Microsoft yesterday announced their partnership with i-fixit, the online repair manual site, to develop and test a curriculum to help people start a small business offering repair services for mobile phone, tablets and laptops. Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program (RRP) already works with thousands of PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs.
This new program called Pro Tech Network is a free, comprehensive program designed to make it easy for people to start new businesses fixing cell phones, tablets, and computers. iFixit and Microsoft aim for it to create thousands of new repair businesses around the world.
The explosion of mobile devices means the refurbishment industry will need new knowledge, tools, and techniques to meet new challenges. The Pro Tech Network helps people learn to repair PCs, smartphones and tablets—and create businesses with these skills. Written by iFixit and sponsored by Microsoft, the Pro Tech Network collaboration ensures up-to-date business methods and repair documentation will be free and accessible, even as technology continues to change.
The Pro Tech Network helps enterprising individuals start and grow with:
- In-depth repair manuals
- Q&A community of fellow experts
- Fundamental repair skills training
- Small business accounting tools and cash flow worksheets
- Marketing best practices and design templates
- Parts sourcing and testing pointers
- Customer service and general business best practices
Know more about Pro Tech Network at iFixit.com/Pro for everything you need to start your business. This program is good for business and the economy, and also there is a large environmental benefit from this work, especially when applied to mobile phones and tablets.