I began working with computers in elementary school, when my father bought the family a Macintosh Performa 6200CD for Christmas when I was in the third grade (I still have it!). In the mid-90s, the internet was still becoming mainstream and dial-up was the norm. I remain very thankful that was I was able to experience a brief time before the internet was completely ubiquitous and have the perspective of how much has evolved in such a short period of time.
I became the family’s go-to resource when we were having technology trouble and in early middle school an opportunity came to tutor a gentleman who’s son had bought him his first computer. We spent many hours together, as I reviewed the basics of his PC and how to use common applications. It occurred to me that there was an opportunity to earn money doing this type of work and I set out to expand my business.
As time went on, I learned computer repair and networking and expanded the scope of my services. By the time that I departed for college, I had a number of computer clients in the area, a few of whom I still assist today.