If you have been wondering how to start an internet cafe business in your country, then this article will be of great help to you. I,m going to show you how to open a cyber cafe.
In this article, you are going to learn about……
- How To Start Your Own Internet Cafe Business
- How To Run An Internet Cafe Business successfully.
- How To Improve your Cyber Cafe Business (Internet Cafe Business Ideas or Tips).
- How to write an Internet Cafe Business Proposal (small internet cafe business plan) or a Cyber Cafe Project Report For bank loan.
- How To Start An Internet Service Provider Business
But before we start discussing about the 6 main topics mentioned above, , let,s first of all quickly define an internet cafe, so that the objective of this article can be very clear. Maybe you arrived at this website after typing the keyword; “how to start a cafe business” in to the Google search engine or an Irrelevant keyword.
first things first! what is cyber cafe (what is an internet cafe)?
A Cyber Cafe (also known as an Internet Cafe or Net Cafe) is a business place that has 4 or more computers connected to the internet; where people who want to access the internet can pay to get access to the Internet using those computers.
Internet access is often offered (sold) to the internet cafe customers per time.Most internet cafe charges their clients per minute, hour for the usage of the internet cafe computers. All internet cafe have a price list which enables the internet cafe customers to check the cost of the services offered in a particular Internet cafe.
Services offered at an Internet cafe.
The customers of Internet cafe are mostly people who want to check their emails, print documents, chat online, play online and offline games. Although most mordern Internet cafes now offers a wide range of products and services relevant to their clients, it should be noted that, Internet service, game and printing service are the 3 popular services offered in most internet cafes around the world.
In this article you are going to learn how to set up an internet shop. Ok let,s get down to business.
What you need to do before starting your own internet cafe (Procedures to open a new cyber cafe)
1. Feasibility study of an internet cafe business in your country or city.
The first thing you will need to do before you even think about buying equipments, furnitures and other requirements for your internet cafe business is Feasilibility study.
For those of you who are hearing about the term feasibility study for the first time, feasibility study is a research that is carried out on a business plan or idea to determine whether a particular business idea will be successful in a particular country or city (provided that you have the essential skills and attitude to successfully run the business).In otherwords feasibility study is carried out to determine the viability of any business idea.
Feasibility study of an internet cafe business is therefore a research carried out to determine whether an internet cafe business (your business idea) will be successful in a particular place (provided you have the essential skills and attitude to run an internet cafe business).
Feasibility study is the first step of every successful business. Every wise entrepreneur will never bypass this step. Feasibility study will enable you to determine if your business idea or plan will fail or succeed. Determining early that a particular business idea or plan will not work for you, saves time, money and heartache later.
Feasibility study will help you to easiliy answer the question that often scare most entrepreneurs which is “will this business idea succeed?”. No business idea or plan is universally feasible. So its very essential that you carry out a feasibility study on any business idea in the area you wish to set up your business before investing your hard earned money.
Example of feasibility study of Internet Cafe
How to carry out feasibility study on an Internet cafe business.
In order to effectively and efficiently carry out feasibility study for an internet cafe business in your country, you should try to get answers to the following questions.
Are there ,many Cyber Cafes in this place (the area you wish to set up your internet cafe business)?.
If there are many cyber cafes in the area, its a sign that, the demand for internet cafe services in that area must be high. But if there,s non, it’s either because internet cafe business is not successful in that area or because there,s not enough demand for internet cafe services in the area. Internet cafe is one of the most successful business in any country and so if there,s no Cyber cafe in an area that you think they aught to be, then there,s something wrong. Until you find out what is wrong, do not set up an internet cafe business in that area. Its funny that when most people are looking for a location to set up their businesses they tend to look for areas with no similar business without bothering to find out why there,s no similar business in the area. After 6 months they learn the hard way (after their business has collapse) that their line of business is,nt viable in a particular country or city.
What kind of services do most internet cafe customers want.
– Most internet cafe customers want high speed internet.
– They want internet cafes with printing service
– They want internet cafe’s that offers game service.
Find out more……..
Ok after you have successfully carried out a feasibility study on an internet cafe business in your country (or the city that you wish to set up your internet cafe business) and you are fully convinced that your business idea (internet cafe business) will be successful in the city, the next thing that you will need to, do is to find a suitable location to set up your internet cafe.
