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Top 10 Dirty Jobs with Surprisingly Profitable Returns in Nigeria

See the 10 Dirty Jobs with Profitable Returns in Nigeria. With the high and prevalent rate of unemployment in Nigeria, people have to survive by all means possible. Its not news that you will find well graduates in the streets doing menial jobs to survive.

Some of them have actually made good money that has enabled an average standard of living.

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Some of have reinvested money made from these menial jobs in properties while others have expanded their business horizons to become employees of labour.

Top 10 Dirty Jobs with Surprisingly Profitable Returns in Nigeria

Some of the people who invest in dirty jobs are employed but are unable to survive with their low incomes, this prompts the need to make extra income to aid them provide basic necessities needed to survive and fit into the society.

Nigeria has a large population with a huge demand for some of this services and this guarantees a huge or maximum return of investments. Dirty jobs refer to tedious, disagreeable, and sometimes illegal jobs, but for this article, dirty jobs refer to very strenuous and downgrading jobs. Some dirty jobs with huge returns include:


A road side restaurant is very easy to set up, it is not capital intensive and its profitability depends solely on the ability of one to make mouth-watering delicacies.

If situated at motor parks, mechanic shops and other public or rowdy places there is a guarantee of unlimited daily sales.

With just ten thousand naira, a food vendor or road side restaurant will set up a business that is likely to yield from fifty thousand naira and above weekly. The cons of this business is that is very stressful and limited to rowdy ghetto areas. Read more … how to start restaurant business.


A lot of farms are presently springing up in both rural and urban areas in Nigeria. People are investing in both animal husbandry and crop farming, because food is a necessity and people have to feed, the market for products like catfish, eggs and chicken from paltry, pork, etc is very large.

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Nigerians also have large crop farms that harvest yams, cassava, vegetables and even fruit for immediate consumption. Farming requires quite a lot of capital but the returns supersede the initial cost of investment.

The market for farm products can never be saturated because demand outweighs supply. Read more … 8 Ways to Improve Livestock Farming in Nigeria


Lots of Nigerians are skilled and very creative. Starting up a local salon is not tedious and its quite affordable.

Owners of barbing salons and hair dressing salons do not need to go looking for customers as they flock in daily and massively during weekends to enhance their looks in readiness for a new week. The returns are high because operational cost is low.

Creativity and not capital is the sole determinant of a successful and profitable salon. Read more…How to Start A Barbing Salon Business in Nigeria


This is another dirty job that can yield a good return if properly managed. Most times, people are requiring the services of a dry cleaner due to busy schedules.

Running a dry cleaning service is only hindered by irregular supply of electricity which leaves the owner with a huge operational cost of running a generator to keep his business moving.

General cleaning services include cleaning new apartments and office spaces, fumigation and frequent cleaning of hotels, homes, offices and other public places. Read more…How to Start a Laundry Business in Nigeria


When running a catering business on a small or local scale, there is lots of work involved. You will get really dirty when decorating halls, you will be exhausted from shopping and preparing different cuisines for the guests of an event but te good thing is that it pays.

Weekends in Nigeria are today are filled with different events from weddings, to birthday parties, burials and other social functions that require the services of an event planner.

The recipe for the success of this business is creativity and expertise. The more events you plan the wider your profit margin. It requires good capital because you will need to purchase items and equipment relevant for the business. Read more… Cost of Starting a bakery in Nigeria


The demand for firewood is high Nigeria. With the rise in cost of gas and kerosene, many are turning back to using firewood for cooking especially large quantities of food for commercial purposes or domestic use.

Caterers, food vendors, restaurers and people with large families are the commonest users of firewood because it is easy to burn, less expensive and cooks faster. Selling firewood requires very little capital with little or no cost of operations.


Detergents, liquid and bar soaps are essential cleaning agents that play essential roles in homes, offices, shops and anywhere humans need to make use of.

The demand for soap is constant and wide. Many people have acquired soap making skills and now produce soaps manually from the comfort of their homes for sale.

With a simple production process, availability of chemicals needed and non-requirements of machines for the production process, soap making is not capital intensive and the profit yield is very high. Read more…13 Steps to Produce Liquid Soup in Nigeria for Sale and Domestic Use


Selling in markets is not as easy as it appears. Even though one has to sit in a dense environment and sometimes under poor conditions to sell the returns of sales is high.

Food is one of man’s most basic need, you don’t need to apply extra efforts at selling food. You can buy at whole sale prices and retail to consumers for maximisation of profits. Read more…20 Most Popular Foods in Nigeria That Will Make You Beg For More


All that is needed for a well-functioning car wash is constant availability of water and cleaning agents i.e. soaps.

You can run a car wash from the comfort of your home; you don’t need to rent space for this. This implies that you can make good profit because it requires very little capital but more of labour. Read more…How to Start Car Wash Business in Nigeria


This is an essential service every environment cannot do without. Some cobblers’ also make shoes for sale.

They repair all kinds of bags and even boxes at affordable rate. This job majorly requires skill and equipment to start off and make good success.

Dirty jobs do not automatically yield high returns because they are dirty but as a result of expertise, consistency and efficiency.

There are very many competitors in all the jobs mentioned above. You must carry out research, plan, implement ideas and work hard at distinguishing your business from others.

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Lami Ogar

Lami is from cross river state and holds a B.sc in accounting from a Nigerian university. Writing for her is a form of detoxification, she has written several articles for Essence magazine and runs political commentary on twitter. 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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