Business Ideas for the Unemployed

Jobs are scarce in Nigeria today and sometimes if you find a Job, it may happen that the salary paid will not be enough for you to cater to all your needs.

So, in order to avoid getting into too many debts, I have listed out different business ideas you can start with low capital and make a good profit in return rather than sitting at home doing nothing.

If you just finish your degree and you’re looking for where to start small so you can at least earn something good at the end of every month, Or maybe you are tired of sitting home doing nothing, or you are getting fed up attending several Interviews and yet nothing to show of it.  Then I’ll advise you to read on as you might find any of these ideas useful.

Below are the lists of Profitable Business Ideas you can start as a low-income earner and/or Unemployed Graduate in Nigeria.

Rental Service

Running a Rental Service can earn you a reasonable profit considering the fact that this array of equipment you renting out are essential aspects of every kind of event, parties or occasion in Nigeria and this makes the rental service business a lucrative venture in Nigeria.

There is always at least one or two celebrations or occasions going on in your neighborhood every weekend with this you can tap into the situation by renting out your equipment and getting paid for it.

Things needed to start a rental service includes considerable space where you can keep all the equipment, musical instruments such as a speaker, microphone and mixer, canopies, chairs, table, cooking pot, generator among others.

Rental businesses have long been a popular moneymaking venture in Nigeria, mainly because not everyone can afford to purchase equipment but most people can afford to rent them for a day, two, or even for a week.

Email Marketing

Email marketing involves directly sending a commercial message, typically to a group of people through email. In its broadest sense, every email sent to a potential or current customer could be considered email marketing.

It usually involves using email to send ads, request business, or solicit sales or donations, and is meant to build loyalty, trust, or brand awareness.

Email marketing enriches business communications, targets specific key markets, and is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

With email marketing, you can easily and quickly reach target markets without the need for large quantities of print space, television or radio time, or high production costs.

Essential Tools Needed to start Email Marketing service includes A Laptop, Email Extractor software (Mostly they are paid software), a modem for Internet connection, Email marketing software, etc.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each buyer or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

The reward comes in form of percentage for selling the company products
Affiliate marketing gives you the opportunity to earn a commission by selling products or services offered by other companies.

It’s a great way to supplement your income. Fortunately, it’s also easy to become an affiliate for companies that are household names.

This type of business can be done using online methods or the traditional way of marketing goods and services. It’s essential you stick to selling products or services that you’re familiar with this will help you to provide detailed information about the goods or services.

Makeup Artist

Like other artistic professions, you also need to undergo series of training before you can become a professional Make-up artist. Some training takes up to 3 months while others go beyond that especially when you are adding Gele tying (head-gear) and other beauty skills to it.

This profession is fast becoming one of the most sought-after ventures for Nigerian ladies as its more of like getting paid for what you love doing.

As a makeup artist, you can make over 120k per month depending on 4 basic things which are; your location, how good you are on the job, how well you package the business, and your customer service.

Cake baking

To be an expert in this business then you’ll have to learn from the Pros in the field. Cake baking and sugarcraft is, without doubt, a very good business that can really earn you a living, a real good living for that matter. An average wedding cake in Lagos now cost up to #80, 000 and aside wedding, cakes are also used during graduation, anniversary, Birthdays in fact “it’s no cake, no birthday” for some Nigerian kids. So u can see that the taste/quest for cakes is now far better than what it used to be

Football Viewing center

At The moment if there is a business that is not struck by the current situation in Nigeria then viewing center business will definitely be of one them. The love for Football in Nigeria is growing day by day and watching football has gone beyond being a guy’s hobby to what ladies now see as passion-able too.

An average viewing center operator in Lagos charges #100 per football match that lasts 90 minutes and every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) you can have at least 5 live matches to show, with this business you can pocket more than #70,000 every month if you have a good location. But before you venture into this business kindly ensure you did a thorough feasibility study of your location of choice

GSM Phone Repairs

With the emergence of different videos tutorials and learning books that teach how to become a Phone, an engineer has made the profession a pool of ventures that an unemployed graduate can tap into to make money for themself.

An average phone engineer makes over #3000 naira per day which amounts to #90, 000 per month. Just get one of these phones repairing tutorial package or undergo 3-month training, get a space for yourself, get all necessary tools needed, package up yourself and start making money.


A single picture speaks more than a thousand words. Even with the emergence of digital phones that has a good camera quality. The importance of having a printed copy picture of our past occasions is still vastly cherished in Nigeria.

Photography has become easier these days with the help of some quality paparazzi cameras and photo editing software which can make the outcome of every snap you take spotlessly cute. With good packaging, the photography business can earn you over #40,000 per occasion and of which you can have 3, 4, 5, or more occasions per month.

Laundry Service

Laundry service is one business venture that have been around for a while, now the business has grown to even become less stressful with the help of a sophisticated laundry machine which is now more affordable. With nice packaging and a good location, this business can really fetch you good fortune.

Event Planning

People are more glued to their business these days that they most times forget they have an important event to plan for. This is where you coming as an event planner to save them from the headache of balancing between their work-loads and their upcoming event. Of course, everybody wants memorable events but at the same time, they don’t want to get distracted from their work. As an event planner, your function is taking charge of the event, making sure it met the client specifications, and getting pay for it.

Recharge Card Printing

One of the businesses that are not affected by the current recession in Nigeria is the Recharge card business. Research shows that the amount spent on buying recharge cards by Nigerians is over #400 billion nairas per month. This business is actually one you can start with very low capital and then grow with time. If you get your networking and marketing strategy well, coupled with a good location where you have low competition then this business can get you to your dreamland.

Good luck!

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