In this guide, I will show you how to start cooking gas selling business in Nigeria. Starting a cooking gas business is another good venture to invest in as it has the tendency to be lucrative and profitable if well managed and basic rules, requirements and safety measures are followed and done very well.
Cooking gas is a natural clear gas that is used for cooking and is used in homes and other establishments.
The business involves and entails buying a large amount of cooking gas and keeping and storing them in containers, tanks or cylinders and is then sold to people for cooking domestically and to other people and individuals in other establishments.
This is a business that can be done by almost everyone and is good for those who do not have much money to invest in a business.
The business of selling cooking may sound an expensive business to do, especially as it is perceived by many people to be a high class product and very expensive especially when compared to other cooking alternatives like kerosene, charcoal and firewood.
Cooking gas may be a more expensive cooking alternative but starting the business does not mean you have to break the bank before you start it. You can start on a small scale and gradually grow it to become a big successful business.
Before starting the business or deciding to go into it there are some points you will have to consider like the safety hazards, problems and dangers associated with selling cooking gas.
Gas is a sensitive product and can cause danger and hazard like fire or explosions if it is not properly handled, stored and kept well.
To avoid this and to deal with this potential problem from happening, make sure you install and have safety measures like checking out for any leakages in the tanks, containers or cylinders you are using to store the gas.
To also help with this you should make sure you buy and keep a fire extinguisher nearby to combat any fire outbreak. Also make sure people around do not expose any fire and flammable materials where the gas is stored, like lighting a match stick or smoking around the area as this could be very dangerous.
The dangers explained above should not be enough to discourage you from starting the business, in fact now that you are aware of the potential hazard involved you will be able to properly plan for the business.
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A lot of people are now using cooking gas more these days than in the past which has led to an increase in the demand for the product.
Most people especially in the urban cities and who form the middle class and working class population mostly use cooking gas as they see it as an easier way of cooking.
A lot of people who can afford or try to squeeze out of the little they have to be able to buy cooking gas do so because it is a cleaner means of cooking when compared to other alternatives like cooking with charcoal, firewood and kerosene.
These other alternatives often make cooking to be a messy affair and can make the place of cooking dirty. This is why people opt for cooking gas.
3. Cooking Gas is Used is so many Places
Cooking gas is used in various places and sectors in the economy. Gas is used in homes, offices, schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and other establishments.
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Before starting the business you will have to get adequate training and knowledge on the various aspects on the business to be able to excel and make a success of it.
You will need to learn how and where to buy the gas, how to identify a good quality gas, the materials that you will need to buy to start the business, how to fill up customers cylinders, how you can transfer the products to your shop, the price of gas and a whole lot of other things that need to be learnt and known by you.
Considering the dangers involved in the business, there are certain rules and regulations that must be carried out and met including where the business is sited and located. On your part you should find out the regulations and get approval before starting.
When looking for good location and a place to rent a shop, you should make sure it is first of all sited in the urban areas where most of your customers will be.
Secondly, site your shop near your target market and places where people can afford cooking gas like residential areas, schools, hotels, restaurants and others.
Also make sure your place is spacious enough to accommodate the cylinders and to prevent any hazard or danger.
You could start the business from home provided you are in a good location and have enough space and meet the requirements to start.
This is a good business to do especially if it is properly planned and manage. Conduct a feasibility study, register the business and ensure you meet all the requirements by the government before starting the business.
To aid the business and help you gain ground ahead of your competitors, you can make your prices cheaper for a start or give a discount to customers who purchase the product for a certain number of times.
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Have a good customer service as this will keep people coming back and help you in maintaining and growing the business.