When anything is recycled, it means the contents that “thing” is made of are re-used to make something else, right? Do you realize, to recycle takes energy? So, from a carbon foot print view, recycling itself can be pollution. Recycling ALWAYS expends gobs of energy. What happens when an iPhone breaks?
A broken iPhone tossed in the trash, ends up in a landfill leaching all sorts of nasty chemicals. It’s not a pretty picture, is it? What if that same iPhone is repaired? How much energy is expended or wasted? How much pollution is created when an iPhone is repaired? Next to nothing in both cases, right? So, the fact is, fuctional repair of anything that is not obsolete is probably the Greenest any Business can get, don’t you think? Well, what if you could make at least $50,000 and possibly $100,000 a year, your first year, repairing iPhones, iPods, and iPads? Cool?
The repair most in demand for the iPhone and the iPod is broken glass. The glass breaks pretty easy. You probably know of an iPhone jumping out of a friends hand in an attempt to commit suicide. They are slim and slippery, for sure. Just sitting on them will break the glass. Fixing the glass is a matter of prying the glass off the iPhone or iPod, very, very, carefully. Tools needed are small plastic pry bars available on ebay, a tiny phillips screwdriver, a tool that looks like a heavy duty guitar pick, and a suction cup. The suction cup creates the initial “pull” on the glass. The tiny pry bar and the pick are used to get under the glass and pry. The repair can be done by an expert is 3 to 5 minutes. The average experienced repair person completes the glass repair in about 10 minutes time. Net profit per repair is about $40.
Why is there a market? There are now four versions of the iPhone, although the first, the 2G is not normally repaired any longer. Apple does not warranty the glass. If they fix it, the cost is $200 to $250. If you fix it, you’ll fix it for between $45 and $90, depending on your market (how and where you’re attracting customers). Demand is exploding, and is already way ahead of the number of repair persons available.
You can do this! The bad news is: it takes a little practice. The good news is, if you have some guidance, you can be in business in as little as 12 days. What’s the worse that can happen? You screw up someone’s iPhone and you have to replace it. It’s best to buy broken iPhones and practice on those.