20 Smart Side Hustles for Students in Nigeria to Make Money in 2020

It sucks to depend on parents totally and ask them for some money every now and then as a student.

This breeds the need to work hard and solve your financial problems yourself. But the thing is you’re still in school and that time really isn’t there to start a business or get a job full-time.

Luckily for you, there are some cool Hustles you can venture into as a student which can keep good money rolling in from time to time.

You can get into these businesses and still have enough time to study hard for that first-class certificate.

Side hustles for Nigerian students

They’re side Hustles.

Which means you can start them and get them running on the side.

I gracefully compiled a list of 20 lucrative side hustles you can start as a student in Nigeria, and here they are:

  • Blogging
  • Freelancing
  • Article Writing
  • Photography
  • Mini Importation
  • Online Surveys and Reviews
  • Making and Selling Items
  • Freelance Modelling
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Web Designing
  • Fashion Designing
  • Graphics Designing
  • Starting a Mini Grocery Store
  • Fixing Tech Devices
  • Catering
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Popcorn Business
  • Copywriting
  • Web Development/Coding
  • Dropshipping

1. Blogging

Make money blogging

Blogging is number one on this list for a purpose – it takes time and can become a permanent stream of income for the rest of a lifetime.

It’s a lucrative online business but if you think it’s easy,


Think again.

People earn a lot of money from blogging.

And if you want to start blogging as a student, start now.

The truth is: it takes time to build a blog.

Hopefully before you get out of school, your blog should be generating something reasonable for you.

How exactly can you make money blogging as a side hustle?

Click here to learn what it takes to build a million naira blog from scratch.

You can make some good cash while you sleep, you just need to know how it works.

2. Freelancing


This is like working without having a permanent boss or employer.

It’s simple and free. You get paid to do something you’re good at.

If you’re a coder, a graphics designer, willing to spend time transcribing audio and video files to text and more, register to become a subscriber on either Fiverr, Upwork, Peopleperhour, or Freelancer.

On these websites, you get paid by clients when you get a job done.

These clients post jobs, you select the ones you can handle, state your bid, and wait for clients to choose you off the list of other freelancers.

It’s called freelancing.

However, you’ll need a mix of strategies to excel as a freelancer in Nigeria.

3. Article Writing

Article writing

Every once in a while, you can write articles and get paid for your content.

There are a ton of websites that pay writers to write for them in Nigeria.

I highly recommend you write for non-Nigerian websites if you want to get paid much.

Anyway, these (non-Nigerian) websites are looking for writers in different niche.

So if you’re a good writer, you have an edge here.

You can earn up to $500 from one good written article you submit.

4. Photography


All you need to make this side hustle work as a student is a good digital camera.

They sell for N90k to N100k, but the gains you make from the hustle overtime will definitely surpass the capital.

As a camera guy or girl, you get to earn a lot of money from covering events around the school environment and outside the school premisses.

Matriculation and graduation days are top grossing days where you could make a fortune (if you’re school is the busy type).

Not everyone will make it big here, but to stand out, you need to learn the basics of excelling at cinematography.

5. Mini Importation

Mini importation

Mini importation is becoming very common among Nigerian students and many have succeeded in building an empire around it after graduation.

How it works is simple: you import items (shoes, clothes, and accessories) from websites like AliExpress and other international online marketplaces.

They’re usually cheap, and when you receive them, you sell them at a higher prize.

(High enough to cover your costs and earn you a bulk of profits)

Before you start this side hustle, know how the business works, and how to become a top player in the game.

6. Online Surveys and Reviews

Online surveys

A side hustle like this one doesn’t take time.

As a student you can take surveys everyday and write reviews to make money.

There are websites out there looking for honest reviews and they honestly pay users to take surveys.

You can check out the list of survey sites that pay and register to get started.

7. Making and Selling Items

Sell items

It’s easy to sell your own products online nowadays especially with the existence of marketplaces like Jiji, Konga, and Jumia.

If you’re a creator of a unique product or you know how to make stuff like deodorants, bathing soaps, and body lotions, you can sell them online or offline.

