Today we’ll be talking about small scale businesses in Nigeria because being a man is majorly about creating wealth – having money, enough money to take care of all your needs, your wife’s needs and your kids and then some of your wants.
If you’re not a man you may not understand this. It may even look like gibberish to you but it’s the truth. Even the ordinary Nigerian man knows this.
There’s a popular saying in Yoruba that also agrees with me on this belief. It goes thus – “owo lo fin she oko Iyawo” – meaning “it’s money we use in being a husband to a woman”. It is when you have money to give your wife any time she asks for it that she believes you’re truly a man.
So here and now with the little research I have made on this topic online and offline, I want to share with you 20 small business ideas men in Nigeria can start today and begin to make money from as soon as possible depending on how much efforts they put into these businesses to make it grow.
These business ideas are all for men in Nigeria not only for graduates looking for jobs but also for daddies looking forward to diversifying their income – (create a business on the side that can make more money even while they’re not there). What we call a side hustle.
So let’s go into them right away.
Small Business Ideas in Nigeria for Men
This is a very common small scale business now in Nigeria especially since the advent of smartphones but you can still make money and if possible build wealth from these businesses.
And another amazing thing about this business is that you need little to no experience to start it.
In case you’re in doubt about this, 8 out of 10 professional photographers in Nigeria did not go to a photography school to and they are creating their wealth now through this same business.
I also discovered this reading from most of their biographies that it’s just about passion and persistence that brought them to where they are today.
To start a photography business in Nigeria as a side hustle, you need is passion, persistence and a good camera.
Mind you, you can now get a good camera for a cheaper price so if you ask me the capital for starting is not intensive.
Another thing you should also put in mind is that if truly you’re going into this business, you should be ready to stand out from the other photographers. You might decide to only go into the production of soft copies or go into large format printing of photographs.
Anything you decide is totally up to you but for more guides on this on how to start and make more money. You can read my complete step by step article on this business.
Are you passionate about teaching adults or children?
Do you see yourself as a master in a specific topic, niche or talent or you can teach regular subjects thought in schools. Now is the time to make money from this intelligence or gift.
Depending on the area you reside in, you can make 30k to 60k tutoring one person. If you’re tutoring 2 persons, you can make 50k to 100k depending on your negotiating skills and how well you can package yourself.
Now, imagine you make about 150k tutoring 4 kids in a month asides the money you make from your other businesses or your regular 9 – 5.
Isn’t this a huge sum of money?
In fact, if you do this well and you’re wise with your spending you should be a millionaire before the year ends.
I, too tutor some kids in my area during my free time in music. I like teaching them how to play the piano and lead guitar and I also teach regular subjects in academics.
And I make my cool cash at the end of the month. Also, by the way, I help people who can tutor get clients. If you’re interested in this, you’re passionate and you want to start making money immediately notify in the comment below so we can take it up from there.
3. Poultry Business
Currently now in Nigeria, the best and profitable poultry business you can go into as a small scale business that doesn’t demand much of your time and attention are snail, turkey, and chicken business.
I say this because of the little experience I’ve been able to gather from our chicken and turkey business we started recently.
After feeding for some months depending on the size of the turkey, you can sell a turkey from 8k – 15k. Imagine how much is that if you have 6 turkeys to sell and asides this you have a female that can lay and hatch her eggs by herself.
You’re in real money.
Another amazing thing about the turkey business is that turkeys don’t consume too much of your expenses in the sense that you can feed them 80% vegetable from your compound or area and 20% of their feed.
Comparing my chickens with my turkeys I’ll say my turkeys save me more money than my chickens on this.
Snail business in Nigeria is also profitable in the sense that they are easy to breed and feed. All they need is a cool humid place and loamy soil plus local vegetables sourced from your compound and in the next 6 months depending on the size and location, you can sell a snail from N500 to 1,000k.
All you need in starting this business is a small space in your compound to build a cage or closure for these animals.
4. Rental Business
I used to have a friend back then who usually made good money from renting his old movies. This was during the days DVD movies were still in vogue in Nigeria.
As at that time, he was renting a DVD at N50 and still making money from this venture because he did this small scale business right from their sitting room. Yes, he didn’t rent a shop, all his customers came to rent their favorite movies from his family apartment.
Sometimes, he would make N300 a day if sales were high and in a week make N2,100. He was the richest kid on the block then. He impressed everyone with his money especially his girlfriend.
What a funny guy. I still remember him once in a while and each time I do so I smile.
Anyways, that aside. Just showing you can make money if you’re really passionate about renting. Fast forward to today you can make money from renting out your spare room in your apartment or space.
Do you have land?
As it been idle for some time?
You can also lease your land to a farmer, mechanic to make more money. Depending on the size of the land and location you can make from 50k – 250k a year through leasing.
