If you wish to Start Computer Training Centre In Nigeria, here is the perfect guide for you. From companies to private firms, students to individuals, the need for computer literacy crisscrosses the nooks and crannies of today’s society. Computers make jobs easier and faster.
Also, increased digitization of almost anything today has informed the increased strive for computer literacy by all and sundry.
It is upon these premises, therefore, that the need for Computer Training Centres in Nigeria is birthed. These are places where computer skills are formally taught.
The dramatic quest for computer literacy skills informs the proliferation of Computer Training Centres in Nigeria today.
It is a lucrative business as there is an almost assured customer prospect. It could even be less competitive, but this depends on your locality.
People who are in this business make good returns on investment monthly. In Computer Training Centre business, you generate funds from registration and programme fees, sales of manuals and handbooks, practical fees etc.
Aside from these, you could lease your Computer Training Centre for CBT and professional examinations. Examples of such include JAMB CBT, NOUN CBT, Mobil/NNPC Scholarships, other Scholarship examinations and General Computer-based tests.
As you can see, this business is lucrative. This business guide takes you through the intricacies of starting a successful Computer Training Centre in Nigeria today.
Requisite Skills For Running A Computer Training Centre Successfully
First, you cannot offer what you do not have. So, you must possess computer expertise before can training people on computer usage. This includes an in-depth knowledge of computer hardware and/or software packages.
Some of the programs you must be proficient in include Ms. Office packages, Graphics packages, Utility tools, etc. You can gain all these skills by first undergoing computer tutelage in a traditional computer school or online.
You need both hands-on skills and management experiences. So, consider taking a position as a computer trainer, a staff in an established computer school or a manager.
However, if you are not good in computer skills, lack the requisite operational and management experience, and do not wish to learn any of these, you can employ trained personnel with proficiency in these areas to handle the various aspect of the business for you.
Public Speaking Skills
Regardless of who is teaching or managing your computer training centre, good public speaking skills are situational to the success of your business. This is necessary to adequately explain and practically demonstrate concepts taught in class.
Leadership and Coordination skills
Your ability to lead and be followed aright is a propeller to the success of your Computer Training Centre. Good leadership and coordination skills will assist in the coordination and management of your staff, students and others within and outside your business premises.
Finance & Startup Costs/Capital
The estimates below are close to actual but subject to change, depending on time and location.
1. Rental fee (include the cost of room partitioning, painting, finishing etc.): N250,000.
2. Cost of 10 Desktop/Laptop computers sets at N30,000 each: N300,000
3. 2 commercial printers at N30,000 each: N60,000
4. Generator Set: N50,000
5. Computer desks for 10 students at N5,000 each: N50,000.
6. 3 Ceiling/Standing Fans units at N10,000 each: N30,000.
7. 3 Teachers’ salaries for 3 months at N20,000 per month: N60,000.
8. Lightening, installations, whiteboard, etc.: N120,000.
9. Miscellaneous: N50, 000
Estimated Grand Total: N970,000
Tools & Equipment Needed
The beauty of this business is that you can start small and grow with the business. almost all the computer training equipment can be cheaply sourced locally.
They must not be new, you can start with fairly used tools and equipment, a.k.a. Tokunbo. See some of them below:
1. Computers Systems: Desktop monitors, System Units, Mouse, other accessories
2. Software Packages
3. Whiteboard and Markets
6. Office Tables
7. Computer Desks and Chairs
8. Books, Manuals, textbooks, workbooks
9. Business cards: for advertisement and marketing
10. Internet connection gadgets: modem, router, internet cables etc.
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Siting your Computer Training Centre somewhere close to a school or high traffic density environment is highly recommended.
Wherever you site the business, ensure that it has a buying spirit and has a sizable (high) daily influx of vehicular and human traffic.
Consider hiring a few staffs to assist you in running the centre, especially when your students base begins to swell. These should be well-trained and competent professionals with years’ experience in the business. Endeavor to orientate them on the modus-operandi of your firm. They need training too.
Never employ a quack. Always prove their teaching competency and capacity to impart knowledge. This is because not everyone who has the knowledge can teach. Other potential members of staff include receptionist/secretary, accountant, cleaner etc.
To be clean before the of law enforcement and government agents, endeavor to legalize your business by registering it with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, CAC. You should also consider registering with partner associations within this business line.
This is a training business, hence issuing of certificates is a must. Design these beforehand and issue them to the qualified students upon the satisfactory completion of a programme.
Students Curriculum Design
As a school, you need a curriculum which typifies the modules and modes of knowledge transfer. Hand this over to your teachers to follow meticulously.
Review them periodically and make necessary changes and updates. Ensure that your training curriculum is standard, useful and up-to-date.
Alternative Income Streams
A quick way to generate extra income from your computer training centre in Nigeria is to sell handouts to the students. This is where students will submit assignments and do practical exercises.
Add Other Services
You can as well offer custom computer services such as design cards (wedding card, complimentary cards etc.), typing services, graphics designs etc.
You can even give out these jobs to your students as class work or assignments. Funnily, while they “eat” the grades, you make the money.
Marketing & Advertisement
To create awareness about your business, there is the need to engage in vigorous and viral publicity. This can be done over the internet, in national and local tabloids, magazines, handbills and/or flyers.
You can equally send proposal letters to corporate bodies like churches, schools etc., informing them of your services. Stress the strategic importance your business centre has or can have to their businesses and clients.
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