If you're pondering over how to start an internet cafe, the most crucial decision you have to make is which business model to adopt. There are numerous choices. The first one is the most conservative model wherein you provide only internet access. Another option is to serve tea, coffee and snacks along with internet connectivity.
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How to Start an Internet Cafe

The internet cafe business is relatively new and can be traced back to about 14 years following the launch of the internet. Initially, people used to queue up outside internet cafes to surf the net. However, diminishing broadband charges have lead to people preferring to access the internet from home. The real challenge of a cyber cafe these days is to keep the customer hooked enough to keep coming back for more. How to accomplish this is the main question.

Business Models

If you're pondering over how to start an internet cafe, the most crucial decision you have to make is which business model to adopt. There are numerous choices. The first one is the most conservative model wherein you provide only internet access. Another option is to serve tea, coffee and snacks along with internet connectivity.

You could also add computer repairs and maintenance services and even sell computers and computer parts. Many people buy franchises of prevailing internet cafe businesses. When you buy a franchise you get the advantage of a time-tested business model and the know-how behind it, but you'll have to pay for that edge.

Planning

Before starting a cyber cafe, always chalk up a solid business plan. A good business plan should lay down your business goals, ways to achieve them, the obstacles that you may encounter, how to surpass them and financial planning and analysis. If at all possible, talk to at least three different cafe owners about what you plan to do. Try to contact cafe owners from out of town, so there won't be any competition conflicts, and, if possible, show these experienced owners your business plan. The advice they give could save you thousands of dollars, so don't hesitate to offer them a really nice dinner or lunch for their time.

Start Up Costs

Finance is the driving force in any kind of business. So make sure that you acquire adequate funding before starting your business. How much is enough? It depends on your business model and the services you intend to offer. If you're planning to provide exclusive services like gaming, social interaction or a remote office, your capital requirement can run into thousands of dollars.

There are computers to purchase, broadband connections to book, furniture to be bought and a place to be leased or acquired outright. Include these things in your budget. Also conduct an analysis of monthly expenses, projected future incomes and profits. You can raise finance through private investors, banks and financial institutions that specialize in granting small business loans.

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