Try this now. Don’t allow this month to pass you by without making money.
5. Proof Reading or Editing
According to Google, there are millions of blogs and websites on the internet.
These blogs and websites either have editors that are thinking of retirement and those that are not thinking of retirement are seriously thinking of moving to another position in the blogging world.
This means that you can make money from editing articles or blog posts for blogs and websites. Although this kind of business requires some sort of experience, it doesn’t require educational qualifications or professionalism.
All it demands is your attention and patience and soon you’ll be in money just by sitting with your laptop in the corner of your room.
After practicing this for some time, you can also move on to proofreading books for authors. It might take you a long time to land your first deal but trust me when you finally do and you do it well others authors will want you to proofread their works for them too.
What I love about this kind of business is that it is not stressful. It only requires tools to help work and these tools are a good laptop, constant power supply or generator and patience.
Another benefit is that customers don’t need to see you one on one before they can transact business with you because you can easily connect with them online and your works also prove you can be trusted.
This is a small scale business you should try if you passionate about writing.
6. Car Wash Business
Car wash business in Nigeria is also making plenty of money for the guys in the business because it is less competitive and Nigerians love to wash their cars.
There’s a car wash in my area and every time I pass there I always see many cars parked on the road and people (customers) waiting in their cars to get their cars washed. This particular queue has always made the road very busy. So one day the owner did one thing that amazed me.
He started a restaurant and bar business on the side. So that instead of customers waiting in their cars till they get their cars washed, they can simply go to the restaurant to relax and watch football till washers are done washing their cars.
That is thinking ahead and thinking fast. This business owner now makes double money from his business.
A. From his car wash business
B. From his restaurant and bar business
Car wash prices range from the type of car to the area where the car wash is located. Here at Lekki, Lagos car washers charge car owners 5k to 10k for washing cars in and out.
So if the area you’re located in a high brow area and car owners pass regularly, you can make 100k to 200k daily.
Things to consider before starting a car wash business in Nigeria are capital, space, workers and car washing tools.
Start immediately after you’ve made your proper findings.
7. Men Boutique
I’ve been in the clothing business on and off for about 3 years now – about the same time I started the AgidigbaMEN and must say it’s been a smooth sailing journey so far except for the ugly path where I consumed all my profit at one point.
But fast forward to today I still make money selling clothes to my fellow men.
Selling clothes to men is for you if you’re are passionate about fashion and you’re bold enough to meet people one on one and introduce what you sell to them.
From leather belts to shoes to clothes and cufflinks. All these can be bought at a particular prize and sold at another prize.
You can also go into this business even if you don’t know how to meet people one on one because there’s a place you can sell without talking and that is the internet.
I’ve sold my clothes through the platform before and I still do till today.
You too can start your clothing business with the little you gave because it is not capital demanding. You can start with 100k, 50k even 10k depending on what you have.
I’ve written 2 articles on this.
You should read them to understand the business and how you can thrive in it.
8. Consulting Services
This is another small scale business in Nigeria you should consider going into if you have the guts.
Reputable men like Fela Durotoye started their consulting business from a humble beginning – from the time people in Nigeria never saw information marketing as something needful.
However, he pushed on despite all these odds and today he is smiling to the bank or should I say in Nigerian contest that he is getting alerts on his phone.
Consulting services might be good for you if you are good at advising people on the way to go in their business or in their personal lives (relationships).
All you have to do is be persistent at this and as time goes by you can charge for a stater 5k to 10k per session.
In this type of business to be popular on time, you can also write a best seller book.
What kind of book is a best seller?
What niche in consulting makes the highest money?
Other choices to choose in the consulting business. I shared all in this article.
You should read this article if you’re interested in this business path.
9. Freelance Writing
Do you know you can make money from what you love to do – writing?
Yes, but it all depends on how passionate you are and how available you are willing to learn. I’m saying this because it also took me time too to get my writing skills right at least to an extent.
Just in case you don’t know, this, what you are reading now is a writing from me and it started 3 years ago around the time I wrote my first book (although yet to be published).
It’s much better now because if you should see my first article on this blog you might laugh till thy kingdom comes. Till today I still laugh when I read my first post once in a while.
So start writing if truly this is your passion and look for ways to develop yourself as you write and as time goes by you can be making money by writing for people, blogs, newspapers and magazines.
You can even be a ghostwriter. It’s all up to you.
When you’re writing for people you can make your money in dollars and you can make your money in naira. It all depends on the client demand and how he decides to pay you.
Whichever way you’ll be smiling to the bank as time goes by.
Tools for freelance writing:
If you have all these you’re good to go.
