Being a student in Nigeria is not cheap. You have to pay for books and handouts, make photocopies, pay for transportation, accommodation and feeding as well as a whole lot of other expenses.
Considering the fact that most Nigerian parents are within the middle and low income bracket, it is doubtful that students would be able to get everything they need to survive in school from home.
But instead of engaging in practices that may jeopardize your future, why not look for a business that you can do on the side; one that would not interfere with your academics but would provide you with a lot of extra money to take care of your needs in school and even save something for when you graduate.
Here are 10 great business ideas which you can consider doing while in school;
Many parents who work full-time require the services of expert tutors who can help their kids with difficult subjects at school and also help them with their home work while they at work.
There are two ways through which you can handle tutoring as a student. The first way is to do it online. There are many websites that you can register on to become an online tutor and make money during your spare time at school. The other way is to search for parents that you can advertise your services to, so that you can schedule a time to visit their homes and teach their kids.
2. Sports training
If there are any particular sports you are good at, you can think of becoming a sports trainer. I remember that when I was in the university we used to have fitness clubs organized by students and to join such clubs, you had to pay a token as membership fees. The organizers made sizable amounts of money for themselves doing this alone.
3. Graphic design
Graphic design is huge right now especially because of the high percentage of people creating new websites. Web designers need graphic designers to help them create banners, logos and other similar materials to use to make their websites beautiful.
There is also a vast number of opportunities offline that graphic designers can tap into including designing logos, business cards, brochures and business cards for various small and large organizations.
4. Freelance writing
Another business idea for a Nigerian student is to become a freelance Writer. You can find a lot of freelance writing jobs on websites like Freelancer, Odesk, Elance, Fiverr and other micro-job websites.
Is there a topic you are passionate about? Or would you like other people to read of your experiences as a Nigerian Student? You can make a lot of money from blogging about diverse topics you love and the good thing is you can start this business without a kobo. All you need is your laptop and access to the internet.
This is a good idea for female students. You can help your fellow female students to make their hair and charge them a token for it. You can choose to do this on weekends only to avoid undue interference with your academic work.
7. Event planning
Event planning is another easy business you can do as a student especially since most events fall during the weekend when there is little or no school work to be done.
8. Pet breeding
Another great business that can make you a student millionaire in no time is pet breeding. Imported dog breeds like Alsatians, Rottweilers and German Shepherds are some of the pets in very high demand in the Nigerian market.
You can also make money from helping other students to sew and mend their clothes.
10. Web design
Lastly, you should consider becoming a web designer. Although you mind need to spend some time learning the skills but as soon as you grasp the skills, there are no limit to what you can earn from web designing even as a student.