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With the existing fluctuations in our economy, there is a great need for any human who wishes to survive to source for any good working means of making legit money and not just total dependence on white collar jobs which may not even come.

Starting a computer business center is another viable option to break into the world of entrepreneurship and make good money in the process.

Many potential entrepreneurs have submitted requests on this blog to have a computer center business plan written out and made available for public consumption.

Computer business centre in Nigeria is open to offer several services such photocopying, typing and printing project work, letters, correspondence, memoir, spiral binding and laminating of paper materials, scanning of documents, instant passport photographing, typesetting, installation of systems, computer training, internet services (for computer business centre with cybercafé ).
Other services that can go alongside a computer business centre includes sales and repair of computers, sales of examination scratch cards like WAEC, NECO, JAMB, sales of recharge cards, computer training services, sales of computer accessories, etc.

A computer Business Center is literally a money making venture here in Nigeria. Its lucrativeness can’t be over-emphasised and can fetch thousands of Naira just within few weeks of establishing the business.

The demand for computer services is high especially in tertiary institutions. If you check the school environments, you will notice small canopies with laptops and printers in them, positioned at different places around the school premises. All they do is check results for students; help them pay school fees online, type and print assignments, projects’, register courses and other school needs involving the use of computers and that’s how they make money in the business.

You can actually go into this kind of business but not like those done in schools. The computer service shop you are going to pull out will be different from those seen in schools premises, you need to give your business a brand, make adverts if possible and provide quality services which would make your customers to recommend their friends to your business center.
You can start this business and be established. You don’t need to be a computer geek nor the world fastest typist.
HOW TO ESTABLISH A COMPUTER BUSINESS CENTER IN NIGERIA.
How do you go about establishing a computer business center in Nigeria? The template is very simple, we have compiled some practical tips to follow. Here are they:
1. ACQUIRE ALL NECESSARY COMPUTER SKILLS, TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION.
If you don’t have any computer skill yet, don’t worry. With computer schools cluttered everywhere in every street, you’ll get the skills you required.
It is not a bad idea to attend a computer training class where you will acquire both basic and professional skills that will enable you to run your business successfully.
Depending on how fast you learn, you might be able to learn the required packages within 6 months or a year. Try as much as possible to be a professional in Microsoft Word, Microsoft excel and CorelDraw.
2. FIND A SUITABLE LOCATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS.
 There’s a high chance that the appropriate and suitable location for a business center should be close to offices, school environment or university campuses, hospitals, banks, Electricity Company, shopping complex etc. Post office or local government headquarters is usually a normal domain for any computer business. This will guarantee a lot of turnover for you.
It doesn’t matter if someone is already doing the same business there, what matters is that you’ll always make your sale and go home happy.
3. REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS NAME

Consider starting your computer business centre as a registered company rather than as unregistered company. Choose a business name for your computer business centre and then register it. The reason why many businesses never go too far is because they fail to register their business name. I will suggest you register your business. For those of you in Nigeria who wish to register their company can register it now on CAC online business registration portal.
4. PURCHASE THE BASIC EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO START THIS BUSINESS
Getting a good location to setup your business center is one thing, having the necessary equipment to provide optimal service is another. After you have secured a good place to start up, the next important step is getting the equipment and materials necessary to give your customers optimal service. Some of these include:
1. A LAPTOP OR DESKPTOP COMPUTER.

Your business center is incomplete if you do not own a computer system. I always recommend laptop because of how easy it’s to manage compare to a desktop.
The major advantage of laptop over a desktop is that it saves power. Due to how unstable power supply is in Nigeria, the battery of your laptop can serve you for few hours of fuel spent on powering desktop computer.
You need desktop computers and Laptop. At a start, you begin with five desktops and one laptop.
2. PHOTOCOPYING MACHINE 

You need at least one or two photocopying machine. There are those who are willing to sell their fairly used photocopying machine at a good price but I strongly advised you buy new ones. Most business persons usually prefer going for the fairly used because of how cheap it is. However, if you don’t like entertaining frustration, then go for the new machine. The reasons being that;

1. New photocopying machine last longer than fairly used ones.
2.  It will save you the stress of calling a technician always to repair broken machine.
3. Fairly used photocopy machine can be troublesome.
4. The new one makes the photocopied works come out sharp and fast.
5. There is manufacturer guarantee on the new machine, an added advantage.
3.  PRINTER.