The findings of feasibility studies conducted on internet cafe locations reveal that the best locations for setting up an internet cafe business include;
- Locations closer to academic institutions (especially universities/colleges) and
- Student residential areas.
- Locations where other internet cafe’s are already located.
However any location can be a good location in a city where the demand for internet cafe service is very high.
Other things you need to find out or questions you will need to answer before you start buying equipments and furnitures for your internet cafe include…
- Who are the internet Cafe customers?.
If you know who your target customers are, you will be able to offer services that are highly relevant to your customers.
- Where are most internet cafe located in your city (the city you wish to set up your internet cafe business).
- Find out the problems faced by internet cafes in your country and try to see if you can provide solutions to the problems.
2. Financial Feasibility Study For Internet Cyber Cafe Businesss in Your Country.
Financial feasibility study for an internet cafe business (any business idea) is a research that,s carried out to determine whether the available or the extimated capital (budget) set aside for a particular business or the requested loan or funding for a particular cyber cafe project will be enough to successfully start and run the internet cafe business.
In order to come up with a realistic internet cafe business capital , you must carry out a financial feasibility study. One of the reasons why most people failed to get funding for their business proposal for internet cafe (or any business proposal) is because the amount of requested funds for their cyber cafe project (business proposal) was very unrealistic. Most project funders will always carry out a financial feasibility study of any business plan presented to them before they can fund a project. If the requested fund for a particular project is unrealistic, then the project won,t be realised and therefore doesn,t worth funding.
In order to effectively and efficiently carry out a financial feasibility study for an internet cafe business in your country so as to determine the right internet cafe setup cost , you should try to get answers to the following questions.
- What do i need to start an internet cafe?
what equipment is needed for internet cafe.
You need to find out the price of the equipments (computers or laps for internet cafe ), accessories and network equipments needed to set up an internet cafe business. When we get to the internet cafe requirements section, you are going to get a complete list of essential internet cafe equipments and their various prices in Amazon.com (the virtual world market).
Cyber Cafe Licence Price (Cyber Cafe Registration Cost)
Apart from the prices of internet cafe equipments and furnitures, you will also need to find out the licence price as well as the yearly tax cost of an internet cafe business in your country. To know how to get a cyber cafe licence and how much it will cost you to get a cyber cafe licence, you will need to go to the ministry incharge of enterprises (small scale enterprises) in your country and find out.
You will also need to determine how large your internet cafe business will be so as estimate the size or the number of rooms needed to accomodate your business and the cost of a 6 – 1 year rent of a comfortable room. A large room ( 2 or more rooms) will cost more money than a smaller room. The location of a room will also influemce the rent of a room i.e. a room situated in a strategic location will obviously cost more money (irrespective of its size). Most landlords will ask for 6-12 months payment of rents in advance for most businesses.
Listen carefully! when starting your internet cafe business,its adviceable that you start small. Start with just 8 computers and rent a single room in a location where rents are moderate. After 1 year of running your internet cafe business and you are fully convinced that an internet cafe business is truely a profitable business in your country or city, then you can expand your internet cafe business or even apply for funding to start an internet service provider business. In the cyber cafe project report for bank loan section of this article you are going to learn how to write an internet cafe business proposal in order to get funds to improve (expand) your cyber cafe business.
Omg! i almost forgot this highly relevant info. Also make sure that the internet cafe bath is clean and classy.
The cost of internet connection for your cyber cafe.
Determine the type of internet connection you will need for your cyber cafe and find out its subcription and set up cost. You can either choose to use a wireless connection (WIFI hOtspot connection) or a wired network connection (LAN ). The WIFI connection is more economical and cheapre to set up than the LAN (cable network).
If you prefer the LAN connection, then you should find out the cost of setting up an internet cafe network and the networking hardwares and accessories needed to connect your cyber cafe computers. To be precise, you will need hire a network professional to set up the internet and also buy highly essential network hardwares like a router, 12 port switch(hub), RJ45 networking cables and other network equipments recommended by the network expert you are going to hire to set up the LAN connection.
