40 ideas you can turn into a side hustle in Nigeria

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Not ready to quit your day job and with over 170 million people in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria; if you are not tapping into at least 1% of this number in a selling event then you are still sleeping on a bike (slang for not tapping into opportunities in Nigeria).

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig ZiglarZig Ziglar
1. Car Washing

Have a meticulous eye for detail and love to get things gleaming clean?

Auto detailing is probably a perfect side business for you. In essence, your job is to make cars sparkle inside and out – and many people are quite happy to pay well for this service.

2. Rent out a room in your home

Have some extra space in your home?

Turn that extra bedroom into a “bed and breakfast” room. This idea is currently being used abroad by some smart folks through the popular airbnb or couchsurfing.com.

In Nigeria, hotels, guest houses and some sharp real estate guys offer short-let homes at outrageous pricing depending on their facilities.

I see this as a spot for some future disruptions from the tech industry in Nigeria.

I saw a build operate and transfer RFP in the papers this week being published by Unilag.

That’s an opportunity for acquisition and renting to students yet again.

You can imagine the amount of income one can generate from this project if the final contractor is smart.

Other people you can rent your spare rooms to are visiting professors and lecturers to universities, hospital patients receiving long term treatment.

3. Blogging

If you enjoy writing, find a topic you’re passionate about and start a website dedicated to covering that topic and anything else interesting you want to talk about.

All you need is a computer, some time, and some energy to consistently write. It can start as a hobby and turn into a business over time. And blog hosting can cost less than $12 per month.

4. Buying and reselling on e-commerce sites

Thanks to technology, there are more opportunities than ever to buy and resell products for extra money.

Plenty of people buy local and in-demand products at a discount and resell them on konga for profit. Click here to visit our site on konga.com.

5. Cake and cupcake baking and decorating

Enjoy baking and have a bit of an artistic touch?

Learn how to decorate cakes and make them for special events.

Sell your creations online via dealdey, instagram or your local neighborhood Facebook page, or at local farmers markets.

If you need popcorn, ice cream for your event and also cake do not hesitate to call or WhatsApp “D Cake Lady” on this numbers: 08025402547, 08036063169, 09054063919 and on BBM – 2B666D69

Many people are willing to pay others to create custom cakes for birthday parties and special events. The Cake Lady is already living this dream in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

6. Babysitting

Got lots of evenings free? Do you genuinely like kids?

Sign up to an agency and Babysitting may be a great side business for you.

Keep an eye on multiple children on Friday and Saturday nights and you can earn some easy cash over time.

7. Dog Walking

Dog walking is the perfect side business for anyone who has a few hours to kill during the day.

Once you get a few clients, you simply need to pick up their dogs and take them on long, leisurely walks that will tire them out and keep them in shape.

Though not popular yet in Nigeria but a few people has started to do it in high brow areas like Banana Island, VGC, etc in Lagos.

Bonus: Walking dogs may help you in your quest to stay fit as well.

8. Freelance writing

If you’re good with words, you might be able to find some work as an online freelancer.

A variety of publications need online content in the form of stories, product or service descriptions, and reports, and if you have the talent and skill, you could easily be the one to create them.

Y-Naija and Pulse are always on the look out for such creative people. They are not the only ones.

Fortunately, all you need is a computer and Internet connection to get started.

9. Creating custom clothing

The Internet has created opportunities for people who can sew and design custom clothing for special events.

Many people have found success creating custom birthday outfits for babies and selling them on sites like dealdey or jumia, for example.

In addition to selling online, you could also market this service to people in your local community.

10. Housecleaning

Many people simply don’t enjoy cleaning their homes and are willing to pay a reasonable price to have someone do the work for them.

This is a great way to earn extra money in a flexible way, particularly if you have time off during the workweek.

And since you will be working for yourself, you can often choose your own hours, terms, and pay.

11. Items help

When people go on trips, they’re often concerned as to what will happen with their pets. That’s where you step in — offer yourself as a safe place to leave their pets.

12. Cleaning services for businesses

Many businesses and civic institutions need individuals who can clean their offices and common areas outside of normal business hours.

If you’re willing to work some nights and weekends, you can build a cleaning side business and get in shape all in one fell swoop.

13. Social media expert

Almost everyone uses Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest these days, but did you know that many companies will pay people to help them manage their social media accounts — sometimes even part-time from home?

To find social media jobs, you can start by contacting businesses with a social media presence and scanning sites like jobberman.com for opportunities.

Check out LinkedIn.com for more information on how to get started with this type of business and to find companies willing to pay for your services.

14. Gourmet cookie making

If you love baking and are able to keep your hand out of the proverbial cookie jar, making gourmet cookies is a great side hustle with plenty of long-term potential.

