Saturday, June 23, 2012

THE PREPARATION

No Pain. No Gain.

Oct. 12, 2010.  With the growth of the online industry and the influence of the internet in our daily lives, a lot of people are in need to be connected.

So I choose to open the Net Cafe Business.  For me this is the easiest way to earn money, for it is the most used technology nowadays.



Mind you it's no joke.  Business is always a business and it's serious.  

For those of you wanted to have like this kind of business here is a guide that would help you.

HOW TO START YOUR OWN INTERNET CAFE BUSINESS:  


  • Budget – An internet cafe with around 20 seats will push you back P700 to P1M in capital. Of course, the more seats, the more money you will need. If you don’t have the cash, you can find partners to pool in money. I believe that the optimum number of partners for this project will be 4. Expect an ROI (Return of Investment) of 1 to 2 years. Also, I would suggest against forming a business with your close friends. The chances of ruining your friendship are high. Just note that.
  • Location – Aside from the moolah, location is one of the KEY FACTORS FOR SUCCESS. Keywords to look for when scouting; near a school, heavy foot traffic, not too many competitors in the area. You should try to look for a place that’s easy to spot (from the customer's perspective, ok?). A good monthly rental is P15,000 to P25,000 a month, more than that and you’ll have to work double time for the return.
  • Hardware – Try to budget P25,000 to P35,000 per PC. Remember, I always tell potential entrepreneurs to “invest for the future”. Do not scrimp out on memory, processing power or video cards. The logic here is that a) okay, so you save a few bucks but your computers will be trashed in less than a year and b) you should have a faster PC than your competitors – it’s your “edge”. And hey, if you can get LCD monitors for all computers, do so! The cost savings on electricity will more than pay for itself.
  • Connection – again, a faster and decent connection in your cafe will be a key selling point. Don’t worry too much about marketing, if you have the best computers and the fastest connection in your area, Sherwood-OF-MOUTH will drive customers through YOUR door. It’s a fact. So try to get the best kbps package that you can afford. Also, if you have the money, you can always get another as a back-up in case your primary connection goes down.
  • Set-up – if you’re a techie, you can probably do the wiring and the setup of the routers and switches yourself. But if you can’t, there are professionals who can do it for you. If you can’t find one in your province or city, grab a copy of Buy&Sell or discreetly ask the tech guy at the PC shop where you bought your hardware if he can do a little moonlighting for your new shop.
  • Software – if you plan to start small, you don’t have to pay to install MMORPGs. The installers are free. Just tell me if you need it delivered to your new shop and I’ll get the Sales boys on it right away. For office applications, openoffice is free and mimics Micro$oft. For a good, free billing solution, try handycafe or Cafe Manila (I used cafe Manila)   
  • Other services – Food is always a good extra source of income. Check out my post on Gamer Food 101and you’ll see what gamers need and want. Printing, Fax and Xerox (photocopying) are other good sources of supplementary revenue.
  • Staff – If you’ve formed a partnership, take turns with your partners manning the shop. Just make a schedule. If you’re going to hire someone, hire someone you can trust. You have to set “check and balance” systems (such as an advance billing system) to avoid fraud and theft. It may be tempting to hire an avid gamer to staff your shop but if he has friends and he lets them play for free… you know what that will bring you. Speaking of free play, tell your all your friends that you can’t allow them to play for free. It IS a business after all. But tell them you can give them a discount. If they really are your friends, they’ll understand.
Link from gmtristan

My NetCafe


Did You Know?
The concept and name, Cybercafé, was invented at the beginning of 1994 
by Ivan Pope. Having a duty to organize an Internet event for an arts weekend 
at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, Pope wrote a special 
proposal giving the idea of a café with Internet access from the tables.
Cafe `Cyberia` started Internet cafe history. It was opened in London 
on September 1st, 1994. The founder of the first Internet cafe, Eva Pascoe, 
was working on her PhD at the time when she got the idea to connect sipping 
coffee at one of coffee shops near the City University of London and web surfing.







23 comments:

  1. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Thank you for supplying these details.
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  2. Goodluck to your online business I hope it grows and multiply

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    1. Thanks Sir Orly. I am in my 2 years in this business, by next year I am planning to have my expansion. Blessings and more blessings to come. :)

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  3. Wow! This is a good business if you're at the right location where people see your establishment. Good luck for your expansion. May it bring more prosperity...

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    1. Thanks Sir Robi...my location is not far away from my fathers' school. Very accessible and very convenient place. I don't rent, I have my own place near to our house.

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  4. Goodluck and more blessings to come. :-) Wow, 2 years in business is good enough to expand.. :-)

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  5. I always wanted to have my own business too. Congratulations to you. Hope to have mine too, soon!

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  6. Congratulations for your business! thanks for your guidelines when putting up a business like this.. :)

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  7. So this is how cumbersome to start an internet cafe business? Wow, this is actually my dream business

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    1. Not that difficult if you have the expert people to help you and guide you all the way from preparation to the technical support if something went wrong.

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  8. Having an internet shop is one of the taxing business, there is. One should really look into his/her returns first before finally making an investment with this business.

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  9. wow, congratulations to your new business. i wish to have a business like that someday in Philippines. :)

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  10. You offer very important tips here for people interested in opening a business like yours.

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  11. Thanks for this Ms. Raine. Me and my friend are planning to put up a copy & printing shop sa tapat ng school namin, and she also wants to have a few PCs for rental. This article is helpful :)

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    1. Much better Dems if you add it with school supplies. Yun kc ang target namin for expansion.

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  12. I agree. One of the keys of a successful Internet cafe is location, location, location. With more and more people now carrying laptops and places offering free WiFi access, you'll really need to put it in a location where using this will be more convenient. Good luck to your business!

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    1. Thanks Ms. Adeline. Location is first on the list.

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  13. may God bless your business! sometimes all it needs is diligence, good monitoring and honest staff.

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