27 Hot Online Business Ideas for Nigerians

Since I started this blog, I’ve received countless messages through Whatsapp, Facebook, and my blog — from people who want to learn how to make money online in Nigeria, but have no idea which options they have.

Some want to start blogging, but they don’t know what niche or topic to choose. Some favor information marketing, affiliate marketing, or freelancing, but are lost as to where to get started.

Each time I receive such messages, I try to reply as soon as possible because I don’t want to turn people back into the hands of the desperate snake oil marketers out there who have nothing offer, but are experts at milking unsuspecting newbies of their hard-earned cash.

Recently, I came upon the idea of publishing this mega post, which reveals 27 proven lucrative online business ideas that Nigerians can explore. My aim is to make this the go-to guide for any Nigerian looking to make the right choice as to which online business opportunity to tap into.

So, if your goal is to kick-start a profitable online business, this mega post will open your eyes to so many opportunities you never knew are existing.

Even if you’re already chasing shadows and wasting your precious time on entertainment/celebrity gist blogging and other online time-wasters, it’s never too late to retrace your steps.

27 online business ideas nigeria

But before I unleash the 27 opportunities, I want to prepare your mind for online business. So, I’d recommend you first read the following posts, so they’ll give you a clear picture of what online business entails, and what you should expect.

Please do take your time to read these posts, as they will help you a lot.

Have you read all five posts and are ready to discover the 27 hot online business ideas? Awesome! Now, read on.

Idea #1: Small business blog

With the worsening state of Nigeria’s economy comes saddening developments such as mass retrenchment of workers, dearth of jobs in the labor market, and lack of job security. This explains why millions of Nigerians are on the lookout for lucrative small business opportunities to explore — in a bid to achieve financial independence.

However, most people who want to start a business have one problem: they are confused as to which business to start. And this is because they have little or no knowledge of the various small business opportunities available in the country.

If you have a knack for research, you can quickly gather a loyal Nigerian audience by starting a small business blog that features quality and valuable information about each of the various small business ideas and opportunities available in Nigeria.

In addition, the blog can feature relevant tips on how to manage and grow a small business in Nigeria, lists of small businesses one can start with different ranges of startup capital.

You can monetize a small business blog with good traffic by selling e-books offering in-depth information on how to start various small businesses in Nigeria or on other topics that will be of interest to small business owners. Similarly, you can sell ad space, run contextual ads (Adsense, etc), and offer consulting services to small business owners.

Better yet, you can make things easier for yourself by focusing on just one small business opportunity, such as recharge card printing business, packaged water business, and so on. Just be sure to provide quality information that will help you build trust and get readers glued to your blog.

Idea #2: Agriculture blog

More and more Nigerians are turning towards starting their own businesses, and agriculture is one of the sectors most people are looking at because it involves relatively low capital, low risk, and no formal qualifications.

However, only few people have adequate information about the agricultural sectors as well as the business opportunities therein. So, starting an agriculture blog targeted at Nigerians is a smart way to reach those who want to start agriculture businesses but lack the required know-how.

On such a blog, you can publish step-by-step guides on how to start various agriculture-based businesses, such as poultry farming, snail farming, kolanut plantation, rubber plantation, and so on. You’ll be surprised at the number of Nigerians searching Google every day to find such information.

Once your audience grows to a decent size, you can monetize the blog by selling e-books that contain in-depth information on various agric-based businesses, selling ad space directly to advertisers, running Adsense ads, and rendering consulting services.

If you think agriculture is so wide that you cannot cover it on blog, consider narrowing your focus to just one or few profitable agriculture ventures that you have in-depth knowledge of. This is even preferred if you have a solid background or huge experience in one lucrative aspect of farming.

Idea #3: Fashion blog

Just as with every other people in the world, we Nigerians love fashion. And not only do we care so much about our appearance, we are also constantly searching the web for information on latest fashion trends and tips on how to look good. And to cap it, we spend heavily on wears and other fashion accessories.

The above drives home the point that anyone who starts a fashion blog at the moment would quickly build a huge Nigerian audience. So, if you’re a fashion freak or you wouldn’t just mind writing consistently on the topic, this is a good niche to explore, especially since there are only few Nigerian fashion blogs at the moment.

