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  Nigeria, like many countries, has faced its share of economic hardships, characterized by inflation, currency fluctuations, and unemployment, making the idea of starting a business during such times appear risky. However, history has shown that some of the most successful businesses were born out of adversity. In this article, I’ll try to convince you beyond reasonable doubt that you can still start your business, even with the current economic hardship. Care to know how? Read on!
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Why Start Now?

Waiting for the perfect time to start a business may result in missed opportunities. The truth is, there might never be an ideal moment, especially during economic downturns. However, adversity can foster creativity and resourcefulness. Here are some compelling reasons why aspiring entrepreneurs should start a business now:
  • Innovation Thrives in Hardship

Economic hardships often lead to the emergence of innovative solutions. Entrepreneurs who can identify gaps in the market and provide valuable solutions stand a chance to thrive, even in challenging times.
  • Cost-Effective Opportunities

During economic downturns, resources and services may be more affordable. Entrepreneurs can negotiate favourable deals with suppliers, landlords, and service providers, reducing initial operational costs.
  • Adaptability and Resilience

Building a business during tough times instils a sense of adaptability and resilience. These qualities are invaluable for dealing with the uncertainties that come with entrepreneurship.
  • Market Needs to Persist

Regardless of economic conditions, certain needs persist in the market. Identifying and catering to these needs can create a niche for new businesses. For instance, there may be increased demand for affordable essentials, online services, or innovative solutions to common problems. People must eat, they must wear clothes and they must transport themselves from one place to another. Think about it.
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Strategies for Starting a Business in Nigeria’s Economic Hardship

For aspiring entrepreneurs in Nigeria, here are practical strategies to kickstart a business amid economic challenges:
  • Market Research and Niche Identification

Conduct thorough market research to identify gaps and unmet needs. Focus on a specific niche where your skills, products, or services can address existing challenges.
  • Lean Business Models

Adopt a lean business model to minimize initial costs. Consider operating from home, utilizing freelancers, or leveraging online platforms to reach your target audience without significant overhead expenses.
  • Digital Presence

Establish a strong online presence. Leverage social media, e-commerce platforms, and digital marketing to connect with potential customers. Online channels offer cost-effective ways to promote your brand and reach a wider audience.
  • Collaborations and Partnerships

Explore collaborations with other businesses or entrepreneurs. Pooling resources, sharing costs, and cross-promoting can create mutually beneficial opportunities.
  • Government Support and Grants

Research government initiatives and grants designed to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Governments often assist in economic downturns to stimulate entrepreneurship and economic recovery.
  • Continuous Learning and Adaptation

Stay informed about market trends, consumer behaviour, and industry changes. Continuous learning and adaptability are crucial for business survival and growth.
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Final Thoughts

Starting a business during economic hardship in Nigeria requires a combination of determination, strategic planning, and adaptability. While challenges exist, they also present opportunities for innovation and growth. By understanding market needs, adopting lean business models, and leveraging digital tools, aspiring entrepreneurs can position themselves for success, proving that the most resilient businesses often emerge from the toughest times.
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This article was first published on 11th March 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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