If you are looking for a business to start in Nigeria with little capital, then the following businesses you can start with your smartphone might be of interest to you.
The smartphone is not just a fancy device that enables you to catch up with your friends on your favorite social media and take nice photos, more than that, it gives you access to a world of opportunities. Let’s explore seven businesses you can start in Nigeria with little capital with the use of your smartphone.
You can start a blog where you share advice to a group of people using your smartphone. WordPress has an android app you can install on your phone for free and signup from there.
Just search for “WordPress” on your app store and install it to get started.
You can start a blogging business for free using your smartphone but you need a laptop as soon as you can afford one.
2. Information Marketing
This involves selling information products packaged as ebooks, videos, audio training to a group of people who need that information.
All you need to do is to identify what information people are looking for through Nairaland, Facebook or Google Keyword Research and Package this information for them.
You can type it using the word processors that come with your smartphone or simply record the information in an audio format and sell it to them.
You can sell it on Facebook or WhatsApp for a start.
TIP: “How to” products – information products that teach people how to do something specific – perform well.
3. Subject Matter Expert
One business you can start with your smartphone is to establish yourself as a subject matter expert on Facebook.
You can do this by consistently sharing information on a particular subject and eventually creating products for sale or organizing paid training programs on the subject. People charge as much as N10,000 for training organized in a closed Facebook group or on WhatsApp.
So this is a business you can start with little capital right here in Nigeria, especially as a graduate. You can start with a subject related to your course of study.
4. Selling Items on Classified Sites
Did you know you can make money by helping people sell their stuff on classified sites like olx.com?
This is a business you can start with little capital in Nigeria using your smartphone because all you have to do is take a picture of the item the person wants to sell and list it on olx, jiji or any other classified site of your choice and attach your phone number as the seller’s phone number.
Once the calls start coming in negotiate for a price slightly higher than the buyer is selling and keep the change.
5. Social Media Management
Can you create engaging content on social media? (Think about the likes and shares you get on Facebook.)
Why not offer your services as a social media manager and help people manage their Facebook accounts and increase reach as well?
Social media management is a business you can start with little capital in Nigeria. The tasks of a Social Media Manager includes content creation and general community management. If it’s a business, then you will need to learn how to convert that engagement into more sales for the business in addition to the previously mentioned tasks.
6. Urban Errand Services
This is an idea I thought of while walking through Aso-Drive, at the very heart of Abuja. I realized that the elites have needs. You don’t always want to drive around town to get the things you need or get stuff done, so you would gladly pay someone to do it for you – especially since paying isn’t a problem. 😉
To take advantage of this opportunity, you have to dress responsibly, this will enhance your perceived value and influence how much you’re paid (and tipped too 😉 ), then print a leaflet and attach a card to it. Do this aggressively, you’ll often not be allowed into the gate so you have to package your leaflet very well so that the security personnel take you seriously and deliver the parcel to their boss.
Have your phone number handy and when your services are needed, deliver with excellence.
You can take this up a notch by building a website where you can easily be contacted and orders made.
7. Laundry and Dry Cleaning Business
Don’t open a dry cleaning shop yet.
If you’re looking for a business to start with little capital in Nigeria, getting a shop is not a very smart thing to do, especially since you can use your phone to start a business. Of course, this could be an advantage if you could afford it. But I’m assuming you’re on a budget since you just graduated so let’s skip it for now.
Dress very well, take your smartphone and go to the city center. Look out for a very decent dry cleaning place and strike a deal with them. That will be your address.
Your job is to go around town scouting for clients, take the clothes to the dry cleaning outfit and have them washed.
Pay the bill and keep the change.
Maintain a list of reputable laundry and dry cleaning outfits and keep scouting for new customers. Your smartphone will soon start buzzing with phone calls of clients who want you to come get their clothes or make delivery.
So there you have it, 7 businesses you can start with little capital using your smartphone in Nigeria as a fresh graduate.
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