How start a computer business centre with cybercafé in Nigeria

Computer business centre with Cybercafe

With Nigeria economy tilting towards a recession due to falling oil prices, one needs to build reliable and multiple streams of income to cushion the effect when it comes. Starting different varieties of business is one sure way to build to multiple streams of income.

Computer business centre thrives very well in Nigeria in spite of its numerous challenges. So, it is a business worth venturing into. In this post, you will learn how to start computer business centre in Nigeria, requirements, projected profit and many more.

Business Centre with Internet café in Nigeria

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, letters, correspondence, memoir and other computer services.

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. So, the best way to maximize profit in business centre business is to operate it alongside with

Demand for Computer Business Centre in Nigeria

There is a high demand for computer services in Nigeria. With the high demand in computer services, the business centre has become a lucrative business. The business can give a high-profit margin run alongside with a cybercafé. There is a market for computer services and cybercafé in Schools and Tertiary institutions in Nigeria, different offices and other work areas.

There is a lot of niche market you can target in computer services business. You can work independently and offer your services to institutions and school. You can also start a computer training school while running a computer business centre.

It is one of those businesses that you can start small and then grow big. 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 Nigeria

Here are steps to start a computer business centre in Nigeria:

  1. Make a decision
  2. Acquire all necessary skills and certificates
  3. Choose A Business Name
  4. Consider Registering your business name
  5. Write a business plan
  6. Rent a good location or space
  7. Get all necessary permits and operating license
  8. Buy equipment and materials
  9. Create Your Price List
  10. Add Internet café
  11. Decide on number of Staff to employ
  12. Advertise your business

Let’s explore these steps of starting a computer business centre in detail…

Make a decision

To get started in a computer service business, you need to first decide if this business is for you. Computer business centre is meant for people who are dedication and hard working. If you feel you have all it takes to succeed in business centre business, then don’t hesitate to begin.

After going through these 10 helpful tips in starting a successful computer business centre, you should be able to decide if you will venture into computer business centre. ’

Acquire All Necessary Skills and Certificates

The computer service business is a service-oriented business and hence it needs skill, experience and expertise. It is important you understand that you need skills to run a profitable computer business centre.

A good way to start is to attend a computer training school to acquire skills and certificates. if you going to run a computer school alongside your business centre, you need both basic and professional certificates in different computer applications and programs. We have top 10 computer applications and programs every computer business centre owner should learn.

One advantage of acquiring this basic and professional knowledge is to enable you to open a computer training school which you will be boss. Though, you may start off the business by hiring a computer operator and computer instructors while you learn on the field. But I will rather suggest you go get certified first. If you are to grow the computer business centre to a high level, you can acquire other business initiatives and skills such as self-management skill and financial independence

Choose A Business Name

You need to choose an appealing business name for your computer business centre. When choosing a business name for business centre, make sure it is unique, easy to pronounce and remember.

You can choose a name that is related to computer services or even your real name. one thing you should know is that your business name is as good as your name. So, you have to choose wisely. You can consult experts or seek help if you think you can’t come up with something good.

Consider Registering your business name

If you have the capital, consider registering your business name. Starting your computer business centre as a registered company rather than as unregistered company is far rewarding. The reason why many businesses never go too far is that they fail the register their business name.

For those who are in Nigeria,  you can register your business 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. Every country has its own parastatals who are do business name registration in this regard.

Write a business plan

Any business without a business plan is short-circuited. The business plan will serve as a blueprint for your 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 the business track.

Even if you are starting a computer business centre as ‘one-man business’ you can still write a business plan for it because it is an important tool for your business expansion. You need a business plan to help you outsource for fund

. Banks can’t give loan without seeing your business plan.  Investors will also demand your business plan before they put their money into your business. Even some relatives will like to see your plan before they give you money for a business. Writing a computer business centre plan is not a big deal, you can easily learn how to write a business plan that wins investors.

Rent a good location or space

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

You can also locate your business within residential areas. Your target is those coming out of their homes to do one or two internet or computer services. Sometimes, locating your business within a dense residential area pays more than locating within schools. Well, it is left for you to decide which location best suit you.

Get all necessary permits and operating license

As a new computer business centre service owner, getting certification is not enough to run the business. You will need to find out what license is required and acquire it immediately. If you fail to get all necessary permits and operating license, it means you’re are calling the government’s unnecessary embarrassment and harassment.

