Starting a Business: Cellphone repair

Cell 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 background knowledge of 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 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 larger target clients. The basic equipment you need (see tools and equipment) is also 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.

Keep updated

With the fast pace of technology development, it is important to keep your knowledge or your technician’s updated. One way is to search the internet for information or purchase manuals or tool kits that will help hone your skills or your technicians’ in your repair shop.

  1. Estimated Investments Costs
    • Tools and Equipment/ Cost
    • Hot air soldering tool – P3,000.00
    • Power supply variables – P4,000.00
    • Soldering iron with stand – P500.00
    • Desoldering tool – P300.00
    • Tweezers – P100.00
    • Screwdrivers (assorted) – P1,000.00
    • Soldering Lead – P100.00
    • Personal Computer – P20,000.00
    • Multi-tester – P1,000.00
    • Pliers(Assorted) – P500.00
    • Software flasher  – P4,000.00
    • Magnifying glass with lamp – P1,500.00
    • TOTAL – P36,000.00
  2. Estimated Costing and Pricing

Current market repair/servicing fees of cellphones vary. 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 defects may include but are not limited to the following: no power, no signal, not charging, defective user interface (e.g. LCD, keypads, etc.), and software-related troubles

Sample Monthly Income computation
Assuming that you can repair 5 phones in a day with an average service fee of P200 per phone.

  • Gross Sales –                            P20,000.00
  • (5 phones @ 200 x 20days)
  • Less Operating Expenses
  • Salaries and Wages
  • (P382 x 20 days) – P7,640.00
  • Electricity and Water – P2,000.00
  • Supplies – P1,000.00
  • Miscellaneous – P1,000.00 = P11,640.00
  • Estimated Monthly Income = P8,360.00

Note: Figures used in this computation are hypothetical, it may vary from the actual operation of the business. Salaries and wages are based on NCR minimum wage rates as per Wage Order No. NCR-14 effective 14 June 2008.

III. Registration Requirements

For Single Proprietorship
Business Name Registration Certificate
Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) within NCR

  1. a) 2/F, Park N’ Ride, Lawton, P. Burgos Avenue cor. Dr. Basa St., Ermita, Manila
    No.: 536.7153
  2. b) 12/F, Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
    No.: 811.8231 loc. 208
  3. c) G/F, Highway 54 Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
    No.: 706.1767
  4. d) 5/F, Araneta Square Mall, Bonifacio Monumento Circle, Rizal Avenue Ext. cor Samson Road, Caloocan City
    No.: 332.0854/332.0829

DTI-Provincial Office where the business is located or log on to for online registration
Validity: 5 years

For Partnership/Corporation
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate
Securities and Exchange Commission
SEC Building, EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
Tel. Nos.: (632) 726.0931 to 39

Mayor’s/Business Permit
Local municipality/city where the business is located
Validity: 1 year

Tax Identification Number (TIN)
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Office, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Trunkline: (632)981.7000

Social Security System (SSS) Certificate
Social Security System (SSS)
SSS Building, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. Nos.: (632) 920.6401 / 920.6446

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
DOLE Office where the business is located
Hotline No.: 527.8000

Other Agencies
Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP)
(For accreditation of service repair shops.)
Only accredited repair shops and licensed technical personnel is authorized to operate in the Philippines.
Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (DTI-BTRCP)
2/F, Trade and Industry Bldg., 361 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Tel. No.: (632) 751.3238
Fax No.: (632) 751.3234

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
NTC Building, BIR Road, East Triangle Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 924.2495

5/F, Trade and Industry Building
361 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave. Makati City
Tel. Nos.: (02) 897.1693 / 897.7596 / 890.4968
Fax No.: (02) 896.7916  Email:

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