Joburg Internet Cafe workshop postponed

Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton CityDue to unforeseen circumstances I’ve been forced to move the date of the next Internet Cafe workshop schedules for this Saturday. The primary reason for this is that I’ve been on a short break in Uitenhage and on Sunday missed my flight back to Johannesburg. My car has been parked at OR Tambo airport for 3 weeks and I have to drive directly to Rustenburg from Tuesday till Thursday to deliver 7 talks to parents, teachers and children at Selly Park Convent Primary School, Selly Park High School, Fields College Primary School. Fields College High School and Lebone II.

So the new date is Thursday, 18 March 9am-5pm. And the venue remains Sandton Library on Nelson Mandela Square. Any queries? Please post your questions below as comments. More updates will be posted on this announcement.

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Internet cafe business 2010 workshops schedule

Ramon Thomas teaching Internet Cafe workshops in JohannesburgThis announcement is two years overdue. So I apologise to my loyal readers who have persisted in asking me about past Internet Cafe workshops. This is what you have been waiting for!

NETucation is South Africa’s leading experts on the Internet Cafe industry, and we are the only organisation to conduct training on how to set-up the Internet Cafe from scratch. These workshops are conducted only twice per annum because it is a very specialised course an curriculim we follow that is updated on annual basis to take all Internet and broadband trends into consideration.

Cybercafe workshops are design to help entrepreneurs with no knowledge of the Internet or small business enter this sector of the Internet industry.

We are proud to announce the 2010 workshop schedule in association with:

Yusuf Mahomedy regularly writes for The Star Workplace and HR Future on employment and jobs. He will teach all the basics of moving from employment to self-employed and running a business that employs people. He also co-presented the previous workshop with us in 2008. And we have also recruited Thuto Moshile, the owner of the largest network of Internet Cafes in the Vaal Triangle. While we focus on the Internet business strategies, computer hardware, networking equipment and software for time management, billing and point of sale solutions.

There will be an interactive Q&A section for all delegates irrespective of your background, skills or experience in this industry. So feel free to post comments below with all your questions before hand and we will answer them in detail. Also bring along any documentation like business plans or application forms for government funding.

What is this training worth to you? This workshops covers the following and more:

  • Small business basics
  • Bookkeeping, Tax, UIF, hiring employees
  • Government funding vs loans
  • Internet Cafe location planning
  • Computer Hardware renting or buying, technical support, becoming a reseller
  • Internet Cafe software, Point of Sales (POS), CRM sales software to track clients
  • Direct marketing strategies with flyer’s, SMS, etc
  • Staff training
  • Billing & Time management strategies
  • VOIP set-up and packages
  • Wireless hotspots
  • Additional revenue streams
  • Business plan basics
  • Q&A about your situation, your location
  • Google, Websites, Online marketing

You save hundreds of hours of research because we have done that already for you. You receive my recommendations on all hardware and other equipment from preferred suppliers; and what we go into detail on what Internet Service Providers to use because we have evaluated the options to gain the best price/performance ratios. Translated this could save you tends of thousands of Rand, which can be better spent on your own training and marketing. You can get going much quicker after this workshop, and you will have more confidence in the success of your new small business venture. We are here to help you have more freedom, more flexibility, more cash flow and create jobs while uplifting your communities, increasing Internet literacy in your region, and giving the people cheaper, faster and quicker access to the world through the Web, email, VOIP and online social networking.

JOHANNESBURG WORKSHOPS INFORMATION

 

Wanna start your own Internet Cafe in 2008?

First Internet Cafe Workshop Johannesburg 2007After many, many requests the next date for the 2008 Internet Cafe workshop has been set. Please note I only do ONE workshop every 6 months like this. The next one will be in Cape Town in November.

** All workshops have been postponed till 2009 **

Now I am proud to announce I have an excellent business trainer with me, Yusuf Mahomedy, who regularly writes for The Star Workplace and HR Future on employment and jobs. He will teach all the basics of moving from employment to self-employed and running a business that employs people. While I will focus on the Internet business strategies, computer hardware and networking equipment and software for time management and billing your Internet time. There is going to be an interactive Q&A section so write out all your questions before hand and we will answer them in detail. Also bring along any documentation like business plans or application forms for government funding.

What is this training worth to you? A 4-hour half-day workshops covering:

  • Small business basics
  • Bookkeeping, Tax, UIF, hiring employees
  • Government funding vs loans
  • Internet Cafe set-up (hardware/software)
  • Direct marketing strategies with flyer’s, SMS, etc
  • Ongoing training for you and your staff
  • Billing & Time management system to sell airtime
  • VOIP set-up and packages
  • Additional revenue streams
  • Business plan basics
  • Q&A about your situation, your location

You can save hundreds of hours of research because I have done that already for you. You will receive my recommendations on all equipment and what Internet connections to use because I have evaluated most of the options for the best price/performance ratios. Translated this could save you thousands of Rands, which can be better spent on your own training and marketing. You can get going quicker, and have more confidence of the success of your new small business venture: An Internet Cafe or to help you have more freedom, more cash flow and create jobs while uplifting your communities computer literacy and giving them access the world through email, VOIP and the Web.

Trainers:

Date: Saturday, 31 May 2008
Venue: Sandton Library (on Nelson Mandela Square)
Time: 8am-12h30pm (4 hours)
Cost: R300 per person or R500 for 2 people

RSVP: Cell. 082 9407137 with your # of people and your full contact details.

