Is Cyber Cafe still a viable business in Nigeria?
The answer to this question is an emphatic “YES”. Internet cafe is and will always remain a good business to venture into in this century. Here are my reasons. It is true that the advent of smart phones has made some negative impact on the cafe business but it not totally eliminated it. Yeah, we can now browse the internet at cheaper rates from our mobile devices but that’s just about all we can do. We cannot scan, print, photo copy or take standardized photos with our devices. Now let us take a look at the services that are offered in cyber cafes that still makes them relevant in Nigeria today. They include but are not restricted to the following:
- Photocopy services
- Scanning services
- Printing services
- Graphic services
- Typing services
- Other computer services (e.g. online job applications, online visa applications, etc.)
These are computer services you cannot typically do from the four walls of your home. Even if you have a printer at home, you possibly cannot print out and photocopy a 500 paged document without having to refill your printing ink time and time again. And this will cost you more at the long run. However, if you succeed in printing out your documents, you will need to bind them, scan or laminate some of them. Another task you cannot do at home.
Until now, running a cyber cafe has been a huge capital intensive business. You’ll need to invest in heavy broadband, buy huge infrastructure like V-Sat, do computer networking, and server administration; before you’d talk of paying for the bandwidth which runs into tens of thousands of Naira. At the end, what you’ll get will be nothing more than epileptic services.
Now is the time to be in business of your own, that’s what we are trying to achieve on this website, to help as many Nigerians as possible to start a business of their own. This mini cyber cafe is one viable business any serious person must think about seriously. If you’re ready to get started, here are steps you’ll need to take to start your cafe business.
STEPS IN RUNNING A CYBER CAFÉ IN NIGERIA
Run a Feasibility Study and Write a Business Plan – Before you start any business, it is important to carry out a detailed feasibility study to ensure that you understand the turf, how best to run the business as well as how not to run the business. It will also help you understand what others that have gone ahead of you have done, how they run their business, what you need to do to be different and better their services. The feasibility study also helps you know an overall total of how much capital you will need to raise, the best place to site your business and the mechanisms to set in place to ensure maximum service provision as well as maximal profit. Your feasibility study helps you write your business plan which helps you as a guide to running your business. The business plan also serves as a statement of your business to anyone who seeks to invest in your business.
Rent a Shop – The next step is getting a shop that will house your café. It is best to site the shop in a business oriented area as cyber cafés are most needed in business concentrated areas. That does not mean you may not site it in a residential area. Presently, a shop goes for between #2,000 and #4,000 on the average throughout the country; this price could be more depending on the standard of living of the area you pick to site your cyber café.
Furnish Your Shop – After acquiring the shop, the next step is making the shop customer friendly by putting in the necessary furnishings. Some of the items you can get include:
- Tables and chairs. You can get plastic products which are quite cheaper or for the sake of class and comfortability, go for more classic furniture.
- Air conditioning units. You might not get new ones if you do not have the capacity to. You can settle for a fairly used unit but make sure the number of units purchased are enough to keep the environment cool enough both for your customers and also your systems.
- Generating set. Due to epileptic nature of our power supply at times, it is wise to get a generating set that can comfortably carry all the equipment in your shop that will serve as a substitute source of power in the event of an outage.
Source for Client Personal Computers – The client personal computers are the computers your clients will use in gaining access to the internet. For optimal performance, it is best the computers meet up the following requirements:
- Processors that are either Celeron (this is the least you can use), dual core, quad core, core i3, core i5 or core i7.
- Hard drives of at least 320 GB.
- RAM of at least 2 GB. This is important for the speed of the systems. It can be really frustrating to use a computer system that is very slow or that takes seconds to carry out action that is inputted.
- Working USB drives.
- A network card of 100Mbps minimum.
- A monitor of at least 15”. It is best to use flat screen monitors.
- Standard English keyboard (for user friendliness).
For your café to be standard and offer satisfactory services, it is best you add the following hardware:
- Multimedia speakers/headphones
- UPS units.
- USB cables.
Source For a Server Computer System – Your server computer system should be equipped with the same or even more hardware than the client computers. It should however be equipped with the following software:
- Basic operating system, windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.
- Microsoft office packages.
- Pdf reader
- Internet café management software
- Browsers such as Mozilla, chrome, uc, etc.
- Quicktime, etc.
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