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    3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2008 10:20 PM by A_Ellicott

    Is starting a Internet Cafe a smart move?

    Josh_A Newbie
      I planning on starting a Internet Cafe with only pc and xbox's and also computer repair. Now my question is how can I go about getting a small business loan and is it the right time to begin this. Any input would be appreciated

      Thanks.

      josh
        • Re: Is starting a Internet Cafe a smart move?
          Josh_A Newbie

          This internet cafe is going to be located in orange county by schools and downtown
          • Re: Is starting a Internet Cafe a smart move?
            st8ic88 Newbie
            Is this going to be the only internet cafe in the area? If there is an established one within 80 miles I would call it quits. I used to work in one and it really depends on the local climate. As soon as transient visitors to the area slowed down, the business dropped from about 80k a year to about 40k. It's not a viable business in most climates.
            • Re: Is starting a Internet Cafe a smart move?
              A_Ellicott Adventurer
              I question the long term viability of an Internet Cafe. These days there are more laptops being purchased than desktops. With broadband cards being offered fairly cheaply, smartphones, and free wi-fi in so many places, the idea of going somewhere specifically to get on the internet will become less attractive. Unless of course you've got a location with the right atmosphere that makes people want to hang out there (think Starbucks).

              There's a place near my home that offers video games on xbox's. It's been in business for a good while, though I don't know how profitable it is. My suggestion is to focus on that.

              Good luck.