PC / Laptop Repairs

Morning all,


I used to have a spare / part time side line of earning an income in the UK - building / repairing PC's & Laptops.

I'm happy to offer free advice on repairs / upgrades for anyone having problems with their laptop or desktop PC

In the event of your computer needing replacement parts, I can suggest the correct items for you to buy directly... then once you have them for the price of an iced coffee I'll happily install them for you.

Windows 10 upgrades - official software (computer must be running Windows 7 / Vista) I can also do.

Been here three weeks, job hunting.... now need something to "use up" my spare time :-)

Jlgarbutt :

Morning all,


I used to have a spare / part time side line of earning an income in the UK - building / repairing PC's & Laptops.

I'm happy to offer free advice on repairs / upgrades for anyone having problems with their laptop or desktop PC

In the event of your computer needing replacement parts, I can suggest the correct items for you to buy directly... then once you have them for the price of an iced coffee I'll happily install them for you.

Windows 10 upgrades - official software (computer must be running Windows 7 / Vista) I can also do.

Been here three weeks, job hunting.... now need something to "use up" my spare time :-)

You could also run the same ad on the various Facebook sites that expats use in Saigon.

Jlgarbutt :

Morning all,


I used to have a spare / part time side line of earning an income in the UK - building / repairing PC's & Laptops.

I'm happy to offer free advice on repairs / upgrades for anyone having problems with their laptop or desktop PC

In the event of your computer needing replacement parts, I can suggest the correct items for you to buy directly... then once you have them for the price of an iced coffee I'll happily install them for you.

Windows 10 upgrades - official software (computer must be running Windows 7 / Vista) I can also do.

Been here three weeks, job hunting.... now need something to "use up" my spare time :-)

Please be careful.

Even though you aren't advertising a price, if a Vietnamese citizen gets wind of your plans and feels you are unfair competition, this is just the sort of behavior which can get you reported to immigration.

Thanks for the heads up... not looking to make anything out of it just fill some spare time until i find a job. Only so much day time tv and time spent by the pool

Was looking more along the lines of using it to network and meet new faces. From my point of view, feel privilged to be allowed into VN. Back home the level of friendliness you get here is sadly missing

Again thanks for the advice...

I agree with OceanBeach92107.  Your actions could lead to trouble with locals.  There is a need for a competent computer service person that foreigners can go to for advice and assistance.  Legitimatize yourself by starting a company for yourself.  Probably a LLC would suffice and for a very small amount of money, you can be established in about three weeks.   You don't need a lawyer to establish the company.  If you have friends here that have an account on staff, they might be able to assist you.  A lawyer wilol charge you a minimum of USD 500 or more.  An accountant may charge you 2 million VND.

Many foreigners are afraid to go to local shops after hearing the horror stories that abound.  Most not true, but still will make people afraid.  The large firms have IT people on staff for their foreign personnel, but most small firms and individuals are simply adrift in what appears to be an endless journey of being taken advantage of not knowing who to trust.

You would do very well by starting a computer service and consulting business for foreigners It would also be an easy market to find clients in.

Send me a personal message (pm). I might be able to keep you busy for a little while.

Just thinking here... You could set yourself up to be the goto guy for computer stuff for foreigners. You may have a chance of skirting business and tax rules by setting up a simple website in your home country and take payments for services in paypal.  So you get no income here. A grey area but affording you some plausible deniability.

Do you know where to get good parts? You could spend a couple weeks researching Phong Vu, Halo shop,  Bùi Thị Xuân computer street, Nhat Tao market etc. Seems to me Saigon is pretty limited in selection of newer parts, but if you could figure out what is available and where, you could help people with upgrades and new computers. Blog about it, share the latest news. Just thinking!

I only have macs and a linux box, but will need a new game pc for Microsoft Flight Simulator in a couple months. I'll be in touch then!

