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In the Nigerian context, a computer business center is any shop where you can carry out your official secretarial works. True, some people have invested in this business with a level of failure, most investors have recorded remarkable success running computer business center business. The room for  investing in this business is not saturated. With a few thousands, you can start counting hundreds of thousands in a matter of few weeks. If you are interested in making money, please read along.

Get A Space Near Office Complex

The space does not have to be a shop. A small iron container of 8 X 8 feet size will be okay. It is important that you situate this shop near one of these places: A school environment, any public office such as local government, banks, electricity company, etc. This will guarantee a lot of turnover for you. Do not bother yourself with whether people are already doing the same business in the area, you will definitely make your money as long as it is a place in the city.

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The furniture you need include two tables, two chairs and a couple of stools. A ceiling fan or any other one fan suffice. These are in addition to other major equipment as we are going to discuss in the following sub headings.

Buy Equipment For Your Computer Business Center

One of the main equipment you need is a Photocopier. Although there are those willing to sell you fairly used machine claiming it will serve the same purpose as that of a new one, it is strongly advised you buy a new one. This will not just last longer, it will save you the stress of having to call in a technician each time the machine breaks down. Take it from me, fairly used photocopy machine can be stressful.

The new one will also make the photocopied works come out sharp and fast. To your advantage, there is also manufacturer guarantee on the new machine. As a neophyte, you really do not want to bother yourself fixing an old machine. It is economical to buy a new one.

You will also need to get A4 paper. This can either be bought as a rim or as a carton of five rims. Depending on your purse, either of the choices is okay.

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You need to get staplers and pins too. There is giant paper stapler and also regular sized stapling machine too. It is advisable that you get both as you will be having customers doing high and low volumes of work.  The other consumables you will need are spiral binding materials. These days, you do not need to use spiral binding machine depending on the volume of work you want to bind at once.

Non Photocopying Materials

Your business center is incomplete if you do not own a computer system. So start with one system at first. It is advisable that you get a laptop computer instead of a desktop computer. If your purse does not permit that however, you can go for a desktop computer.

The advantage that a laptop has over a desktop is that it saves you more power. This is a good deal considering that power supply is erratic in Nigeria. The battery of your laptop can serve you for few hours that you would have spent consuming fuel if you had chosen a desktop. The amount you will be spending on the laptop does not need to weigh you down.

You will also need to get an internet modem for customer who will want to print out from their inbox. Be aware though that you are not an Internet cafe. The essence of the internet connection is so that those who want to download or upload documents can do so conveniently without going to the internet cafe.

Instant Passport Sized Photo

The need for instant photographs for official and other purposes cannot be overemphasized. Everyday, thousands of images are snapped at various business centers across the nation. The popular digital photo printer you need to get started is Hiti. As you will note in the budget section, it is not too expensive for you not to include it in your business center investment. In addition, you also need to get a digital camera with 8 pixel and above.

Get Shop Attendants

Because you have to attend to a lot of customers with different mission who come in simultaneously, it is impossible for you to do the business without hiring an assistant. Whether you are employing a male or a female, your assistant must have a knowledge of computer operations. It is not difficult to come across such one.  With time, you may need to get two attendants as your business grows. Ensure you monitor them closely as they tend to be dishonest with sales record.

Business Potential

As long as human race exists, there will always be need for transacting business at the various business centers available. While it is true that many people now have computers in their homes and offices that do some of these works for them, they often find themselves running to these business centers when they run out of inks, toners, or even papers.

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Sometimes, they find it difficult to replace these things because they did not use the ones consumed for commercial purpose. Even if they have these materials, they still run to the business centers when they have to print in bulk. What is more, they cannot go about town with their photocopying machines and papers and staplers.

When they have emergencies on the road, they will surely need you to do their business for them. The edge you have over private owners is that you are always there. Come rain or shine, power supply or not, paper or not. That is your main business.

Profit Prospect In A Computer Business Center

While compiling this article, i did a survey by asking business center owners around Ikeja, Lagos State questions. On the average, they make N6,000 daily. I wondered if that is the truth. But few minutes spent in their shops reveal they may be making much more on a daily basis. An individual can walk in and make photocopies worth N2,000 at once. And there will be several others making such in a day.

A page of typed work ranges between N100 and N200 you can do two pages for some, you can also do 200 or more for 20 others in a day if it is a final year project.

Even if you do not make up to N6,000 in a day, and you make half of it as a beginner, you will grow to the point of making much more than that in a matter of few months.


New Photocopying Machine -N60,000
New Laptop Computer -N80,000
Spiral Binding Machine -N10,000
Laminating Machine -N12,000
Staplers/Paper Cuter -N5,000
Modem and subscription -N5,000
Paper and other consumables (spiral binding materials, laminating films, photo papers) N10,000
Hiti Photo Printer -N40,000
Gasoline Generator -N50,000
Furniture N20,000
Total N292,000

It Is A Wise Investment

I have decided not to add the cost of renting shop because the price varies from one place to the other. Even if you arrive at N400,000 after adding that, it is still a wise investment. Remember you can conveniently make N6,000 in a day just typing and photocopying if you are situated in a busy area. This means that you can get back the total capital you have invested in less than 3 months. If you go for a bank loan, you will conveniently pay back in six months while you attend to other basic needs in your life.

