How start a computer business centre with cybercafé in Nigeria

Are you interested in starting a computer business centre with cybercafé in your locality? Do you want to know what it takes to open a computer business centre with or without internet café?

If you are actually passionate about business centre and you want to learn how to make money from this business?

Then below is an in-depth guide on how to start a successful computer business centre.

Computer business centre in Nigeria is open to offer several services such photocopying, secretary works, spiral binding and laminating of paper materials, instant passport photographing, typesetting, installation of systems, computer training, internet services (for computer business centre with cybercafé ), typing and printing project work, letters, correspondence, memoir etc, and other computer services.

The demand for computer services is high especially in tertiary institutions, offices and in different work areas. This business is one of the profitable medium scale businesses in Nigeria; the business can give a high profit margin when managed properly and run alongside with a cybercafé .

A cybercafé or internet café is a place where Internet access is provided to the general public, usually for a fee. This business usually provides snacks and drinks, hence the café in the name. The fee for using a computer is usually charged as a time-based rate, in minutes or hourly.

Most computer business centre runs computer services alongside with cybercafé for the purpose of maximizing profit and as well as providing a complete computer services package to their customers
Now, if you have actually decided to go into the business of providing computer services to clients, then below is everything you need to know about starting a computer business centre in your locality.
5 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Computer Business centre in your locality
1. There are a lot of niche market that one can target in computer services business
2. As a computer business owner, you will add to the development of your community and country at large, with respect to job creation.
3. You can work independently and offer your services to institutions, school , etc
4. It is one of those businesses that you can start small and then grow big.
5. The business is still a virgin business and it is yet to be exploited fully in this part of the world

How to start a computer business centre in your locality

Though, this article is targeted to a region (Nigeria) but computer services business is a profitable business that can be taken advantage of anywhere, respect of your country, state, town or locality in the world. The major differences will be cost of the startup of the business, your locality perceptions, and government policies of the region you are targeting.

  • Make a decision to start your own computer business centre in your own locality

To get started in computer service business, you need to first decide if this business is for you. As other businesses may require, computer services business need dedication and hard work; I advice you read the article “10 helpful tips in starting a successful computer business centre” to know what it takes to start a successful computer business centre.

  • Acquire all necessary skills, training and certification

Computer service business is a service oriented business and hence it needs skill, experience and expertise. It is important you understand want things are involved in running a profitable computer business centre.

A good way to start is to attend a computer training school especially if you going to run computer school alongside with your business center to acquire both basic and professional certificates in different computer applications and programs. I will suggest you read this; ‘top 10 computer applications and programs every computer business center owner should learn’
One advantage of acquiring this basic and professional knowledge is that tomorrow you need to open a computer training school in which you will be boss. Though, you may start off the business then hire instructors while you learn on the field. However, I will rather suggest you go get certified first.

If you are to grow the computer business centre to a high level then you need such a business initiatives and skills such as;
• self-management skill,
• financial independence and where need be, ability to Raise Funds to Start the computer business centre

• Appealing personal traits.
These personal appealing traits include; being patient, zealous, hard-working and ability to work under pressure.
• Creativity.
• Best use of personal skills.
• Confidence

  • Choose a business name for your computer business centre

Choose a business name for computer business centre and then register it. Consider starting your computer business centre as a registered company rather than as unregistered company. The reason why many businesses never go too far is because they fail the register their business name. I will suggest you register your business. For those of you in Nigeria who wish to register their company can register it now on CAC online business registration portal and if you are non-Nigerian, you inquire about the parastatals in charge of business name registration in your country.
Write a computer services business plan

Any business without a business plan is short-circuited. A business plan will serve as a blueprint for the business and its management. Having a business plan clearly helps you set your business mission, vision, goals and objectives; and also help keep you on business track. Even if you are starting computer service business as ‘one man business’, write a business plan for it because it can become an important tool tomorrow for the business expansion and outsourcing for fund. Banks can’t give loan without seeing your business plan. Again, to expand your computer business centre by attracting investors to invest in the business, you have to write a winning investor’s business plan.

If you are going to make money on this business then you need a good location. Of course, you should know that it best to site the computer business center near colleges, high institutions and work offices complex.

