What you Need in a Computer Rental Shop
If you are planning to go into business, one of the most promising enterprise right now is computer rentals. Although people have their computers at home, most do not lug them around when they commute or when they are in the office. It’s vastly inconvenient. There is also too much people in libraries where internet access is free. Another idea is to add a coffee shop where people can chill and have a cup while chatting with friends over the internet or doing some research.
Another advantage of putting up a computer rental company as opposed to other businesses is the fact that you don’t have to spend so much. Here are some of the things that you might need when getting into this industry.
1. Computer terminals
With PCs not all that expensive anymore, you can probably buy a lot for a few thousand dollars. Take advantage of big sales when buying and because you will be buying in bulk, you may even get to enjoy additional discounts for the lot. Computer terminals include a monitor, a keyboard and a CPU.
Make sure though that you also check what you are buying. When you are running a business, it pays to have more sturdier equipment as they will be used 24/7 by different kinds of people. Easily-broken stuff will not last long in a business environment so also think of that fact when doing your budget.
2. Internet access
This goes in two ways. You first need a modem that for the computer terminal. Modems can be internal or external. Most PCs in the market already have their own modems inside but ask the seller just the same so that you can be sure. External modems are pretty expensive. Another requirement for the internet is the phone line. You need to have a line before you can use the internet. This is especially true if you are using dial up access although this is already considered passé. The last requirement is of course the internet service provider, the company that will provide you with the internet access. You can either go for the broadband service or the dial up. Some businesses go for WiFi which the “in” thing right now.
3. Tables and chairs
Another important equipment that you need when putting up a computer rental shop is the tabletops and the chairs. Make sure that they are comfortable to use and big enough to house the computer terminals that you bought. To ensure the smooth flow of purchasing, check out first the size of the location and then scout for tables and chairs. You will or less be able to determine just how many terminals you will need. That way, you will know if the tables and chairs that you are eyeing can fit right through the space.
4. Cashier or a system of paying
Often, computer rental shops operate on a per hour basis. When you log in, you are timed until the very last minute of your computer use. Your time will be rounded off to the nearest half hour or hour depending on your policy. So decide on that. Check the other rental shops in the area for a system of payment. You can also look into the way the computer rental shop price their services.