10 Business Ideas for Students in Nigeria


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;

1. Tutoring

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. If you are looking for tutors you should also be looking into a level chemistry tuition to help with any cost you may have.

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.

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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.

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5. Blogging

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.

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6. Hairdressing

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.

9. Sewing

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.



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  4. bola

    am a student and am also a part time music blogger.

    i love my job

    1. joshua akinyemi

      am intrested in graphic designe and web design please who can help me,07011666493

  5. COCA

    Nice and inspiring…Right now am super broke its just how to get a machine to start sewing.No money for machine…I know how to sew and design wears.
    Was also thinking of buying foodstuff/bag of purewater to sale in the hostel

  6. Wisdom Michael

    Thanks for the info

  7. Emmanuel

    Nice Sites

  8. babatunde Opeyemi

    Great…..I am interested in graphic design. I need help,pls?

  9. Olawumi

    I will like 2 do blogging, how will i start it

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  14. esobe george

    it sound very interesting, I love such an idea.

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  16. Victor

    Nice post sir!Actually we students are suffering over here with inadequate income but thanks for dis enlightening post.Pls sir!How do I become an online tutor?

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  18. Henry Abiodun

    Good day sir, my name is Henry Abiodun, sir, I won’t an idea on how I can start a good business with N50,000 and secondly I’m an agent in Chinese embassy and I don’t know how to get people who want to travel to China for studies and business, mean while the Chinese visa is real, sir I want you to tell me what to do so I can get more client or customers and about the work I can start with N50,000 in Nigeria. Thanks and God bless.

  19. momoh bashir omeiza

    You can start a project financing business with less than #100,000. And within a year u can make profit of over #100,000.

  20. gudtalent

    Wahoo lovely post here… I actually did graphics design, event planning and writing project for people while in school and it paid me well.

    1. Eunice

      That’s good, pls hw can i also b a graphic designer, i want 2 learn pls. 07060635526

    2. Mustafa

      Pls could you tell me the software you use for graphic design?

    3. Chigal

      good..I really love to HV so many skills…I actually want to HV the skill of graphic designing and web designing…tell me how u planned an event..I want to know more about it

    4. Anthony Chinonso

      Nice post CINO, I’m interested pls..

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