04-13-2015, 12:57 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: near Nashville, TN
OS: Windows 7, and I won't be upgrading to Windows 10!
If there were an Internet cafe in your town... would YOU use it? What would cause you to use it?
Every business has, at its most basic form, the same function: to be profitable. And to be profitable, every business has to follow the same basic principle: affordably provide something (either a product or a service) that people want for a price they're willing to pay. This is the ONLY recipe for success. So for an Internet cafe to succeed, you'll have to find people who want to use it and will pay what you can affordably charge them.
Conversely, there are several ways to fail:
- Provide something that isn't needed or desired
- Provide something that is needed or desired at a price that people are unwilling to pay
- provide something that is needed or desired at a price that people are willing to pay but does not cover your expenses
Moreover, your competition must be considered. If you have competition, you either have to provide a better experience or offer your product or service at a lower cost. If you CAN do that, you still have to get the word out. This is not a case of "if you build it, they will come"... people need to know about it. You can have the best Internet cafe in the world, and if people don't know about it, they won't magically show up.
I don't mean to dissuade you from your goal of going into business for yourself. However, I do want to warn you that starting your own business isn't as simple as it might sound. There are a lot of factors (far more than the basic ones I have mentioned here) that you might not have yet considered. I would highly recommend that you take some business classes and speak to others who own their own business so as to increase the chances that you will succeed.
BosonMichael / Senior Content Developer, Boson Software
CISSP, CEH, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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