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100 Lucrative Business Ideas In Nigeria: Business Ideas in Nigeria



Nigeria currently has a high rate of unemployed youths including graduates. This is due to the fact that a lot of youths are searching for white collar jobs where they would be employed. Nigeria has a population of over 140 million people. This is a huge population that creates a huge potential for a business.

The lack of entrepreneurs in Nigeria has lead to Nigeria importing most of the finished products consumed in the country including something as small as toothpick. Nigeria thus has a huge market for products and services which some entrepreneurs have already taken advantage of.


A very good example is Dangote who started little but has today attained the status of the richest man in Africa. There are also a lot of other thriving businesses in Nigeria that started from little with the right knowledge and concept.

A lot of individuals have always cited capital as the reason why they cannot start a business. Most of the businesses ideas for Nigerians listed however are businesses you can start with little or no capital at the back of your house with the prospect of growing it into something bigger.

100 Small Scale Business Ideas in Nigeria

  • Affiliate marketing
  • Baking and confectioneries
  • Beautician
  • Blogging
  • Business Broker
  • Car wash services
  • Carpet / Rug cleaning
  • Charging of batteries including those of cars and phones
  • Consultant on overseas study and scholarship
  • Consultant on time management
  • Cooking services
  • Corporate Cleaning Services
  • Crafts business
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dating services
  • Day care center
  • Designing of greeting cards
  • Editing of books
  • E-mail marketing
  • Employment agency
  • Events management
  • Events/Party planner
  • Excursion services
  • Exercise instructor
  • Export Agent
  • Facialist
  • Food delivery service
  • Freelance marketing
  • Freelance photographing
  • Freelance writing
  • Ghost writing
  • Graphics designer
  • Hair Stylist
  • Holiday camping
  • Home Business Center
  • Honey selling
  • Infopreneur
  • Information broker
  • Instructing in the skills of martial acts
  • Interpreting and translating services
  • Mailing list service
  • Make-up artist
  • Making of beads
  • Marketing of information
  • Marketing on the Internet
  • Mobile supermarket
  • Monogramming
  • Motivation and public speaking
  • Music Production
  • Nanny service
  • Online recruitment
  • Organizing aerobics classes
  • Organizing home tutorials
  • Organizing market research
  • Organizing online internet training
  • Organizing self-improvement seminars
  • Organizing weight loss classes
  • Painting services
  • Payroll service
  • Proof reader
  • Providing Internet Services
  • Public Relations Agency
  • Publishing of directories
  • Publishing of e-books
  • Pure Water Business
  • Real Estate Agency
  • Repairing of computers
  • R pairing of mobile phones
  • Reporter
  • Sales of cosmetic
  • School Dropping and picking services
  • Self-publishing
  • Selling chilled homemade drinks such as zobo, kunu, fruit juice, etc
  • Selling of fruits such as orange, apple, water melon, pineapple, etc
  • Selling of pet products
  • SMS marketing
  • Software Programmer
  • Spas and Massage
  • Starting a video game center
  • Teaching
  • Teaching music lessons
  • Teaching of foreign languages
  • Technical writing
  • Telephone answering services
  • Tour guide
  • Training of pets
  • Travel agency
  • Typing services
  • Uploading videos to youtube
  • Viewing Center
  • Web Designer
  • Web Publishing
  • Writing homemade story books
  • Writing movie scripts
  • Writing of business plans
  • Writing of proposals
  • Writing of songs
  • Writing press releases
  • Writing services for CV and Resume
  • Yoghurt making and selling

While some of these businesses might require little startup capital for tools and initial materials, there are others that you could start with nothing except telling people around you, you offer such services or posting it on facebook and other social media. Even if what you want to do requires capital, you could start from freelancing and the ones that require no capital until you are able to raise what you need.

For instance, if you want to start a hair or make-up salon, you could offer these services from home. In this case, your customers come with their equipment, you do it in your house or your home and then you get paid. You would however have to put in extra effort to do it in such a way that it would be easy for such an individual to refer his or her friends and before you know you would have enough funds and customers in starting your hair or make-up salon.


There are however, many other business opportunities in Nigeria that require little or no startup funds that are not even included in the list. Good luck starting something today that could one day become a multinational company.

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