In today’s world, no matter how authentic your business idea might seem at first, chances are there are at least a handful of people doing just about the same in your surrounding area. When it comes to cell phone repair, this is more than just a perception, it’s a fact. Every day, thousands appear, whether they’re new shops, mall kiosks, or independent techs repairing screens out of their garage — the market gets more and more competitive by the minute.
In a space saturated by people who claimed to be the fastest or the best in the cell phone repair game, how can one stand out? The answer is three words: motherboard and micro-soldering repair.
- Why You Should Invest in It
It’s quite simple: every time a customer comes to your store with a problem involving their logic board and you turned them away because you don’t have the proper equipment and/or training, you are essentially turning money away.
With phones becoming more and more expensive, people are more inclined than ever to seek out phone repair rather than walking into Apple to purchase a brand new device, and now is the right time to position your business to capitalize on this trend.
Cell phone repair shop owner KC also points out another interesting trend surrounding logic board repairs: “We can actually see a direct correlation between logic board issues and new phones. New devices seem to be having a lot more of these issues because of their small components and motherboards, so every year we seem to be getting more customers with this kind of problem”.
- What You Need to Get Started
- Proper Training: It’s crucial that you and/or your technicians all get motherboard and micro-soldering repair certified. There’s no easy way out of it because when it comes to logic board repairs, your skills alone will determine if you are a high-quality repair store or not. Investing in quality training is very important.
- Tip: We recommend the iPad Rehab training program. Their courses and workshops range from 1 to 8 days and teach everything you need to know about complete professional iPhone/iPad motherboard diagnosis and repair, iPhone data recovery, and others.
- The essential working material: a soldering station and a microscope. Note that these are just the primary tools you’ll need.
- Initial Investment
There’s no exact price on how much your initial costs will be, and it varies according to how much you are actually willing to (or is able to) invest. Basically, these are the extremes:
Big Budget: If you have a large budget and you’re ready to become a top-level micro-soldering repair shop, here are some of the potential costs
Training: The repair training program from iPad Rehab is around $2,000 to $3,000 per course.
Material: Here’s a good example of a top of the line Soldering station.
Overall costs: Between training school and top-quality material, you are possibly looking at a $3,500 investment.
Small Budget: Tight on a budget? Don’t let that stop you! Although we still highly recommend taking proper training classes, you can find online content around logic board repairs if you are the DIY kind of person.
Material: On the other end of the spectrum, here’s an example of a very affordable soldering station. Be aware that you get what you pay for, so going for the cheapest one might cost you more in the end.
Overall costs: Considering you are having access to free online content and going more for the basic material, your initial investment can be as low as $200.00
The options described above represent two ends of the cost spectrum, but there are other options that fall in between. In order to keep things simple we chose to focus on the high and the low end in the range of options.
- Return on Investment
- Time Frame
There’s no way of telling how long it will take a shop owner to get their initial investment back because there are so many variables (how much the investment was, how dedicated you are, what kind of logic board repairs you are willing to perform).
Best case scenario, it should take a small to medium size repair shop about 8 months to get their investment money back. That assumes a few things:
- You are training consistently
- You are accepting a lot (if not all) kinds of motherboard repairs, from pry damage to data recovery
- Bonus: the process can speed up if you have a designated soldering tech at your shop that will be dedicated to learning all repairs as fast as possible
- Profit Margins
Here’s the best part – logic board repairs are extraordinarily profitable. That’s because unlike screen replacements, the small parts involving soldering repairs are extremely cheap! This means the vast majority of the repair cost comes from your labor alone.
- Pricing a Logic Board Repair
KC gave us a few ideas on how to price these repairs. At his shop, he created different categories depending on the phone’s issue.
Level 1 repairs involve things such as blown backlight, pry damage, and connector damage. These repairs can be as quick as 10 minutes.
On the other hand, level 3 repairs such as water damage and data recovery can take over an hour.
Overall, KC prices his logic board repairs within the cost of the phone. So based on the model, he will charge about a third of the cost of the phone’s retail price. However, for more serious issues such as data recovery, prices can go as high as $200.
All things considered, there’s no doubt that investing in logic board repairs is a great idea to stand out from competition, substantially grow your profit margins, and take your store to the next level of quality and standing in your market.
Do you offer motherboard and micro-soldering repairs at your shop? If not, are you considering it now? Any other insights or tips for beginners? Let us know in the comments below!