If you wish to go online, you just have to create a social media page and harness the power of social media marketing to do this.

In the offline world, you can use your spare hours to visit friends and sell your products.

There are other free advert channels to use when selling products offline.

It doesn’t necessary have to be your own products.

You can buy them at a wholesale price from a supplier, and resell them at a slightly higher rate.

8. Freelance Modelling

Freelance modelling

Freelance modelling in Nigeria isn’t common just yet (even among models).

As a student, going full-time on modelling will steal a lot of your time.

Freelance modelling is your best choice if you have the body for modelling at all.

What’s freelancing modelling?

As a freelance model, you do your things your way and make your decisions without Influence from a management or agency.

All you have to do is invest time in promoting yourself and building a rich portfolio.

Freelance models can work for modelling agencies if they choose to, and they earn a lot of money working for several clients too.

9. Makeup Artistry

Makeup artistry

Babes and young ladies want to look good at school, and the guys too appreciate a little spice-up in their look.

If you’re good at playing with cosmetics, do this for money and you’ll be surprised.

It’s also easy to learn if you’re not already a makeup artist, and if you have a good eye for colours.

You can earn N5k upwards for just a simple makeup you wear on someone.

Female stuffs cost a lot. That money will be yours for as long as you can make them look more beautiful.

10. Web Designing

Web designing

Designing a website for clients comes with good money. Why? Because people pay more for what they don’t understand and know.

So if you’re good at web design, promote your skill on social media, register as a freelancer on the popular freelance marketplaces on the internet.

Let your friends know what you’re capable of.

And during those noisy times at the halls, jump on the desk and SHOUT IT ALOUD!

11. Fashion Designing

Fashion designing

I had a tailor friend who was responsible for paying his bills and fees throughout his school days.

All he did was tailoring.

If you’re a tailor or fashion designer, nurture your skill and make the most out of it as a student.

It’s not embarrassing to tell people you’re a tailor.

It’s a hot side hustle for students.

…and if you’re not a tailor, don’t worry.

All you have to do to make money from fashion designing is to tell your friends you can help them sew up a nice outfit, give them samples, make them choose a style.

Rapport with a good tailor, pay him up to sew the selected style to life while you make your gains.

You’re still a fashion designer, but you just don’t sew.

12. Graphics Designing

Graphics designing

Graphics designing is one of the most lucrative sides hustles on this page.

It’s one you can learn with time and make money for the rest of your life.

Graphics designers earn a lot of money from designing business cards, logos, wedding invitation cards, short bills and a lot more.

You can source for customers on freelance websites and also advertise yourself on social media platforms.

Telling friends and colleagues (through word-of-mouth) will earn you more clients.

If you’re not a graphics designer, learn it for free.

If you can’t learn it or don’t have the interest in learning it, look for good graphics designer, get clients and when they pay, you get your cut from the pay.

This is how it goes: locate clients who are in need of graphics designers services, know what they want exactly, know how much it would cost to get the job done from your graphics designer, charge the clients a bit higher than what it would cost, take the business to your designer, and deliver the work.

13. Starting a Mini Grocery Store

Grocery store

Opening a mini grocery store is a side hustle you can start as a student.

You don’t need to have hundreds of thousands of naira to start it.

Students and staff of schools purchase groceries everyday. You can fill in the gap by starting something mini grocery store to satisfy their needs.

14. Fixing Tech Devices

Tech repairs

If you’re skilled at repairing devices like phones and laptops, you could do this as a side hustle while you’re in school.

Almost 90% of the people in school use either a phone or a laptop.

When their device develops a fault, they’re willing to pay almost any amount to get it done.

If you’re good at fixing tech devices, you will be at the receiving end of the ladder here.

People’s laptops and smartphone devices must develop faults.

Good or Bad.

They’ll look for you, but you have to let them know you are into the business.

You can do this by word of mouth, and taking a little outdoor office space somewhere with an umbrella and your working equipment.

