The Most Popular ways Undergraduates in Nigeria Make Money

The Most Popular ways Undergraduates in Nigeria Make Money

Last Updated On: February 10, 2020Nomzy

How Undergraduates in Nigeria make money

If you are wondering if it is possible to make money in Nigeria as a student, then I should tell you this; YES! YOU CAN MAKE MONEY IN NIGERIA AS AN UNDERGRADUATE.

Some time ago, I bought a T-shirt worth N1,500 from my course mate and I trust you should know how much it meant to her. A thousand and five hundred might seem like one hell of a dime that wouldn’t make much impact in your life, But then, before you go smirking, consider how many T-shirts she must have sold before I even thought of patronizing her.

Most times, the answer we want is right in front of us, but we refuse to see or make meaning out of it for reasons best known to us.


If you are studying in Nigeria, most importantly in one of her many public schools, permit me to call you strong! I know how difficult it is to survive as a student, especially when it’s a new month with no response from home. The feeling is mutual.

I suppose that lack of finance and shortage of food supplies have driven you into deep thoughts of business ideas for students and easy ways to make money as a student in Nigeria. Trust me, you are not alone!

I’ve seen most students taking part time jobs but this isn’t really student friendly as the Nigerian educational system doesn’t pave way for studying and working part-time. Sometimes students resume classes as early as 7am and get home as late as 6pm. The study system in Nigeria is so unfriendly that you might get a call at any time of the day about a fixed/scheduled class.

As an environmentally observant student, I took note of the many activities Nigerian students indulge in to make money without dropping out of school that you too can try. I’m glad to tell you that some students make legitimate money on campus, fend for themselves, pay tuition fees and still strive in their studies. In the long run, it all boils down to your self discipline and zeal to succeed.

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How to make money in Nigeria as an undergraduate

Being an undergraduate doesn’t have to wreck your sense of independence because you have parents and guardians to turn to when your account runs dry. How about you try to assist in the best way you can?

There are various things a student can do to make money in Nigeria which are totally legitimate and study friendly. You wouldn’t have to skip even one class or ditch a test.

Below are Popular businesses for Nigerian students you can start with little or no capital

1. Selling Clothes

Clothes business

If you recall, I started this article with the fact that I bought a T-shirt from my course mate. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going into cloth business in the university or higher institution. In fact it is one of the best business for Nigerian students, so long you aren’t shy or too scared to man up and and advertise your products to people.

There are definitely endless designs and sets of cloths to sell to your course mates and fellow students in general. People are ever willing to spend money on good clothes and as you should know, clothing is an important requirement for individuals. We just can’t do without them, besides looking good has become a crazy competition among students.

Types of Clothes to Sell

Clothing business is a very profitable business here in Nigeria that you can decide to sell both feminine and masculine apparels or simply stick to apparels for a gender. Whatever works for you. But having both in stock will definitely increase your chances of better market sales.

Where to Buy Clothes To Sell

I bet the first thing you’ll wonder is “where to buy clothes to sell in order to make profit”. You are a student and going for designers and expensive apparels might be a little off for you because you may not have a huge startup capital, besides you know how students can be, you can end up selling your product below the purchase price. Good news is, there are various places where you can buy cheap clothes to sell for profits.

Below are a few ways and places where you can buy cheap clothes in Nigeria

Thrift shop at LOCAL MARKETS

Okirika market

Thrift shopping is simply an englishized term for ‘okirika’, ‘tokunbo’, ‘gbogbo’, ‘bend down select’ or ‘2nd hand shopping’. I bet you know what it means to shop for okirika clothings, or fairly used wears. This is in fact one of the easiest ways to buy cheap clothes in Nigeria and sell.

It’s not news to you that used clothes are usually very affordable and many are of great quality. When thrift shopping, you need to be smart, and be ready to pick the best quality so you don’t end up buying junks that even you wouldn’t want to use.

