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Businesses You Can Do in School

Are you a student? If yes, see businesses you can do in School today. It is often commonplace to see undergraduates travel home to see their parents and guardians for financial assistance from time to time.

They are often asked to open bank accounts so that their parents can send them money from time to time for their upkeep and taking care of other financial obligations at school.

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This is so common among youths who never think of being financially independent of their parents. It is even disheartening that the male counterparts who feel the money their parents send isn’t enough often indulge in criminal activities just to make ends meet while the ladies get involved in corporate runs or Aristo which literarily means prostitution.

In this post, I will prove to my target readers – students, who indulge in these condemnable acts that there are many opportunities in every school, and all they need do is to look around and explore these opportunities.

That’s right; I will show you businesses you can do in school to become completely independent of parents’ financial assistance.

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Businesses you can do in school

As an undergraduate, do you often run out of cash and always run to parents, relatives and friends for financial assistance? If yes is your answer worry no more because I will show you businesses you can do in schools.

These businesses are many and all you need do is to explore the opportunities. Let’s look at them.


1. Clothing

one of the established basic needs of every human being is clothe. Students are often the most fashionable set of people in the Nigerian society.

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The follow trends and often try new things to become edgy and trendy. Ladies are often seen wearing clothes that fit properly with great color combination so that their colors don’t riot. Apparently, they do this to “belong.“

From the foregoing, it is obvious that one of the businesses you can do in school is selling clothes, shoes, handbags and travelling bags, jewelry, and similar things.

Yes, because of the constraint of capital, you don’t necessarily have to rent a shop. All you need do is to go to a market where you can get these things at cheaper rate and sell at reasonable rates so that customets can easily buy them.

Remember that business is all about turnover not necessarily how much you plan to make from selling an item.


2. Photocopy and Printing

In many schools, students are often seen photocopying textbooks, handouts (lecture notes), note books, assignments, printing and binding projects materials, and other paper works.

Now no Nigerian school can do without these things, so this means it is one of the biggest businesses you can do in school.

To start this business, you can set it up in your rented apartment off campus and place a notice on the entrance of your gate to create awareness.

You should also meet fellow students, if you are one, to talk to them and convince them as to why they should do their paper work with you, and you must be willing to give them good discounts so as to attract them.

Get a small 3-in-1 machine and start the business with it and if you grow further then you rent a shop.


3. Cyber Cafe

One of the businesses you can do in school is cyber café business.

Even though I must admit that this business is being threatened by smartphones these days, but it is still a good business to venture into because of its lucrative nature.

Students from many different departments and enlightened people from host communities often use the Internet to search for information and do research.

Students spend time on the Internet sourcing information for their projects, twitting, navigating on Facebook, skyping and doing other fun stuff.

You can also combine cyber café business with printing, sending bulk SMS, and photocopying if you have the financial muscle (capital).


4. Books and journals

People go to school to acquire knowledge. Therefore, one of the big businesses you can do in school is selling books.

From motivational books to religious books, from geographical books to novels, books on how on acquire basic skills, cook certain local and continental meals, correct and wrong use of English, music lyrics, celebrity and fashion magazines, etc. So, you can get books that interest students and sell to them so as to increase your income.

Take it to their classes and hostels, and try to convince them to patronize you. This is certainly one of the businesses you can do in school.


5. Printing and selling airtime

Most people cannot do these days without phones and making calls. Most students often spend long hours calling their loved ones and friends, and the same goes for other staff who work in the schools.

Printing airtime is no rocket science. All you need is to attend the training so as to learn how it is done and have a capital to start the business with.

You will make more profit printing and selling than buying already printed ones and reselling. So, this is one of the businesses you can start up in school even with income as low as fifteen thousand naira.

Read Also: How You can Start Your Own Giant Telecommunication Business In Nigeria Now


6. Transport business

If you can afford to buy a minibus, tricycle, car for cab and/or motorcycle, just buy one and give it to a local and agree on the terms of payment to you. It could be weekly or monthly.

