Bringing Back the House CallJul 06
Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are always looking for that lucrative idea and then addressing the ways and means of making it happen.
For Gordon Hannan, it was a matter of examining his own personal experience. As a student entering post-secondary education, Gordon found his laptop overloaded with adware and junkware which was not pertinent to his needs.
“I just felt there was way too much stuff on there which wasn’t addressing the needs of a student”, Gordon explains, “so, based on my own experience, I thought I could offer students a service which could actually benefit the way they use their laptops when they enter a college or university.”
As a result, Gordon created the aptly-named University Computer Services for students that have similar predicaments to the ones he went through. Not only will he “scrub” the computers of unneeded software, he will actually install relevant programs that will be useful to scholars.
“There’s now programs that allow you to avoid plagiarism, template your essays for college or university applications and a lot of other little things that students aren’t even aware of,” Gordon states.
While currently servicing those students in the Sarnia Lambton area who are or will be attending Lambton or Fanshawe College, Gordon not only offers empathy regarding tight finances, but also offers that rarest of service these days – a house call.
“I know what it’s like as a student to stretch your budget to the max when you have to consider buying books and the cost of residence and food,” Gordon asserts, “so if I can charge rates they can afford and make their life a whole lot easier at a fraction of the cost of standard computer tech help agencies, then I will.”
Gordon is another product of the Summer Company – a program developed by the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (www.ontario.ca/summercompany) to assist entrepreneurs from 15 to 29 years of age with 8 weeks (high school level) or 12 weeks (post- secondary level) experience in running their own business.
Gordon uses the avenues of marketing that are popular with his contemporaries – Facebook, Kijiji, Twitter and word of mouth. He has had a lot of business with students enrolling at Lambton and Fanshawe Colleges as well as the University of Western Ontario. When returning to his own classes in the fall of 2012, he hopes to expand his target market to students in the London area as well.
He tells his fellow entrepreneurs to “love what you’re doing” and “draw from your own experience” to settle upon a business that’s right for you.
To learn more about Gordon’s various services, visit www.UComputerServices.ca