SEE ALSO: How To Start Your Own Printing Business With N6,000 Only

Wishing you all the best as you consider investing in business center.  If this article has benefited you in any way, please do not hesitate to drop your comments below.

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  • Anonymous August 4, 2014

    Thank for this great tips .its really an eye opener .

  • Anonymous January 28, 2015

    Hmm…dis is grt tnks..and i wil wrk towards it

  • Confidence Ezemadu March 6, 2015

    Thanks for this.. Pls sir, am a 200l student of IMSU, and I have a deskjet printer which have been giving me little support money typing nd printing for people.. Is at advisable for me to get a photocopy machine? Though everything I do is inside my room..

    • DCI ICT, Lagos July 19, 2016

      yes it not only advisable but a must if you real consider ICT a source of you income, go to the end of converting your apartment to a cafe, then sit and enjoy your labour that all

  • Confidence Ezemadu March 6, 2015

    Thanks for this.. Pls sir, am a 200l student of IMSU, and I have a deskjet printer which have been giving me little support money typing nd printing for people.. Is at advisable for me to get a photocopy machine? Though everything I do is inside my room..

  • Confidence Ezemadu March 7, 2015

    Ok.. Bt pls, in ur. Post u made. Mention of a copy machine selling @ 60k.. I really. Can't afford dat as it stands nw and I dnt need a 2nd hand…. Pls, is there by any chance a way I can get a new copy machine btwn d range of 30 – 35k ?

    If none, what then do I do pls..? Thanks

  • Edeh Racheal February 5, 2016

    Thank you soo much. I have always wanted to start up a business centre. Though I just rented a space in a residential area. Do you think it will be lucrative there?

    • Darlinton Omeh February 5, 2016

      The business is lucrative but whether it will be in the place in want to set it up is what I don’t know. It depends on the area and how you think people can patronize you, if you believe you have potential customers there, why not!

  • folake February 10, 2016

    Awesome write up

  • Obinna February 12, 2016

    Great Tip. Thanks Bro.

  • Ufuoma Ovie February 26, 2016

    Thanks a lot for this article. But sir I don’t really know much about the hiti photo printer do you think it can also be used for normal black and white print out which is normally done in a business center? As it is u didn’t mention the need of any other colour or black and white printer.

    • Darlinton Omeh February 26, 2016

      Type of printer to use it a matter of personal choice and individual preference. Any standard printer is good, you can buy two, one small colour printer and big multipurpose printer.

    • Melody E William’s July 9, 2020

      Yes, it can also. It’s a digital photo printer.

  • million sagar March 18, 2016

    thanks a lot sir i have read so many blogs but urs is so useful and i am planning to start a shop soonly. thaks again i am from india , andhra pradesh state , chittoor districe where balaji temple is located called tirupathi and tirumala, again thanks for ur block it is very useful for begginners who start a shop

    • Darlinton Omeh March 18, 2016

      You are welcome my dear! How is life and business in India? Have a wonderful time starting and running your business.

  • Ndubuisi April 11, 2016

    I have a photocopier, two printers, two computers and a laptop, a modem and a generator. However, I am unable to get funds to buy d spiral binder, laminating machine and Hiti Photo Printer. How do I go about that, sir? Is it advisable to sources for loans? If so, where would you advise?.
    Your reply is highly anticipated.

    Ndu from Owerri.

  • Micah Iyibo April 18, 2016

    This helpful….I will still like to talk with you through email

  • Azuka April 19, 2016

    Nice write up.
    Kindly answer this for me if u would.a friend needs the feedback it advisable to use refill toner for your colour printer as against the original cartridge. The price difference is a lot mind u

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  • Tochukwu Hilary Ezenwa April 30, 2016

    Goodevening Sir, haven gone through ur article and also through those that have their computer center that we’ve seen now making it tremendously; I believe that they started from bit… From my own perspective, though am a teacher, I have the mind set that I would also carry on my teaching work and at the same time running my computer center. But as it stands now I ve a laptop, a modem, a flash and a little cash. Now am asking whether I would start with those materials and also whether the nature of my work will permit me Sir…

  • Rapheal May 9, 2016

    nice one its a good1

  • Abdulkareem June 10, 2016

    I think you’ve done a great job putting this up. Thanks a lot.

  • Tella Ibrahim July 19, 2016

    Thanks for this meaningful information,

    Please where can i get a brand new photocopy machine within the in @ a reasonable price

  • Henry George July 20, 2016

    Thanks for your concise article. Properly motivating and financially sound. God bless you

  • Olayinka July 22, 2016

    Thanks for your motivating article. Very informative and concise.

