Have you ever been seriously broke to a stupor? Well, I have! The experience opened my eyes to see problems around me as business opportunities.
You should not wait until you do not have money to start a business. There are many business ideas in Nigeria and I will briefly take you through a hundred small scale businesses in Nigeria.
Small scale business ideas with low investments and high profits
This could be a great offline and online business in Nigeria for you. If you love teaching, advertise your services using social media or ask friends to refer you!
This can be a great business if you love kids (as much as I do). It might surprise you to know that there is a family in your neighbourhood in need of the service!
3. Elderly care
Elderly care is in great demand and a good business idea you might want to explore!
Ladies and gents, get in here. Need I say more?!
The goal is starting small and expanding gradually. C’mon, it is food and everyone loves a good cook.
6. Freelance writing
Freelance writing is a great idea for online business in Nigeria. You can make cool money online from the comfort of your home (or bed) from doing what you love. You can use websites like Upwork and Fiverr to source online jobs.
While as a student, you can still generate money as a hair stylist. And your work on others can do your advert for free!
8. Cleaning services
You can create a cleaning business anywhere. This is another very profitable small scale business in Nigeria!
Focus on a niche and make an impact (and money) with just a laptop and internet connection!
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10. Web design
This is a great online business in Nigeria that pays some serious cash.
11. Serenade services
Go on the adventurous side and make memories for people on their special days.
12. Personal shoppers
If you are a fashion freak, get on this train and make money while resurrecting your client’s fashion game.
13. Food delivery services
Offer delivery services to people who order from restaurants and stores that do not offer such.
14. Car wash
This is another business opportunity to explore.
15. Poultry farming
You can raise and sell domesticated birds like chicken, turkey among others.
16. Phone repair
This business idea is in high demand and you can get on the train.
17. Bead making
Become a business owner by establishing your bead making business and start making money.
18. Tour guide
You can set this business up if you stay around an attractive spot crawling with visitors.
19. Personal trainer
Get onboard the “fit-fam” lifestyle and offer your services!
20. Massage therapy
You can work with clients as a masseuse for a price.
21. Consulting services
Develop yourself, find a niche and share your knowledge with others for a fee of course!
22. Real estate
You can go into real estate business and make money by selling landed property for a commission.
23. Computer training
Train people in computer applications and get paid for that.
It’s already self-explanatory!
25. Football viewing centres
All you need is space and a big screen and people will pay to be there!
26. Flower business
This is not common and a great business opportunity to deal with clients and help them pick flowers for their home decor or special events.
27. Dance lessons
Make money from holding dance tutorials.
28. Music lessons
You can offer lessons in musical equipment for a fee.
29. Project writing services
Charge clients a fee for writing their academic papers and projects from your home.
30. Interior design
Offer your interior design services to clients to bring their fantasies to life.
31. Frozen food sales
This is a hot business that is sure to fetch some cool cash your way.
32. Cooking gas sales
This is a niche that is worth expanding into as more and more people are making use of cooking gases.
33. Printing services
You can establish a business to cater to clients’ printing needs
34. Bag making
If you are good and creative, this is a great business opportunity for you.
35. Social media influencing
Make money from your large followers on social media by advertising products of contracting brands. This allows you to work for yourself while still drinking the milk of working with big brands. As long as you can have an audience on either Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube, you will get brands that will pay to access your audience.
36. Digital marketing
Help connect businesses with customers through effective marketing on the digital space and get commissions. There is social media marketing, Facebook ads, Google Ads, Reddit ads, Pinterest, Instagram influencer marketing, and a tone of skills that companies in Nigeria are looking for.
This idea can be explored to provide a good atmosphere where babies, toddlers, and young children can thrive.
38. Bulk SMS Services
Offer your services to clients who can buy from you for a fee.
39. Software development
It is the internet age and you can take advantage of this by developing software that meets needs. You could either start off by working with a company to get hands-on experience or go head-on into it from scratch.
40. Recharge Card Printing
Everyone makes calls so it will always be needed.
Through your services, you can capture memories for clients or sell your photos on the internet.
42. Nail care business
Give people a beautiful atmosphere for some “manis and pedis” and make it an amazing experience.
43. Online dating service
Help become Cupid’s messenger by bringing people together to find love. Creating blogs with suitable keywords attracts people who are interested in finding love.
44. Resume writing services
Charge clients a fee to help them rewrite their resumes!
45. Makeup services
Transform clients’ faces for any occasion using your mastery in makeup.
46. Car rental services
Offer car rental services to people to help them move conveniently around.
47. Ice block production
You can have an ice block production outlet and become a business owner.
48. Pest control
This is another business idea that can be explored.
49. Laundry services
This small scale business in Nigeria can grow big with consistency and hard work.
50. Gift basket/hamper services
Go creative and have a hamper service outlet that combines meaningful items and makes a surprise delivery to people.
51. House painting
You can decide on either interior or exterior or a combination of both for a fee.
52. Pet sitting services
Have a pet sitting service in Nigeria that will cater to the pets (like cats, dogs) of owners going for a trip.