These people (the government) are mean and heartless as regard to this.  They can confiscate your business when you fail to comply with them. So, you have to comply with the government body in charge of business in your locality.  Meanwhile, before you apply for a business permit, ensure you meet the criteria that will qualify you for the permit to avoid being turned down. Unless you are thinking of starting an ‘anyhow computer business centre’

Buy equipment and materials

The natures of equipment you buy depend on the size of your computer business centre. If you starting small (mini-computer business centre), you don’t need heavy machines and equipment. Just 3 in 1 photocopying machine, desktop or laptop, a generator set, 2 tables and desks can go a long way for you in this business.

If you going into medium or large-scale business centre Some of the equipment and materials that you will buy when your business centre is in medium or large scale include;

  • 2 – 4 Photocopier

A photocopier is one of the major equipment you will need. When buying a photocopier, there are those who are willing to sell their fairly used photocopying machine at a good price. But I strongly advise you to buy a new photocopier. The reasons being that It will last longer and save you the stress of calling a technician often to repair broken machine. Fairly used photocopy machine can be troublesome. The new one makes the photocopying work sharp and fast. There is also a manufacturer warranty on a new machine which an added advantage

  • Printers

You need to buy a printer that is already in circulation so that if it develops a fault, you can easily get a technician who repairs it.

  • Scanner

Getting a new scanner is always the best.

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

  • Different Color Printers

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

  • 0 – 7.5 KVA Generator Set

You need a high KVA generator plant since you will be powering high energy machine.

  • Tables and Chairs

You need sets of tables and chairs. The size of your computer business centre will determine the number of seats and table you will buy.

Summary of the list of equipment and materials

The summary of the list of equipment for computer business centre is as follows:

  • Computer set
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Furniture
  • Managers desk
  • Server (internet)
  • Router
  • Networking Cables
  • Inverter
  • Air conditioner
  • Generator Sets
  • TV Set
  • DSTV / local antenna
  • Staplers and Pins
  • Cartons Papers (A4, A3, A5 and foolscap paper sheets)
  • Envelops (different sizes)
  • CDs
  • Website
  • Instant Passport Sized Photo machine
  • Spiral Binding Machine
  • Laminating Machine
  • Paper cutter
  • Standby generator

For the price of this equipment and materials, we have full detailed cost for Starting a Computer Business Centre.

Create Your Price List

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

As a computer business owner in Nigeria, we have created a Business centre price list of all our computer services to clients to make things easier for you. It is a good way to fix prices for all your computer services. You can adjust the price of any of these services to suit you.

Add Internet café

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 and many more. Internet services should be available at all times.

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 and wiFi ) providers

Decide on number of Staff to employ

Computer business centre is a service-oriented business which only one person can’t handle alone. So, you will definitely need helping hands. Especially when you’re venturing into large scale business centre

Depending on the nature of computer services you will be rending to customers and your capital, the list of staff you can employ include;

  • Manager and computer instructor
  • Secretary/Receptionist
  • Computer operator
  • Assistant Trainer
  • Van driver
  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Computer engineer
  • Data analyst
  • Accountant
  • DataBase Admin

Moreover, it is important that you train your employees so that they can provide the type of service you want and preserve your brand image.

The first step is to advertise computer business centre. There are so many ways you can advertise your computer business centre. They include producing and sharing the company’s brochure, designing and giving out the company’s business cards to a different office that may need your service in future, sharing of company’s Flyers, creating a web presence and many more.

Profit Prospect Estimation

Some quick survey I did and questionnaire reveals that computer business centre 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 cybercafé
• Revenue: $400,000 – $4 million
• Profit (Pre-tax) – $80,000 – $1 million

Conclusion

Computer business centre is a profitable business anybody can do. You can start the business in a small-scale and then grow the business into a large-scale business enterprise. But, the business can as well crumble if not properly manage. Study the challenges and ways to promote computer business centre before starting. If you follow the steps above you can start a computer centre, you will not regret in future.

Have an appealing personal trait, be creative and confidence you will make it in this business.

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

 


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61 thoughts on “How start a computer business centre with cybercafé in Nigeria”

  1. You are wonderfully made to help peopl out. Very educative and helpful. Sir Emma, like which government agency is responsible for business registration and what should i registration for? Secondly, is there any problem if i attached “school” as a name to my business name? Thank you and God bless you.

    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.

  2. 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?
    Rgds

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Sikiru Abdulazeez

    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

  9. 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?
    Thanks

  10. 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???

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 .
    Thanks!

  17. 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 http://www.naijaonlinebiz.com
      Guest post on authority site like http://www.naijaonlinebiz.com

  18. 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.

      1. Very educative and helpful. Sir Emma, what are the registrations one need to do before starting a computer printing business?

          1. To be more professional, you can register your business with CAC Nigeria. Other payments you need to make are local government payment, business premise, and other utility bills

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