If you were to go online and check out some of the retail stores are charging for virus removal, you would see they start at $99, and go upwards of $300! That’s a lot of money for something that you could easily do yourself. (For some tips on this, please visit this website. It has free tips and pointers for helping you get rid of viruses, spyware, malware, etc….)
If you have the skills to clean viruses out of computers, the biggest factor is getting your name out there. The best way to do this is by word of mouth. Start with your friends or family members and go from there. If you’re good at what you do, your name will get passed around. If you charge less than what the retail shops are charging, AND make house calls, you should get clients with little to no effort. If you need additional help in getting your name out there and how to reach more people, this course on getting more clients has some great ideas!
I would also team it up with basic computer repair. If you don’t have any experience in computer repair I would check out the local technical college in your area and see if you could sign up for an evening class on computer repair. One class will set you back about $350 to $500 but that’s all you need to break into the computer repair field. If you already have experience in repairing and cleaning computers then you just need to focus on getting new clients.
I would not recommend quitting your job and doing this but… If you are looking to make some money on the side, you can get into this very easily and try it out in the evenings and see how it works out. Most people would need you to stop by in the evenings when they are home so it works out great if you already have a job. As far as making a career out of it, you would have to keep up a steady stream of clients, and there is no way of knowing from one day to the next how many people would need your services. However, if you’re good at it and you work on getting your name out there and getting new clients, you can easily make plenty of extra play money.