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  Are you on the hunt for the easiest business to start in Nigeria? You have probably stumbled upon more than a few ideas. However, most of them likely demand a fair deal of work to bring to life. And that’s exactly what you don’t want. So what are your options?
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In this article, we’ll have a look at 7 of the easiest businesses to start at the moment. Hopefully, you’ll find our picks worth exploring, or maybe even dipping your feet into. Here they are, presented in no particular order:

Cleaning Business

This is one of the more straightforward businesses you can set up. All that’s required is a love for squeaky-clean spaces, and a willingness to make them happen. Of course, you’ll need cleaning equipment too, but they typically don’t cost that much money. You could purchase buckets, mops, dusters, whisk brooms, dustpans, a vacuum cleaner, and cleaning solutions for a total well below ₦50,000. Many homes, offices, factories, and other settings would gladly pay for your services. So, get on with it.

Content Writing Company

If you have a flair for writing, this is something you could start very quickly. There’s a bit more to writing for businesses than just stringing words together, though. For example, if you’re going to write blogs or emails, you’ll have to learn on-page SEO or the language of business. But if you’re smart enough to scribble eloquently, you’re smart enough to pick up on what it takes to write for business. The great thing about this is that you probably don’t need any money to begin; not if you have a computer or a decent smartphone.

Graphic Design

A graphic designer creates visual concepts with colours, forms, and stylized text, using software built for this purpose. This is a rewarding line of work for people who love making beautiful images. Your graphic design business can produce anything from webpage designs and banner graphics to imprints for branded souvenirs, and more. The growing demand for designed collateral means that you’re unlikely to run out of work if you’re great at what you do.
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Digital Marketing

Digital marketing involves reaching target audiences via digital channels: social media, blogs, email, search engines, etc. It’s marketing done online. You could either become an all-rounder and master most or all of the channels we’ve mentioned, or specialize in one or a few of them. There’s a fair bit to learn if you’re starting from scratch; but when you get a handle on it, you’ll be able to take on client’s briefs and run marketing campaigns on their behalf.

Virtual Assistant

The demands of modern work have spawned needs that didn’t exist just a couple of decades ago. One such need is for skilled administrators who can take on multiple, varied duties on behalf of a business or busy professionals. These administrators—called virtual assistants –can help with things like scheduling, taking phone calls, managing social media and websites, organizing emails, and arranging travel, among others. With fine management skills, an eye for detail, computer savvy, and a phone, you’ll be ready to launch this business.

Dry Cleaning Business

This rivals just a few other candidates for the easiest business to start in Nigeria. A dry cleaner washes, presses, and men’s clothing and other fabric for their customers. The dry cleaning business has no barrier to entry, save perhaps for a washing machine. If you’re good at sorting and caring for fabric, you’ll make a fine dry cleaner.

Party Rental Business

You can rent out things like tents, chairs, and clothes, and get paid by users every time you do so. The hardest part is acquiring these items. If you’re able to do that, you’re good to go. If you get your location right, you will have fairly frequent demand, especially on weekends. To boost your chances of succeeding, make sure to spread the word about your business with flyers and posters put up at strategic points.
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Final Words

We have briefly reviewed 7 of the easiest businesses to start in Nigeria. Now, the ball is in your court. You can choose any of the options we’ve discussed if it suits your pocket, skills, temperament, and inclinations. Good luck!
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This article was first published on 27th April 2024


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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