Since you are a student looking to make money in Nigeria as an undergraduate, with little capital that might range from 10k to 20k or even less, you can simply thrift shop at your local market for clothes. There are in fact varieties of beautiful apparels to pick and resell for double the price they were bought. If you live in places like Lagos and Onitsha, you can buy fairly used clothes even cheaper.


Imagine you are not okay with the idea of selling fairly used clothes. You’re someone with a believe that new is better. There are various ways to shop for new clothes to sell.

When it comes to shopping for cheap clothes, we have to give it up for Aba, Onitsha and Lagos. I know a few people who travel occasionally to go shopping for cheap clothes which they often sell. So if you need cheap clothes, you will likely have to visit any of the locations above, but be sure to have enough money so you don’t get stranded. Also travel with someone experienced if it’s your first time.

The apparels found in these markets are cheap and largely promote Made in Nigerian. Patronizing them will be a big ups to the Nigerian clothing market. You can read this article on infoguidenigeria on the Top 20 Places to Buy Cheap Clothes in Nigeria.


Shopping online for clothes you want to sell would definitely not be a bad idea, as there are many online stores selling clothes at cheap rates. There are lots of Nigerian stores to shop from like Jumia and konga then the jiji marketplace.

Apart from Nigerian online stores, there are quite a number of good foreign online stores that sell cheap clothes and ship to Nigeria. Aliexpress, Alibaba and Asos are definitely good online stores to shop for cheap clothes you can sell.

Personally, I love Aliexpress because there are lots of choices to make, from store to store.

Note; I often use buyers’ reviews to grade and decide which sellers has good apparels. Shopping on Aliexpress is so easy and simple.

The aliexpress online marketplace offers both paid and free shipping to Nigeria. You can opt in for the free shipping if you aren’t in a haste to receive your products. It takes 2 – 5 weeks to ship to Nigeria from aliexpress. Orders can be picked up from the nearest post office (these days post office charge during pickup).

2. Make Up Business

Make up

This is currently a top notch way to make money in Nigeria as an undergraduate. Under the make up business, it’s either you;

  • Sell make up items
  • Become a makeup artist.

Either way, this is a good way to make money as a student.

Sell MakeUp Items

Selling makeup products is one way most Nigerian female students use to make money on campus. I had a few course mates who buy and sell makeup items at affordable prices. You can shop for makeup items like eye pencil, lipstick, nail polishes, concealers and a host of many other makeup materials.

There are various places to buy makeup items to sell to your colleagues and some of these places include, local markets and online markets. You buy cheaper and sell at higher prices.

MakeUp Artistry

It is no secret that the number of individuals, especially young ladies in Nigerian institutions claiming to be makeup artists keep increasing every day. Thus, becoming a makeup artist isn’t something new when it comes to how Nigerian undergraduates make money on campus.

You can actually make good money as an undergraduate makeup artist, only if you are well grounded in what you claim to do. So, it’s important that you learn this skill perfectly before advertising yourself as a makeup artist else you might end up destroying a career you haven’t started yet.

3. Photography

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Photography is yet another way Nigerian undergraduates use to make money in school. Although the photography business is one of the easiest or constant business, it is one great way to avoid being broke in school.

One common occasion to monetize the skill of photography is during matriculation. During occasions like this, students matriculating love to take pictures to keep memories alive. There is also constant demand for passport photographs due to registrations and verification that often happen in schools.

As a photographer, all you need is a digital camera and some good photography skills. One good thing about photography is that there is always a chance for you into grab a photography deal in occasions as guests rarely employ the service of personal photographers.

4. Hair Dressing

Hair salon

There is something peculiar about undergraduate hair dressers; their services are affordable and often accompanied by amazing end results. Oh well, if you’ve got the skill, put it to work and make some money off your female friends.

5. Blogging

I’m pretty sure you would not be surprise to see blogging on the list. It’s everywhere! And oh! Blogging is not overrated, it is a great way to make money in Nigeria as an undergraduate (only if you know what you are doing).

