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 11 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. Home Cleaning Services
Commercial residential apartment cleaning service is a good business ideas for students especially during the holiday break. You can make money by offering to clean homes and offices because many people don’t have the time to clean their places themselves. If you can offer to help out, you will surely make extra income as a student.
4. Freelance writing
Another business idea for a Nigerian student is to become a freelance Writer. There are many freelance sites where you can post information about yourself and offer to writing articles for bloggers, content markets and even students. To promote your business, you should create a blog and set up social media profiles that can be shared across the internet. Writing articles is a side business idea for students in college anytime any day if you love writing. 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.
6. Hairdressing/ Styling Hair and Barbing
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.
You will discover than many of the business ideas for students in university require you to obtain necessary skills as most are low cost investments. Without renting a shop, some college students make hundreds of dollars every month barbing or styling hair for fellow students. Another way to expand your source of income is to add sales of hair treatments, hair clippers and wigs and extensions to the initial investment.
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. Do you know that strategic planning of campus events can generate income for you during seasons when social activities increase in school? Many students look for people to help them plan matriculation, award night, Hall week, departmental debate competition, convocation and fashion nights. The major challenge to this start up is convincing clients you can go a better job thoroughly. This could be achieved by doing the first few jobs for them free before introducing payment plans. Event planning tops the list of ideas for profitable businesses for students who are studying business or management.
8. CV Writing
You can make money as a school student if you are good at presenting information with words and obtaining resume writing skills. You may even offer to train other students to acquire this skill at a fee. Many final year and MBA students are interested in developing compelling resumes that attract job offers and are ready to pay good money for such service.
9. Web and Graphic Design
If you are equipped with the necessary skills, there are freelance sites where you can offer your services for sale as a college students. As a computer science or engineering student, asides providing these services for other students and staff in exchange of cash, you can put up small posters in the community outside your school premises.
10. Sell Products Online
One of the best business ideas for student entrepreneurs is selling products such as imported electronics and mobile gadgets on big online stores. In Nigeria, there are many students selling watches, android phones and fashion wears on e-commerce sites like Jumia, Kaymu and Konga. Carry out intensive market research on hot-selling products you can sell online and upload descriptive information and products images to boost sales.
11. Photography and Video Recording Services
Armed with a camera or video recorder, video and picture editing tools and a PC, you can start a business of taking and printing pictures and recording videos tapes of special events on the campus. There is a good chance that you will make lots of money if you are good at what you do and also create time to build social contacts. Photography is one of the ideas a college student can use to make money with his hobbies.