Opening Cyber Cafe Maybe Help!

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  1. lancer

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    Opening Cyber cafe with 10 gaming pcs and 10 work/learning pcs. the basic business plan is this:

    10 gaming pcs for lan or net gaming (valve games plus mmorpg etc...)
    10 pcs for homework/ email/ web /learning etc...

    It will have a partitions sound proof area for the gaming.

    A rest area with subject related magazines, drinks snacks etc...

    Cable tv throughout with 3-4 lcd screens.

    I will also be building custom pcs, repairing upgrading and teaching cumputer and software stuff.

    the net connection will be 3mb line could be more but i doubt it.

    3 printers
    2 scanners
    1 photocopier

    $50 membership per month of pay as you go type service.

    The spec for the gaming pcs as follows

    softwarewinxphome$100 Casesred/black$40 CPUAMD 64 3200+$200 MemKingston 3200 1gb$170 H/DWD HD 80gb$80 V/card6800GT$400 DVD/Cdromany$0 mobogigabyte$120 Monitor17" lcd$120 Mouselogitec$50 Keyboardms$30 Total$1,310
    this is built by me. non-brand pc

    The intial outlay will be about $20,000 yearly net (after taxes etc..) $75,000-$150,000.

    Anyone have any good ideas about this, what they think of it etc... plus has anyone ever done this before and have any good ideas about how i should proceed.

    Thanks
     
  2. Moonwraith

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    Wow - Sounds like an interesting dive :) Shame you're not in the UK anymore. Good luck with stuff (sounds like you've planned stuff well)
     
  3. Electronic Punk

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    may seem daft, but when you get the valve cyber cafe licence, they *should* send you loads of cool posters :)
     
  4. Steevo

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    17" LCD $120 ??


    Pr0n filter = Sonicwall firewall
     
  5. lancer

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    sorry lcd was $200 from tigerdirect.com

    and yes i do get posters and stuff, hope this works out let you know, any other suggestions be good?!
     
  6. LeeJend

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    Make sure it's Starbucks coffee your selling. And the bottled frapacino's are a gold mine for hot weather.
     
  7. Un4gIvEn1

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    I would recommend you set aside a couple empty boots for people to bring in their own PCs. It was a BIG hit at a cafe I used to go to. It also gave everyone a chance to show off their PCs. Then, you could go a step further and offer visual upgrades and make a little bit more profit. Just a thought! Good luck!
     
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  8. Keshik

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    That's a good idea
     
  9. Un4gIvEn1

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    Here's a link to thier site if you wanna see what they are all about... many of these places have come and gone, this is one of the few that continues to keep going.

    http://www.netheads.com/
     
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  10. X-Istence

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    Charge $100 for a private booth with free tissues, with a waterproof everything.

    After each use, have it automatically sprayed clean, and flushed with water, and it is ready for the next person to use :p.

    Come on man, gotta think about the profit :p
     
  11. Steevo

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    Get a condom for the mousie?
     
  12. lancer

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    you guys are filthy bastards hehe, but maybe just maybe...... :)

    Un4gIvEn1, thats a good idea thanks, i'll look into doing that. My idea is to have a string of them pretty quickly, perhaps two in the first yr and 5 the next etc....
     
  13. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    i never thought of linking consoles together in a lan, don't have one so don't know too much about it.
     
  14. Wacom

    Wacom OSNN One Post Wonder

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    where in the US will this Cyber Cafe be located??
     
  15. sounds like an interesting plan, good luck :)
     
  16. Xie

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    Was just thinking the same thing. :)
     
  17. Electronic Punk

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    Halo 2 multiplayer action... or burnout 3 :D (which would be awesome in multiplayer mode :D)
     
  18. vern

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    I'm with EP ... maybe a few console booths?
     
  19. lancer

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    Its going to intially be located in either Venice or Sarasota Florida. I need to do some marketing to see where the strongest concentration of customers is first.

    Anyone know if they can get this spec cheaper or think of better setup?

    WinXP Home$100
    Basic red case $40
    CPUAMD 64 3200+ $200
    Kingston 3200 1gb $170
    Western Digital 80gb $80
    Giga-byte nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3$460
    Gigabyte GA-K8NS Ultra-939 $120
    Monitor17" CRT (sony, samsung or mitsubishi) $150
    Mouselogitec m500 $50
    Keyboard ms$30
    Total$1,400
     
  20. onimkron

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    I don't have any particularly good ideas to give you...but wow, it sounds like a great (and fun) business venture! Maybe you could pop into a few other cyber cafes to get an idea on what the 'competition' provide?

    Best of luck to you though, sounds pretty cool :)