How To Make Money as a Student In Nigeria

In this article, I’m going to provide you with guides on how to make money as a student in Nigeria.

The country’s unfavorable economy is no new thing to its citizens, especially students who don’t have sponsors or any source of income.

Things can be frustrating to one who depends only on his/her parents.

Due to the current economic state, parents are already hopeless about the future.

With this, students should be active in their well-being.

First of all, let me commend you highly for wanting to do something by the side as a  student to have another source of funds aside from your allowance.

But guess what? 

There are tons of things you can do to make money while you are in school learning.

These things don’t necessarily have to hinder your studies whatsoever.

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing ways you can make money as a student in Nigeria.

16 Ways To Make Money as a Student in Nigeria

Here are the 16 ways to make money as a student in Nigeria:

  1. Start a Laundry Firm.
  2. Be A Tutor.
  3. Organize Tutorial Classes.
  4. Baking, Catering, and Confectioneries.
  5. Cable TV installation and maintenance.
  6. Online Affiliate Marketing.
  7. Using Your IQ and propelling.
  8. Mini-importation Business.
  9. Bulk SMS &EMAIL Business Services.
  10. Recharge Card Business.
  11. Branding Services.
  12. Graphic Design.
  13. Computer, Printing Jobs & Online Registration.
  14. Blogging.
  15. Photograph.
  16. Sell Your Talents.

1. Start a Laundry Firm.

Yes, Laundry services are always needed in hostels.

They are students who feel lazy to do their laundry and starting a laundry firm will be one of the best decisions for one who wants to make money as a student in Nigeria.

Questions will surely run through your minds which are:

  • How will I do the washing?
  • Is it not too stressful?
  • How much do I charge?
  • How do I get customers?

Moreover, I know you may doubt the outcome of starting a laundry firm.

Well Congratulations, the answers are here.

However, We know that some students dress to impress others on campus, therefore starting a Laundry firm won’t be a bad idea.


 Tell your friends you do such business,
Paste posters,
Get handbills, etc.

Aside from washing the student’s clothes, ironing alone can fetch cool cash.

2. Be A Tutor.

Being a student isn’t a hindrance to tutoring, Why?

Because students do have breaks and holidays. During breaks and holidays, you can help parents tutor their lads.

However, you can visit houses in your neighborhood to make inquiries on lesson teachers.

2 of 10 homes will surely require tutors for their kids.

Nevertheless, you can also be a personal tutor. Get some of your fellow students who need to be lectured on some subjects they don’t know. Teach them and earn your money.

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3. Organize Tutorial Classes.

This is only for those that are good in particular courses, you can start a teaching business especially first-year students in your department/faculty.

Get some of your fellow students who need to be lectured on some subjects they don’t know, teach them and earn your money.

You may choose to hold the classes on weekends only and charge per class attended because of time management.

However, all you need to do is to work out a timetable that will be suitable for you and your client.

You can also record a video clip of you teaching various topics and selling it to the students or you can preferably post it on your YouTube channel.

4. Baking, Catering, and Confectioneries.

This is another way a student can make money in Nigeria.

Moreover, on Campuses, there are celebrations and partying such as birthdays, Lodge parties, graduation, matriculation, convocation, hall weeks, and so on.

You can start up a baking and confectionery business such as making rolls and their varieties.

Also, you can get yourself engaged by one or two catering service providers around.

Once they have engagements, they can give you a call to come around.

Make sure you always satisfy your clients all the time, for the money talk, Cash will begin to flow like never before.

5. Cable TV installation and maintenance.

Despite the present economic recession, almost everyone now owns cable television but very few people know how to run the installation.

Also, some students have Cable with Plasma tv in their various rooms. But they may not know how to make little adjustments or maintenance on it. 

However, this is surely a big market for you and the good news is it doesn’t take much to learn the installation process.

This is most advisable for the male students but female students could give it a try too.

6. Online Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products. 

Affiliate marketing works by spreading the responsibilities of product marketing and creation across parties.

But to be successful with affiliate marketing, you need to understand what it is, how to get started, and how to earn money from the channel.

The good news is that anyone who has an online presence and the ability to drive traffic can earn with affiliate marketing by promoting other people’s products. 

To make this work, three different parties must be involved:

  1. Seller and product creators.
  2. The affiliate or advertiser.
  3. The consumer.

The good news is that anyone who has an online presence and the ability to drive traffic can earn with affiliate marketing by promoting other people’s products. 

However, you can sell things to your large number of followers and make money.

You can also start up WhatsApp TV for those with large contacts.

7. Using Your IQ and propelling.

The ability for you to know what students want around you is enough to fetch you the money you need. 

Therefore, Make a research on what people around you want & sell it to them.

Moreover, These have to be things that you know very well that they can not do without but probably have to go out of campus to get them. 

Then, you would have to do is to negotiate better prices with huge suppliers of the products, bring them to the students.

 I will bet you that you’ll make a huge profit from it.

