15 Lucrative Business Ideas For Christian Students
If you are a Christian student in Nigeria reading this, there are chances you are likely to start a business soon. It is no longer news that there are few job opportunities in the country, coupled with the fact that only entrepreneurship guarantees financial freedom. These small business ideas are great ways to start out.
The most interesting part is that you could successfully run these businesses as a full-time student and still keep up with your good grades.
Also, these businesses do not only require less capital that you could easily save up or garner but also consume less time.
Ready, pick up your writing materials as I walk you through these ideas.
- Typing and Editing Business
The truth is that students are often required to type one or two assignments. This could serve as a business opportunity to any student who wants to make a good income for him or herself. If you have a personal computer, you could consider this. All you need do is improve your typing skill and speed. You would accept handwritten materials from students and type it for them for a pay, and afterwards, print at a business centre.
- Petty food Stuff Trading
Students patronize food stuff such as Noodles, Rice, and Beverages etc. You could start out a business on any business that students buy most on your campus. All you need is buy those stuff at a cheaper price from big markets and then resell to other students. You would, however, need to make your price lower than what the stuff is sold in stores. By doing this, you would discourage most students from going outside but to buy from you.
- Tutorial Classes
Are you good in your studies? Chances are that you could make a good tutor. I’m sure you know many students learn better in tutorials than in class. You could set up a tutorial for lower students in your department, especially in some tough courses. You can also simply their course contents in a handout and sell to them. All you need do is get a suitable class and then inform the class governor to announce to students of your tutorial.
- Selling of Compiled Past Questions
If it is allowed in your school to sell past questions and solutions, you could pick up this and make good money for yourself. You could garner and compile Post UTME past questions, Semester past Exam Questions etc. You just package it neatly and sell to fresh students or other students who are in need of them.
- Clothes and Accessories
This one is a hot cake. Students are ready to spend even their feeding allowance to look good. You may have seen some students who bring clothes, shoes, bands, etc. to class for sale. That’s quite a good business idea to venture in. You could start with cheap items first.
- Hair Plaiting/Styling Business
I heard of a lady who used hair plaiting business to offset all her school bills. What she did was, during weekends, she would visit student hostels and ask for students that wanted to make their hairs. She plaited and fixed weave-on. You can learn to plait hair and fix weave-on and offer the services for a fee in school. You can charge as much as N500 to fix a weave-on and N1,500 for plaiting of hair depending on the going rate in your location.
- Barbing Salon Business
This is one of the most lucrative small business ideas in school. It takes a lot of money to start on your own, though. If you have the skill, you can look for barbing salons close to you and introduce yourself. Once any of them accepts you, you can attach yourself there and make your money in your spare time. Naturally, you pay a stipend to your host for accommodating you.
If you have not heard, let me inform you now that people make 6 figure incomes online through blogging. Blogging is very cheap to start. There are also free platforms such as WordPress.com, blogspot.com.ng etc. All you need do is choose a niche and then start posting relevant contents on it. With time, you get to build your audience and the money start flowing in.
- Freelance Writing
If you have good writing skills, you are missing out on a lot of money. Apart from writing for bloggers who may not have the time to write, you can make a fortune from freelance sites like ODesk or Fiverr. Forums like nairaland.com are good places to offer your writing skills for a fee. As a starter, you can offer free writing services as a way of introducing yourself and getting positive feedback. This review will be important when you create your advertising pages.
- Graphics Design
Graphics design is another money spinner for those who have the skills. There seems to be a shortage of competent graphics designers so the few of them are always very much in demand. Again, you can create a portfolio for yourself on odesk, fiverr, nairaland etc. Don’t hesitate to offer free services for people to test your work and give you feedback.
- Outdoor Catering Services
You can start this business yourself with nothing or join a team that offers the service to increase your confidence in cooking for events and occasions.
Catering is very lucrative, but you need passion to sustain your drive. It’s not about the money, it’s about the passion. Catering funds itself. You want me to cook for you, you give me money and I cook. You don’t need millions to start. (Source: How to start a lucrative catering service)
There are lots of open doors to be self-reliant in digital photography. The market is not saturated yet. I wanted to work in big multinational corporations like every Nigerian graduate naturally would, but I looked inwards, took out time to learn the technology, and I have no regrets today. In fact, when I started, I was gate-crashing for almost one year; in other words, I would attend events in places as far as Abuja uninvited. (Source: business opportunities in digital photography)
- Real Estate Agent
This never goes out of fashion and is always in demand. You help people find a house to live in and you get paid. You probably know a lot of people who do this. Reliability and access to genuine information should be your watchword if you are to succeed in this business. You will need a business card which you can always get for less than 4k. Word of mouth does the rest.
- Pastries and Cake Making
Students need cakes for birthday celebrations and other occasions. If you have the skills, you can tap into this opportunity and make your money in your spare time. Once they know you are good, you will never run out of money. Word of mouth is a powerful advertising tool especially in school and out of it.
- Kerosene retail
You can set yourself up as a retailer to make you quickly. Kerosene is used by most students in school due to insufficient supply of electricity and cost of cooking gas. This is one of the most lucrative small business ideas for Nigerian students. Dealers have been known to receive 100% returns on their first investment
- Web Designing
If you know how to code or use any other platform such as word press, Dreamweaver etc. to create beautiful websites, you could start out a business on this. All you need is create a brand for yourself and then start promoting your brand on social media and face to face interactions.
- Digital Marketing
If you can manage a social media account or help a firm or persons to promote their products and services online, etc., you could take up a business on this.