Suggestions to make internet cafe more viable

Philippines
February 22, 2007 7:06am CST
Hi! I am about to take over an internet cafe in a University belt, but the competition is stiff! I plan to diversify, offer other stuff (my food supplements business, grocery items, publications from nearby research centers, and used books offered Barnes and Noble style!) and services (photocopying, editing, typing, etc). It is not a very nice place, but has some space. Do you have suggestions to improve my comparative edge? I don't go too much for gaming, though, and that is offered by most others. Thanks!
2 responses
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
22 Feb 07
The main concern for me when i go to cafe's is being comfortable,large sink in chairs,and couches are a must so you can sit near friends while webbing,lightning is another concern,people want to feel at home,cozy atmosphere,not blasted by glaring lights(but thats me)and most of my friends agree.Have FRESH food items don't overstock play it by ear no one wants stale food are you offering coffee?get a good grade coffee,believe me people WILL pay for good coffee.Make it a colorfull place use some nice pastel colors bright and cheery you'll pack them in ,good luck ,what state are you opening in?
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Hi! These are really great suggestions! I am actually in the Philippines, in one of the campuses of the University of the Philippines. I can already see it take on a character! The "fresh" food item struck something in me. I think fruit would be a novel idea. Thank you so much!
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Oh, and the coffee! Of course! I am also a coffee-holic, though I do not really claim to be a connoiseur (hmmm.. not sure of the spelling though, hehe:)). Gotta consult some experts on this.
@aries_0325 (3062)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
just a thought... do you really want to be in this business? the market is already pretty much saturated. and rentals has bottomed out to 10 pesos an hour. competition is stiff and most have a better headstart(most have reached roi). hazards(compushop robbery) any way do a research first on the competition setup; pricing; goodluck
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• Philippines
23 Feb 07
Yes, I thought so, too. That's why I needed to offer it as something different. One thing could also be location - it is saturated in the areas that are "usual suspects"; maybe more research into other areas that are potential markets? Thanks for the caution. :