Hi Lockergnome! I am a 15 year old high school freshman and I am a geek to say the least. Well at least in my book I am. I can't code, find my way around Linux, nor have I played WOW. I am just a kid who breathes technology, loves Apple, and would love some money so I can try the latest and greatest tech. I have been brainstorming a few ideas of different ways I can make money by sharing my love of tech with others and help them at the same time. My first instinct was to make money by helping people jailbreak, but that idea was quickly shot down when I realize that my friend (creator of Graviboard) already does that. What others things could I do?
asked May 03 '11 at 17:44
I'm 16, I occasionally contribute to OpenSource collaborative projects (but that's more of a hobby).
I don't pretend to be rich, but I've found that computer repair (usually software) for people can earn you a considerable amount of money. Just make sure you know what your doing, I've been building/ formatting/ bios flashing/ updating/ rebuilding/ debugging, very successfully for a number of years now, I don't recommend that you touch anything that you don't understand (that isn't yours) until you know you are proficient at it.
99% of the known computer idiot universe uses a Microsoft OS, so then they are prone to malware and all the other crap MS offers. Therefore you find that there are plenty of people who simply don't know how to look after (their already unnecessarily crud) OS.
I'd recommend learning about Linux boot disks (for file rescue) and the usual MS computer maintenance, formating and reinstalling will solve most MS software issues, just make sure you back up first!!!
answered May 03 '11 at 18:10
Start getting certified!
A good place to start is with CompTIA. Personally, I do most of my studies through PrepLogic. Get your CompTIA A+ and open a repair shop, but don't expect a lot of money. Become CompTIA Network+ certified, and get a small job to gain experience. After that look at Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) so you can work more as a consultant; hopefully independently. Those are my thoughts.
answered May 03 '11 at 21:39