Also, you can buy a bus and register with the transport arm of your school SUG (Students’ Union Government) depending on what is obtainable in your school. The SUG will tell you the amount to be remitted to your account monthly.

Lecturers, students, and visitors will always patronize this business because school authorities have laws guiding the activities of transporters, so unregistered drivers cannot drive into the school to make money.

Therefore, this is one of the businesses you can start in school.


7. Pastry

This mainly goes for the ladies who are always aligned to this kind of business.

You can learn how to bake cakes, meatpie, make chin-chin, buns, sausage, doughnuts, sandwich, and other snacks.

After acquiring these skills, you start your small business from there. You can do this in your hostel (if it is allowed) or preferably, you can rent an off-campus apartment and bake your stuff from there and later supply to retailers and food vendors who sell related snacks.

This is obviously one of the businesses you can do in school and it quite lucrative. You don’t necessarily have to rent a shop if you cannot afford one.

Read How to Make Money Selling Pastries in Nigeria


8. Salon, manicure and Pedicure

We all know that Nigerian ladies cannot do without looking good. They do this for reasons best known to them.

It is time to tap into this phenomenon and commercialize it. Open a beauty store where you sell make-up, fix nails, fix weaves and braids, dress hairs.

If you do not have these skills, you can go for training outside the school or attach yourself to someone who has this skill to learn from the person.

Alternatively, you can employ people who are good at it and pay them salaries. Make sure you advertise your products in ladies-dominated departments and female hostels, and if possible you can go round the host communities.

For the guys, you can do the same with a barbing saloon.

Read Also: How to Start A Barbing Salon Business in Nigeria

9. Sports Viewing Centres

It is just unbelievable how much those who own viewing centres make every weekend.

Naturally, guys and few ladies love to watch football and other sports, so open a viewing centre in your school and if possible, you can charge lesser than your competitors in order to get more customers.

This is one of the biggest businesses you can do in school. When you have this business fully running, you will be smiling to the bank every weekend because students will always come in their numbers to watch football matches.

And the good thing is, those who have cable services in their hostels/homes often prefer viewing centres because they like to meet with and argue with fans of opposing sides, thus your business keeps booming.

You can also combine it with gaming if you like.

10. Photography, sculptures and painting

Yes, you can learn how to take quality snapshots of people, paint real people into pictures and mould them into sculptures.

This is a special kind of business that requires extraordinary skill, therefore, you must learn from someone who is already into such art.

This is one of the businesses you can do in school. You can snap lecturers and students and paint them for a fee. Photographers make lots of money on occasions like convocation, matriculation and graduation.

Therefore, you should acquire the skill and start the business.

There are lots of businesses you can do in school but there are factors you must consider before doing a particular type of business.

These factors are time, capital, laws guiding such business, your skills, customers and others. As a student, you must not forget that your main purpose of coming to school is to acquire knowledge and anything outside that is secondary.

Therefore, you have to carefully plan yourself and do not get into a business that will deny you study time. You must be efficient with time management so as to be able to combine both studying and doing business.

As a lady, you don’t have to stand on the roadside waiting for men just to pay school fees and meet you basic needs. And as a guy, you don’t have to steal from fellow students. All you need do is to carefully read the business you can do in school as I have outlined above or look inwards for gaps you need to fill up and translate them into business opportunities.

Important: 10 Sources of Capital and Funds for your Business in Nigeria

When you have discovered this gap, just acquire the necessary skill and translate it into financial independence. That is there is.

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Ifeanyi Nwaokorie

Ifeanyi Nwokorie is a Business Analyst and Content Developer at InfoGuideNIgeria.com. InfoGuide Nigeria is a team of Resource Persons and Consultants led by Ifiokobong Ibanga. Page maintained by Ifiokobong Ibanga. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly contact us.

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