Top Ten Reasons Not To Fix A Friend’s Computer

#10 Any future problem that arises will be your fault

Most people who don’t know the solution to a problem also don’t know the cause. They will assume that any subsequent issues are due to something you did.

#9 People will not respect your time

Friends will call at all hours of the day and night and expect you to drop whatever you are doing. They might even expect you to come to their home and fix it immediately.

#8 Things may go wrong

If you break it, you bought it. Imagine taking a friend’s laptop home to fix, only to have it fall off the table and break.

#7 People do not value things that are free

Some people are conditioned that the best things in life are those that are the most expensive. This will not stop them from asking you for free advice, they just might not value it.

#6 They will expect free tech support for life

If you are good at fixing your friend’s computer, you will become a victim of your own skill. They next time they need help, they will not hesitate to call you.

#5 Free Tech Support = Risky Computer Behavior

If you are always there to bail them out, they will have no incentive to try to prevent issues in the first place.

#4 It won’t just be computers

It is the opinion of many people that if you are good at fixing computers, then you are good at fixing any electronics.

#3 It won’t just be your friends

Sometimes when you fix a friend’s computer, the free support can extend to their friends.

#2 It often isn’t free to you

You will probably have to spend money on gas to driver to their house or printing supplies or blank media. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to install your copy of some software that you bought on their computer.

#1 It is too much like work

If you spend any time during your day job fixing computer problems, do you really want to continue after you have left the office?

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.