50 Most Lucrative Business Ideas In Nigeria (2021 Updated)

Last updated on August 9th, 2021 at 12:22 am

Having lucrative business ideas in Nigeria in 2020 has become imperative – for obvious reasons, there are no jobs anywhere!

Plus the only thing that is booming now is the creative industry. Everyone today must come to terms that “It’s not what is done but how it is done” that makes the difference. Hence, knowing the right business opportunities in Nigeria is golden.

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Not every entrepreneur starts with a specific business idea in mind. And with so many small business ideas in Nigeria today, it becomes even more complex, right?

It may seem like its good business ideas or best small ideas, but they are not. The most successful small business ideas in Nigeria come from people who work for someone and they believe they can do better.

Some other businesses can start as employees or trainees, and then gradually build skills and experience before hitting a business opportunity in Nigeria. With the right thought and determination, they can fulfil their own small business to make their dreams come true.

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Business Ideas in Nigeria

For beginners with the right skill set, but without a lot of capital and business experience, here is a list of business ideas in Nigeria, I mean a lucrative business in Nigeria. 50 to be exact.

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Football Viewing Centre

The love for football in Nigeria is overwhelming, hence football viewing centres have become a lucrative business in Nigeria today. The huge recurring bill from cable TV has made it compulsory for a large percentage of football-loving fans to patronize any local viewing centre around. All that you need to start this business is a huge TV, decoder and space. Amazingly today, there are matches almost every day of the week.

Real Estate

Real Estate is one of the most lucrative businesses in Nigeria and the world at large. There are no mincing words about it. People will always need a roof over their heads. As the population continues to increase, and as status increases, real estate business will continue to boom. As people move to cities, this business keeps booming. Real Estate is a serious business in Lagos and Abuja and some other states in Nigeria.

There are many opportunities in the real estate business. You can choose to work as an agent. Helping people find properties and apartment for fee or commission, there are lots of website doing that today. Also helping property sellers and landlords find buyers or tenants for a fee.

You can develop properties in highly sought after the environment, for sale or rent. You can also invest in lands and either develop or sell when it appreciates.

freelance writing

If you have some writing skills, then you can start a writing business very easily by providing your services to businesses on a freelance basis. Lot’s of bloggers and businesses out there needs a freelance writer. See how you can start freelance writing here, you can also search for freelancing websites and apply.


You can learn how to start a blog quite easily where you post about topics that match your experience and expertise. Blogging is a good way to showcase your expertise and also attract people that needs them. You can learn how to set up a blog in my 14 video course for free.

virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant can provide various types of online services to businesses and professionals including email organizations and communications, social media scheduling and bookkeeping. So you can start a virtual assistant business as far as you have experience in those areas. Check for opportunities on Upwork or Fiveer.

Home Cleaning Service

For those who enjoy cleaning, or at least keep this in mind, by starting a home cleaning business, a simple direct route can be provided for business ownership. I see opportunities for this now and then, especially in Lagos where everyone seems never to have time.

Child Care Services

If you love and can tolerate children, that is a business idea in Nigeria today, you can start child care or creche business from your home or even provide these services in your family home. You can even start by babysitting or even as a nanny. This service is on high demand in Nigeria because of the working nature of parents.

Event planning

Event planning is a big deal in Nigeria today.

Those who are highly social, party freak, strong organizational and communication skills find it very easy to create a brand in this fast-growing industry in Nigeria.

The event planning industry is the fastest growing business all over the world. It is a kind of business that is well recognized and very lucrative. You too can become a successful event planner in Nigeria.

Fashion Designing

Tailoring in recent years have evolved into a big industry in Nigeria.  If you have an eye for fashion, then you can begin to work on delving into the fashion industry. One of the amazing parts of this is mastering the skill of sewing isn’t much of a big deal. I have friends who have thrown away their certificates and within a few months, they are already in the business of sewing.

Cooking Gas Business

This is an evolving yet untapped business in Nigeria. A lot of people are so focused on Petrol that they overlook cooking gas. Not long ago, I was speaking with a friend who manages a mid-size petroleum company. They are into all petroleum products. He told me they make more money from cooking gas than any other business.

You can supply cooking gas to retailers or you become a retailer and refill gas for end users. Spice it up. This business is very lucrative and it does not cost much to start. You can start small and grow!

Corporate Car Service

Every developing city in the world has demand for a convenient transport system for easy day-to-day running. Nigeria isn’t left behind, as the most populous black nation is no exemption for the quality transport system, especially if you are in a city like Lagos or Abuja. Thanks to Uber, Bolt, Avis and others that have played a huge role in making this easy.
So if you have a good car in Nigeria, using for taxi business is a very lucrative business.