This is another equipment you won’t be able to do without in this business. It’s advisable you have about two different models in case of failure to print. It is also advisable you get a coloured printer too because your customers may need to print their work in coloured format. So, you will need a black and white printer and a colour printers to print material from both internet and typed work for your clients. The price depends on its features and quality.
4. GET DIFFERENT PAPER SIZE

You need different paper size such A4 paper, A5, Letter, portrait size, Envelop, Cabinet etc. This can either be bought as a rim or as a carton of five rims. Depending on the amount you have.
5. STAPLERS AND PINS

There is giant paper stapler and also regular sized stapling machine too. It is advisable that you get both as you will be having customers doing high and low volumes of work.
The other consumables you will need are spiral binding materials.
6. A STANDBY GENERATOR.

A very serious business person won't joke with this.
 You know the situation of power supply in Nigeria these days, except if things changes tomorrow. If not, you will need a standby power generating set for your business. It is expected that you acquire a generator that can carry all your equipment and machines conveniently to avoid disappointing your customers. Not having this is like giving your competitors an edge. 
7. INTERNET CONNECTION

Remember, you’re not running a cyber cafe. The internet connection is mainly for conveniences. There will be customers who will need to log into their Inbox and print. You’ll have to save them the stress by having this. This won’t cost you much.
8. CHAIRS
At least for a start, you will need 5-6 plastic chairs, one for the front desk, one for you and the rest for any visitor who wishes to grab a seat for him or herself.
9. TABLE
A good potable table is required with locker attached to it for storing safe items and maybe keep items out of the reach of customer’s sight.
10. WASTE BASKET

As the name implies, it is used for storing waste items and must be disposed off daily.
11. MULTIPLE EXTENSION SOCKET

This is needed for plugging your computers, printers, photocopying machines and other electronic gadgets.
OTHER NECESSARY EQUIPMENTS INCLUDES;
Laminating machine.
>Paper cutter.
>Scanner.
>Spiral binding machine.
>Flash drive & Card reader.
>Instant Passport Sized Photo.
> Other accessories like stabilizers, and softwares for carrying out specific
Renting a shop should be the last project in order to avoid the rent already counting when you are yet to start.
5. GET HELPING HANDS
Computer business center is service oriented business which only one person can’t handle alone. So, you will definitely need helping hands especially if your business centre is located in a busy province. Remember, you don’t want to keep them waiting for more than its necessary.
Moreover, it is important that you train your employees so that they can provide the type of service you want and preserve brand image.
GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR YOUR BUSINESS CENTRE
As we all know, profit is the soul of every business. Nonetheless, an entrepreneur should also endeavour to deal rightly with everyone. Some good business practices that will further advance your venture include:

1.Be confident.
The key to pulling off a business strategy is confidence. You need to believe in yourself and your business to make your clients confide in it.
2. Be polite to your customers. Always greet and receive them properly.
3. Be punctual and adhere to the Delivery Schedule. If the job of a customer is not ready by scheduled time, inform her/him in advance and apologise.
4. Be honest in dealings. Charge reasonably and honestly from the customers. You can create your price list by checking out what other computer business centre collect for a particular service they render to their customers. As a new beginner in the business, the price for a particular service you offer may be a bit lower than what others collect for the same service to help you build a good customer base.
5. Pay your dues and taxes in time.
6. Pay reasonably to your staff. Payment to them should commensurate with their qualification, experience and the output they produce.
Apart from maintaining a healthy connection with your clients and focusing on customer satisfaction, it is also important for you to take care of your employees and make sure they are happy working for you.
Stay grounded and be a mentor and a friend to them rather than being a boss. Be approachable and let them know that you are always available whether they need help in making a presentation or just a friendly chat.
A FULL DETAILED COST FOR STARTING A COMPUTER BUSINESS CENTRE.