  • Create your price list

You can create your price list by checking out what other computer business centre collect for a particular service they render to their customers. As a new beginner in the business, the price for a particular service you offer may be a bit lower than what others collect for the same service to help you build a good customer base.

Get your computer business centre permits and operating license
As a new computer business centre service owner, certification is not enough to run the business; you will need to find out what license is required and acquire it immediately. Before you apply for a computer service centre license, you must meet the criteria that will qualify your permit. Unless you are thinking of starting ‘any how computer business centre’

Purchase the necessary computer business centre equipment and materials

The natures of equipment you will use depend on the size of your computer business centre.
• Photocopying machines
One of the major equipment you need is a Photocopy machines. There are those who are willing to sell their fairly used photocopying machine at a good price but I strongly advised you buy new ones. The reasons being that;
• It will last longer,
• it will save you the stress calling a technician always to repair broken machine
• Fairly used photocopy machine can be troublesome.
• The new one makes the photocopied works come out sharp and fast.
• there is manufacturer guarantee on the new machine, an added advantage

• Different paper size

You need different paper size such A4 paper, A5, Letter, portrait size, Envelop, Cabinet etc. This can either be bought as a rim or as a carton of five rims. Depending on the amount you have.
• Staplers and Pins
There is giant paper stapler and also regular sized stapling machine too. It is advisable that you get both as you will be having customers doing high and low volumes of work.
The other consumables you will need are spiral binding materials. These days, you do not need to use spiral binding machine depending on the volume of work you want to bind at once.

• Desktops and laptops
You need computers and Laptops. At a start, you begin with five desktops and one laptop. I recommend that you get a laptop computer instead of a desktop computer. If you cannot afford that, you can however go for a desktop computer.

The major advantage of laptop over a desktop is that it saves power. The battery of your laptop can serve you for few hours of fuel spent on powering desktop computer.

  • Different Color Printers

You customers may need to print their work. So, you need different color printers to print material from both internet and typed work for your clients

  • Internet café and Internet subscriptions (computer business centre with cybercafé)

You can attach a cybercafé to your business centre for customers who will like to access the web, print out from their inbox, download or upload material like photos, PDF, etc. To acquire internet access, you can buy modems from different telecommunication network and subscribe for their monthly internet data plan or you subscribe for monthly internet plan from good internet wireless connection (hotspot, wiFi etc) providers

List of Equipment and Materials you need to start a Computer Business centre
• Shop
• Computer set
• Printer
• Scanner
• Furniture
• Managers desk
• Server (internet)
• Router
• Networking Cables
• Inverter
• Air conditioner
• Generator
• Tv set
• Dstv / local antenna
• Staplers and Pins
• Papers
• Website
• Instant Passport Sized Photo
• Spiral Binding Machine
• Laminating Machine
• Paper cutter
• Standby generator

  • Decide on the number of Staff to employ

Computer business center is service oriented business which only one person can’t handle alone. So, you will definitely need helping hands.

Here are list of staff you can employ depending on your operation capital;
• Manager and computer instructor
• Secretary/Receptionist
• Computer operator
• Assistant Trainer
• Van driver
• Graphic designers
• Web designers and developers
• Computer engineer
• Data analyst
• Data Base Admin
Moreover, it is important that you train your employees so that they can provide the type of service you want and preserve brand image. In addition, you can also hire an accountant to keep your expenditures and revenue, invoices and mail report
A Full detailed Cost for Starting a Computer Business Centre

Tentative cost Start-up Summary
Total start-up expense (including professional fees, website, and related expenses) come to N700000.
Start-up Plan
Start-up Expenses
Temporary Help N20000
Stationery, etc. N15000
Building Improvements N15000
Telephone N5000
Standby Generator N58000
Photocopying machine N60000
Rent N80000
Professional Development N50000
5Computer Packages N240000
Spiral Binding machine N40000
1 Training Projector N100000
Transcription Machines N20000

8 Computer Tables N25000
6 Computer Chairs N4000
3 File Cabinets N5000

1 Desk N10000
Advertisements N25000
Laminating machine
Internet subscriptions, router & cables N12000

  • Profit Prospect Estimation

Some quick survey I did and questionnaire reveals that computer business center owners around UNZIK campus, Akwa Anambra, on the average make close to N20, 000 daily. I was shocked after the research.