If you prefer to use a WIFI connection for your internet cafe, then you will need to buy a wireless access point ( a hotspot device) from one of the network companies in your country. You should also make sure that you buy computers or laptops that are WIFI-enabled or else you will need to buy wireless network cards for the client computers. Like i told you before, WIFI internet connections are very easy and cheaper to set up. So you won,t need to hire any network professsional to set up your internet connection or buy any networking hardwares. You can do it yourself!.
It’s should be noted that its possible to have both types of connection (i.e. a LAN and a WIFI connection) in your internet cafe. Most mordern Routers now have the access points capability which makes it possible for the LAN Internet cafe to also sell internet access to clients with a WIFI-enabled device.
Important point to note
Most network companies often offer their LAN connection in packages which include the business package (suitable for internet cafe), the office package (suitable for offices) and the home package (suitable for homes). The business package often offers the highest speed internet and is therefore the best internet connection for internet cafe.
Like i told you before, the primary selling point of a cyber cafe is it’s connection speed. The faster your internet, the more clients you will get and your internet customers won,t curse you or ever quarel with you. Infact your cyber cafe customers will voluntarily become your marketers and promote your cyber cafe by word of mouth.
So no matter the cost of the internet cafe business package, try to subcribe to it for the good of your internet cafe business.
Internet Cafe Management Software Cost.
You will also need to buy an internet cafe management software. A cyber cafe management software, is the timing software for internet cafe. Simply put, it’s the software that you are going to use to generate the unique time codes that will be used by your internet cafe customers to gain access to the internet using the internet cafe computers.
An internet cafe management software is often installed on the internet cafe server computer (the computer used by the cyber cafe operator) and on the client computers (the computers used by internet cafe customers). The internet cafe management softwares has two interfaces which include the server side interface and the client side interface. The server side interface is accessible only to the cyber cafe operator; which makes it possible for the internet cafe operator to generate unique time codes that can be used by customers. The client side interface is accessible to the internet cafe clients and enables the internet cafe clients to gain access to the internet using the unique time codes generated by the internet cafe server.
I know there are lots of free internet cafe management softwares that you can easily download but many of those free internet cafe billing softwares are not as efficient and user friendly like the paid ones. An internet cafe management software needs to be very user friendly especially to your clients. You don,t want almost every customer to ask for help whenever they want to gain access to the internet. Get the best internet cafe software and safe yourself from that stress. If the recommended software doesn,t suit your needs, just simply type “internet cafe software reviews” in to the Google search bar and choose a cyber software that suits your need.
However if you have programming skills then you don’t need to buy an internet cafe management software. You just need to download a free open source internet cafe software and redesign it to suit your need. Remember! your choice of internet cafe software timer must be very user friendly.
If you planning to set up a hotspot cyber cafe (use a WIFI connection for your internet cafe), then you will need a wifi internet cafe software. Just like a LAN internet cafe management software, a wifi cyber cafe software will generate time codes that your internet cafe customers will use to gain access to the internet using the WIFI-enabled computers in your internet cafe.
One of the advantages that a hotspot cyber cafe has over a LAN internet cafe, is the fact that it makes it possible for you to offer internet access to smartphone owners. Nowadays almost every smartphone is WIFI-enabled and there are internet cafe apps that you can install on the smartphones of your clients that will enable you to also sell internet access to them and make more money.
Internet Cafe Interior design (cyber cafe decoration) cost
After renting a comfortable room to set up your internet cafe business, you will also need to hire an experienced interior designer to design the interior of the room and to also create your net cafe furnitures. In case you don,t know, you will also need internet cafe tables(desks), internet cafe chairs, cabins and other essential furnitures.
Those Internet cafe furnitures (especially your internet cafe tables and chairs) needs to be ergonomically designed by an experience interior designer so that your cyber cafe customers can browse for long without experiencing any neck or back pain. It should be noted that not all internet cafe clients leave a cyber cafe because they are through with what they came to do. Many leave due to back or neck pains. Most tables and chairs in many cybers were not ergonomically designed. The health safety of your Internet cafe customers needs to be taken in to consideration. These are little things that will give your internet cafe an upperhand over that of your competitors.
