About Built by Mom


Hi! I'm Angela Henderson, a geek-mom in Grover Beach, California. A Cal State graduate and double-certified technician, I’ve been in the tech industry since the mid-90s. My customers value my ability to explain technical difficulties in plain English and reasonable prices. And now for a little...

Q and A

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. A lot of computer repair services are moving to corporate and commercial clients. But I truly enjoy helping the "little guy," as I feel residential clients are just as important and worthy of help as any high-end business! I like helping people make informed technical decisions, and you can count on me to explain things in plain English, not geek-speak.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I decided when I was eight years old! Seriously, I have *always* been tinkering with computers. I truly enjoy it.

Q. What are your most common types of jobs?

A. A lot of my work involves dealing with the modern plagues of spyware and viruses. The newer ones have gotten really clever, but they can't escape me ;) I also do a lot of hardware diagnosis, connectivity troubleshooting, tutoring and general consulting about what to buy and how to configure (computers, printers, smartphones, etc). I can customize new systems just for you as well, setting up everything you would need to get right right to it--without all the junk manufacturers typically load on new computers. In short, I do a little bit of everything.

Q. Are you still offering website design?

Sadly, no. Website work takes a tremendous amount of time. I enjoyed doing it but I can no longer fit it in the schedule with services calls, bench work and tutoring. If you want to have a go at it yourself, I recommend Wix, Weebly, or Wordpress.com.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I have a Bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton, and to further my education I studied for about a year at Allan Hancock's Cisco Networking Academy, which I loved. From there I went on to study for several certifications, eventually becoming both A+ and Security+ certified. I am always eager to continue learning, and given how fast technology changes, that's a good thing!

My LinkedIn profile is here, and you can see a video of me in my workshop here:

I also do photography. Though my primary interest is landscapes and natural settings, I have done many shoots for clients, including weddings, fashion shows and modeling portfolios. I have a number of framed prints and cards for sale at Red Dirt Coffeehouse in Arroyo Grande, and my online portfolio is here. (Photographers take note, I can optimize your setup for serious digital photography--ask me about this if interested!).

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