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Business Posted by on June 18, 2020

19 Lucrative Business Ideas For Students In Nigeria


lucrative business ideas for students in Nigeria

Have you ever been seriously broke? If your answer is yes, you are not alone and you really need lucrative business ideas for students in Nigeria. Imagine the combination of being in school and being broke, you have to face studies and financial issues, that’s really stressful right?. Although we all are aware that the Nigerian system does not facilitate working and schooling at the same time, and this reflected mostly on the undergraduates, this also has been so frustrating at worst.

Considering the alarming rate of unemployment of graduates in the country, starting a lucrative business as a student in Nigeria and establishing and setting financial goals while at school is a great decision to make.

lucrative business ideas for students in Nigeria

However, there are various excuses usually given by students when the issue of running a side business in school is raised, some of which are: “I don’t have money”, “I don’t have time”, “I won’t be able to run it”, “What’s the point?” and so on. Anyways, before we go-ahead to the detailed list of business ideas for students in Nigeria, I feel it’s important that I address some of these excuses and rid your mind of them.


These businesses are small business ideas, you don’t need a lot of money to start any of these lucrative business ideas. At the most, #10,000 to #15,000 should be among for you to get started.

You only need a few hours every day to effectively execute these business ideas because they are all side business and most of them, you can work on during weekends, whereas, these are times you normally spend on trivial stuff. Why not invest that time and build a beautiful and profitable future for yourself.

There are so many options for financial empowerment available to help support undergraduates while still in school and help determine a future source of income once they graduate. Consider any of these lucrative small business ideas to start.

Here they are:

1. Tutoring

Are you intelligent? Are you skilled in teaching? Then you may want to deploy your skills into tutoring other students especially the freshmen. By organizing a private tutoring business, you can offer coaching sessions in the evenings and late nights when students are always up reading and studying. You can advertise your services online with some school PR and Media, also by using Social Media especially or you can simply solicit referrals from students on campus.

2. Drop-shipping

Drop-shipping is a retail fulfilment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third-party and has it shipped directly to the customer.

Drop-shipping is a booming business model now and will continue to see success in the near future. Thanks to the internet, you can conduct every phase of this business right from your room, with surprising ease.

The biggest difference between drop-shipping and the standard retail model is that the selling merchant doesn’t stock or own inventory. Instead, the merchant purchases inventory as needed from a third-party – usually a wholesaler or manufacturer – to fulfil orders

To start this business, you need a personal computer and internet access. You will need to know your way around websites like aliexpress.com, amazon.com, and you will need to know how to create a Facebook page and set up an online shop on your Facebook page.

You will also need to know how to create an online shop on websites like shopify.com and how to drive traffic to your shop.

3. Typing  and Editing Business

Most students have to need to type their assignments, projects and thesis. If you have a personal computer, you can start up a typing business as a lucrative business idea for students in Nigeria.

How this works is you collect the handwritten assignments and type in the evening, after school. If you lack speed-typing skills, install a typing tutorial software like Mavis Beacon and start practising.

After typing, you take it to a computer centre to print out at N20 per page. You can charge between N50 to N100 per page for each typing job. This gives you a profit margin of between N30 to N80 per page. If you can type 20 pages per day, that gives you 800 – 1,600 daily and 4,800 – 9,600 weekly in extra income.

4. Recharge Card Business

There are 2 ways to run the recharge voucher business. Either you deal in bulk recharge card printing, which is still very lucrative although costlier to start, or you sell as a retailer.

You can buy bulk units of N100 and N200 recharge cards and sell at a higher price. Most wholesalers sell at the 10 units of N100 recharge card for N920, this gives you an N80 profit after-sales. You can easily start up this business with as low as N5,000. Here is a detailed article on how to start the recharge card business in Nigeria

5. Sell Compiled Past Questions

Nothing sells fast in school like past question papers, especially as the exam date approaches. You can get past questions from your department and other departments, solve the questions with the help of your textbooks, then convert it to short handout and sell to students during exams. You can sell the handouts for N200 or less depending on your production cost.

6. Used Clothes Business

This is usually known as the Okirika clothes business. It involves buying used clothes and reselling to students. N10,000 can get you started on a small scale Okirika clothe business. You should focus on Jeans, shirts, shoes and tops.

It is important to meet people who are already in the business for guidance before you make your purchase. This is to avoid burning your fingers in bad business.

