Computer shops are the norm for many people nowadays, and the people who run them are the ones doing the most to make them popular.
They are often the first stop in an aspiring young entrepreneur’s quest to get started.
This is one reason why they have seen an explosion in popularity.
In fact, according to a survey conducted by a consultancy firm in April 2017, more than half of India’s IT professionals surveyed said they had taken up jobs with IT shops.
In the year ended March 2018, there were more than 1.75 million IT shop openings in India.
There were also more than 4.25 million computer shops, a whopping 20 per cent increase from the year before.
“The number of computer shop openings has grown to more than 60 lakhs from 30 lakhs in the year prior,” said B.K. Pandey, managing director at consultancy firm Deloitte India.
“There are a lot of reasons for this, including the fact that we are seeing an influx of students from abroad,” he said.
Students have also been coming to India to study technology and become part of the IT industry.
There are many opportunities to work in a computer shop.
Many of the shops are open from 9 am to 9 pm, and there are also free-time programs and free internet cafes.
It’s no wonder, then, that the number of students working in computer shops is growing.
There is a need for new hires as well, as they will have to face a different set of challenges, Pandey said.
There have been a lot more startups, as well.
More than 100 IT companies have been listed on the Nasdaq-listed India Tech Index this year.
Some of the top ones include Pabna Technology Pvt Ltd, a software developer-focused firm in Mumbai; and Kalaikunda Software Pvt.
Ltd, an IT services company in Hyderabad.
Many other startups are on the way to making it big.
For instance, Infosys Inc, which is the largest technology company in India, recently raised $2 billion from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd for a cloud computing company.
It plans to open offices in Bengaluru and Hyderabad in the next few months.
But these are just the beginning of the big trends that are shaping the future of India, said Ashish Kumar, CEO of IndiaTech.
“If you look at the history of India Tech, the country has been a pioneer of the internet.
But now, we are in the first phase of the second phase,” Kumar said.
A few years ago, many Indians would have scoffed at the idea of building an internet service provider.
But with the emergence of e-commerce, digital technology, and cloud computing, they are now starting to believe that India is going to be a tech superpower.
“Now, there is a lot going on, and more and more people are making use of this technology,” Kumar added.
This trend will continue as the country matures and the economy expands.
As more people join the workforce, it will be even harder to fill vacancies, said Sanjay Gupta, managing partner at consultancy Technopak India.
And the job market is not going to get any better for many years to come.
“It will not be a surprise if we see more job losses in the years to follow.
So, we should keep investing in the Indian economy, not just in the IT sector,” he added.
So how do you become a successful computer shop owner?
You need to find a niche.
This means you need to cater to the needs of different segments.
“You need to be able to attract a broad customer base,” Gupta said.
So a shop might be a one-stop shop for students, for whom they offer a variety of courses and free online courses.
“We are offering students a range of courses,” said Manoj Gupta, founder and managing director of the software startup AppViz.
“In addition to those, we offer courses for professionals, software developers, and entrepreneurs, among others,” he explained.
“Our clients can choose from courses in any of the areas, from cloud computing to data analysis.
There’s something for everybody,” he concluded.
There has been an explosion of startup companies in India over the last few years, but the trend is not over.
The IT industry needs to find more creative ways to meet the needs and needs of its customers.
“They will come back to the market once they find a way to make money from it,” Gupta added.