Because wears and fashion accessories are one of the products mostly ordered online in Nigeria, a fashion blog targeted at Nigerians has the potential to earn a huge monthly income through affiliate marketing. So, if you opt for this niche, you can promote products for Jumia and Konga in return for their attractive commissions. In addition, you can monetize the blog by selling advert space directly to fashion outfits and by running contextual ads.

Idea #4: Cooking blog

It might surprise you to know that many Nigerians cannot cook some of those meals you’re very good at cooking. Aside that, many Nigerians are just curious to know how to cook various local and foreign delicacies. And they go as far as searching the web for helpful information in that regard.

If you pride yourself on having great culinary skills or you just have an unflinching passion for cooking, consider starting a blog that shares information on cooking tips, recipes, and other related stuff. Such a blog would attract a huge Nigerian audience within a short period provided you play your cards right.

And when the blog starts to generate a decent amount of daily hits, you can monetize by selling ad space directly to advertisers (think manufacturers of seasoning, processed foods, etc.), selling e-books that contain recipes and diet plans, and running Adsense ads.

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Updated: April 1, 2015 — 11:19 pm


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  1. I took my time to read this post and i must commend you for churning out such a wonderful detailed post. Making money online could be easy at the same time hard.

    As someone who’ve made money from Freelancing and domains, i must say it ‘s being a wonderful experience so far and one i must encourage other enthusiasts out there.

    Great Job Abass

    1. Shawn,

      Thanks for taking your time to read the post. I’m glad you found it helpful.

  2. hi abass have you heard of whatsapp marketing?

    1. Thanks for this informative post. So does that mean if i have not been making appreciable amount of money, i can delay my blogging in the make money online niche?

      What can you say of arvixe WP hosting?
      Which monthly and not yearly paid WP hosting plan can you recommend as at now?

      1. Lukmon,

        Yes, if you’ve not been making money online, you’re not in a position to blog in the make money online niche.

        Arvixe is a fine host, but for their registration process which is not too straightforward. Besides, I don’t think they offer monthly plans (not sure, though).

        If you want a host that offers monthly plans, I’d recommend ASO. Click the following link to learn how to sign up with them: http://webincomeplus.com/how-to-buy-cheap-wordpress-hosting-nigeria/

  3. I came across the idea, when I was working on my traffic issues… right now I have about 4000 Facebook friends and still counting, 500 twitter followers and still counting, more than 1000 LinkedIn connections and still counting, I will soon create a fb page and give it 5000 likes before taking it public… the truth is, I specialized in making friends on social network, with all those plans on ground, do you suggest I lunch my blog fully?

  4. Wow! This is an awesome post with so much actionable tips in it. Thanks Abass for this post, in fact, you just gave me my next blog post idea: “losing weight after pregnancy .”

    How about the niche for writing tips? I think that’s a lucrative niche too, what do you think?
    I am actually going to bookmark this page and use it as a reference later because there are so much value in it.

    More grace to your elbow.

  5. Sir, pls did u ever considered giving us your fans some chapters about simple web design and how to go about it especially WYSWYG designs. Cos i ve read about it on google but its just skeletal

    1. Mike,

      No, I’ve never considered that because this blog focuses on how to make money online, not how to design websites. And since what you need to make money online is a cool blog design, many free themes will give you that, so you don’t have to sweat over design.

  6. my greetings to you mr. Abass. Am having a little problem with this your post. I couldnt acess the rest of the post after i shared it in facebook. Can u please help out.

    1. Uchenna,

      The issue has been fixed!

  7. Hi Coach,
    Uhmmm, let me say thank you for this post, but there is a problem with the post here,
    At first when i got the mail of this post in my inbox, i ignored the fact that it’s a kind of not complete, but today, i came back here, read the comments nd from the 1st comment, he said he took his time to read the post, but with me here, the post is not complete, it stopped at “Awesome! Now,
    unlock the ideas by sharing this post on Facebook — as instructed below:”
    But i couldn’t see any instruction on how to share it or anything, so i just wanna ask if that’s truly where the post ends or is the post from my side???
    Your reply will be greatly appreciated sir,
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mhizta,
      Just click on the Facebook share icon and share thru facebook and the entire post will be fully accessible.

      Thank you

  8. Thanks Abass for this awesome write up. It really shows that you have learnt the ropes and in a better position to produce such a blueprint.