15. Catering

Catering as a side hustle

Catering is a very lucrative side hustle for students.

This is not for girls, but for guys too.

You can get a lot of offers to make hundreds of cupcakes and buggers for an event.

If you’re into baking, take it seriously, hone your craft.

You can start by selling your products occasionally, and then teach people who are willing to learn for a fee.

Either ways, you’re making money.

16. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is something you can do right away.

This is how it works: you register for free, get your affiliate link, when people visit the website and performs an action (like make a purchase), you get a commission.

There are lots of affiliate programs you can register on today in Nigeria.

But the most popular of them for Nigerian students include Amazon, Jumia, and Payporte Affiliate programs.

The more people you get to buy something on the affiliate website, the more money you make.

This article right here will guide you to making money from Amazon in Nigeria through affiliate marketing.

17. Popcorn Business

Popcorn business

I bet you’ve seen these people before.

As a Nigerian student, you can start the popcorn business on the side.

You don’t need a boss and you’re your own boss in this business.

If you can get the equipments, don’t be embarrassed, get to the streets of your school and start selling.

You’ll realize a lot of money in a short time.

This side hustle is for suitable for Nigerian students and graduates.

Eventually, you’ll get offers to anchor mega concerts with your popcorn stand.

18. Copywriting


Copywriting is for skilled writers who don’t only play with words poetically, but influence emotions with them.

If you’re good at persuading people to do something, congratulations! You’ve earned this batch part-time.

Copywriting is helping brands write content for their products. Not just brands, but anybody.

These write-ups are promotional write-ups and they contribute to the patronage of a product.

So if you’re good at copywriting as a student, there are companies and businesses paying large to have the best copy chiseled out for their products.

How can you get these companies to hire you? Hone your copywriting skills and reach out to them.

19. Web Development/Coding

Web development/programming

Coders make a lot of money from this side hustle.

💡 You don’t have to give it all your time.

💡 You don’t need an office.

💡 You just need clients.

And if you’re a good coder, clients will come looking for you.

Coding and website development are two hot careers, and huge companies don’t play with the people who possess the skills.

They’re web security gatemen, and are paid pretty well.

If you’re a coder or you have even an average knowledge of web development (not a dummy knowledge), all you need to do is let people know and promote your skill on social media.

20. Dropshipping

Dropshipping as a side hustle for students in Nigeria

Dropshipping is one of the cheapest side hustles on this list.

How it works is simple. Firstly, you start a store online and sell to customers.

When they pay you, you use some of the money they paid to acquire the goods from the manufacturer.

This time, you’re sending the customer details to the manufacturer as though you were the customer.

The goods are delivered to the doorstep of the customer and you’re good.

Dropshipping is simple.

You need to learn a few more things on how to make it work in Nigeria, but it’s as easy as A B C.

20 Most Lucrative Side Hustles for Students in Nigeria (Wrap Up)

It’s important to start a side hustle as a s student in Nigeria.

This is imperative so you’d have something to fall back on after your graduation year.

There are a bunch of side hustles, and most of the ones here have the potentials to make you a fulltime entrepreneur after you’re done with studies.

I strongly believe you don’t need to depend on a 9 – 5 job all the days of your life.

The best way out is to build an empire.

And the best time is now.

20 Most Lucrative Side Hustles for Students in Nigeria (Summary)

Some of the best and most lucrative side hustles you can take a straight dive into and make some good cash as a student in Nigeria include:

  • Blogging
  • Freelancing
  • Article Writing
  • Photography
  • Mini Importation
  • Online Surveys and Reviews
  • Making and Selling Items
  • Freelance Modelling
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Web Designing
  • Fashion Designing
  • Graphics Designing
  • Starting a Mini Grocery Store
  • Fixing Tech Devices
  • Catering
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Popcorn Business
  • Copywriting
  • Web Development/Coding
  • Dropshipping

What side hustles have you started on this list? What do you think about starting a side hustle as a student in Nigeria?

Drop your thoughts in the comment section below and let me know how you’re going about starting a side hustle today.