Starting a computer business center isn’t very expensive. With at least N300,000, you’ll be able to start this business and realise your capital within three months. As you grow, you might want to expand by getting more computers and attendants. It’s entirely up to you.

New Photocopying Machine -N60,000

New Laptop Computer -N80,000

Spiral Binding Machine -N10,000

Laminating Machine -N12,000

Staplers/Paper Cuter -N5,000

Modem and subscription -N5,000

Paper and other consumables (spiral binding materials, laminating films, photo papers) N10,000

Hiti Photo Printer -N40,000

Gasoline Generator -N50,000

Furniture N20,000

Total N292,000

I have decided not to add the cost of renting shop because the price varies from one place to the other.

The above price might be enormous to some individuals, there’s no problem at all. You can still do this business. If you have some basic equipment like a laptop, a printer and a small generator set, you can kick off. Our aim here is to start small and end big.
CONCLUSION
With a good location, highly skilled workers, and an exceptional customer service, you can grow a successful computer business center in one year. When your business is big enough, you might consider buying big machines that facilitate fast service.

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My name is Donyabi, Godfrey Ebimobowei.
The road was never easy for me but I scaled through by His grace.
ROAD TO MY ICAN SUCCESS
2010
My dad lost his lucrative job, my younger brother was seriously ill which cost my dad a lot of money to treat him, my parent separated and the same year I gained admission into the higher institution but I couldn’t further my studies because I had no sponsor. It was like hell for me that year coupled with the fact that I had not gotten out of the pains I passed through when my best friend, Late Daniel kelvin Ebikabowei betrayed our friendship by allowing death to take his life. And my dad gave me his blessings “ Godfrey anything you do in life ; God will surely expose you for good and people will acknowledge you for your worth” and he further gave me a caveat to this prayer “ But Godfrey you must work hard because if you fail today neither me nor your mother will be held responsible but you”

2011
I started my first work on January 4, 2011 in a factory (LG) and the first Salary I received was N9,000 and subsequently N11,000 as salary and I was just trying to manage myself to keep body and soul together and also to comply with the advice of my dad.
2012
I was still working in the factory and later in the year I came across my secondary classmate( Lawal Sikiru(AAT)) who was running ICAN ATS programme and he gisted me about ICAN and he convinced me “ you don’t have to be rich to run ICAN programme”...this was what gingered me to run this ICAN programme, that year I enrolled for the programme even though my salary then was meagre, I registered with Safe Associates Ltd ICAN tutorial as recommended by my friend(Sikiru) in December 2012 to write March 2013 diet; my first day in class was not funny, I was asked if I would be able to cope with the system lecture-wise(becuase they had gone far with lectures), financially and otherwise because I registered late and I said let us how it goes.

2013
I wrote my first exam in March 2013 (ATS 1) while still working in the factory and my exam fee was far higher than my salary; thank God to Sherifat (Sherry) who assisted me with the payment of my ATS 1 exam fee. The result came out after 6 weeks based on the standard and I passed 3 out of 4, I was demoralized but my motivator (Akinsulire Yewande(AAT,Bsc,ACA)) gave me reasons to continue with the programme.I wrote the paper I failed in September 2013 and I passed.That year most times I do trek from Apapa to Ojuelegba just to meet up with classes and there was no fund to finance my transport.