  9. Thanks for this aware some post you made my day

    1. Oluremi, you’re most welcome.

  10. Thanks for this great post. I’ve got a blog where I offer free tips in joomla, WordPress and other web design related topics. I’m considering blogging about tech stuffs too since I have an interest in that area. Please what’s your advice on that?

    1. Ukeme,

      Since WordPress and Joomla tips can be regarded as “tech” topics, then you should be fine with adding other tech stuffs.

      BTW, it’s interesting to see a lady so much into website design. Nice one.

  11. Hi, Thanks for this pool of information. I have shared the link (twice) in order to get the full content but still cant access it. Kindly help… Thanks

    1. Juj, I think the problem is from you end. I already removed the share button, so you should see the post without any issues.

  12. Abass,u are the best

    1. Tosin,

      Hmmmn…I feel flattered by your comment. Thanks for the comment and for taking your time to read the looooong post. You’re awesome!

  13. Words alow can not xpress hw grtful am to you. You such a nice person. pls can i hv ur number.

  14. good post Abass,but i can’t have access to the rest of the post even after the ‘continue reading click’

    1. Paye,

      I’m very sorry. I have fixed it now. Read on!

  15. Thanks very much mr Abass buh I av a question is it only by selling ebook or by selling other thing nd also by ad’s are these the only ways to make money by blogging? please i need a reply to this, email me please (teamysamuel@yahoo.com)

    1. Adexteamy,

      There are many other ways to make money from blogging. Read this post for more options: http://webincomeplus.com/10-ways-to-make-money-from-your-blog-nigeria-aside-adsense/

  16. hi, I am a newbie here and its due to my research I found you, I am based in the united states and I want to start a fashion blog as something to do with my spare time but I don’t really know how to go about it. I will need more advice from you . thanks

    1. Faith,

      Nice to know that you’re looking to become a fashion blogger. That’s a fine niche if you’re really passionate about it. And I’m eager to give all the assistance I can offer to help you succeed.

      As for setting up a WordPress blog, you can read this step-by-step guide: http://webincomeplus.com/how-to-set-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-blog-in-thirty-minutes-or-less/

      However, if you want me to set it up for you, you can grab my free blog setup and installation offer. See more details here: http://webincomeplus.com/wordpress-hosting-in-nigeria/

  17. Wow, I am so impressed with this post. I make money on my blog http://www.businessparrot.com using Google Adsense. Also, offering reliable Bulk SMS services is a good way through which people can make money online. Cheers !

  18. Its a mind blowing work from you, abass. Am good at typing and graphics designing. What site is suotable for me to make money wit.
    I tried downloading your ebook. There was no confirmation link in the email sent to me. Could you help me pls

  19. God bless you Abass!
    I must confess, your blog is one of the best Nigerian blog site I’ve ever came across. Keep up the good work
    I run a blog on mini importation business (www.importationwealth.com), can I get an interview from you please?

    1. Wale,

      Thanks for your kind words. As for the interview request, I won’t be able to grant it if it’s to be based on Mini Importation because I don’t know much about it. Even when I needed to publish information about it on this blog, I had to interview Akaahan Terungwa, a friend who is an expert in it. But if the interview would be based on other aspects on online business, I’m at your service.

  20. please.. mmmm.. let say I created a blog.. and I usually get lot of customers in it daily.. and I don’t do anything aside posting new tweet just like top news.. can I just get money from all their clicks.. and how!

  21. Thank you for all the informations. I already have a wordpress site, actually I want to use it for blogging but setting it up properly is giving me problem. What I want is a perfect author website. I want to know if you can help me set it up. The name is http://www.authorcometolife.com.

    1. Hello Tinu,

      There’s nothing much to say about your blog, since you’ve not added any content to it. But as for the design, I think it’s cool and simple, except for the header banner which isn’t looking fine. I’d recommend you install a theme like “Smartline Lite”.

  22. I like ur post, but how will you receive your money if the buyer is a foreigner.

  23. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  24. Ajomale idowu obafemi

    I’m interested but, i haven’t secure laptop, i will do that very soon so that i can start

  25. I’m yet to get started, I want to confirm if its true that one have to get his or her blog running for six months before AdSense registers the blog.

    1. No, you don’t have to run your blog for six months. That requirement doesn’t apply to Nigerians.

  26. Pls is it advisable to allow bloggpress support to take care of ur tech stuff n what s d implication for that

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