There has been a lot of talk regarding the latest smartphones and how they are all set to replace traditional computers for years now, so it is easy to forget the fact that laptops and desktops are still irreplaceable for more reasons than one. There is no doubt about the fact that smartphones have taken over in many areas, but the mouse/keyboard combination is still unbeatable when it comes to work, gaming and ease of functionality in nearly every aspect.
Therefore,2019 and the years ahead are still perfect for launching a computer business of your own, and we are going to discuss the top ideas which are likely to have the highest chances of success.
Manufacture and Sell Custom, Mechanical Keyboards
If you are even remotely familiar with gaming on the PC, then you know that having a mechanical keyboard is a must for anyone who likes playing shooters and competitive online games. These have actual, mechanical switches (Cherry MX, Gateron, Akko, Kailh, etc.) for each key, not unlike the Buckling Spring switches we used to see back in the IBM days.
Demand from the gaming community is the main reason why mechanical keyboards came back into mass production after the horrible rubber dome and membrane keyboards had taken over the market due to their low cost of production.
However, since typing on a good mechanical keyboard is an experience that no typist, writer or coder can ever downgrade from, there is also a niche market for customized and unique mechanical keyboards to be found among professionals and enthusiasts as well.
You will need an electronic design software like Altium to map, trace and test the keyboard’s circuit board design, before sending it out to the manufacturing unit. The electronic design software is actually going to be useful for tracing PCBs for any keyboard in general and almost any other business ideas in the field of hardware, so you better start learning how to use CAD software, and fast!
PC Assembly: As Long as There are PC Gamers
Major manufacturers like Asus, Lenovo and Dell have tried taking over the gaming PC market in the past, but in recent years, they have realized that no company can possibly expect to replace the cost-to-power efficiency of assembling one’s own gaming PC.
However, a large majority of gamers do not have the technical expertise or experience to assemble them on their own, so there is a huge market for retailing individual parts and assembling them according to the choice of the customers.
The seller only charges a small fee for the assembly and the cost of the parts, while the customer manages to avoid paying extra money which branded gaming PCs have to charge in order to remain profitable.
Office Computers Need to be Maintained and Repaired by the Dozens
Office computers and hardware networks need constant maintenance to keep both the hardware and software components running at optimum efficiency. While that’s what IT departments are for, a lot of companies find it more profitable to outsource the IT maintenance jobs to external businesses, rather than keeping an entire department on the payroll.
As long as you have a well-balanced team of hardware and software experts, a small venture will always have more work than it can handle.
This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but each idea on this list is well worth exploring even in 2019 and beyond. Irrespective of what people may say, computers and the associated businesses are not going to go out of business anytime soon!