Social media manager

If you are knowledgeable about social media, then you can potentially provide your services to various businesses in managing your social media accounts. Managing social media accounts can earn six figures monthly.

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Have 10 businesses that will pay you 30k monthly and you easily earn 300k. I showed my students how I did that in my Website Design Mastery Course

Social Media Influencing

For folks that can concentrate more on building social media accounts, can eventually build a business as a social media influencer, which earns money from posting about different brands and promotions. A practical example is Instablog9ja. You will need to have a good following to be able to deploy this model.

Waste Management

Waste management is another business with a lot of future potentials because Nigerians are yet to imbibe the habit of proper waste disposal. However, states like Lagos have been doing a lot to encourage proper waste disposal and management. Now there are several businesses you can start within the waste management niche and these include waste recycling, waste disposal, waste to energy, junk hauling, organic fertilizer production, this will become a big industry in Nigeria in the nearest future.

Clothing Store

The clothing store (boutique) industry comprises of small retail stores that sell a limited range of clothing and accessories. The industry is defined as single-establishment stores only. Clothing stores (boutiques) can be strictly designer based (i.e. only one designer’s collection is sold there), or sell a mix of designers’ labels that are in demand in the local market. If nothing sells, cloths will, and that is why it is a good business idea in Nigeria today.


Even if you do not necessarily make your items, you can purchase and resell things on Jumia or Konga sites without any prior business experience. I have stories of folks making millions of sales monthly on these platforms. You can even take it a step higher by designing your e-commerce store and sell these products building your brand.

Web Designing

If you have knowledge or experience in web design, then you can provide your services to customers and create your own business as a web designer. Funny enough, folks don’t know you don’t need to write codes to design website. I  have a course that has taught tons of people how to design a website without writing a piece of code.

Knowing how to design a website is an awesome business idea in Nigeria because we are still at the liminal phase of a shift from traditional marketing to digital marketing. The demand for websites is high.

Gaming Business

There are a lot of people who love games, me inclusive. I remember starting a game shop during the ASUU strike in my year 2 at the University of Jos. Starting a gaming business requires that you first love games or hire someone who does and also harness traffic, Almost every cinema houses I see around now have a corner for 4D games. It’s a lucrative business idea for me.

Dog Care

If you enjoy spending time with four-legged friends, you can start a business that offers dog-driven services to pet owners who do not have enough time to run regularly. A lot of people have dogs they don’t have time to cater for. I have a neighbour that pays 20k monthly to someone that calls himself a vet, just because he knows how to take care of his dogs.

Pastry & Baking

Starting a food service business can be quite involved for beginners. But if you enjoy cooking and want to make your first business around it, then you can start a baking business where you sell specific items or custom creations for events outside your home kitchen. Pastry consumption is huge hence it is a good business idea in Nigeria.


You can start your own business as a hairdresser or hairstylist today. Back in the day, almost all females could dress hair, who would have thought it would become a huge market today?

Makeup Artist

Similarly, you can create a client base and provide make-up services for events, photoshoots or special occasions. You can take it a step ahead by having a beauty studio.

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 Music Band

If you are skilled as a musician, you can create a business where you play in events or places and earn a part of ticket sales or business. Because event sells, music sells as well.


You can also easily start photography services to provide photography services for events or local customers who want to schedule portrait photoshoots. Photography is now a big industry today, you will need to be highly creative to create a niche, and also learn the business angle of it.

Car Wash

Car wash or detail services do not always need to include complex equipment or business skills. You can establish a simple place where you provide services to customers or you can also travel to customers with your extensive supply. With the number of cars in Nigeria and the hangouts we have. I wonder why all hangouts do not have car wash services.

T-shirt Designing

There are tons of online services that make custom T-shirt a lot easier. So you can make your design and sell them online or even supply them.

Poultry Farm Business

Starting a poultry farm in Nigeria might appear easy because it is the easy run to for everyone doing business, but starting it as a business is something entirely different and a little more complex.

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This requires that you are not only just a chicken or Turkey farmer but an entrepreneur as well. Starting this business you would need to get the necessary training, define your target market. Again farming is lucrative in Nigeria because of the looming population vis a vis our production rate.