You will receive a CD with audio, video resources on strategic planning, business building, marketing and sales. It also contains a sample Internet Cafe business plan. And 1-hour consultation (value R750) with me to discuss your needs in private. This may have to be done telephonically (at your cost) as I travel frequently across South Africa on lectures and talks.

 

Summary of the first Internet Cafe workshop

First Internet Cafe Workshop JohannesburgThank you very much for attending our first workshop on Saturday, 24th March. This e-mail is a summary of what was discussed and some suggestions on the next steps for you to consider.

If you have your deposit and a venue contact Terry to place your order on (011) 8346755 contact Ramon Thomas.

The aim of these workshops is to set the scene for those of you who have considered running and Internet Cafe as a small business. This is not yet a franchise business but we are considering that option. The main points we discussed is as follows:

  1. The infrastructure components of the Internet Cafe
  2. The benefits and advantages of this type of small business
  3. Revenue sources
  4. Background on the Internet industry
  5. Background on Ramon Thomas (NETucation) / Terry Mohlala (Terry Computers)
  6. Basic Costs Breakdown + Income Estimations
  7. Internet Cafe Industry Portal www.internetcafedirectory.co.za

To download the Powerpoint Presentation click here. If you have problems downloading the presentation please reply to this e-mail and I’ll send it to you. I’ve decided not to attach the presentation to make this e-mail as small as possible.

Get Your Copy of the Workshop DVD

Ramon Thomas explaining Revenue SourcesAs you may know a recording was made of the workshop including the Q&A and this is available on DVD. To purchase this DVD simply call Terry on (011) 8346755.

Business Plan and Financing

The first problem most people face in starting a business is financing the business. The starting point when seeking financing is to have a business plan. So I’m sending you a sample business plan – also attached. This needs some work from your part to rewrite with your own details and work through some of the numbers. Again through the Business Place you can access experts that will help you writing your business plan. Please contact them via their website here: www.thebusinessplace.co.za or call them on (011) 836 9000.

Marketing Research

If you have some uncertainties about your market size, your competition and you feel like you need some research to be more sure about setting up an Internet Cafe contact me directly on 082 9407137. I am happy to meet with you at your earliest convenience to take this further…

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First Internet Cafe SME workshop and industry portal launched

A black empowered joint venture is hosting the first workshop for people who wish to start an Internet Cafe as a small business this weekend. And a new industry portal www.internetcafedirectory.co.za is being launched at the same time.

22 March 2007 (Johannesburg): The Internet Cafe industry is set for a boom between now and 2010. In part, this is because of growing demand from the general population, tourists, and students who live outside of major metropolitan areas.

According to Ramon Thomas, Managing Director of NETucation, a leading online research organisation, who has conducted original research into the Internet Cafe industry, “This is an important step to the growing demand for advice on setting up an Internet Cafe as a small business since delivering my iWeek 2004 presentation.”

This workshop is a joint venture between NETucation and Terry Computers and, both black empowered businesses founded by a growing class of young black entrepreneurs who are technology savvy and offer ground breaking contributions in the ICT industry.

“We believe there is huge potential for people to start businesses in the Internet Cafe industry because we see the demand in our offices every day,” says Terrence Mohlala, founder of Terry Computers.

At the Internet Cafe SME workshop, a new industry portal which aims to provide support to the growing number of Cafe’s around the country will be launched. The portal currently lists 145 cafes including those listed in Swaziland and Lesotho. The website allows users to review and rate the cafes they have used and at the same time offers advice for owners of Internet Cafe owners.

The workshop will give cover the following topics:

  • State of the Internet industry in South Africa
  • Business Models
  • Marketing Support
  • Revenue Models
  • Hardware and Software solutions
  • Financial Support, Business Plans and Loans
  • Skills development and Staff Training

Workshop details

  • Date: Saturday, 24 March 2007
  • Time: 9am-11am
  • Venue: 3rd Floor, The Business Place, 58 Marshall Street, Johannesburg
  • Fee: R10 per person (includes drink)
  • RSVP: Call Tel 082 9407137

Media Contacts:

Ramon Thomas
Managing Director, NETucation
Mobile 082 940 7137
ramon@ramonthomas.com
Terrence Mohlala
Owner, Terry Computer Services
Tel. 011 834 6755
terrycomputers@telkomsa.net
 

Invitation to Internet Cafe workshop

At iWeek 2004 I delivered a ground breaking presentation: “The State of the Internet Cafe industry in South Africa.” Since that time I’ve received numerous queries from people who want to set-up cyber cafes and I’ve not always had my ducks in a row. However, I’ve continued to gather information on this topic and consulted here and there with some clients who set-up cafe’s from scratch.

One of the outcomes is www.internetcafedirectory.co.za which is still in beta – so your feedback is welcome.

Recently I met an amazing young black guy, Terrence Mohlala, who has a Internet cafe business offering and I’m helping him to develop this further into a more complete solution. Hey mainly sells computer hardware and does some basic end-user training from his own Internet cafe in Joburg.

Today we had agreed on a joint venture where I will offer research and marketing to his clients and I will refer all the queries to him from the iWeek presentation mentioned above. Our aim here is to bring this to the widest possible audience i.e. the Internet cafe as a viable small business.

I’ve always believed the more Internet cafes means more Internet users, which leads to more economic growth over the medium term. Professor Hans Rosling produces evidence for a direct link between Internet access and economic success in his 2006 presentation at TED.

So on Saturday, 24 March @9am we’re hosting an open workshop for people interested in starting Internet Cafe’s at the following venue: 2nd Floor, 58 Marshall Street, 3rd Floor, Johannesburg

Its easy to book your seat for these workshops by calling 082 9407137.