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  If you live in Nigeria, you’ll know that things have gotten tight in recent times. Rampant inflation is eating into the real value of incomes, making every naira worth much less than it did just a few months ago. Anyone who wants to maintain a semblance of the lifestyle they could once afford just has to earn more, and one way of doing this is getting side hustles.
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One way to bump up your total income is to take on side hustles. But with many apparent options available—and a lot of them not viable –it’s sometimes hard to settle for one that truly works. In this article, we’ll walk you through 8 side hustles that can bring in a fair amount of money for you. Here they are:

Run an Online Store

You can haul in extra income by selling products online. And you don’t have to set up an e-commerce website to make this work (although you may go this way if you have the resources to do so). Depending on what you’re offering, you could simply have a social media account (on Instagram, for instance) which will serve as your digital store. You’ll exhibit your wares there, and attend to enquiries either via DMs or contact lines you’ve indicated in your bio. If you run this well, you could even grow it into a sizeable enterprise.

Online Tutoring

If you’re a teacher or are knowledgeable about a subject matter that a lot of people want to learn about, you could rake in extra income by teaching students online. Several platforms allow you to sign up as a tutor and share your knowledge on them for a fee. Examples include Tuteria and Prep classes. Your total earnings will depend on how much you charge students and how many lessons you’re able to teach over a given period.

Graphic Design

There’s a lot of demand for creative designers these days. That’s because people want aesthetically pleasing logos, imprints, banners, branding, etc. They would rather have these things done by a skilled designer with a keen artistic sense than handle such projects themselves. If you have an eye for nicely done images, you may take a quick course in graphic design, build up a portfolio, and start offering your services to individuals and businesses—even while holding down your day job.
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Event Planning

Do you love a well-organized occasion, and loathe events with haphazardly drawn schedules? Event planning could be a thing you could do for extra income. You could help individuals, families, groups, and formal organizations plan the various aspects of their event and bring it all together as a memorable show. Because a lot of events take place on weekends, there’ll probably be enough time for you to run this hustle and lap up the cash that comes with it.


It’s perhaps a good time to learn photography and get paid for taking photos of people. While full-time photographers will want to have an office or studio to operate out of, a part-timer like you won’t need any of those. All you’d require is a good camera, film, and a computer with image editing software installed. Just as is the case with event planning, you may have most of your business come in on weekends.

Freelance Writing

If you love writing and are great at it, there’s a world of opportunities that you can explore and reap from. Businesses want written content for their websites and blogs, and you could supply them with this for a fee. The rates you’re able to command will depend on several factors, including the quality of your writing, the industry (or industries) you choose as a niche, and how financially buoyant specific businesses are. In any case, there’s certainly a chance that you’ll attract decent pay for your work if it’s good enough.

Social Media Management Services

Businesses are increasingly aware of the benefits that a solid social media presence could yield them. So they’re striving to maintain some visibility on such platforms. But they often need someone who’s social media savvy to manage their accounts on social networks, so they employ social media managers to do this for them. You could take on this role for small businesses and get paid for it, even while keeping your 9-5. You just need to be smart about scheduling; thankfully, some tools enable you to pre-set posts for automatic publication at specific times of the day.
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Sell Digital Products

There are other ways to share your knowledge for pay besides tutoring. How about producing ebooks on a subject matter you’re knowledgeable about, or creating a digital course or guide? Lots of people do this and are making a good deal of money from it. You could too. Just build up your brand and amass a large following (say, several thousand people) on social media. Then you can sell to this audience and anyone who visits your page to have a look.

Final Words

We aren’t in the most prosperous of eras. But thankfully, there are ways to boost your income even in these times. You may go with one or more of the side hustles we’ve shared here to make yourself more money. Featured Image Source: Save The Student
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This article was first published on 29th July 2023


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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