Wow... you guys are all kinds of awesome.
THANK YOU for all your outpouring of support over my impending doom. People have offered to help both in the comments and in private emails, and I'm totally blown away. Don't ever let anyone tell you that the friendships gained through blogging aren't real. This is as real as it gets folks. So yeah, thank you again. Just having everyone offer to help makes me feel better already.
The business my son Brandon and I have started is called Virus Stompers (soon to be available at www.virusstompers.com). We are providing a complete virus removal service for a single flat fee of only $50. Most other companies charge $100 - $150 for this same service. Brandon has been doing this professionally at a local computer shop for a few years now and has all the skills necessary to clean up any mess. The only thing he's concerned about is cleaning up the messes I make.
Virus Stompers will operate under the principle that we will attract more business through a low cost offering. And, because 90% of virus removal is simply scanning and waiting, we can multitask several computers at once.
Here are the 3 main ways we will operate:
1. Remotely, using fancy schmancy software that allows us to control your computer from our office
If that isn't possible, then...
2. You mail us your hard drive
If you aren't able to remove it yourself then...
3. You mail us your laptop or desktop
(In the last 2 cases, the customer pays shipping costs both ways)
Now, here's how you can help...
We already own the virusstompers.com domain, but we still need a logo and a web design.
Ok, I know the web design is a tall order, but just in case... I'll take help if someone can provide it. I'm good with all the html updates and modifications etc, it's just the page design I lack creativity in.
The logo however is something I'm guessing many of you can help with. I'm looking for a professionally designed graphic/logo for Virus Stompers. I'm not going to influence your ideas by suggesting one, but based on how I've described the business, I'd like you to design your own.
If any of you can help with either of these things I will gladly pay you a small stipend and give you full credit on the website. I'd love to be able to offer more but based on my recent salary reduction and the fact that we're trying to accumulate an emergency fund, I just don't have it. Hence the "me asking you for help" thing.
Please contact me at my email address on my sidebar if you can help.
Thanks again everyone. I just want to tell you again how much I appreciate your recent comments. They really mean a lot. Oh, and btw... even though we don't have our shingle up yet, we actually are open for business. So if anybody needs their computers cleaned up just let me know!