Food Vendor Service

If nothing sells especially in Nigeria, food will sell. “Mama Put” as fondly called is a good business in Nigeria. I remember some years back at my office a vendor took her business differently by packaging a decent plate of a meal for us at the office at Ikeja, Lagos. It cost a little extra, but she offered a decent meal and saved us the stress going down the street to for launch breaks. You can also prepare single-service meals and sell the consumers at your home or ordinary commercial kitchen unless you have the supplies and necessary licenses.


For those who enjoy working with antiques, you can start a business where customers can bring their items to you for repair or renovation.

Public Speaking

If you have expertise in a given subject, even if you have not done your own business in that place, you can still start a business by offering public speaking services at events or conferences. So many business ideas around public speaking that can be harnessed like selling your books, courses, workshops, etc.

Personal Trainer

Those who have a lot of experience in physical fitness, you can build a client base and start working as a personal trainer from a home gym or even join a commercial gym.

Yoga Teaching

You can be certified as a yoga instructor and can build yoga classes. Yoga is gaining more and more acceptance every passing day and I see a big market come out of it in the nearest future.

Dance Instructor

If you want to teach different types of movements, then you can start your dance classes from your home or a local studio.

Music Teaching

You can also work in one or two groups to offer music lessons or classes in different devices or styles.


Or you can choose to teach in different subjects in one-to-one settings. Providing tuition services to students can be a direct way of starting your first business.

Graphic Designing

If you have design experience, you can work on attracting your customers who need things like a logo or branding design elements.

Tech Support Business

You can also start your technical support company where you provide support to the phone or online people with experiencing technical issues.


Or if you prefer to work from home instead, you can start a business as a business that provides different homemade services for families.

Affiliate Marketing

If you can create your online network or viewers related to a particular topic, you can start working with different brands as an affiliate and earn a part of every sale of your sale.



YouTube also provides a popular forum for people to share information about many different topics. And you can earn a part in advertising revenue by posting and promoting your videos.


You can also start your podcast to earn revenue from your show and sell ad space or work with brands. Soundcloud, iTunes, and others have made it easy to host your podcast shows. Radio is coming to the internet and when it does, podcasters will be ahead, that is why it is an awesome business opportunity in Nigeria.

Ebook Publishing

Writing a book is not an easy venture. But there is no official professional experience required to publish it and sell your ebook online. Self-publishing is a big industry right now, thank God for a platform like Okada Books in Nigeria today. You can even sell your ebook on your blog or website.

Interior Decorating

You can start the business as an interior decoration without any expensive equipment or complex business knowledge. Once you have basic decoration skills, then events, houses, offices will need them.

Pool Cleaning

If you want to spend time outside and want to provide services to hotels or private houses, pool cleaning is another beautiful direct service around which you can make a business. Because it is recurring makes it a great business idea in Nigeria.


You can also build or retract your furniture and then sell it in local boutiques or even art fairs or similar events. This is one of those business ideas in Nigeria, people do not take seriously, once this is creative, it sells.


If you want to work from home or even just want to make a small side business, then you can provide proofreading services to business, authors or individuals who want to pay someone to vet their work.

Resume Service

You can also concentrate on helping local job seekers who need some help in keeping their resumes or cover letters together. There are lots of CVs and Resume flying around, creating a directory online can be a step in the right direction.

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Party Rental Services

Parties are big deals in Nigeria, needless to say, the sequel to this, rental services has become a lucrative business in Nigeria today. You may need to connect with lots of events planners so that any equipment you have for rent gets busy every week. You can rent from halls to canopies to sound system and there are lots of business ideas related parties.

Translator/ Language Teacher

If you know many languages, you can create a business by providing translator services to individuals or businesses in need of assistance in converting conversations or documents from one language to another. You do not even need to go far, there are lots of families that need people to teach the kids their local dialect. If you are fluent in Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, etc, then you can start from there.


There are loads of business ideas one can look into in Nigeria today, well, It is not really what you do that makes the difference but how you do what you do. Pick one of the business ideas, improve upon what has been offered in the industry, create a better product/service and in no time you will have a strong brand and you start creating passive income as well.

All the best in your business endeavours.

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Hey, Daps here, thanks for stopping by. I am an astute online entrepreneur, I live a boring computer life. When I am not staring at my laptop, I would be somewhere in the house with my family. I am married to my best friend and blessed with a son and a beautiful set of twin girls.


  1. Joshua Johnson

    November 24, 2022

    Who that can help me in business. i need your help. +2348032637317

  2. igwenagha

    March 3, 2022

    This was really beautiful, exact and straight to the point.
    unlike other articles with big grammar, outdated sources and less of the know how’s on making things work or come to reality.