10. Barbing Salon
An average Nigerian man barbs his hair once in at least 3 weeks if not for anything, for fashion or to look attractive and in the effort to do this he can spend a minimum of N500 to N3,000 depending on the area he resides.
If 10 men barb their hair in your barbing salon in a day that is N5,000 to N25,000 in a day.
This is how much you can make on an average a day when you start barbing hair. Imaging this amount times 7 days with the likelihood that demand for services may increase during the weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
It’s no lie that barbers are making money. Any barber that tells you he is not making money from barbing is either lying or there’s something wrong somewhere.
So how do you start a barbing business in Nigeria precisely your local area?
The first step is to learn the job. And you can do this by discussing with your local barber that you want to learn how to barb. You’ll need to settle him with a little money for him to be passionate about teaching you the job.
After payment, you’ll need to learn the work for 3 – 6 months before you can start solely on your own.
You can go into home services – barbing for customers at home after finishing and you don’t have money to rent a shop. This practice is commonly growing in Nigeria now due to celebrities and the privacy they want. So you can go ahead to do this and your business can start fully from there.
Or if you are too busy type and you’re too busy to learn barbing, you can simply start by renting and furnishing a shop and then getting well-trained barbers to barb for your customers. The decision on this part is solely up to you.
But don’t waste time. If you’re passionate about it. The more time you waste the more the zeal runs out to start.
11. Beauty Salon
Beauty salon in Nigeria is also related to a barbing salon is just that this type of salon is dedicated to women.
And nowadays Nigerian men are not just leaving women to enjoy the wealth in the business, they are joining in one way or the other whether by been involved hand in hand, by learning the business and by starting the business and employing ladies to work for them.
Beauty salon business can work for you depending on where you find yourself and how much you have to start the business.
If you don’t have money for capital, I’ll advise you to go for the apprenticeship side first then after you have mastered the business and gathered customers you can now look for capital to start small then grow the business.
Like I said earlier this business is related to barbing salon business but there’s a little twist.
And if you want the best of both worlds you can start a unisex salon instead. Then employ workers to barb and separate workers for the beauty salon.
I don’t know how much money is made from beauty salons daily but for you to be sure of what you’re putting your money and effort into, make your research before going into the business small business.
12. Laundry Business
I’ve discovered the wealth in this industry for a long time like 7 – 8 years ago because I had a family friend that was into the business.
My friend then was making 5k – 12k weekly depending on how much effort he puts into the work.
He rendered almost all the services surrounding the laundry business. From the washing of clothes to ironing to stain removals to the washing of curtains and bedsheets. So basically there’s no way you won’t need at least one of his services.
He was in money then and even though he took time for him to tell me about his money-making secrets. I already knew.
Till today laundry business is still gaining grounds in Nigeria despite the fact that many people now own a washing machine.
Because yes, it is easy to own a washing machine but what if you don’t have time to wash? This is the life of a busy Nigerian that is trying to make ends meet.
The other day my friend was charged N3,000 just for drycleaning his suit.
You can start also start this business if you know how much you need in terms of renting a shop and the tools you need in the cleaning business. And you can get someone to manage the business for you if you don’t have the time or you still work your regular 9 – 5.
The business can start as a small scale business first then as time goes by you can grow it into a big business.
13. Tailoring (Fashion Designing)
Tailoring business is a wealth creation business even if it started at a small scale. If you’re patient enough to reap the fruit of its labor. I said this because you can’t start it without learning how to sew first and to really stand out of the crowd, you need to learn the sewing for a year.
After doing this – learning to an extent, you can now start by sewing for yourself and your family before you venture into sewing for people.
The good thing about this is when you sew these clothes well people will want you to also sew for them and from there you begin to sew for their own friend.
As far as I’m concerned the sewing business in Nigeria is not capital intensive because all you need first is a sewing machine, scissors and a tape rule (these are the basic tools). With all this, you can start the business right from the corner of your room till you blow.
The money you can charge for sewing ranges from area to area. My tailor charges me from N3,000 to N5,000 on a normal day for sewing but then again some people consider this too small. So you can charge N4,000 to N6,000 if you like.
14. Bar Business
Bar business is something you should consider if have a big space and your area or location is safe.You don’t want to start your business in a place where area boys and cult boys move around – that will be worse.
However, you still need to make your findings first before going into this business fully. First-hand information is necessary.
15. Start Blogging
This venture is perfect if you’re a good writer and you have solutions to the regular problems people ask on the internet.
But before you start it you need to learn first or learn on the way like me meaning starting the blog and learning how to grow it alongside. Those who have been following this blog particularly my friends can tell you more story on this blog and how it started.
However, I must confess that it is not a venture you should rush into solely for the purpose of making money. If you do this you’ll be discouraged in the long run. But surely you’ll make money at last if you first give value first and create bond between you and your readers.