7. Hair Plaiting/Styling Business

I had a friend who used hair plaiting business to offset all her school bills. What she did was, during weekends, she would visit student hostels and ask for students that wanted to make their hairs. She plaited and fixed weave-on.

You can learn to plait hairs and fix weave-on and offer the services for a fee in school. You can charge as much as N500 to fix a weave-on and N1,500 for plaiting of hair depending on the going rate in your location.

8. Manicure and Pedicure Services

A lot of female students fix their nails, especially during weekends. You can offer a home nail fixing service business. You can purchase the basic equipment needed for fixing nails with N3,000 and charge as low as N300 for each service rendered.

9. Barbing Salon Business

This is one of the most lucrative small business ideas in school. It takes a lot of money to start on your own, though. If you have the skill, you can look for barbing salons close to you and introduce yourself. Once any of them accepts you, you can attach yourself there and make your money in your spare time. Naturally, you pay a stipend to your host for accommodating you.

10. Blogging

You must have heard that people make 5 figure income online through blogging. Well, let me officially tell you that this is 100% true. It costs nothing to start a free .blogspot or .wordpress blog and if you understand how blogging works, you will be making your money in no time. I will be introducing a whole new course on blogging in later articles so keep an eye out for it.

11. Freelance Writing

If you have good writing skills, you are missing out on a lot of money. Apart from writing for bloggers who may not have the time to write, you can make a fortune from freelance sites like ODesk or Fiverr.

Forums like nairaland.com are good places to offer your writing skills for a fee. As a starter, you can offer free writing services as a way of introducing yourself and getting positive feedback. This review will be important when you create your advertising pages.

Lucrative business ideas for students in Nigeria

12. Graphics Design

Graphics design is another money spinner for those who have the skills. There seems to be a shortage of competent graphics designers so the few of them are always very much in demand. Again, you can create a portfolio for yourself on Odesk, Fiverr, Nairaland etc. Don’t hesitate to offer free services for people to test your work and give you feedback.

13. Become a Jumia Agent

Jumia agents help people to place orders and buy whatever they need on Jumia.com, Africa’s largest online shopping platform. As an agent, you get commissions on every sale made through your account.

All you need to do is let people know you are a Jumia agent. You can also promote their offers on your Facebook, BBM or Whatsapp channels. You don’t need any money to do this and it takes very little of your time. To get started as a Jumia agent, click here to sign up.

14. Outdoor Catering Services

You can start this business yourself with nothing or join a team that offers the service to increase your confidence in cooking for events and occasions.

Catering is very lucrative, but you need passion to sustain your drive. It’s not about the money, it’s about the passion.  Catering funds itself. You want me to cook for you, you give me money and I cook. You don’t need millions to start. (Source: How to start a lucrative catering service)

15. Professional Cleaning Services

Before people move into a new house, they usually require the services of a cleaner to tidy the place up. This is money waiting to be made.

To start, you will need a way of letting people know you are in the business. Facebook has made it very easy to spread the word about any service you offer. So you create an enticing Facebook page for your cleaning services, promote it for a little fee and you are in business.

You can do this in your spare time and you need no money to start because when people call you for a job, they pay you a deposit fee which you use to buy the materials you need.

16. Photography

Photography, amateur or professional, is always good business for a willing mind to engage on the side. For a start, you can target events and social gatherings.

If you are interested, it would provide you with a springboard to move to a more professional and rewarding career in photography.

17. Real Estate Agent

This never goes out of fashion and is always in demand. You help people find a house to live in and you get paid. You probably know a lot of people who do this. Lucrative business ideas for students in Nigeria

Reliability and access to genuine information should be your watchword if you are to succeed in this business. You will need a business card which you can always get for less than 4k. Word of mouth does the rest.

18. Sports/Physical Trainer

A lot of people struggle with weight loss and physical fitness. If you are a good athlete, think about starting a personal sports training service for helping fellow students. You can use either an on-campus facility or a local fitness facility off-campus. You can also develop training manuals and videos and sell them at sports centres and gyms.

19. Pastries and Cake Making

Students need cakes for birthday celebrations and other occasions. If you have the skills, you can tap into this opportunity and make your money in your spare time. Once they know you are good, you will never run out of money. Word of mouth is a powerful advertising tool especially in school and out of it.

There are other lucrative small business ideas out there but these should get you started. Remember the most wonderful idea that remains in your head is basically useless. The time to start doing something is now!

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