How To Become A Freelance IT Hardware Technician
Where to start?
Freelancing in the IT world is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you are a qualified IT hardware technician looking to make a move into freelancing, a graduate just starting out or thinking about a career in IT hardware support – you are in the right place!
In this blog post we will look at the roles and responsibilities of an IT hardware technician, what qualifications are expected and discuss the steps and benefits of becoming a freelancer in this field of work.
What do hardware technicians do?
Typical responsibilities of an IT hardware technician include:
- Install, maintain and repair computer hardware
- Install and configure certain softwares
- Check and maintain all working hardware within a computer system (such as, hard drives, keyboards etc…)
- Set up computers with peripheral devices (such as printers, routers etc…)
- Develop the local network to optimise performance
- Organise upgrades and maintenance
- Troubleshoot hardware and resolve any issues
- Identify and order new equipment when required
- Look after the privacy and security of networks
- Set up and train users on certain devices and software
What skills and qualifications do you need?
To get into this field of work these general skills and qualifications are required:
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Analytical thinking
- Excellent diagnostic and problem solving skills
- Strong organisational and time-management skills
- A degree in Computer Science/Engineering
- Certifications such as CompTIA A+, Microsoft new role based certifications
How do you get into freelancing?
Many professionals prefer to start out in freelancing as a side activity rather than launching into it as their main source of income – this is a great way to dip your toe in the water and see if freelancing is for you. Here’s some tips when you are starting out:
1. Develop a niche skill set
Honing your skills is a great place to start. Become experienced in a certain technology or aspect of IT hardware support. For example, specialise in the support of OEM equipment such as, Cisco, HP or Dell. Build your skill set, identify your strengths and create a CV that demonstrates these.
2. Build your portfolio
This is important as it demonstrates to a potential client your experience. Freelancing can be competitive, by creating a portfolio that is clear and stands out can give you competitive edge.
3. Know what to charge
This might involve some research – take a look at what other freelancers charge in this field of work and in your local geography.
4. Find opportunities
There are several ways to find freelance opportunities including; freelance platforms, existing networks on platforms such as LinkedIn, marketing yourself by promoting your portfolio via a personal website.
What are the benefits?
Freelancing isn’t for everyone but it can provide you with certain benefits:
- Lots of variety in the work you do
- Flexible working hours can lead to a better work/life balance
- Be your own boss
- Higher rates of pay
- Opportunities for development of skills
- Freedom and self management
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