2014
I wrote my ATS 2 exams in March 2014 while still working in the factory and I got another work immediately after the exam in an accounting firm as office assistance with the help of my ATS 1 classmate and co-worker Nwankwo Fidelia on March 24,2014. When the result came out I passed 3 out of 4. I still picked up the courage to continue and I wrote again in September 2014 and passed. This time around I was staying in my tutorial to read overnight and also to minimize expenses.
2015
I wrote my ATS 3 exams in March 2015 and passed all and was inducted in June 2015 as AAT and I was promoted . I registered for ICAN professional programme the same year and I was given some exemtions as AAT member. I was supposed to write November 2015 but I didnt write because I was not financially bouyant.During my ATS 3 days ; Thanks to sochima Umeh(my friend turn brother who was trying in his own little way to assist me with his food and we lived as brothers those days, same goes to my Ijaw sister Hannah Clement(AAT) and Shakirat(AKA Shakira) who assisted in their ways to see me happy in class. I must not forget Jide(AAT,Bsc)(Omo Bababeji) in a rush,Toheeb and Collins Ibe(AAT,ACA) you made my ATS 3 a memorable one.God bless you for me.
2016
I wrote May 2016 diet (Skilled level) and passed 3 out of 4.I wrote the outstanding paper and passed it in November 2016 diet. As usual I was short of fund but thank God to Nigerian Army Lt. Bola(ACA) who paid 3 quarter of my exam fee in Skill Level and also to Tosin(ACA)( Tosin my woman like I do call her in class).
2017
I wrote my Final papers in May 2017(Final Level) and passed 3 out 5 and I wrote the oustanding 2 papers in November 2017 and passed all and to the Glory of God I became a qualified Chartered Accountant.Thanks to Merit Isaac who tried in her own little way and to my sister from my Mother’s Village who completed my final exam fee (Mercy Ogori).
2018
I was promoted after I qualified.
2019
I was inducted as an ACA member of ICAN on May 8,2019. A day I live to remember. Thanks to Ann Onyinyechi Eze my paddy of life who is always bordered about my career and also to my Boss (Mr Solomon Osunba(FCA) who has always given me reasons to be focused and determined in life and also to my fellow colleagues in Solomon Osunba & Co.(Chartered Accountants) for your support and to my family members and friends (The list is too long) for your support.
CHALLENGES TO MY ICAN PROGRAMME
I faced so many challenges while running the programme:
I was downgraded that people who are not rich cannot run ICAN programme.
I had to tutor my friends just to get food in return (i.e stomach infrastructure...LOL)
I passed through hell just to scale through my ICAN programme. I remembered my final exams in may 2017 I was admitted almost one month in the hospital; my friends had a secret meeting with the doctor and told the doctor “Godfey doesn’t give himself rest that he is always in Church,School or Work and he is workaholic” and the funny doctor recommended that I should stop reading for a while and if possible I should forfeit my exams; I adhered to the non-reading aspect recommendation of the doctor but I refused to forfeit the exams slated for May 2017 and I managed to pass 3 out of 5 even though I was black out in the exam hall.

KEYS TO MY ICAN SUCCESS

I was always determined and focus to be successful in my life even though the road was rough and some people discouraged me that I cannot enroll for ICAN programme with my financial status.

I was not discouraged by the words of people with negative thought instead I see them as instrument to suceed.

I listened to the advice of my parent who always wanted me to be educated at all cost because they were not educated but they value it and also to the advice of my mentor and friends.

ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO FACING ONE CHALLENGE OR THE OTHER


You might think that the problems of this world is on you but I tell you that if you strive hard you will surely reach the top.

Be focused and disciplined no matter the circumstance
Always plan adequately and give yourself deadlines for every tasks you have.

Pray and work hard.
If I CAN make it; you are not exempted from scaling through.

On this note I wish to congratulate myself and also wish to appreciate all my well wishers and those who contributed financially and otherwise to see through this programme.
I am the first Chartered Accountant from Donyabi’s race...more wins and celebration to come from the donyabi’s family...stay tune.

Thanks and God bless.

Donyabi, Godfrey Ebimobowei (AAT,ACA)

MY ICAN SUCCESS STORY---GODFREY EBIMOBOWEI