Starting a Cellphone Repair Shop

Mobile phones have become a necessity throughout the country. Opportunities now exist for entrepreneurs to start their own cellular phone repair shop.

To start this type of business, it is a must to have a background knowledge on electronics repair, hire a qualified technician to start your business, or enroll yourself in a cellular phone repair course.

Here are some tips in starting your cellphone repair business:

Start up costs

With the exception of obtaining the necessary licenses from government agencies (see below for registration requirements) to make your business legitimate, there is not much to spend for your business to become fully operational. To minimize rental costs, you can establish your business at home with your neighbors as your initial target customers. Later on, as you expand your business, you can locate inside malls or commercial spaces accessible to a larger target clients. The basic equipment you need (see below for tools and equipment) is not that expensive. You can start with second-hand tools or equipment.


There are many ways to advertise your services - distribute leaflets, flyers, brochures, business cards to friends, family members, neighbors, or go door to door around your barangay. Post a sign outside your home so that people are aware that you offer such services.

Estimated Investment Cost (based on 2009 prices)

Tools and Equipment
Hot air soldering tool - P3,000
Power supply variables - P4,000
Soldering iron with stand - P500
Desoldering tool - P300
Tweezers - P100
Screwdrivers (assorted) - P1,000
Soldering lead - P100
Personal Computer - P20,000
Multi-tester - P1,000
Pliers (assorted) - P500
Software flasher - P4,000
Magnifying glass with lamp - P1,500

Total = Php36,000

Estimated Costing and Pricing

Current market repair/servicing fees of cellphone var. They range from P100 to P500 or higher depending on the defect/damage and model of the phone. High end phones may cost more to repair. Cellular phone system detects may include but are not limited to the following: no power, no signal, not charging, defective user interface and software related troubles.

Sample Monthly Computation
(Assuming that you can repair 5 phones in a day with an average service fee of P200 per phone)

Gross sales = Php 20,000
(5 phones @P200 x 20 days)
Less: Operating Expenses
Salaries and Wages (P382 x 20 days) - P7,640
Electricity and water - P2,000
Supplies - P1,000
Miscellaneous - P1,000
total - Php11,640
Estimated Monthly Net Income = P8,360 (P20,000 - P11,640)

Registration Requirements

1. For Single Proprietorship - Business Name Registration Certificate from DTI
    For Partnership/Corporation - Securities and Exchange Commission Certificate from SEC
2. Mayor's/Business Permit from the local municipality where the business is located.
3. Tax Identification Number (TIN) from BIR
4. Social Security System Certificate
5. Department of Labor and Employment Registration

other agencies
Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection for accreditation of service repair shops
National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)


  1. Great post. However, you left out internet marketing to your advertising section. Search engines allow regional and local targeting so, for example, anyone within 20 miles searching for "cell phone repairs" in Google can find you specifically over a business in the next county. SEO is free, and fairly easy to learn and go be the perfect compliment to the other forms of advertising you mentioned.

  2. @TopherBricks
    thanks for adding that information in the marketing side of business.

    This post made a realistic estimates on how to start a cell phone repair business.

    Ito yung pwede kong mapayo sa mag uumpisa ng cell phone repair business.

    a. Location - Kahit anong husay mo at galing mo kung tago yung pwesto mo di ka makikita ng mga customer. Kaya dapat laging nasa unahan or nasa daan yung pwesto mo. Karaniwan mahal ang upa pero ayos lang yun kasi mababawi mo rin naman yun sa dami ng customer mo.

    b. Skills - pangalawa skills. Kahit anong dami ng customer mo kung di mo paghuhusayan ang sarili mo di mo rin sila ma coconvert into cash kasi puro back job at di mo magawa yung mga cell phone. Kaya it is very important na patuloy mong paghusayin ang sarili mo.

    Payo ko lang dito is to read lang kayo ng mga forums about cell phone repair malaking maitutulong nun sa inyo. Also makipagkaibagan ka sa mga mahuhusay sigurado huhusay ka rin.

    Yun lang muna ma contribute ko sa post na ito.

    Kind regards;
    Edwin Pineda


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