Start by learning how to execute unique and tasty gourmet cookie recipes, then seal the deal by creating or purchasing professional-looking packaging.

Sell your cookies online or to people in your local community.

As an aside, check out HSE Gourmet Cuisine. You got to have real passion and some money to invest to pull this one.

15. Old stuff refurbishment

This is a perfect side business for people who love antiquing.

Sell your old stuff on jiji.ng.

Take out your worn out stuff, take out time to transform these old items into something amazing then resell them at a profit.

16. Personal chef

I met a butcher the other day at a pharmacy and he was very proud to tell me and the other folks there that he was a butcher at Shoprite.

Though he does his full most times you can do yours part time.

How about becoming somebody’s personal chef! You could earn some money as a very part-time chef.

Once a week, you can go to your client’s house and prepare their meals for the family, then do all the dishes and cleanup work.

Everybody wins because you would earn some extra cash while they as a family would spend plenty of time together knowing fully well the stress of the week that keeps them apart.

If you love to cook, this can be a great opportunity, but you may have to put a lot of effort initially into searching for your first set of clients.

17. Event coordinator

Events like family reunions and large parties are often full of busywork that many people simply don’t want to tackle.

That can be the perfect place for you to step in and take charge of the planning and coordination. And thanks to the Internet, it is now easier than ever to market your event planning services especially through Instagram, WhatsApp Groups or BBM Channels.

18. Event DJ

Are you an audiophile?

If you have a great sound system and a large selection of music, you’ve already got what you need to hire yourself out as a DJ for various events and receptions.

This is a great way to fill an afternoon or evening while also earning some cash in the process. If in doubt follow DjXclusive, Jimmy Jatt, etc.

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19. Gym instructor

Many gymnasiums will trade membership and often a bit more for a person willing and able to teach an exercise class.

You can also find people who don’t want to go to a gym and train them at home as a personal trainer.

If you’re in good shape, this is a great opportunity to earn some extra money, plus it can often lead to additional income with one-on-one instruction opportunities.

20. Handyman services

Skilled at basic home repair? Let people know that they can call you for small repair jobs like basic plumbing, fixing a broken stair, and other things.

You’d be amazed at the simple things people are willing to pay others to help them with.

21. Catering

If you love to cook, take the “Blondie” route and start a home catering business.

Catering is a business that’s perfectly designed to reward those who plan well, and it can often fit perfectly into weekends, which could work great if you are trying to build a business outside of normal working hours.

22. Interior decorating

Fascinated by interior design?

Have a huge collection of interior design materials around?

Many people are quite happy to hire someone to help them decorate their home or office, and that’s especially true of those who want a magazine-caliber style yet don’t have an eye for design at all.

23. Furniture making

If you’re adept at woodworking and have some basic equipment, it’s easy to get into business making deck furniture.

It only requires a few items – a saw, a drill, a sander – and some creativity and passion for working with wood.

If you have the tools or just want to turn your hobby into a business, this may be a great small business idea for you.

In addition to creating new items, you could also focus on repairing existing wooden furniture or woodwork.

Let us inspire somebody.

Ibukun Abiodun Awosikacurrent Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand is a furniture maker.

If she can do it, you can do it also.

You just need to change your strategy and get a competitive advantage over your competitors.

24. Meal-to-go preparations

Remember my earlier post about breakfast burritos?

Making meals in advance is a great way to save money for yourself – but you can often prepare these for others as well and sell them for a markup.

Prepare eight soups, for example, then sell six of them to cover your costs, and you’ve got two free dinners for your family (and maybe a bit more).

Contact Ireoluwa Popoola on her Instagram page: Tomiwo_ or call 0805 112 8503 between the hours of 09:00 – 17:00 hrs

You can grow this by taking orders from others and finding out what they like.

25. Personal assistant

Thanks to sites like 247interns, 1,259 learned to pick up work doing a variety of side jobs that other people just don’t have time to do.

Have you heard of WorkDesk?

The folks there claim that they are Nigeria’s first of its kind Freelance Marketplace. And it is for everyone enabling the power of collaboration with technology and smarter work experience for its members in the context of affordability, convenience and excellent services.

Common tasks can include anything from logo design to mobile app development or script writing.

26. Bead Making

If you have a good eye for detail work and a lot of patience, homemade jewelry can be quite profitable.

Contact Bead Nigeria on Beadnigeria@gmail.com for enquiries on how to get beads and if you are creative enough the folks there might be able to teach you how to make beads for a fee.

As with other items on this list, there are many opportunities to sell such items through online sites, corner shops, market stalls, etc.

27. Growing and selling produce

Like to farm?

Focus in on one fruit and sell the excess to grocery stores and at bush markets.

My partner does this with his piggery and earns some solid extra money.

You can do really well, though, if you can grow things during the rainy season – and make a killing during the scarcity period.

