How to become First Money Agent and start a Profitable POS business in Nigeria

You must have been seeing posters of First Money agent Business in some areas or locations but don’t know anything about it or how to join.
You might be asking yourself Is it viable? Should I venture into such business?.

First money POS business can be otherwise known as agent banking business. Its involves the transfer and withdrawal of funds, sale of recharge cards and bill payments like GoTv, DStv, Startimes, and PHCN Bills.

This POS business is an extension of services offered by financial institutions like banks through which customers get convenience. Therefore the fee you charge customers for these services is called convenience fee.

The central bank of Nigeria in a bit for financial inclusion has thrown opens this opportunity. An avenue to create wealth.

The truth is, if you are in a good location where no banks, or ATM point, this business will thrive well because people will always be in need of money and won’t hesitate to pay the additional minimal charges on top to get what they want faster. and in some cases they might even be saying money when compare to there transport for going and coming from bank.

Is it Profitable in Nigeria?

It is profitable because you the agent will make money from the extra fee charged on every transfer, withdrawal, bill payments and lots more. You must have readily available cash to give out because customers will come more for withdrawals than fund transfers.

Here is What You Need to Set POS business UP

You can start POS business in Nigeria by getting a HOST. A host is a financial institution through which you extend their services to your customers.

This includes; First Bank, Quickteller, PAGA etc.
Getting POS Machine:

Getting a POS machine in Nigeria is absolutely free of charge, provided you get yours from one of the reputable commercial banks in the country.

In case you’re wondering what the bank stands to gain from giving you the machine for free, get this clearly: issuing bank makes money on the long term by charging a fixed commission (between 0.25% and 1.5%, depending on the bank) per transaction done through each POS terminal issued.

To get a POS machine from any bank, all you need is to have an account with the bank.

Note, however, that there are now some other organizations issuing POS machines at a one-time fee not sure if some bank have taking this route too.

Location: A location where there is limited or no ATMs or Banks will do.

Get a Quality Banner: For your business to be known and the people within your vicinity to be aware that you create such services, you should get a banner with the inscription boldly written “POS Withdral and Fund Transfer” to make it easier for people to understand.

Here is the Breakdown /Commission Structure of POS Agent Banking Business.

Transaction Amount Fee paid by Customer

1 Deposit (own FirstBank A/C)

1- 5,000 N50

5,000-30,000 N100

30,000-100,000 N150

100,000 + N200

2 Transfer to FirstBank

1- 30,000 N100

30,000-100,000 N150

100,000 + N200

3 Transfer to Other Banks

1-20,000 N100

20,000-100,000 N200

100,000 + N250

4 Cash Withdrawal

1-10,000 N100

10,000-100,000 N200

100,000 N300

5 Bill Payment N100

To become a First Money Agent with First bank please check this link here

Let us know if you have any questions

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