You can make money from blogging through:
B. Affiliate marketing
C. Selling eBooks
D. Sponsored articles
And so on.
I shared more on how to be a successful blogger in the article about Ogbongeblog and how it became successful.
You should read if you’re interested in this.
16. Restaurant Business
Restaurant and bar business in Nigeria is almost the same but there’s a little difference.
While bar business is a sole joint for relaxing after a stressful day’s work, a restaurant is strictly for selling cooked foods.
We all know there’s a difference between Mega Chicken and the Quilox bar in Lekki here. One offers food and works from morning to evening while the other sells drinks from evening to morning.
So to start a restaurant business you must be very good at cooking. Cooking many local foods first then as time goes by you can move on to learning how to cook intercontinental foods.
To start a restaurant business you need a clean space to cook and a place for customers to sit and eat. Asides this, you’ll need cooking utensils and most importantly power or generator.
All these expenses depend on the area you live in whether an urban area or rural area.
The prize you sell your food also varies from how delicious it is to how much ingredients you add to your food.
17. Graphic Design
Graphic designing is another lucrative small scale business in Nigeria. It is for men that are passionate about art but not looking into using a paintbrush. It’s for men looking into using their laptops and software to build attractive images or logos for websites and blogs.
You can render your services as a graphic designer both online and offline. Online to blogs that need a logo for branding and offline to companies or businesses that need a logo for branding.
But however, the big thing here is to learn it first.
After learning for about 3 – 5 months you can start rendering your services to people.
How much you earn on this business depends on how good you are and how you package (brand) yourself.
18. Cold Room Business
Cold room business in Nigeria is always going to be on the high demand in till Nigeria has enough fish to sustain itself. Just in case you don’t know over 80 – 90% of Nigeria’s seafood is imported.
What the purpose of cold rooms in Nigeria?
Well in future its sole purpose might change but for now, it is used to preserve imported fish till they are sold to the final consumers.
There are different types of cold room business. We have the ones that are wholesale which means they only sell to smaller cold room businesses and we have the ones that retail.
These sellers are the ones that sell the seafood to the final consumer. This is the part where you can come in. Buying the fishes in retails and selling to people in your community.
You can create wealth from your frozen foods business if your shop is located at a major spot where people pass all the time (preferably close to a major bus stop) and you know how to relate with customers.
To start your cold room business otherwise, known as frozen foods business you’ll need to ask fellow people that are already in the business how much capital it takes to start.
But from my little enquiry, you’ll need a deep freezer, table, generator, cutlass and a shop and if you don’t have money to rent a shop you can sell from your house.
All you need is a signboard to point people to your house from the bus stop.
19. Start a YouTube Channel
If you’ve been on YouTube lately you’ll have seen tons and tons of videos there talking about different subjects.
But sadly you’ll notice just like I did that the number of Nigerians on this platform are very minute.
I visit YouTube every day and I can boldly say I’ve only come across a Nigerian YouTube channel just thrice which means there is so much money that can be made on the platform by answering question mostly asked by Nigerian.
And if you’re wondering just how YouTubers make their money, YouTubers make their money through AdSense just like we bloggers.
Google use their platform (videos) to advertise for third parties that want to make their product known and in turn they are paid.
But take note! It’s not immediately you start making videos that you’re going to start making money. It takes time but not as much time like making money from blogging (from my own experience).
However, the best thing about this business is that it doesn’t require stress it is just about videoing yourself, editing and uploading on YouTube. Many youths tend to grab this kind of business.
To start a YouTube channel you need:
A. Camera or a phone with a good camera
20. Event Planning
The evening planning business in Nigeria is saturated but you can still get a lion share of its profits if you have the guts because there’s no weekend in your location, area or state that someone is not celebrating his birthday, wedding, house warming and so on.
The best way to start with this small scale business is to understand the business first which means you have to learn first. You can apply for a 6 months course in any event planning company in your area and pay attention to how things are done from the bottom.
Be close to your boss and check out how he runs things – basically from the management angle because that is where you’ll be working from when you start yours.
After learning this 6 months and getting your certificate, you can now venture into starting your own events planning business.
How To Get Your First Customer
To get your first customer in this business all you need to start small.
You can start with planning your friends in house birthday then introduce yourself at the party as the brain behind the decoration, food, and music then as time goes by people will call you for big contracts.
These are the 20 business ideas for men I’ve been able to gather so far. Is there any business that is supposed to be here that I haven’t listed please add them in the comment below.
You can also drop your comment on any business you want more details on so I can share more light on it.
And remember it’s not only about reading this article, but it is also about taking action on what you have read and sharing your testimonies to your friends and fellow readers of AgidigbaMEN.
Thank you once again for being part of us here at AgidigbaMEN.
God bless you!
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