The VTU business is amongst the most versatile and lucrative businesses to startup in Nigeria. VTU means virtual top up and it involves vending a certain range of products and services to customers. These products include; airtime and data on all networks, cable subscriptions, electricity bill payments, recharge card selling, WAEC and NECO pins and much more. If you’ve been into the business, at a point you’ll wonder how to create and own a VTU website of your own.
Things you must do before owning a VTU website
- You must have a clear understanding about how mobile operators work (MTN, GLO, Airtel, 9mobile). Things like checking data balance, airtime balance, subscription codes should not be new to you.
- You must have a strong internet connection, a solid smartphone and computer
- Gain a little experience in the VTU business by selling to customers directly. Lack of experience my cause fatal losses.
- Have a well laid out budget, the more features you require, the more money involved.
- Have a plan for marketing and promotions for once the website is done.
- Get a domain and web hosting and find yourself a solid web developer.
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I hope the image of what’s involved is getting a little bit clearer now. Good, moving forward…
Methods you can use to get a VTU website in Nigeria.
Develop Your VTU Website From Scratch
To achieve this, you must have skills in web development or you find a web developer to build your VTU website from scratch. This method is the most expensive way to own a VTU website and requires a huge sum of capital. It can cost you anywhere from as low as 80,000 to over 300,000 naira. Keep in mind, the more features you want, the more expensive it gets.
Buy an Already Made VTU Script and Edit to Taste
This method also requires a developer if you do not posses programming skills. It cuts down the cost required to build a VTU website by a mile. This price slash is because you have an existing script and all you need is a developer to edit some certain features to your taste. Although, this method poses one of the biggest risks, buying a script from someone means your website is already exposed and can be easily hacked. Viruses and bugs could have already been planted in that script also, there is a problem of finding a developer who can work on the programming language the script was written in.
Partner with an Existing VTU site and own a Portal under them
This is probably one of the best options on the table because it has multiple advantages. The company you’ll own a site under will handle most of the backend heavy lifting. Your website will be completely secured and you will spend a considerably small amount of money to get it all done. The trick here is finding a website with ridiculously cheap prices for their api users and we personally recommend CYBER DATA HUB. To achieve this simply visit the website, www.cyberdata.ng sign up, and order your VTU website. It costs about 60,000 naira.
Creating and owning a VTU website in Nigeria is no easy task irrespective on how you do it. You need to be prepared, well planned and available in order to execute it successfully. With these methods above, we hope you now have a better understanding on how to proceed. Choose wisely the best method that will suit you, avoid losses at all costs and good luck out there. We will update this article with more methods that’ll help you. Don’t forget to subscribe so you wont miss an update.
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