Cooking gas business is fast becoming one of the most lucrative businesses in Nigeria. And this is because the number of people making use of gas cooker is on the rise.
There is also another reason why this business can be very rewarding for those buoyant enough to invest into it: Every customer is more like a life customer because they will always come back as soon they run out of gas.
However, it is important to note that it takes extra carefulness to keep the business running in other to avoid a hazardous situation; because the risk of fire explosion is common due to the high inflammable nature of liquefied natural gas.
Be that as it may, the above risk can be checked by indulging in safety practices which include constant checking of cylinders and hose to avoid unknown leakage.
Also, it should be a thing of law that under no circumstance should any form of fire be allowed to come within the vicinity of operation.
That being said, we shall proceed to what you need to take into consideration before venturing into the business.
Here are five things you should know before starting a cooking gas business
1. Good location
Location plays a very vital role in the progressiveness of the business. And the worst mistake you will ever make is to site your business in a location where your target customers can’t be found.
Know where the numbers of people using gas cookers are higher than those using kerosene stove and situate your business in that locality..
At the same time, it should not be too close to residential buildings due to the hazards associated with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
2. Build your gas station/buy cylinders
When it comes to this, it is how big you intend to start that counts. If you’re starting as a major distributor, you will have to build your own mini gas station. But if you’re starting as a retailer with a cubic store, then gas cylinders will have to take the place of gas station.
However, you should remember to structure wherever you’ll be using in such a way that where the gas cylinders will be kept for filling is safe and a bit distant from where cash transactions will be made.
3. Employ skilled staffs
Cooking gas business is not the type of business only you can do all by yourself. The burdensomeness in it won’t make it possible.
However, you can always find competent hands to hire if you really want to make the business work.
Employ a technician, a cashier as it will help foster the growth of the business.
4. Find out the necessary license and obtain it
It is always stressful to obtain the necessary license when it comes to this business; so stressful it is that people tend to give up the process sometimes.
However, it is advisable that you meet an oil and gas consultant who will guide you through the whole process in other to make it less stressful.
5. Advertise your business
People will patronize you if they know that your business exists. And one of the quickest ways to make your business known is through advertisement.
Find a convenient way to promote the business and your effort will pay off in time.