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    Steps in setting up Cyber café

    Internet cafes act as entrance point to the communication highway called the internet. Customers vary from students who need assistance for their research activities to professionals who travel and need access to the internet, and anyone else wishing to explore the internet.
    Outlined below are 10 steps and process of setting up you own internet café.

    Step #1 Create a business plan

    The very first thing you should do when setting up internet café is to create a business plan. A business plan is an essential part of the process in any business. If you want to raise capital, no investor or financial company will support you without a business plan. Moreso a good business plan will assist you to clarify your thinking and alert you to challenges that lie ahead.

    Step #2 Choose a Location

    The location where you internet café is situated really matter a lot. Choosing a good location can lead directly to a successful business, while a bad location can also lead directly to failure of the business. Note that locations near schools or colleges is a good tip because students are always busy on the internet.
    Also heavy traffic and accessible locations with parking space is a good avenue for an internet café business.

    Step #3 Create an Environment

    Next step in setting up your internet café is deciding on what kind of internet environment you want to create. Do you want to create a hip hangout, a relaxed comfortable settings or a fast paced environment? Take note of some important things you should consider; designs/decorations and additional services you want to offer.

    Step #4 Buy Equipment

    Computer systems(should high end and fast systems)
    Internet Access(should be high-speed broadband)
    Networks connectivity devices(cable, switch, router, printer, scanner etc)

    Step #5 Set up a Network

    You will need the service of a technician , a cisco certified networker should always handle such task for your local area connection setup and internet connection.

    Step #6 Purchase an Internet Management system

    After you have networks your system and up running , you then purchase an internet management system i.e the timer software.

    Step #7 Determine Your Charge Rate

    Be strict and friendly in this area and also depending on your total cost and the outfit of your internet café . Things you should keep in mind when creating a price structure. Internet access is becoming a lot more affordable and more people have internet access at their homes.
    Also compare your prices to your competitors. You do not have to copy your competitor’s pricing structure exactly but use it as a reference guide.

    Step #8 Promote your Internet Café

    Marketing and promotional strategy always help a lot attracting customers like giving bonus, advertising, distribute hand bills.

    Step #9 Stay updated

    When you own and operate internet café, you should always stay updated with new technology like installing the latest application software on your systems.

    Step #10 Retain Customer

    Once you have the internet café open for business, you will need to adopt a strategy to retain you customers as well as attract new ones. A good suggestion is for you to give discount to your customer as well as create a loyalty system plan and employ a good public relation.

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    well laid out.

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    Another important thing: Install 4-5 browsers on each PC and let the customer have the choice of selecting his/her favorite browser.

    The other day I went to a cyber cafe as my Home broadband was down. I sat in front of a PC which was quite up to date but it had only one browser - IE. This sucks. I told the owner of the cyber cafe but he didn't let me download and install Firefox (My favorite browser). I went to another cyber cafe and there firefox was installed on each and every PC.

    I don't understand why these cyber cafe owners are in love with IE.
    But still, thanks for the nice post.

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    Now a days,internet cafe don't much such business as they used to make couple of years back.Most of them have broadband in their home now.

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    Well said iChaitnya. I would personally suggest for firefox, google chrome and apple safari browsers for the cyber cafes.

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    Nice contribution mylabur2u.. I award you a Rep point for sharing your knowledge with us..

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    Well that was very interesting ...... I too go when my BB is down to Cafes but only rarely ....
    Yeah i too think that there should be atleast 2 [minimum] browsers ....The other day i went to a Sify Cybercafe[sify i-way] and they had Windows 98 still installed in their sys ...
    Well that was a very nice Thread

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    I would also suggest to install a CCTV.There have been many terror mail send these days.

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    well these days they(c cafe) take a lot of details like ph no,address,id from their customers

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    Yeah...but a a CCTV would be added security...I dunno much about its cost. If the owner has the capability,he can afford it.

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