PC Repair will be owned and managed by Jack Hacker. Jack has 10 years of experience in the fields of technical support, networking, and computer training and repair. Jack has also spent the last three years as the manager of a custom computer building and repair store, and understands the computer needs of small businesses. Jack is adept at managing his time, and at quickly responding to multiple customer calls and needs.
For the first three months, Jack will be in charge of all aspects of the business. In the third month, when another tech is hired, Jack will shift some of his energy from directly responding to customer needs, to training and managing others to do this work effectively. Jack will maintain direct control over inventory ordering and bookkeeping, and will try to do as many of the on-site calls as possible himself. Part of our brand recognition strategy is to identify PC Repair with Jack's efficiency, friendliness, and technical expertise. The easiest way to associate the two is for Jack to be a major part of many customers' experiences with us. He will delegate technical repairs later in the year to the techs working in the leased office space, and will also train them in his method of direct phone support.
Jack has worked extensively with computer technicians and support staff in the past, and knows that they work best when given free rein within a set of mutually-agreed-upon guidelines. The first week of each tech's employment will be dedicated to helping them understand PC Repair's guidelines:
- the customer needs help, and we're here to help them;
- the customer is frustrated, upset, or confused - but that doesn't make the customer a problem;
- the customer needs reassurance as well as solutions.
Within this framework, the techs can solve the customer's problem the best way they see fit - Jack is not a micro manager.
6.1 Personnel Plan
Jack Hacker will be the only employee for the first few months; his salary is directly related to the success of the business, and will never exceed 18% of sales revenue. In the third month, we will move to a leased office space and hire a second employee, with a third hire planned for August, if projections are on target. We plan to hire additional part-time employees in the second year, to better handle the increasing sales.
Our employees will be skilled professionals, with equally strong technical and people skills. It is very important to Jack that they be paid salaries commensurate with their abilities and dedication- happy tech support people make for happy customers. To that end, our full-time employees will receive health benefits (premiums split between the employee and PC Repair), paid holidays, and sick time. Those benefits are included in the payroll totals listed below.