk -- Website: philtower.co.uk -- Bio: Young IT Consultant looking for opportunities

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4 Comments

  1. Jerin March 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Hello fellow young geek!
    As a 18 yr old in a similar boat ride as you, I am, along with many others that will be reading this article, impressed with your skills. Since the beginning of 2013, I have been trying to teach myself about the world of computers and got an Internship job as a Assistant Database Manager. Although not very connected into the world of technology, it gave me profound insight into the world of business. In August 2013, I built my first computer from the money I made from the Internship and tasted the feeling of accomplishing something from your sweat. From then on, I have been trying to keep up with new products that come out for consumers and enterprises.
    The point that I want to get across to you is that you are on the right path. Keep working with your ethics and you will feel success one day as I am hoping to as well.
    By the end of 2013, I did my first few computer maintenance work for some friends and earned some pocket money. As I learn programming, I am planning on setting up a website as you did. One thing that I would suggest as you get more customers is to follow up with them a week or two after the work is done to get feedback. Then, publish that feedback on your website so that possible customers can be convinced that way.
    Wish you best of luck!

    • Phil Tower March 4, 2014 at 2:51 am

      Hi Jerin! It is always good to hear that there are other people out there in the same boat as you. My advice for you on learning web programming is to start experimenting with websites instead of trying to learn everything from a book or a website. I started by downloading a free template from here http://freehtml5templates.com/ and then looking up all the different elements, and trying to hack it to do something different.

      Thank you for your advice on getting feedback, I will start doing that.

  2. Ethan March 11, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Great post!

    Just wanted to share sometime that worked for me.

    I’ve found that flyers are the best return on investment when it comes to advertising. A local company charges £89 for 5,000 which I deliver door-to-door in my spare time. Great way of meeting people and getting business on the spot.

  3. akunne March 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    nice post
    i also am in the IT field am 19 and am learning how to design website and programing hope to study computer science in college.

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