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Old 04-13-2015, 01:07 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I am a 19 year old college student. currently completing general ed in community college and completed Cisco CCNA Training and obtained my ccna certificate last July. I 've been building/repairing computers since I was 13 years old and am very skilled and confident in my ability to work with computers.

I have decided that I don't want to use my skills working for somebody else. I'd like to start a business, something my future kids could possibly take over or help with. I want to do something DIFFERENT.

BASICALLY- I need some help brainstorming. I want to do something with computers/technology. I was thinking some sort of internet deli hangout gaming type deal, but then I got to thinking.. everyone in this world has WiFi nowadays at there home, along with laptops and tvs and games and tablets and smart phones. Is a internet cafe really going to take me far..? I also thought about a simple computer repair but nowadays people but new computers yearly. Their just so cheap now. I'm looking for something DIFFERENT. Something that my town hasn't seen before and that many others haven't either. Something fun. Something that will draw peoples attention and make them want to spread the word. I have all the support that I need and I am not too worried about start up funds. Just need some ideas.

Thanks in advance!!
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If someone actually had an idea for an exciting new venture that was guaranteed to ensure success do you really think they would tell you on a forum?

As for Internet Café idea it's not all that popular in the US in part because nearly everyone has an Internet-connected smart phone or tablet nowadays. There is no need to go out in order to access a computer and play a game.

Many things of yesteryear are now almost curious relicts. I once spent several hours a day for a year reading in the stacks of a brand-new local library in a college town and did not once see a single college student using it. My niece, who went to college in the same town, never once visited that library, nor did she ever visit the college library. There was no need -- everything she needed to research and read could be accessed from her tablet.
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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.
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