Young entrepreneur puts talents to work
by Matt Shinall
Aug 04, 2012 | 2398 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Richard Poleo’s company provides computer tutoring and consulting to individuals and businesses.
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Richard Poleo’s company provides computer tutoring and consulting to individuals and businesses. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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When 20-year-old Richard Poleo decided he wanted to start his own business, he took what he was good at and found a way to help others.

He saw people who needed help with their smartphones or setting up a new computer and knew he could help. So nearly a year ago, he married his passion for computers with a desire to teach and launched Simple Electronic Tutoring.

"I thought, 'How can I make money and how can I help people through technology?'" Poleo said. "I said, 'Well, I'm really good with computers and I'm good at teaching people things.' So I just combined the two.

"I just want to help people better their lives with technology because technology is a great thing."

Simple Electronic Tutoring offers in-home technology services. Poleo can help set up computers and software programs or remove viruses, but he enjoys most the opportunity to teach others.

His electronic tutoring services include smartphone and tablet usage to help users get the most out of their devices. Poleo finds that many people are using only a fraction of the device's capability.

"My goal is to help people and further their education in different technologies," Poleo said. "I used to think maybe older people were the ones that didn't know a lot about it, but come to find out, there are people that are 30 years old that don't know how to use their computer."

Poleo's business was certainly not born out of boredom. The Cartersville High School graduate is entering his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College where he majors in computer programming. In addition to school and running his own business, Poleo has two part-time jobs working at Hibbett Sports and in the maintenance department at Kennesaw Transportation in Rydal.

The inspiration and support to start Simple Electronic Tutoring came from his dad, also a small business owner.

"I talked to my dad, he has his own company building home theaters, and he gave me the support that I needed and the information to where I could get started," Poleo said.

Poleo describes himself as a technology consultant and hopes to continue building his business, adding to his offerings as he advances in school.

Currently, some of his most common customer requests are a basic overview of computer functions, Internet security and online bill pay setup. He also can lead tutorials on common software programs, such as Excel and other programs within Microsoft Office.

For more information, call 770-605-1114 or email richardpoleo@yahoo.com.