  3. Newton Onukwusi

    June 24, 2020

    Nice list, so many options to choose from.

  4. Goodness

    April 7, 2020

    A very nice to read from a young enterprising man with great vision for a better tomorrow in blogging business,
    Thumbs up.
    After reading through all your write up my spirit is lifted,
    Pls help me cos am a bit confused, I like or rather lo e anything clothing most especially male wears but I really do not know how to go about it selling in social media and where to buy from in less prices(wholesale).

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      April 9, 2020

      Thanks Goodness for the kind words. for buying wears in wholesale I can’t tell exactly where to buy and how to go about the business as I have not done that personally before. I also do not know where you are reading my blog. My advice is that you engage someone you know have done the business before for some tips. We have loads of them on social media.

  5. Akinmusire Oluwaseyi

    March 2, 2020

    Thanks alot for this. I’m a sport enthusiastic, how do I try this into a profession and make something from it. Thanking you for your help.

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      March 4, 2020

      Making money from sport is the easiest lately. You can start a betting business, you can start a viewing centre, you can start a sport blog, you can start a sport YouTube channel etc. People are crazy about football in Nigeria and it means its a viable place to invest in.


    February 24, 2020

    Please I’ve been so eager to know how to run a YouTube channel for my stylish profession.
    I’ll be grateful if you can properly guide me to my dreams land, Hope to hear from you soon, thanks blogger

  7. Ayodamola

    February 20, 2020

    Wow thumbs up for the good ideas, please I want to know how I can advertise my goods on Facebook

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      February 24, 2020

      Thanks Ayodamola, easy thing bro, create a facebook page, then you have the option to create a FB business account, fund the account since it is prepaid, then run your ad. Not a big deal, but again to optimize your ads for best results, you may need to hire an expert or learn FB ads, you should be able to see tutorials on YouTube to guide you.

  8. Ndubisi

    February 20, 2020

    My name is Ndubisi. Im a young man in my late twenties. I have discovered that I have this gift of making people happy by providing services (suppier) like cleaning, driving, and also helping them getting the right prices for iteams without being paid officially or discusing prices. I really need help on how to make THIS work I.e, turn my passion into a lucrative business that I can earn a living from. Thank you . I will be grateful if I can get a response from you.

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      February 24, 2020

      Thanks Ndubisi for stopping by. The answer is obvious, start charging for your services. I know people like free things and take advantage of people who give it to them free. I know how difficult it is to let them know the next time that you cannot do this for free, but you have to. Many of them would not need your services anymore but a few would and that is a good way to start. There is no limit you can take this to, you can grow it as big as creating domestic staff for people, which means you becomes the manager of a business and have people who can do all the domestic services.

  9. Babatunde

    January 25, 2020

    Hi, I don’t even know how I ended up here.
    But I must admit that u are awesome!!!?
    Pls I have a very complicated issue right now.
    Am a professional hair stylist but getting a shop is not coming easy.
    So I thought of just doing my thing at home and post online.
    Now my problem is how do I post on YouTube and monetize it.( At least with that I’ll be motivated) Not forgetting i don’t even have a single subscriber on my page yet.
    Help a bro pls.
    What to do.(confused)?

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      January 25, 2020

      Hi Babatunde, thanks for dropping a comment. Being a professional hair stylist is good stuff and quite lucrative today. drop me an email at daps@dapsdigital.com, I’ll be glad to point yo in the right directions.

  10. Nicky

    November 24, 2019

    Please,how do I get traffic if I’m doing affiliating marketing?.

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      November 25, 2019

      Hey Nicky, there are basically two ways to get traffic, whether it is affiliate marketing or whichever marketing, paid or free. It’s usually to check which is convenient for you. For paid you will have options to run ads with social media, sponsored post on blogs, social media influencers, PPC, SEM etc. For free which is usually the hardest, you would have rely on Search engines (SEO), social media, forums, comment sections, video marketing with YouTube etc. I hope this helps.

  11. Maxwell Guler

    August 27, 2019

    I read through your blog post here. I wanted to ask you something though… I was curious your thoughts on learning how to be a business owner. Do you know of a good way to learn? I’m trying to start a landscaping company but I’m really worried because I know the failure rate for new businesses is really high. Eagerly awaiting your reply. 🙂

  12. Georgene Dejoie

    July 2, 2019

    Nice blog

  13. mapa

    April 24, 2019

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are
    not already 😉 Cheers!

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      April 24, 2019

      Many thanks

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