Here in this post, we are going to bring to you Steps To Start a Computer School in Nigeria. We hope you find this educating and useful.
Computers and ICT devices have risen to hold key roles in schools, homes and many workplaces. A lot of Individuals need to acquire basic skills so that they know how to operate a computer.
Furthermore, people learn skills such as sending emails, conducting Internet research, creating word processing documents and creating presentations.
These basic computer skills help students or workers achieve success in their career when they are utilized for processing and presenting information.
Overview Computer School in Nigeria Business
The ability to rightly use a computer has become important criteria to work in most industries. However, as technology continues to develop, the majority of employees in a specified field may not have the basic skills necessary to utilize the computer-based tools for that specified field.
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Computers are evolving and research is going on to improve the capacity of these systems. Computers are in our home, place of work and in our schools and as these computers grow, there are a lot of new changes that will require more knowledge to utilize.
This is where computer schools come into play, your job is to provide courses for specified durations that will educate individuals on how to utilize a computer system properly.
Some computer schools I am familiar with charge about 70,000 naira for a single course, and many of them have more than 60 students.
So in general, with a conducive and well-stocked computer school, you can be making more than four million naira a year.
Steps to Start a Computer School in Nigeria
Now that I have interested you with the financial possibility of this business, it is now time I tell you how to begin this profitable business of starting your own computer training centre.
Conduct a Research Study
No pilot wants to fly a plane blind. This is a phrase that can be related to not studying a business before delving in it. The last thing you want for your business is starting it with little or no knowledge about the business.
So I strongly recommend you conduct a research on the business, writing out how much it will cost to set up, to maintain and prospective income from the business.
Gain knowledge in various computer programs and courses that are useful in the business world. Some of such programs include; word processing, presentation, database and spreadsheet programs, are ubiquitous across most industries, so learning to use them in every aspect may prove beneficial to you and your student.
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Raise Sufficient Capital
Starting a computer school is really capital intensive, due to the numerous raw materials needed. However, with about One million naira, excluding your office rent, you should be able to set up a conducive and standard computer school. There are so many ways to raise this capital, I will give you hints on a few.
You can check out Tech blogs regularly, to find out when there is an organization ready to sponsor any company in Nigeria.
You can also acquire this capital from investors that will want to see your business plan, for them to invest and probably hold a share in the company.
There is always an option of family and friends, you can meet them to help you raise sufficient funds to start your business, through contributions.
Rent/Buy a property
Depending on your budget, you can decide to either buy or rent a suitable office for your business. This office doesn’t have to be the size of a football stadium, however, make sure it is not too small either because that is where you will be storing all your equipment and learning tool.
I strongly advise that you rent or buy a property in the urban territory of your environment, nobody wants to trek into a village just to attend a computer tutorial.
Purchase the Required Facilities
By facilities, I also mean furniture, learning tools and obviously computers. To start a computer school, you need to ensure that you can provide power supply throughout your students’ classes, and since Nigerian Electricity sector is epileptic, it is paramount that you purchase a generator set.
A good generator set capable of carrying the voltage load of 20 computer set, goes for about 50 to 60,000 naira. It is advisable that you purchase desktops, instead of laptops.
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Register Your Business
No government takes education likely, no matter the type or form. So to make sure you are not harassed by any government agency, I will strongly advise that you register your business with all the required agencies.
First of all, visit any CAC office closest to you, tell them you want to register your business and they will present you with a form to fill.
The first and most important reason why people register their business is for something called corporate personality.
Under Nigerian law, there is a legal framework where a company is deemed to be a separate legal entity from the individual(s) who created/run it. Therefore the company has powers to enter into contracts, buy property, own property etc.
This is a very crucial part of your business, bad employees can ruin a business faster than poor funding or other problems.
You will want to employ capable graduates in computer-related fields, who have not only the skill to teach but the patience to impart knowledge on individuals with little or no knowledge of computers.
I will advise you go for graduates instead of ordinary diploma holders when prospective students see that you are professional enough to employ first degree holders, they will most likely choose your computer training school.
Market your business
‘A bad product with good marketing will do better than a good product with a bad marketing’
Carry this ideology with you, and you will understand that at the end of production of anything, it is marketing where all efforts should be put into.
Write out all of the advertising and marketing means you plan on exploiting to discover clients, whether they be direct marketing, online advertising, print advertising or broadcast advertising.
Know the particular venues in which you plan to advertise, and make a detailed plan of how much money you plan on spending for such advertising.
Starting a computer training school is no easy task. However, with the right amount of commitment you can make a reasonable profit from your struggles.
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