Technology start-up, Techdeck.io has been successful in securing consultancy funding towards start-up development costs.

Techdeck is an online platform that will connect IT professionals with businesses that need their skills around the world. Businesses will have access to a global talent pool of qualified and trusted IT professionals on every continent, including specialists in: hardware; networking; maintenance; software development; cabling; audio visual equipment; wireless; IT security; telecommunications and more. The platform will make it quick and easy for businesses to source, hire and manage the skilled professionals they need for ad hoc work, projects, and longer-term contracts.

Charlotte Rose, Co-founder of Techdeck was introduced to BIC Staffordshire and the work they do with local businesses by Jonathan Percival, Economic Development Officer at Lichfield District Council. The Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre (Staffs BIC) encourages and promotes innovation within Staffordshire by helping individuals and companies with their start-up ventures and innovations. They offer: one-to-one practical advice; grant funding; workshops; webinars and networking events.

Charlotte commented: “After being introduced to BIC and the services they offer, I met Sandra Butterworth, Director of Innovation, who explained about the start-up grant which covers 37% of Consultancy Fees. Building an online platform such as Techdeck requires hours of software development and extensive specialist advice, so I decided to put in an application. Sandra was extremely helpful and assisted me with the application and provided advice towards my business plan. I was absolutely delighted to find out my application had been successful.”

   

The funding will be vital towards the development of the Techdeck platform, it will enable completion of the platform in a quicker timeframe and allow other areas of the business, such as sales and marketing to benefit from a boost in budget allocation. This type of support in the start-up phase of any business is critical and Techdeck will continue to work with Staffs BIC and their knowledgeable team to learn and grow the business by attending their informative webinars, networking events and one-to-one business advice sessions.

For further information about BIC Staffordshire visit: www.thebic.co.uk/about-us

To read more about the Techdeck platform visit: www.techdeck.io

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Ever thought about building your own computer?

In the last few decades, the daily use of computers has become almost ubiquitous among the population for both work and commercial purposes. While desktops are amazing pieces of technology; compact, versatile, and capable of enriching our lives in many ways, they can be quite expensive. The optimal PCs, such as those designated for gaming and those that have the most efficient components cost around £2.5K. General purpose desktops range from £850 to £1550. Even the most basic, barebones PC can cost around £350, and this isn’t even taking into account peripheral devices such as mice and monitors.

Needless to say, you might want to look for a less expensive alternative. By assembling a computer yourself, you can save about a third of the money you would have spent on going to the usual retailers. For high end PCs, the amount of money you save could therefore be nearly £1K.

Whether you want to save money, upgrade some components or just want to prove that you’re tech-savvy, this guide will teach you how to build your own fully functional PC. You can then budget your own components and build the desktop to your liking.

Getting Set Up

First, let’s list all the parts of a computer and why you’ll need them, as well as the tools you’ll need to fit them with. Be careful when buying parts, make sure that they are functional and compatible with each other. If finding compatible parts is difficult, or you don’t have the time to shop for each individual part, you can purchase a barebones kit. These kits contain the fundamental parts of the computer, and ones which are compatible with each other.

All the Components You Need

All the Tools You Need

Constructing the Computer

By now you will have every component and tool you’ll need to hand, and you can start assembling the computer. Here’s a diagram of what most PC interiors look like, so you know where to put everything.

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  1. Remove the side panels of the computer case.
  1. Remove the drive bay cover so as to be able to install the hard and optical drives.
  1. Attach the grounding strap to your wrist and plug into the computer case to prevent static from damaging the computer components.
  1. Fit and screw the motherboard into the computer case.
  1. Fit and screw the hard drive into a drive bay with the corresponding size.
  1. Fit and screw the optical drive into a drive bay with the corresponding size.
  1. Install the CPU into the large, square shaped socket on the motherboard.
  1. Install the RAM into the two long sockets in the motherboard.
  1. Apply some heat sink glue to the CPU and attach the cooling fan.
  1. Plug the cooling fan’s power cable into the motherboard.
  1. Fit and screw the case fan on the square panel at the back of the computer case.
  1. Fit and screw in the PSU in the large space left in the case.
  1. Connect the cables so that all components are connected to the PSU.
  1. Reconstruct the case.
  1. Plug any peripherals (like mice and monitors) into the PC and power it on.
Conclusion

So hopefully you’ve built the computer and it’s fully functional; fantastic! It’s not as hard as it looks, right? You can now feel satisfied that you’re a true techie and saved yourself some money in the process – great stuff!

Sources:

  1. Cost of a Desktop Computer – Electronics Prices and Recommendations – CostHelper
  2. How Much Does It Cost To Build A Gaming PC In 2021? (costaide.com)
  3. https://hawkpointtechnologies.com/computer-components/ 
  4. How to Assemble a Basic Desktop PC : 15 Steps – Instructables

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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.

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What do hardware technicians do?

Typical responsibilities of an IT hardware technician include:

What skills and qualifications do you need?

To get into this field of work these general skills and qualifications are required:

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:

A Freelance Platform 100% Dedicated to the IT Industry

At Techdeck, we’ve designed a platform to simplify the way businesses connect to IT professionals around the world. It is more than a traditional online marketplace that often spans many different sectors, our approach is a hybrid model. We have combined the simplicity of a freelance platform with the professional processes of a recruitment agency to produce an experience that is both flexible and tailored to all of our users.

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