8. Mini-importation Business.

Mini importation is a small-scale importation business model where an individual with small capital.

You can import goods from another country at a low price into the country and sell at a higher price.

Starting an importation business as a student in Nigeria is not the usual… blah blah!

I bet you probably think you need to have hundreds of thousand to start an importation business as a student in Nigeria!

The basic idea you must know is that you import goods and products that catch the attention of students both male and female.

If you can have access to these products you’re 80% successful in your business.

You’ll be surprised that with as low as N10,000 you can start making 6 figures within a few months. 

Finally, you should have it at the back of your mind that every business has its ups and downs.

One of ten of every order might be returned from your customer but that shouldn’t discourage you.

The profit margin will cover-up.

9. Bulk SMS & EMAIL Business Services.

This is a service that allows businesses of all sizes to send large quantities of SMS and EMAIL messages to various mobile phones through different mobile networks.

Many groups, organizations, fellowships, departmental associations, etc. regularly need to stay in touch with their members. 

However,  You can offer to send bulk SMS to their members for a fee. 

Set up a website where cell phone users can sign up to send SMS messages by themselves while you charge them subscription fees.

10. Recharge Card Business.

In Nigeria today, it is common knowledge that recharge cards have become a common necessity just like the food we eat.

This means that the business can be profitable as long as you have customers.

Therefore, attracting students requires a lot of hard work, and you will also need to develop some strategic thinking.

You can also venture into recharge card printing too and make better profits reselling to retailers elsewhere.

 I urge you to take that opportunity to start the business before someone else does.

11. Branding Services.

Branding services involves:

Building a brand identity from the ground up. Rebranding established businesses.

Establishing brand positioning and messaging. Creating a branding strategy.

Branding services are scarce yet demanding but profitable if you are serious and willing to start up the business.

You can design Customized T-shirts, wristbands, mufflers and other trendy fashionable wears for Classes, Departments, Faculties, Associations, groups of friends, etc.

Always remember to deliver what you promised and at the agreed time. 

Build that trust and reputation you will get more clients and new referred ones than you would have ever thought of.

12. Graphic Design.

Graphic design is a craft where professionals create visual content to communicate messages.

If you are very good with CorelDraw, Photoshop, or other graphic design soft wares.

Then, this is a big business opportunity for you as there are always activities/events on campuses that require posters and flyers for promotion.

 This business can be done by every student, whether male or female. 

13. Computer, Printing Jobs & Online Registration.

This is an establishment that uses computers, printing plates, and the internet to get clients’ jobs done.

Having clients in this business is not difficult at all in Nigeria Universities and higher institutions. 

Therefore, instead of you wasting your precious time using your computer or laptops and internet access to watch movies and play games.

Why not use it for something productive?

You can assist fellow students with online registrations (Scholarship applications, School fees payment, admission regularization, course registration, etc.)

Also, you can charge people for the installation of computer software typing, scanning, photocopy, and general internet solution like Online applications.

This is quite lucrative especially at the beginning of semesters.

And when there are prospective/new students on campus.

You can start this business anywhere near the campus all you need is the focus, discipline.

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14. Blogging.

A blog is a shortened version of “weblog”.

A blog is an online journal or informational website displaying information in reverse chronological order, with the latest posts appearing first, at the top.

It is a platform where a writer or a group of writers share their views on an individual subject.

However, in blogging, anyone who is interested must have something to write about.

It may be about technology, entertainment, fashion, health, love, relationship, cooking and catering, business and finance, and so on.

There are so many niches, it depends on the field you are good in and have vast knowledge about.

You can make money in blogging by using Google AdSense, Consultation on SEO, traffic-related issues, and Affiliate marketing.

If you don’t want to start your blog, you can write posts and articles for other blogs and individuals.

All you need is a laptop and internet access.

You don’t have to break the bank to start up this business.

15. Photograph.

Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically using an image sensor, or chemically employing a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

Taking Photo shots is generally common with students.

 Especially, during matriculation days even at convocations taking photographs is required.

The photography business is a very profitable one and all you need is a digital camera, no matter how small it is, to get started.

16. Sell Your Talents.

Are you good at Singing or you are an artist? Get shows and get paid.

Are you good at dancing? Get shows and get paid

Good at drawing/painting? Get your brush, Paint, and Sell it out.

Are you good at composing write-ups? Be a guest blogger, or write articles for blogs and companies or people.

However,  You are blessed with a Gift, know and develop it and do what you know how to do best.

Conclusion on Ways to Make Money as a Student.

Lastly, Apply for start-up businesses that will allow you to work in your free time, not the ones that will affect your studies and academic period.

Also, please freshers or first-year students are not advised to involve in campus business.

They need to completely focus on studies and learning about their new environment unless they are already familiar with the environment.

I hope you love reading this article on “how to make money as a student in Nigeria”.

Let me know what is your own opinion in the comment and don’t forget t tell us the business you want to start from the list.

Thank You!

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