About TheTechMentor.com

What is the purpose of TheTechMentor.com?

TheTechMentor.com is here to help computer techs and network techs succeed in an ever changing industry. We have found that much of our content can help people who are not techs and want help to DIY, and we're expanding some articles to help people with their computers, tables and smartphones in general.

We also help computer techs launch and run their very own IT services businesses through our online training course, originally written by Casey (more about him below) who has himself successfully started his own IT Consultancy business.

We also provide information to give guidance to young people just starting out in their careers, when they want to know how to become a computer technician or network installation wizard.

TheTechMentor.com provides technical articles that we pride ourselves on being correct based on our experience or details research. We note that effectiveness can depend on individual's (and/or their device's) circumstances. TheTechMentor.com is for the use of computer techs, computer network analysts, IT Consultants, and VERY often the DIY general public.

Main Contributors to TheTechMentor.com:

The main two contributors are Casey (one time IT Business Consultant, now Technical Director at a large US company) and Jeff (semi-retired Engineer of over 25 years and mentor). Read more about each author in the bio. below or at the bottom of each article.

Casey (Surname withheld for contractual and professional reasons) has contributed many great articles on thetechmentor.com. He successfully started his own IT consultancy well over 10 years ago. While going through this tough yet rewarding experience he found there was a terrible lack of focused support out there for computer techs to start their own IT company. So he gravitated towards training and mentoring other computer technicians who want to create a part time or full time income as an IT consultant. He initially wrote thetechmentor.com courses to help computer technicians start their own IT consulting business (or side business). Many articles also help the general public save thousands of dollars in professional help by helping them DIY. He doesn't contribute directly to thetechmentor.com often any more due to leading a full family life and being Technical Director a at major US company (hence the legal requirement for confidentiality). However his contributions span over 10 years and some have been extremely popular (with so many comments we had to stop accepting more on some, and thousands of shares although it looks fewer after our change to https - we must get around to fixing that!). Having said this, we work to ensure his work is updated and continues to remain relevant.

Jeff (Surname withheld for family privacy) BE. He first learned to program using Fortran 77! Most of you will not have heard of that! "Ahh, correction; the very first time I wrote a program it was copied from a book from the school's library into the school's only computer at the time (an early Apple), to make a game using ASCII characters to make and control a little skier racing down the ski slope and you had to avoid hitting trees!" But it goes to show how old he is! An engineer for over 25 years, as he became more experienced, Jeff was required to review other engineers' work and naturally gravitated to teaching and mentoring others. Jeff grew up and went to college/university before social media could capture it all, he'd prefer to keep it that way now too, for his own and family's privacy. He consciously avoids 'sharenting' too (sharing one's kids photos and life before they determine what they want for themselves). "I don't feel the need to promote myself after a career of more than 26 years. I've done just fine without a Linkedin profile so far, I don't want to start one now...".

Our focus is to maintain articles varying from in-depth (technical) computer repairs and network fixes, through to helping the general public with a lower technical level of computer, tablet and smartphone help, plus with some reviews thrown in that might help anyone. We are also computer users and sometimes find our own fixes to our own devices (such as Jeff's own Surface Pro) and when we think it might help someone else and have the time we write an article on 'how to fix' to share them.

Furthermore we provide training material in our paid course for people who want to earn some money on the side or start a full time IT services business. Outside of work we are both family men.

We have helped hundreds of thousands of people over the years. This site started out under different names (URLs) so many articles far 'out-age' this particular domain, 'TheTechMentor.com'.

We still want the articles to be up to date and relevant, we review them quite often, but there are many more eyes visiting this website than we two have so if you see something that is not up to date, please tell us in the comments or via the contact page.

We love comments! It serves as a reminder that we do HELP YOU (or someone like you; sorry if we didn't help you just yet!). Come back with another problem and we'll try again!

We love it if you want to add more ideas or links to relevant helpful topics or tools in the comments below our articles. Note these are moderated which can take a little time so please don't fret if we don't approve it straight away.

Note: On articles that already have a large number of comments we might not allow more which repeat things already written.

We have thousands of people on our mailing list, but we mostly leave them alone (which we do because we are too busy most of the time!).

Please do see the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy! Links to these are in the bottom menu. In a nutshell 'we' use cookies (by that I mean our advertisers do, as does the software that collectively runs the website), we have ads on our free-to-access pages, and also use some affiliate links (definitely not all links are affiliate; they aim to be helpful and useful, but if they are useful and to an online store they could be).

We love to keep the free-to-access parts of the site going and we don't accept donations so that is just how it works 'round here, okay?

How can TheTechMentor.com help me?

We offer lots of free resources and articles to help you solve computer and network problems and succeed as a computer tech, network technician, or DIYer (the general public).

Some popular ones are things like how to recover deleted files (that can help everyone!), lists of computer tools and network installation toolkits, just for example.

Getting people out of trouble is also a common theme with how to recover data from deleted/damage hard drives or to recover deleted notes on mobile smart-phones.

By the way, Casey Loves Macs and Jeff currently loves his Microsoft Surface Pro (but also loves his long line of iPhones!). We don't discriminate on tech. We think you should not either; it might help your computer service business if you can handle a wider range of systems. It has without doubt been an advantage to us and students to be able to offer support to Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computer systems.

In addition, we offer free articles to help you launch and run an IT business as well as a free guide on How to Make Your First $1000 as an IT Consultant.

We also offer free, no strings attached, advice anytime via email if we can at that point in time. You can contact us here.

Can you Help?

You may help us feel good by letting us know in the comments if an article helped you. We really do like this!

You can help us and others by sharing to them anything you found interesting good or helpful on our website.

You can help us and others if you place a relevant link to our website on your (or others') websites (eg. forums) if you similarly found it useful, good or helpful. If you want these to be no-follow links that is up to you. If it forms a noteworthy reference or uses something on this site that states it is required please provide a follow link.

You can help others by adding relevant helpful comments. Do not make 'spammy' comments as we take the time to review and moderate all comments. Phew, this website is a LOT OF WORK! 🙂

So where should I begin?

If you are wanting to learn more about becoming a computer tech, learn to build computer networks, retrieve lost data or whatever, head over to our home page (click the logo) and our blog and check out our content.

On the right hand side of most articles you can find links to our most recent articles, our most popular articles, and further below that a search bar. You should be able to find it with the right search term!

If you are interested in starting your own IT business, download our free guide below on How to Make Your First $1000 as an IT Consultant to get started.

 

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