HOW TO START A CYBERCAFE BUSINESS IN NIGERIA
The cybercafe business is one of the most popular business options in the country today. It is a lucrative business and one that doesn’t really require too much especially if you’re going to be starting in a small scale setting. At the time before smartphones became really popular and people could easily do anything they want with their phones, cybercafes actually existed to provide services to help individuals with anything pertaining to checking the internet together with some other services that generally help in fulfilling customer’s wants. The business is still practiced today and it remains a profitable business for entrepreneurs to try.
The cybercafe business, like I’ve mentioned, typically involves providing a space where individuals can get services like surfing the internet done with your own resources. You’ll have a location or shop where individuals can come in and get things done for a price which is mostly affordable for customers. Asides just surfing the internet or using the internet for anything at all, there are other services provided by these cybercafes and some of them include printing services, photocopy, scanning, typing a document, creating a website and many others. Some even go as far as offering passport shoot. Though all these things were not a part of cybercafes in the past, it has become an identity for the business in recent times.
As the level of technology has vastly improved over the years and gadgets like smartphones have become popular, cybercafes still have services that are still well patronized. Phones can be used to browse the internet, or check the mail, or do almost any internet work and that might slightly reduce the need for internet service function by cybercafes but despite that, it doesn’t really affect business as it caters for the population which do not have phones to browse and even asides that, phone users might still need the use of these places for some other services that can only be done with laptops or computers which you’ll definitely find in a cybercafe.
The business can be practiced either in small scale or large scale. The small scale business is much more easier to start even though it still follows the same pattern of function as the large scale one. The gadgets, equipments and requirements needed for the small scale business is not much and by contrast, is lesser as compared to the large scale aspect. The large scale set up, however requires a lot more equipments and things needed to make the business successful and fully complete. Capital is a determinant factor for determining the size of the business. Either way, the business is profitable and regardless of which one you decide to start, you can still make your profit.
One of the main advantages of starting the business is that the services provided by the cybercafe are generally things people do on a regular basis. If you’re well situated in an area where the services are really needed, then you’re sure to make sales regularly. Also, the capital needed for the business is a fair amount of money and it is what will be used to get the gadgets and other things in the business. Like I’ve mentioned, the amount of capital available determines which one you can decide to stick with.
The services provided by the cybercafe are numerous and all have a good demand. You can decide to pick as many services you can offer if you want. There’s totally no problem in that and it’s something that is possible if you’re prepared for the work ahead and you’re also committed to the business you want to engage in.
Starting the business is not an entirely difficult thing to do. Once the capital is ready, the gadgets can be gotten and then the business fully started. You don’t necessarily need any special kind of training for this business. It can be generally be started by anyone with knowledge of computers and other gadgets to be used. In cases where individuals don’t know how to operate the gadgets, it’s pretty easy and something they can learn in a really short time. The internet is available for such research if you can’t get someone to put you through.
In the next sub heads, I’ll be discussing the steps involved in starting up a cybercafe business in Nigeria and some things that can prove useful during the course of running the business and also to ensure you’re successful and you make your profit.
No matter what you’ve heard someone saying about a business and how well success is assured or how lucrative it would turn out, always try to do your own research. The research will not cost anything except your time and that time will prove to be well spent when the business starts and the successes starts coming in. It is important to do a thorough investigation about the business since you’re going to be investing your money into it and you’ve never been involved in the business. Some hours of research won’t hurt.
The research is always meant to give you an idea of what to expect and the challenges ahead to be faced. It teaches future entrepreneur how the business works and what success means. It shows the risks involved and the ways to tackle them. It also gives ideas on how to sustain the business and work towards more success. Imagine missing out on any of the mentioned points, it’s more like being less equipped about something especially something you plan to spend money on.
There are experts in the business, of course, so also look to advise from these individuals as they are most likely the best bet for reliable information on the business. Take note of even the smallest things during the research period and pay close attention to how to stay and survive in the business. The research is as important as anything in the business.
2. WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN
A business plan needs no introduction. It is equally as important as some of the other processes or things involved in the business. After a comprehensive and thorough research has been conducted, entrepreneurs must now put all their ideas into paper after, of course, deciding to start the business. The business plan will cover things like the way you plan to operate, the cost of several things, how you plan to market your business, future projections and also contingency plans.
The business plan serves a number of purposes. In cases where individuals might need to get investors or even get a loan, it will prove useful as it will contain all that needs to be known concerning the business. It is also going to serve as a point of reference for the proposed business.
3. CAPITAL AND LOCATION
Capital is very important to any business. The capital is what will be used to get all the things needed for the business including the cost of registering the business. It also determines the size of the business which ultimately has an effect on the location to be used for the business. The space or shop needed for a large scale business will definitely be bigger than that of a small scale set up. Ensure you get a low budget place and make sure the place is not close to competitors. Also, locate the business in a place close to where the services are needed. Schools are an example of places where the business will be really lucrative.
4. GETTING THE EQUIPMENTS
For a small scale business, you might need as little as just a laptop or computer system together with other devices you’ll need. For a large scale set up, you’ll definitely need several of these devices. Some of the devices needed in a cybercafe are laptops, printers, scanners, and photocopy machine.
The use of banners is one of the best ways to advertise the business. Asides that, word of mouth and referrals also play a major role in getting new customers. You can also use social media to connect with your customers and ensure they come again.
The cybercafe business is a business that is really popular and profitable in the country. It doesn’t really require too much and no special training is needed. The business can fetch entrepreneurs who practice the business with high amounts of profit if set up well