There is a wealth of information online these days which can put anyone in business, bookmaking seems to be no different. In fact, there are many opportunities which can be leveraged with just a few steps.
To begin with, you will need to establish a stable, remote desktop which you can use to access the internet. There are several SBCs (single board computers) available which can be purchased for this purpose. You will also need to consider investing in a reliable internet connection which can provide you with a stable, fast and secure connection to the web.
After your basic computing infrastructure is in place, you can begin to think about the software which will form the backbone of your business. This will include things like a bookmaker application, a wallet station, a live betting application and of course, a customer interface which allows for easy and convenient access to your services.
Live betting and Bookmaking are both very popular applications with sports bettors. There are numerous live betting websites which you can use to gain access to high quality odds which can be manipulated by you and your bookmakers to generate winning trades.
For those who prefer to place their bets through an app instead of a website, several excellent options exist. For example, Coral’s Betting app is available for both iOS and Android devices and provides a safe and easy way to place bets while following the action live as it happens.
As well as the abovementioned apps, you will also need to consider using a text-based booking application. These apps can be found free of charge on the web and provide a quick and easy way to perform bookings and settle bets. Not every sports fan will want to use a fancy smartphone camera to take a snap of an engagement ring, after all.
All of these applications will need to be securely stored on your computer’s hard drive. For the sake of convenience, you can also use online storage such as Google Drive or OneDrive to store these files. Of course, be sure to secure these files with a strong password to prevent any form of data loss or theft.
Now that you have an idea of the software which you will need to use, it’s time to move on to the physical part of your business: your computer’s hardware. This will include the device which you use to access the internet (the aforementioned SBC), the monitor you will use to view websites and the mouse or touchpad which you will use to navigate the user interface of your chosen apps.
As a general rule, larger displays which are higher resolution are preferable for viewing websites. For example, if you are using an LCD monitor (liquid crystal display) then the higher the resolution, the better. A common resolution for these types of displays are:
- 1920 x 1080 pixels (1k display)
- 2560 x 1440 pixels (2k display)
- 3840 x 2160 pixels (3k display)
If you are using a computer with a built-in camera, then you can also use this device to take a photo of a deposit slip or perhaps even an ID card for a client. Something as small as a smartphone camera could also be used in a pinch.
Once you have acquired all of the above-mentioned items, it’s time to move on to the final step of your business’ set-up process: installation. This will involve installing all of the above-mentioned applications on your SBC or desktop computer. For those who are relatively new to this, it can be a daunting task but it’s worth it in the end.
Depending on your chosen operating system (the software which you use to operate your computer) then the process of installation will vary but in general, it’s a matter of opening up a terminal (command line) on your machine and then entering the appropriate commands. For a Windows user, this would typically involve opening up the Windows Store, searching for the desired app and then clicking on the green (install) button.
While the installation process for your chosen apps is a relatively straightforward process, it’s also important to take the time to back up all the data on your computer before performing any form of surgery. This is especially important if you are installing an application which will be used by many people (a client-facing desktop application, for example).