A paper page typed work cost between N100 and N200. Some people will like to type close to 30 pages which amount between N3000 –N6000. This is done within one and half of the day.
As a beginner you might not make up to N20000 but you will likely make more than half of it

A projection of Annual Revenue and Profit of a Computer business centre with cyber café
• Revenue: $400,000 – $4 million
• Profit (Pre-tax) – $80,000 – $1 million

  • Advertisement of your computer business centre

7 ways to advertise your computer business centre
You can advertise your computer business centre through the use of;
1. Producing and sharing the company’s brochure
2. Designing and giving out the company’s business Cards to different office that may need your service in future
3. Sharing of company’s Flyers
4. Newsletters
5. Sending out Introductory Letters to public and private establishment
6. Promotional tote bags, etc.
7. Web Presence i.e. creating a website for the company.

4 major challenges in Starting a computer Business centre in Nigeria

  1. Paralytic electrical power supply

To stay profitable in this computer business centre, you should just assume that you are going to be running generators for a 24 hr basis, 365 days in a year.

Multiple taxes

Starting a private business in Nigeria is more like opening office for local councils and state govt. You just need to know what are the right taxes and the proper way to pay them so you will not be exploited by so called government officials

Sub-standard computer and computer products in market

There are a lot of fake and substandard products in the market and it won’t make business sense if you invest in such products that won’t last for the long for you. It would be better to buy brand new computers for a start and original ones rather than fake or cloned ones.

Software virus challenge
Many computer business center operators don’t know take care of their computers talk more of installing antivirus to the computer and they end up leaving their systems infected thereby reducing the efficiency this computers.

In summary, you can a computer business centre is profitable business anybody can do. You can start the business a small or medium scale business and then end up as a large scale business enterprise. However, you can as well crumble; it all depends on you. Follow the right path to the business and you will definitely succeed.
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53 thoughts on “How start a computer business centre with cybercafé in Nigeria”

    1. Start mini-computer business.
      Rent a space or store within the school compound through your SUG president if you are in the university.
      Buy one desktop to start with.
      Buy 3 in 1 photocopying machine- for photocopying, printing and scanning.

  1. Thank you for prompt reply. As you can see, am already encapsuled by your great and inspirational ideas.
    Can you do me a bankable feasibility Report with which I can source for a loan of 500k or at least attract investors attention amongst my friends?
    What is your cost for this Report?
    What are the basis equipment to start with as a modest small scale beginner?

  2. Your treatise on Business Centre/Cyber cafe is the best I have read in recent time. Its insightful as its educative. You a genius and never wanted to be paid before consulting. God bless you.
    As a beginner, how much do you think I can provide to start the business on low scale, hoping of course, to progress? Considering the rising costs of equipment and services?

  3. Thank you for the useful and helpful tips.
    It was really encouraging. Please,where can O get a router binding machine,paper cutter and laminating machines to buy ?and what are the likely price rangevfor new ones.
    2) what is the salary range to be paid for a computer analysis/manager in case I employ someone to manage the place for me? Thank you.
    Kindly reply me and through my e-mail. Thanks.

    1. There are many market you can buy all those Machine depending on your location. If you are in Lagos, you can buy those machine at cheap rate at Alaba International market. You can also buy them in computer village in Lagos.
      The salary range depends on the location of your business and qualification of your employee. If your employee is a graduate and your business is located in a city, then you can start at salary range of N35,000 and above. If your employee is not a graduate and your business is located in a city, you can start from a range of N20,000 and above.

  4. Emma pls I would love us to have a chat… There’s a big project on this cafe thing I need to discuss with u, thanks

  5. Mr. Emma i have my own problem is that i have a besiness center and i dont know to set time in computer e.g someone say a sure give him 30 minute or 1 hours and the time that rich a 30 minute or 1 hours. the system is not off himself then how can i do to this problem

  6. Emma Onwuka, Can You Talk About Internet Cafe Software To Use. Am Lost In The Topic Of Modems, Routers, Hotspot, Wifi, Broadband. Will Google Help Me On This Regard. Can I Have Your 11 Digits So I Can Talk To You Via Phone. I Know Unizik And A Couple Of Friends There.