These days if you go to Mile 12 and buy tomatoes, you can go straight to Lekki and make a profit – all in Lagos.

28. Proofreading and editing

Have strong English skills and exceptional grammar?

You may have opportunities to work as a proofreader from home.

Advertising for this can be difficult; seek out those who might actually be able to use your services and advertise directly to them.

29. Public Speaking

If you’re the type of person who can get the attention of a room easily, public speaking might be for you.

Take advantage of every public speaking opportunity you can and you’ll be surprised at the opportunities that make themselves available for you.

30. Computer Technician

If you have a knack for fixing computers, laptops, tabs, e-book readers, mobile phones this is a good place to start. The repair market is very fragmented which means there is opportunity for solo-operators to break in.

31. Soap making and skincare products

Making amazing homemade soaps and other spa products isn’t as hard as you might think – it just takes time and patience.

Click on the link to contact Bath kandy. BathKandy is an environmentally friendly, skin loving, beauty preserving, artisan bath and body company.

Vivian Ekwegh makes Body Butter, Body Oils, Soaps, Beard oil, Lightening serums, Peeling Oils and Serums. Vivian is a realtor with Private Property in the day and a skincare entrepreneur on the side.

Again, people value handmade items like these, which can easily be sold through local gift shops, personal websites and social media like Instagram.

32. Giving music lessons

If you know how to play an instrument well (particularly the piano or the guitar) and have patience, you’ve got what you need to teach others how to play.

Naytan is a musical genius. He is a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist and plays live music with his band. He also has a rehearsal studio that he hires out for artistes to rehearse in and he can decide to offer guitar lessons to the public too. You can reach Naytan on:+2348033091719 and follow him on Instagram: @iamnaytan

You can do like Naytan and offer lessons in the instruments you are good at to others – this can also be an excellent service to barter with, too.

33. Tutoring

Did you major in a subject like English, history, or math in college, or do exceptionally well in your school certificate popularly known as NECO or WAEC exam? Or even JAMB?

Do you have patience with young people?

If so, you likely have what you need to tutor kids and teenagers in particular subjects. You might even extend it to Adult Education.

Seek out parents or teachers and let them know that you tutor students in a certain subject, and offer materials for them to share, and phone calls will often trickle in.

Have you heard of Brainfriend?

You can get going locally or expand across the country by offering to tutor online.

34. Virtual assistant

Many ultra-busy professionals appreciate having someone who can check and answer their email, organize task lists for them, update their calendars, and other administrative tasks, with minimal interaction.

The best part is that you can provide this service from home with a good Internet connection.

35. Website design

Many small businesses in your community could use a very basic web presence to tell others about their business.

Quite often, these businesses don’t have a large budget for such things.

That’s where you come in – get a bunch of clients from the local community by beating the pavement, create sites for them, and maintain them for a small fee.

Get enough businesses and you have a nice side business of your own that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance time.

We design all our websites and our web applications. Also we offer this service to the general public especially businesses.

Check out our Social Media Marketing App.


36. Wedding planner

If you’re one of those people who can’t help but flip through bridal magazines and think about various wedding arrangements in your daydreams, wedding planning might be the perfect thing for you.

A great way to get started is to develop a website or blog on the topic, get to know people online, and promote your services at local wedding venues and throughout the community.

37. Affiliate marketing

If you play your cards right, certain types of businesses will pay you to promote their products and encourage sales.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out affiliate marketing programs such as Konga Affiliates, Travel Start Nigeria, etc.

38. Become a business or life coach

If you’re passionate about the business world or able to influence and encourage others in your own unique way, you may want to consider marketing your services as a business or life coach.

Use your passion and expertise to give advice and suggest actionable steps people can take to improve their professional and personal lives.

There’s this man that I listen to – Lanre Olusola. He is the darling of the entertainment industry in Lagos. He is a life coach. Good guy with enough material.

39. Start a resume writing service

If you’re excellent at crafting amazing resumes that ultimately result in people getting the job, consider marketing those services.

Most of your work will revolve around writing, editing, designing, and proofreading, so you will need few supplies outside of your computer and basic software to get started.

Bonus Side Hustle

40. Pool Cleaning Service

There so many pools in serviced apartments and hotels in Nigeria. This could be a fun and interesting side hustle to do and Nigeria is a warm all year round.

These are just some of the many side business opportunities that have grown more common in the past few years.

However, there are many more out there already, in addition to some that are yet to be discovered.

As you embark on your new side business or “side hustle,” remember that you are only limited by your own imagination and skill set.

Don’t be afraid to be creative, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed.

You never know, unexpected success might be right around the corner.

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  1. I love the one about blogging! 🙂
    I am learning from experts that making money from blogging is not as hard as we thought?

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