HOW I MAKE SOME MONEY FOR MYSELF AS A YOUTH
Unarguably, the situation of the economy right now affects everyone; big, small, old and young.
At this point, as a youth, you will be torn between living right and making some extra money for yourself; because our parents’ income will obviously no longer be enough for us(since we are not the only dependents they have). The situation is even worse for those who have completed school and have no immediate means of Income. The question becomes, “What do I do from here?” “How do I make extra income for myself?”, “In a country (a developing one) like Nigeria, what are the opportunities for youths?”.
Here are some ‘decent’ (and legal) things one can do as a youth that demands little start-up capital in other to supplement the little we get from our parents; The good thing is that these things demand little start up:
LEARNING A SKILL: This is one I can clearly relate with. The best way to practically earn some extra money in Nigeria is to learn a skill. As an Undergraduate, the chances of you getting jobs with favorable and flexible working hours in Nigeria is almost Zero. So, look for something you know you can do; (everyone has a God-given talent, however, it can be a little confusing to discover at first) and give it a shot. Find that one thing you derive pleasure doing; Some of the many on the list are:
Photography: There are online tutorials on photography. And this area of entrepreneurship is not fully tapped yet. If you have a flare for taking and editing photos on your phone; take it up a notch, get a camera. Take the pictures and look for good photo studios for editing. You can reach an agreement with the owner, so make a move today!
Makeover artist: My roommate is one hell of a makeover artist, so believe me when I say this is one of the best ways to make money (extra income or even make a living) in Nigeria, And the good thing is that she derives pleasure from making people look beautiful. So if you are like that, go to youtube, learn those crazy makeup tricks ( I call them crazy because of how they are able to transform our faces from beautiful to very very stunning!): Tell your-your friends about your skills and watch your brand grow!
Clothing designs: I have a female friend who is learning how to do this at the moment. She has a flare for beautiful outfits, so she decided to give it a shot. Are you good at figuring out what looks good on who? Then pitch your ideas to online clothing companies. Make a rough sketch of your designs and share online and with designers around your area, who knows, the God of Olajumoke might just decide to pick up your call.
Hairdressing / Barbing: You can start with your environment, make weaves for your friends, lodge mates and charge a fair amount, keep enhancing your skills and know trending styles. As a guy, you can get the necessary and most important barbing equipment and start with your friends too. Your good works will announce you.
HOLDING TUTORIALS: This is one cool way to earn as a student. You know those courses you are good at. Start tutorials for your colleagues who have issues on such courses( you may be surprised how many they may be) and you can also handle courses for your junior colleagues. Fix a time that will not interfere with your studies.
WRITING: Online writing is now one of the Fast rising lucrative businesses. Find good topics to write on and pitch it to blog owners, online freelance writing companies and hope they appreciate your skills.
PAINTING|DRAWING|ARTWORKS: Are you on Instagram? Can you paint well? You can paint pictures of famous celebrities and put it up online. Tag them to such pictures and hope they notice you; you might be surprised, they might contact you. You can also make drawings of your lecturers( those you think will appreciate the work of Art) and make drawings for your school magazines.
ONLINE MARKETING & WEB DESIGNS| NETWORKING: There are several online businesses one can do to make money. Just look for one of such opportunities. Do not give up. Even if the money does not come in at first, have Faith and be resilient.
These are just a few strategies I know to make extra money in Nigeria as a Youth or Student, hope one of them works for you.