    I Have Seen Some Other How To Start A Cafe Article But For Me To Comment Here Means You Made A Difference. Much Respect.

    1. Hello OKEY,
      I don’t understand want nature of Internet Cafe Software. Are you talking about Internet Cafe Software that will serve as Modems, Routers, Hotspot or Wifi.

  7. bros I learnt alote from ur article. but all I need from you now is to tell me where I can get best and reliable equipment to buy.also which of the product of photocopying machine you will advice one to buy. I am ready now. I have my funds now. thanks

  8. Emmanuel Onwuka, indeed you are a true consultant. I have a biz center its been operational since 2010. Everything you have said is true.
    I have a little challenge with location I have really gained from your write up.
    I want to ask apart from tax and other bills for advert etc. What are the operational license a biz centre need?

  9. Nice write up, really helped me….already owned a business centre bt d sales is a nightmare. Bt planning on taking it to a polytechnic maybe it can change for good.
    Any advice???

  10. Never thought I could find such an Article with Nigeria as a case study while I was busy making plans on my own. Kudos, You can as well start seminars it will add to you, I am thinking of how possible we online seminars can hold for some other people who might need this due to their time schedule.

  11. Thanks alot Bro, I really appreciate this article. I have passion for computer/internet since I was tender, now the passion isn’t stopping and I searched for “how to start up a cyber cafe/business center” and I found your page, thanks alot for the insight. Please can I mail you for some confidential online business questions?

  12. thanks for these great clue given to us. with this, a poor person can start up something no matter how litle the capital is. i really appreciate and there is hope for common man.

  13. Thank you for this article.
    I also want to go into the business and I hope you will be able to guide me right.
    Here are my few questions:1. Is online registration (waec, jamb and d likes) among what you do at your Business Centre? If yes, please what are the things one needs for that? Someone told me you have to register and buy one software from Waec first. Kindly confirm that.
    2. Which of the network provider did you subscribe to for internet?

    Waiting to read from you. Thank you.

    1. Hello Adeola,
      Yes, the person is correct! You have to register with each of the body.
      I don’t have special network…I use wireless network like Hospot, Wi-Fi, etc depending your location.

  14. Haven read very keenly about the computer business. I appreciate it better. Wanted to start one initially but funds were limited. Getting good clues from your article, how can I source funds from boinigeria or a small business bank to start up.

  15. Hey thanks for the info. Yes it’s long but informative and helpful. Please let’s talk more about this……kindly message me via email I provided .

  16. i want to start online data entry business along with xerox, cyber cafe, please tell me best location and how to promote or advertize new business?

    1. For the best location of your business; I suggest you read the 15 tips for finding the right location for business

      In terms of promotion or advertising of your new business; they are many ways to advertise your new business ranging from offline advertisement to online advertisement or promotion.
      Offline advertisement and promotion include things like;
      Tell people about your new business and watch how they will spread.
      Create and share fliers about your new business.
      Design and share your business card.
      Offer free services to certain number of your new customers.
      Designing and sharing of your business calendar.
      Invite people who will help spread your business to your business opening ceremony.

      Online advertisement and promotion include things like;
      Creating facebook page for your business
      Creating Google page for your business
      Advertising your business using Google Adwords advertising program
      Advertising your business using Facebook ads program
      Advertising your business on popular site like
      Guest post on authority site like

  17. I want to start a computer service business in my locality. The place I planned renting the shop is not close to a school or office, its just a residencial area what do you think?

    And also the 90 percent of youths which are the major target in this business this days have there own PC and very smart phones. What packages can I add to beat this challenge?

    1. At least, if you are the only one who is dealing on computer service business in that residential area then nothing stops you from making better figures. Too much competitions can kill the business in such a locality.
      90% of youths have PC and smart phones, but they don’t have printer, photocopying machine, Laminating machines, access to register students to some important exams. So, provide a complete computer business service with possibly computer training.

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