There are lots of things to blog about currently and you wouldn’t need to worry about what to blog about, because even the campus is one great place with lots of news and gists.

Entertainment, news, sports, education and currently cryptocurrency are very good niches in Nigeria. it’s simple, get first hand news or follow those that release gists then rephrase, reply, react, chip in or criticize. The ball is in your court.

The cryptocurrency niche is trending right now, it’s a good niche to fit yourself into at the moment if you know anew things and willing to learn more about cryptocurrency.

My Blogging Story; An overview

Personally, my blog is made up of 3 niches, lifestyle, blogging and make money. I choose these three niches, because that’s what I’m interested in. It may not be perfect for you, but it’s well okay for me.

I have made quite an amount of money through blogging and rendering of blogging related services such as blog creation, migration, setup and customization. I’m still in a beta phase and the future holds more for me.

Blogging Basics For You

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6. Printing and Photocopying


I’m sure you know that students do a lot of printing and photocopying of study materials or credentials. You only need a laptop and a printer to start up this business. These days anyone can own a printer as they have become considerably cheap, (all depends on brand and size).

With proper marketing, your room can be your workshop and you can earn a reasonable amount of money if you take a percentage off the conventional price offered by others.

7. Web Design and Development

Website creation and design is becoming rather popular and people who indulge in this business are becoming popular due to demand. If you have this skill or can learn it, then you can offer services to build websites or blogs and make money doing so.

8. Graphic Designing

Graphic designing just like printing and photocopying is highly profitable on campus. There is a constant demand for graphic designers due to regular activities and events on campuses which use posters and fliers to promote.

If you can market yourself adequately, you may end up employing someone to assist you.
To succeed in graphic designing, you should be great with tools and software like photoshop or corel draw.

Graphic designing is a competitive business in campuses as you have students and non students struggling for dominance, so it’s advised that you perfect your skills before hoping into this business.

9. Online Registrations

A laptop and internet access is all you need to start up a small online registration business. Students often register or apply for different services ranging from course registration, scholarships, grants, admission processing and many more.

You do not need a basic skill to succeed in this business except good marketing skills, patience and ultimate attention as some of these registrations are important and delicate.

Other methods Nigerian students Employ to make money on campus.

Though the about to be mentioned side hustles aren’t my favourites, you can as well check them out.

1. Modeling


Modeling could have been a great recommendation safe for the fact that it can be very distracting and you can get exploited. To excel, students need to push themselves to limelight by attending shows, going for casting calls, or even taking part in pageants.

2. Organizing Tutorial Classes And writing materials

Some students who are good in a particular course or courses, often organise paid classes or create paid materials. First year students are often the target market.

3. Baking and selling of Snacks

Students often bring home made snacks like buns, cakes, pies, and drinks like zobo to sell to fellow students in class and hostels. This can bring good money if one sells strictly and employ good marketing strategies.


I bet you’ve gotten just the right answers to your question on how Nigerian undergraduates make money. So, there’s a 99% chance that you can make money while in school as long as you engage in any of the above listed methods diligently. While you indulge in any method that works for you, do not forget the major reason for being in school.

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Comments (2)

  • Obinna Anyaibe

    October 27, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    *Bookmarks page*
    Of all the great pointers you’ve shared, the one about organising tutorial classes settles well with me. Organising tutorials is something I do for free now and since there’s an ideal market for this “business” in the university, I don’t see why I shouldn’t give it a try.
    To add to your tips, editing students’ writeups is another great way to earn as a student, too. Some people, like me, are lazy to write for others, but we always find it easy to tweak their writing until it’s close to perfect. If one’s writing skills are powerful, one can edit the writing (essays, research papers, etc) a great number of people in one day and charge a fair price. It’s a hassle-free way to earn as a hustler.

    1. Onome

      October 28, 2018 at 9:58 am

      If you do it for free, you should learn to get paid for it dear. Also, I am kinda new to the editing aspect, but I trust you should have done it to recommend it. I just listed the popular few I know of. Thanks for dropping by.

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