To get lots of internet cafe design ideas so as to determine the best internet cafe furniture design and layout for your internet cafe in order to tell your internet cafe interior designer exactly what you want, just simply do a google search. Type “internet cafe pictures“ in to the Google search bar and click on the Google images link. You will see various internet cafe setup designs as well as furniture designs.There are also many cyber cafe videos on YouTube.
If majority of the internet cafe customers in your city are worried about privacy, then you will also need to design internet cafe cabins so that your internet cafe customers can comfortatably browse without being worried about other customers looking at what they are doing (prevent shoulder surfing).
Ok after you have find out the cost of the requirements above, you will now be able to determine the right capital needed to set up your internet cafe business.
3. Find out the average Take-Home Pay of an internet cafe business in your country.
After you have successfully carried out a financial feasibility study of an internet cafe business and determine the right capital needed to set up your internet cafe business, you will also need to find out the take home pay of a cyber cafe business.
To know the average take home pay of an internet cafe business in your area, you will need to find out the yearly tax cost and the cost of running an internet cafe business in your country and then substract both expenditure from the estimated internet cafe business profit. What you are left with, will be your Take Home pay. If you are satisfied with the take home pay, you are free to invest your money in a cyber cafe business but if you are not satisfied, it will be adviceable that you invest your money in another business.
Why is it necessary that you find out the take home pay of an internet cafe business?. There are certain countries where the demand for internet service is very high but due to the hostile tax system, the cyber cafe operators are unable to survive (make a satisfactory profit and so they end up closing the business). You may go a cyber cafe and see lots of customers coming in and think that the internet cafe operator must be making alot of money but if you ask the cyber cafe owner how much is his take home pay, you may hear a very rediculous amount. Where has all his profit gone to? tax. Infact most internet cafe operators have quit the business not because the demand for internet cafe service is low but due to very high tax. I,m not telling you all this things to discourage you. I just want you to look before you leap.
4. Self evaluation
The last thing you will need to do before you start purchasing the equipments and furnitures needed for your internet cyber cafe is, self evaluation. Ask yourself this question; do i have the skills and attitudes necessary to run an internet cafe business?.Its very easy to look at the profit that a person is making from a particular business and fall into the temptation of starting a similar business without self evaluation. If you don,t know how to run a cyber cafe business and don,t have any plan to learn how to run a successful internet cafe or hire somebody with the required skills and attitude to run your internet cafe business, you will surely fail.
To successfully run an Internet cafe business, you will need the following skills and attitudes.
- Good Communication skill.
- Ability to easily establish a rapport
If you intend to hire somebody to run your internet cafe business, use the above mentioned skills and attitude as your internet cafe job description. Its preferable that you hire a male than a female. Females very mischievous than males.
Internet Cafe Setup Requirements (internet cafe setup cost)
internet cafe equipment list
- Internet Cafe Computers
When shopping for internet cafe computers, make that sure you buy computers with following PC requirements.
Processor speed: Atleast 2 GHz
RAM: Atleast 2 GB
Hard Disk Space: Atleast 50 MB.
WIFI-enabled (If you intend to set up a hotspot cyber cafe)
To easily find laptops and PCs that meet the above requirements, check out Amazon’s list of frequently bought internet cafe computers and laptops.
If you intend to open an internet gaming cafe, these are the best game computers to set up your internet gaming cafe.
- Cyberpower PC.
- Alienware Aurora PC.
- Alienware MI8x laptop.
The 3 computers mentioned above, were specifically designed for the gamers.
However If you think the recommended computers are too expensive, you are free to build your own Gaming computers. You just need to buy high end graphic cards and processors.
In addition to the powerful gaming computers, you will also need the following items.
Internet Cafe Games
Essential Networking Hardwares
best router for internet cafe
How To Run An Internet Cafe Business successfully.
These are the things you need to do after setting up an internet cafe business in order to successfully run your internet cafe and achieve success without headache.
- Choose a very nice name for your internet cafe.
An internet cafe name is that little ingredient that contribute alot to the success of an internet cafe business yet it’s often neglected by most internet cafe operators. Most internet cafe business simply use the generic name “Internet cafe” or “Cyber Cafe” which makes their business not to stand out. Branding contributes alot to the success of any business. In addition to that, choosing a nice name for your cyber cafe, will enable your customers to easily remember and locate your cyber cafe. It
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