By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN Howard Lake resident Aaron Monson has found a niche for himself, repairing cell phones and other electronic devices.
His new business is called Aaron’s Electronics and Screen Repair.
“Phones nowadays are so important to people, it’s their whole life. I help people get on with life and business. It feels good to help people,” Aaron Monson, owner of Aaron’s Electronics and Screen Repair said.
His service is for people who no longer have warranties and do not carry insurance on their cell phones.
As anyone who has ever owned a cell phone knows, fixing them can be fairly expensive.
“To replace a screen on an iPhone going through Apple could run $200. Come to me, and I can replace it for $75,” said Monson.
Monson works on all kinds of electronics, including smartphones, laptops, iPods, and big screen TVs.
His specialty is fixing screens that have been broken, but he will work with any of the hardware on electronics.
“Everything is going to be touchscreen soon. They’re even working on touchscreen coffee tables. I’m in a position to help a lot of people,” Monson said.
Monson currently attends school at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson for web design, graphic design, and web programming.
He said he has always been interested in iPhones, and began working on them as sort of a hobby.
A few months ago, he decided he should turn his hobby into a business. He put up flyers in local communities and started to advertise on craigslist.
Monson has been fairly busy in the last month or so, with calls coming in from people in need of his service.
He has been getting about two devices per week to fix. “My goal is to get a couple of devices to fix each day,” Monson said.
When asked how he knew how to fix the devices he works on, Monson replied, “You can learn anything online. I look at the tutorials online, so I have the knowledge of how the device works. I also have knowledge enough not to destroy something.”
Monson also gets a lot of practice working on devices when he buys and fixes them for resale.
He noted that he does not charge if he is unable to fix a device, and he will fix anything he inadvertently breaks while fixing a device.
To reach Aaron’s Electronics and Screen Repair, call (763) 221-3852, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or “like” Aaron’s Electronics and Screen Repair on Facebook.