Are you interested in starting up a bottled water production business? Are you in any way in need of a guide to boost your knowledge about the business? Then, i suggest you go through this thread for i know it will indeed be helpful to you. Bottled water is a drinking water that is distilled and packaged in a bottle or a plastic container; the water can either be distilled water, spring water or mineral water. Bottled water are in two forms, they are: . Carbonated water . Non carbonated water Bottled water can come in different sizes; it could be big or small size. Starting up a bottled water production is indeed a good option for those who intend to start up a new business in Nigeria. It is a good business to go into and also profitable. If there be anyone who has some doubts about the business or about how profitable the business could be; here are some reasons to venture into this business and i hope it's enough to clear your doubts. Don't forget that your opinions and contributions will be appreciated. Some Good Reasons Why You Should Start a Bottled Water Company 1. Water is in top list of market demand-: Water is always in demand because it is an imperative means for survival and everybody needs water to live. It is used for so many reasons; it is used for drinking, cooking, washing and also for commercial uses. That’s the reason why the business is very lucrative. 2. Awareness in health consciousness There is an increase in health consciousness now, people are being watchful of what they eat and drink; so as to avoid diseases such as typhoid, cancer, obesity and also live longer. For this reason the need for buying distilled water by consumers comes in. When consumers are interested in your products or goods your business will indeed turn out to be profitable 3. The profit margin is very high Water, being the most important raw material for bottled water production is readily available for free. All you need to do is have a borehole drilled and setup, and the steady supply of water is made available to you. Other equipments needed for the production of the bottled water can either be bought in the marketplace or outsourced (Bottles and labels). 4. Creating employment opportunities for people This business is not one that can be handled by a single person. So, you have to employ workers that will help with the activities of the business. Even though you are starting for the first time, you will still need the help of some workers who will help in cleaning the containers, operating the machines, distributing the bottled water, loading the distribution trucks or vans, etc. Note: if you do not have the capital to start the production of bottled water, you could join any of the bottle water production companies and act as a distributor or delivery sales man in the company. How to Start a Bottled Water Production Company 1. Conduct a market research For this business to be a success, it has to established and run with the outmost delligence, experience and knowledge about the business . This is where conducting a market research comes in. Get to know the demands of the consumers; with regards to the results gotten from your research you could decide if you want to produce distilled, mineral water or spring water, and also to get a good location for your business. 2. Prepare a business plan Now you know the type of bottle water you will be producing, and you've also gotten a location for the business. The next step is to come up with a fantastic business plan. The market research you conducted will play an important role in you coming up with a great business plan. Being that you know everything about the business already, this will help you make a list of the things you need and that are required for starting up the business. Your goals should also be noted in your business plan. Your business plan should entail your management strategies, marketing strategies, number of staffs you can employ for a startup, making legal inquiries, funding , getting envestors to invest etc. If you know nothing about the business, then it's advisable to get the help of an expert. Cost of starting a bottled water production business In order to get the cost of starting up this business you have to put some important things into consideration; like getting the cost of the land for your business , the cost of the materials and equipments that are needed, cost of finalizing every legal document etc. When you have made a cost list of everything , you will then have to sum everything up and know just how much you are to come up with for your business. With regards to raising capital for the project, you can go for a bank loan, self finance the business or probably apply for equipment financing leases. If you have enough capital, you could buy a bottled water plant instead of starting one from the scratch. 3. Get a license and business permit In Nigeria you need a license from NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) to startup this business, and also get a state permit. 4. Find a bottle supplier Another thing is getting a company who will supply you the bottles or plastic containers needed for your business. You should also try to become a member of the international Bottled Water Association. 5. Get a suitable location The next thing to do is get a good location for your business. The place has to be closer to the market , with good facilities like constant power supply,good security and good road plus customers shouldn't find it difficult to locate you or convey the goods bought from you. The hygiene of the environment has to be considered as well because water is taken into the human body. Therefore, the environment has to be of best hygiene. 6.Purchase the equipments needed Next step is to get the equipments needed, you can decide to acquire them on hired purchase or long term lease, or purchase them. Example of equipment you need include: Generator set Sealers Water dispensers Water treatment machines and filters Distribution trucks Storage tanks Bottle loaders Water sterilizers Filling machines Conveyors 7. Hire employees and commence operation If you are starting as a beginner, you shouldn't employ too many workers, it could really have a bad effect on the business as the profits made might be used to pay them. It's better to employ a few employees for a start. 8 Marketing your products In marketing your products you will have to launch it, and also create a sense of awareness in the market zone. This way, the consumers will be aware of your products. Get a good name for your business and also run an advertisement campaign. Advertise it on social media, give out your business cards, mass media, groups and which ever way you know you can. Challenges of Starting a Bottled (Mineral) Water Company This business is capital intensive, the cost of maintenance and repairs of the machines you will make use of is very high and you will also need competent employees to help grow the business , this will also cost a lot. This business could sometimes be affected by the rainy season and it affects the sales of bottled water, because people do not consume much water in the rainy season. With great delligence, hardwork and good management one will be able to pull this off. I hope i was able to help and contribute to someone's dream.