How to Start a Profitable Cyber Café Business With Low Capital

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Do you think Cybercafes will lose relevance soon?

Despite almost everyone having their own laptop, people still visit to use cybercafes!

The reality is that there will always be people, actually, a lot of them, seeking the services of cyber cafes, whether to browse, make applications, print, or copy documents.

Cyber cafés, therefore in 2020, still remain among the topmost profitable businesses in Kenya in 2020.

For such obvious reasons, you would consider setting up one to position yourself for profits that come with owning a cybercafe.

 

Which Location Would be Ideal for a Cyber Cafe Business?

The best places to locate your cyber café would be those with a continuous flow of customers like the following;

  • Near a university, college, or school.
  • Along a busy street.
  • Highly populated residential areas.

By locating your cyber café in such places, ensure that you brand your shop and locate it strategically to be visible from both near and afar.

Consider the following also, in choosing the location for your cyber café business:

  • Availability of power supply throughout the day with minimal power blackouts.
  • Spacious room to accommodate several computers, printers, and other materials. It should also charge reasonably cheap rent.
  • Well ventilated room.
  • A shop close to the road and not miles away off-road will ensure that you are strategically placed to tap into the many passing clients.

Also Read: Top 50 Most Profitable Businesses in Kenya

Requirements for starting a small cybercafe business.

To begin operating a cyber café, you require the following;

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  1. Acquire the following licenses;

    • County Council Single Business Permit – Ksh.5,000 – Ksh.35,000 per year depending on the county.
    • County Council Outdoor Advertising and Signage Permit – that is for some counties who may require you to pay for outdoor marketing if you will maybe use a sign board or banner to attract clients.
    • Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) License – If you must play music in your cyber café, then you will require this license. Alternatively, don’t play music in your café to cut on costs.
    • Computer and internet License.

2. Assemble the following equipment;

      • Work station partitioned into several booths for client computers – the number of booths depends on the number of client computers you intend to put up.
      • Chairs and other furniture.
      • Computers – Acquire new computers and don’t use old ones which imply slowness and obsolescence. New HP computers will serve you well. Each must have a legitimate operating system software like a Copyrighted Microsoft Software or Open source software or Linux.
      • Printers – Sync your computers to printers. Your clients may want to download and print stuff. A recommended printer is Epson PX660. It will give you long hours of service.
      • Internet service provider – this should be cheap and high-speed internet. Slow internet is a turn off to your clients. Examples of reliable internet providers are Safaricom, Airtel, Orange, Kenya Data Network, and AccessKenya.
      • Software to track computer usage and for the purpose of charging clients. If you cannot afford this, walk around and know how much other cyber cafes charge and make a decision.
        1. Decide whether you will run the café or employ a reliable person.
        2. Start your Cyber Café and offer quality services to retain clients.

Capital Needed to Start a Cyber Cafe Business in Kenya.

Considering the costs above, you realize that you may require about Ksh.100,000 – Ksh.200,000 as the starting capital.

How profitable is this kind of business?

Let us say that with a good flow of clients, on a bad day you may pocket Ksh.3000. On good says you may rake even up to Ksh.5000. That makes over Ksh.150,000 monthly and I think it is a worthy venture.

Besides internet services, you can also offer the following to maximize your profits:

  • Spiral binding.
  • Scanning of documents.
  • Graphic design.
  • Web design.
  • Computers and accessory selling.
  • Paper and envelop selling.

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Kenn Omollo is an investment writer and a business management consultant at Joon Online Limited. Reach him at - kenn@joon.co.ke

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