I would not try the approach of trying to set up a pseudo company trying to hide your activities.  If you are going to enter into doing business here in Vietnam,  For what you are talking ab out the compliance regulations are remarkable simple and inexpensive.  You never know where the information comes from that could hurt you; neighbors, service/cleaning personnel and just idle talk at a ba, etc.  It is just not worth the exposure.  If you get caught trying to defraud the people of Vietnam (as they see it), you are likely going to be deported and put on blacklist for many years eliminating your return to Vietnam until the blacklist is lifted.  We had a client several years ago that had a well established manufacturing business employing over 500 people.  He wanted to do a side business without the required compliance licenses and permits.  He started importing components for electrical switch gear in a casual manner that totaled close to USD 400,000, the components he was importing were also available in Vietnam manufactured locally.  He was fined and blacklisted for seven years.  His company survived, but to date after being back in Vietnam, his company is doing only about 30% of what it used to do.

If you stay very small you might get away with it.  If you start having customers bring computers to your house, if you start importing components limited to computers, if your lifestyle is more than the foreign transfers will support you will be noticed.  Vietnam is a great country to live and work in, I would not risk losing that.

drailton :

I would not try the approach of trying to set up a pseudo company trying to hide your activities.  If you are going to enter into doing business here in Vietnam,  For what you are talking ab out the compliance regulations are remarkable simple and inexpensive.  You never know where the information comes from that could hurt you; neighbors, service/cleaning personnel and just idle talk at a ba, etc.  It is just not worth the exposure.  If you get caught trying to defraud the people of Vietnam (as they see it), you are likely going to be deported and put on blacklist for many years eliminating your return to Vietnam until the blacklist is lifted.  We had a client several years ago that had a well established manufacturing business employing over 500 people.  He wanted to do a side business without the required compliance licenses and permits.  He started importing components for electrical switch gear in a casual manner that totaled close to USD 400,000, the components he was importing were also available in Vietnam manufactured locally.  He was fined and blacklisted for seven years.  His company survived, but to date after being back in Vietnam, his company is doing only about 30% of what it used to do.

If you stay very small you might get away with it.  If you start having customers bring computers to your house, if you start importing components limited to computers, if your lifestyle is more than the foreign transfers will support you will be noticed.  Vietnam is a great country to live and work in, I would not risk losing that.

A bit over dramatic considering he just wants to do a few repairs from home. Worse case scenario would be a fine from the green mafia, deported or blacklisted would be highly unlikely.

As I said, keep it very small or take the risks.  It all depends on where you are located and who reports it to the police.  I saw a Filipino wife get deported that lived down the street from us in d2 for doing alterations on cloths.  She was just trying to help the neighbors, but someone with power obviously complained that she was taking away work from locals.  Over dramatic.  Not in her shoes.

A possible solution is to team up with a small local computer repair shop and work under their registration.

drailton :

As I said, keep it very small or take the risks.  It all depends on where you are located and who reports it to the police.  I saw a Filipino wife get deported that lived down the street from us in d2 for doing alterations on cloths.  She was just trying to help the neighbors, but someone with power obviously complained that she was taking away work from locals.  Over dramatic.  Not in her shoes.

A possible solution is to team up with a small local computer repair shop and work under their registration.

Ok, I must not have been around these unfortunate souls for the last 15 years.

Since I moved to Vietnam, it has been my experience that it is difficult to get people to offer assistance that is not solicited, but very easy to get criticized without understanding what they are criticizing.  Never the less, I find living and working in Vietnam to be one of the best places I have been - mostly due to the people.  This sounds conflicting, but it is not.  One problem that we have had is the more visibility you get, the more chance that something unexpected will come at you.

Was originally thinking just a way to fill my time while "job hunting"
but it has got me thinking why not try and make a small business out of it

Luckily wifes brother works for the government so might be a useful source of information on how to "avoid" getting in trouble with the locals and immigration

anyone else set up a small business ??  if so what is the process and time scale ??


thanks to everyone who has contributed so far :-)

Jlgarbutt :

Was originally thinking just a way to fill my time while "job hunting"
but it has got me thinking why not try and make a small business out of it

Luckily wifes brother works for the government so might be a useful source of information on how to "avoid" getting in trouble with the locals and immigration

anyone else set up a small business ??  if so what is the process and time scale ??


thanks to everyone who has contributed so far :-)

Ask Drailton, his intro says he has done setups in Vietnam.

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