If you have been walking around the lobby of your shop or business lately, wondering how you can bring in more business or earn more money with what you already have going for you, then this post is for you! Every business has internet in 2018, it's practically unavoidable! Whether it's your POS system, or whatever else you have in your shop, there's bound to be something that runs on internet. So, if you already have internet in your shop and you're looking for a way to earn some extra cash, keep reading!
Maybe you have heard of some of the new WiFi access point devices that have been hitting the shelves that have the ability to broadcast a guest network and do fun things like track your users and capture email addresses for you. That's all fine and awesome, but there is a better way to do it and take it a step further! Start by buying one of THESE (Click Here)bad boys. This is a Unifi Access Point Pro. Not only is it an incredible WiFi access point that for the price gives you an insane bang for your buck, but it has the ability to do something called a "captive portal." What a captive portal does, is when someone joins your guest WiFi network, it shows a webpage that can be customized with whatever you want on it. That could be huge for any business that wants to give its customers the option for a free WiFi hotspot. You can do anything on it from offering your own coupons, capturing customer information for sending them deals down the road, or even displaying ads from other partnership businesses and even google's adsense!
Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)
What you do is very simple. You buy one of these Unifi access points, click on the picture or link above to be taken to the correct one. Plug it into your network router with the supplied power injector and Cat5 cables. Follow This tutorial on how to setup a Unifi Controller. Once your controller is setup, go into the "guest control" menu and customize your captive portal to your heart's content! From here you can get creative about whether you are looking to showcase other businesses, products of your own or harvest information from clients. All of these methods are very simple and creating the necessary images or text to do that with the unifi controller is very easy as well. If you would like someone to help you make your captive portal page look more professional or if you want to add any special functionality, you can reach out to us at AwesomeWebsites and we would be happy to help you do that.
I have seen businesses like FreeLynk make entire companies around just making captive portals and running business ads on them, so if they can make a whole company on this idea, you could do it too to earn a couple extra bucks! At the very least, you'll be making your customers very happy by offering WiFi to them. In 2018, people have come to expect free WiFi everywhere they go, so jumping on that bandwagon (or gravy train) can be nothing but a good thing for you and your business! If you need help or have questions, feel free to comment below and we'll do the best we can to help you start making your internet make you money!