Important Things To Consider When Starting An Internet Cafe BusinessPosted on: May 21, 2012 By admin in Tips,
The internet is becoming more and more important in the lives of people all over the world. Even in remote corners of the world where you wouldn’t imagine people to own laptops or have internet set up in the home, the need for internet access is still huge. For those types of internet users and all other types of people, an internet café business can be a lifesaver, not to mention a great source of income for the owner. An internet café can present a unique set of problems and things to consider though that you might not experience in running other types of businesses.
Smartlaunch can help you make the entire experience much easier, but you will need to think about some things before starting. Let’s explore some of the best tips and think about a few of the things you will need to decide upon before starting an internet café business.
Don’t skimp on internet quality to save money – This is one of the most important things to remember. The internet itself is going to be the most important part of your business and you want it to be as reliable as possible. This seems simple but you would be surprised how many café owners fall victim to promo offers and then end up getting internet service that can’t provide a good user experience for their customers. Remember, speed is not always as good as reliability. While a fast connection is great it is worthless if the connection drops out every few minutes. Most café internet users aren’t doing anything extremely bandwidth-intensive anyways.
How many computers will your internet café business have and how many do you plan to eventually have? – The answer to this question will determine the best set up for the network in your internet café. If your answer is less than 25 computers and you don’t ever plan on having any more than that, you can get away with a simpler setup.
With less than 25 computers it is usually ideal that the Smartlaunch server and Administrator are both installed on the front-desk computer. Printers and other POS (Point of Sale) equipment like barcode readers and receipt printers will also be connected to the front-desk computer.
If you will have more than 25 computers at your internet café then things will be set up a bit differently. In this case, the Smartlaunch server along with all of the POS equipment will installed and connected to the front-desk computer. The Smartlaunch server will need to be installed on a dedicated server though to handle the heavier load from all of those computers.
If you currently have less than 25 computers but have plans to expand far beyond that in the near future, then the second option will probably work best for you. It will be much easier to have the whole server configuration set up from the beginning and all you will need to do is add in new computers when you need them. Click here more information on cafe or gaming configuration options.
What sort of other services and amenities will you offer your customers? – The list of things you can offer your customers is pretty much endless and the more you offer, the longer they will stick around. Offering fun and simple games like internet and Flash-based games will keep them in there clicking around for hours and interacting with each other. These types of games are often free and very simple to install.
Offering food and drinks can be a great way not only to turn an extra profit but also to keep your customers in your internet café longer. Without having to go out of your café to buy food and drinks some customers will easily spend the entire day there. You will need to take certain precautions though to ensure that food or drink is not spilled on the machines.
The type of furniture and facilities that you offer can also have a huge impact on how long your customers stick around. Plush, soft fabrics offer more comfort but are more easily damaged and more expensive to maintain than some other materials like wood or plastic. Finding furniture that is comfortable for long periods of time but also easy to clean and maintain should be your goal when picking out furnishings for your internet café business.
There are literally hundreds of things that could be addressed when talking about opening an internet café business but these are some of the most important bits. Having an internet café like this will not only let you provide internet access to those that might not be able to afford it on their own, but will give kids a safe and friendly place to hang out and stay out of trouble. The fact that you can earn a nice profit from it doesn’t hurt either!
What other things can you think of that most cafe or gaming center owners to remember to do when starting or managing a cafe business? Leave your comments in the box below.
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