Almost all modern homes now use Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) also known as cooking gas, as a means to heat and cook food. Thanks to the Federal Government intervention, fire wood, charcoal and kerosene stoves are now going into extinction gradually.
What does this means to entrepreneur around Nigeria? It means this is just another profitable business opportunity to venture into. In this guide, I will show you how you can start a mini gas filling station.
Before I proceed further, there is one skill you will need before you can fully dive into this business and that’s the technical know-how on how to fill a gas cylinder bottle, you can learn that in 3 days by going to any near-by gas station and paying a minimal training fee.
One of the advantages of starting this business is that there is a constant demand to fill cooking gas, a 5 kg of cooking gas last barely a month (though that might differ from home to home and the amount of what each home cook) but the point I am trying to make here is that you are sure of getting loyal customers who will keep on returning at least each month, thus making this a very lucrative business to start.
In order to start this business you will need the following:
A piece of land (space)
A gas Cap
A gas regulator
Few gas cylinder bottle.
(Depending on how big you want to this business to be)
Let me explain somethings that will be crucial to your business and can determine how well your business will move and they are:
If you have a piece of land no matter how small, can be great and also save you quite a lot of money else you will need to either rent or least a land. You do not really need to worry as there are lot some free land space especially around the road side across Nigeria.
When choosing a place to use, remember to do a market survey; choose areas that has lot of resident building as you might end up becoming the general supplier of cooking gas (that’s if you don’t already have a competitor around that area).
When you have done your finding and you have seen where you think will be perfect for your business, you can then start finding the appropriate authorities in charge of that territory so you don’t face any problems in the future.
BUILDING A STRUCTURE
Housing the equipment you will use in your business is a good move, though some will decline the idea and call it a waste of resources and money. But it’s actually a way to show your potential customers that you are serious about your business.
The structures should be wide enough to house your equipment and maybe a little space to put a chair in case you want to sit down and relax.
GETTING YOUR EQUIPMENT.
One of good part in this business is that you do not need heavy equipment to establish this business and the equipment you will need are cheap and is solely dependent on how big you want your business to stand.
Where you wish to establish your business determine where you will buy this equipment, if there is a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) depot around you, then you can source those item there or from where you might do your training.
To be of the good and safe side, I would suggest you register your business name with Cooperate Affair Commission (CFC)
BRANDING AND MARKETING
Most multi-million and billion naira business we see today all started from somewhere, it takes determination, hard work, branding and marketing to put where they are today.
Instead of following the usual pattern most gas station owners follow, you can decide to be different by printing stickers that you can be placed on your customer’s cylinders, which can contain your business name, address, contact details and most especially the kinds of services you offer.
The cost of starting this business totally depends on you and your environment and also on the style you manage the business but an aggregate sum of ₦150,000 – ₦200,000, should be enough for a start.
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In summary, starting this business might look stressful but when you measure the profit and impact you will make around your neighbourhood then you can see that it’s worth it.