Starting an Internet cafe business in South Africa


An internet café is a place where one can surf the internet and email friends and family. Users pay a fee, usually per hour or minute. Internet Cafés have blossomed in South Africa because of broadband availability. Nevertheless, there is still not enough access to the internet in remote and impoverished areas of South Africa.




List of other services you can also offer in an internet cafe

  • Sell airtime
  • pay DSTV
  • Sell Prepaid Electricity
  • multiplayer gaming
  • photocopying and printing services

Equipment needed to start an internet cafe business

Hardware:

  • Computers:

You need high quality desktop machines that can handle high volumes of web browsing all day, every day. But you also need to keep prices down. Get quality computer brands cheap by buying refurbished – these are renovated computers which function like brand new but sell at cheap second hand desktop prices.

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2. Qstore is also offering internet cafe computers

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Web Cams (As many people use cafe’s for chatting)


where can you find webcams

1. Webcams at Game Store

2. Webcams at cashcrusaders

The following can be found in any of these recomanded stores ( game store, cash crusaders, computer coporation )

  1. Gigabit Router
  2. Gigabit Switch
  3. CAT6 Ethernet Cable
  4. Surge Protectors for each cubicle
  5. Scanner
  6. Printer/Photocopy
  • software

To start an Internet Café business you need to be sure to have a good internet cafe software, you may also consider using the following softwares:

CyberCafePro free Internet cafe software

MyCyberCafe – Internet Cafe Software

Internet security:

You will also need to update your untivirus regulaly. You will also have to install anti-spamware and a good firewall program.

Recomanded untiviruses

MCFEEAVGAVAST

Internet service provider: a good internet service provider to offers your customers high speed internet access.

List of internet service providers:

The following packages will require you to get a telkom landline rental

1. Telkom Business ADSL packages

2. MWEB ADSL Packages

3. Afri Host ADSL Packages

COST OF STARTING AN INTERNET CAFE:

The cost of setting up your internet cyber café depends on the number of services and computers you plan to offer to your customers.

What you have to do before you start an internet cafe business

Business plan

You need a business plan ( tips on how to write an internet face business plan click here ), you will have to put together a comprehensive business plan. Without a business plan, you’ll be unable to find business funding ( list of organizations offering business funding click here ). It’s important to remember that a business plan is more than a means to money; it’s also the blueprint of the business and the best way to test whether or not the business is feasible.

Pricing for internet use in an internet cafe

cybercafé or gaming café : what you also need to know

Register your business

For more information go to www.cipro.co.za

Location:

You need two things to open a successful internet café : lots of people traffic, and the right sort of people traffic. Busy internet cafés are successful internet cafés, and this means setting up shop in a busy area.

Business registration

Types of businesses in south africa

How to register your business

Types of business insurance in south africa

From the day an entrepreneur starts a business, he exposes himself to certain risks. Even before the first employee is hired, a business is at risk, making it important to have the right insurance in place.

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