53. Bakery business
Cater to the desires of the “Sweet Tooth Association” and make every bite count with your business.
54. Event planning services
Take the stress of planning events off clients and work with vendors to make the event successful.
55. Online advertising agency
With your agency, you can carry out advertising campaigns on social media outlets for brands and get paid.
56. Mobile and electronic accessories
You can explore online and offline sales of accessories like pouches, chargers, cables, air pods, earphones among others.
57. Local transportation business
You can make a difference by making local transportation easier and more convenient. Take a cue from Uber, Taxify and make yours even better.
58. Web hosting services
With the increasing popularity of the internet, a lot of web hosting services will be needed and you can explore this business opportunity.
59. Spa business
Who doesn’t love a good spa session to relax and de-stress? Go for it and give your clients an experience they will never forget.
With your medical degree, you can consult with patients from the comfort of your home and make extra bucks while at it!
61. Gym business
Have a space where people can achieve their fitness goals. With the right equipment and trainers, you are well on your way.
62. Social media profile management
You can make some money by helping high profile celebrities and businesses manage their social media profiles.
63. Animal feed production and sales
You can be involved in the manufacturing of animal fees like poultry and chicken feed, goat feed, cattle feed, dog feed, bird food, and many others. It is a lucrative business.
64. Public speaking
If you love speaking public speaking and you have an idea to impact, nothing stops you from organizing programs and earning some money.
This is another business idea you can explore to capture moments through storytelling.
66. Fish farming
There are so many business opportunities existing in the fish farming business and you can take advantage of the ones that appeal to you.
67. Food truck business
You can use local events to attract customers to you, especially when they need a quick bite.
Set up your gardening business and provide your services to people around you.
69. Moving services
With a truck and some moving supplies, you can start making money from the service you offer.
70. Mobile fresh juice business
This lucrative business idea can be explored as there is a huge demand for freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.
71. Clubs and bar
Who doesn’t love a place where they hang out and have a good time?
72. Recruitment agency
Help firms screen candidates for employment opportunities for a commission.
73. Pool cleaning
Hotels, clubs, homeowners, among others will need the service.
74. Travel agency
Help connect people with their dream destinations and make their travel arrangements stress-free.
75. Pure and bottled water production
Draft strategies for breaking through the numbers already in the market and you can make some cool cash.
76. Investment business
With your knowledge and experience in the investment market, you can help people make wise investment decisions.
77. Wine production
With its huge market, it is mostly imported. You are sure to make some money producing locally.
78. Exercise book production
As long as there is education and schooling, this will always be a lucrative and productive business.
79. Snail farming
With a relatively cheap cost of start-up, you can be well on your way!
80. Nylon bag production
With a lot of people going into nylon cutting and sealing, get a huge advantage by going into its production.
81. Beddings production
You can break into the niche of exotic designs of beddings with unique materials.
82. Sale of fairly used clothes
If you are in the market for a small business in Nigeria, this is it.
83. Home service barbing
You can do house calls for those who do not have the time to go to the salon.
84. Internet services
You can own a business that offers internet service like job applications, exam applications and so on especially for people that do not have the time to do so.
85. Customized cards production
Go beyond the boring ad regular cards and display customized cards that will grab attention!
86. Development of online courses and tutorials
This business can lead to the production of eBooks and online video tutorials of your topic of expertise.
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87. Graphic designing
This is a good opportunity to be explored if you have the skill and creativity needed.
88. Ecommerce stores
The internet is big and you can pretty much sell anything without paying rent as in the case of physical stores. To learn about Dropshipping, hit the big blue button at the bottom of this page to get started.
You can either use Alidropship (WordPress) or Oberlo (Shopify) for dropshipping. These two, each and app and plugin can do wonders in your move to start an online business for cheap.
89. Language Translation services
If you are bilingual or multilingual, you can earn some money by translating scripts or plays
90. Candle making
Open a homemade candle store and make creative candle designs with unique fragrances.
91. Hair care products manufacturing
You can produce hair care products like shampoo, conditioners, hair oil, among others with natural ingredients.
92. Yogurt production
Need I say more on this?
93. Toothpick production
Demand for toothpick is usually high, so get onboard the train!
94. Honey production and sales
This small scale business can fetch you some money!
95. Natural skincare products
Go into the production of skin care products using natural ingredients like honey, coconut oil, shea butter among others.
96. Landscaping services
Offer lawn mowing and landscaping services, even without the need for a business plan to people around you.
97. Errand services
Have a service that helps clients go errands like laundry picking, grocery shopping, among others and earn money.
98. Farmers’ Market vendor
You can sell plants and other similar items at a local farmers’ market near you with little start-up cost!
99. Security service
Have a security service that offers protection to clients for a fee or you can sell security gadgets.
Work with people and help them find careers they love.
What do you think of these ideas and suggestions of businesses to get into? Most of them aren’t complex, and they cost really little to start.
101. Play games Online
Can you really earn money by play games online without investment? Yes, infact, we are now seeing a new crop of entrepreneurs, gamers who play Esports. Here are the best games that make real money.