  • Abiola July 24, 2016

    I found this simply perfect; It is insightful. However, do you run a training/sales outfit? There could be a need for some individuals who have picked interest in this business idea to equip themselves with updated skills in the usage of certain softwares and applications that would enhance their performance. Thank you greatly.

  • mine ojong August 5, 2017

    thanks informative and educative am interested in opening a center at hand, i have one pc of destop, printer, scanner n gen. For now, with the above cant i start operating the biz then with time i can buy the photocopier as the biz expand?

  • white August 7, 2017

    Bro i really thank you for this i saved up to #350k and was trying to waste it on ponzi thanks for this eye opener

  • KINGKAY August 21, 2017

    Wow. this is a valuable info. am just thinking of setting up a computer center after my O.N.D. At least to relief my parent, As a man. this information is so helpful to me. which i will put in my consideration and budget from now on.
    should i just assumed that 400 upward will complete my set up project?
    And please hope there is no any illegal harassment of the Nigeria Governmental body for starting up my computer center without registering it or something like that?

    • Bright E October 3, 2018

      I found this article very useful I have been looking for an information on how to open a business centre.Pls if u have more do well to update me.Thanks

  • Timothy September 17, 2017

    Thanks for this piece. It was really helpful. I can’t fail to tell you I enjoyed the articulation. I’ve bookmarked your blog. K

  • mary November 14, 2017

    This information is really helpful to me, i cant wait to get started

  • Aaron Manty November 15, 2017

    wow!!! in fact you’ve the best article to my taste. thanks a lot. but I hope to talk with you one on one on same plan because I’m about starting. pls if there’s other platform where we can have a chat let me know. once again thanks million times. pray something falls through the crack!!

  • joyus November 24, 2017

    this is powerful , i was thinking how to go about it but now i can do exploit.

  • Augusta November 28, 2017

    Thanks sir but I didn’t see scanner in the budget. Is it that scanner is not necessary?

  • Ai-Bliss Tec December 3, 2017

    I love this, thank u very much …. but I needed your help , I needed a printer that print, copy n scan , at what price do you that will be?

  • Batagarawa December 6, 2017

    In fact, I find this article very helpful as I am currently making my mind towards investing in Computer Business Centre.
    God will reward you.

  • Anabel February 6, 2018

    Thank you Sir, I looking forward in opening a computer business center

  • Sunday Daniel March 28, 2018

    Am so much grateful, that tips is really gonna help me, thank you.

    • Rosemary June 14, 2020

      Thank u a lot Sir, for this advise. But my problem is that I base in Lagos I don’t know the exact area I can establish this business

  • Jane April 2, 2018

    Thanks a lot is a very helpful to me. Thank God for your life

  • Anthony April 18, 2018

    Thanks alot remain bless

  • Anthony April 18, 2018

    Thank you alot, God bless u

  • Toyin May 3, 2018

    Thank you so much for this article. So helpful.
    Please, can you recommend where best to source for items like digital camera, photo printer and which modem is more reliable and cheaper to use. Within Lagos metropolis .
    Thank you .

  • Postmeridian May 11, 2018

    thanks alot, God bless you for this, I am having this in mind in a not too far time from now

  • Bulama Dagona May 15, 2018

    Very thank for your’s special assistance, i got more confidence on this post.

  • Fattyk May 27, 2018

    Thanks so much for this valuable information. Please where in Lagos can I get this devices?

  • Owoeye oluwaseun olamide June 12, 2018

    Good one!!! Please as a student trying to invest in this business, how can such keep on with the business even during his NYSC in a far away state?

  • Amarachukwu July 14, 2018

    Thank s alot for your encouragement.

  • Abdulazeez July 25, 2018

    thanks sir, am really gratefull for this information, God bless u

  • Faithfulness July 30, 2018

    thank you very much
    I am very blessed with this

  • Rossy August 31, 2018

    Thanks a lot. This post has really helped me. God bless you.

  • K-blizz September 13, 2018

    This article just helped me hugely with the start up worries I had on settings up. Tnk u so very much.

  • Francis September 14, 2018

    This article is so helpful. I am planning to start one by early next year.
    Thanks and God bless.

  • HAZARD BENZON December 7, 2018

    I really love this article.

  • Afe Abosede O. December 11, 2018

    This article is so helpful, it really encouraging, am planning to start one soon, please i need to contact you, to ask you more questions.

  • Yetty December 12, 2018

    This is so timely and helpful. Many thanks.

  • PATRICK February 4, 2019

    thank you sir, you just opened my eyes now

  • Olu February 8, 2019

    Great. You have just made the business simple and desiring

  • Sam June 21, 2019

    If its generally called business center here, whats it called abroad?

  • Ozowara Goodluck October 3, 2019

    thanks for the information am really encouraged now

  • Ofuegbe Victor June 14, 2020

    Thanks for the information it was really enlighten, and knowledgeable. I do really appreciate.

  • omon fidelis Izuagba June 17, 2020

    It’s so good to lean thanks

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