How to make Money in Nigeria as a Student

How to make Money in Nigeria as a Student.


As a Student in Nigeria, many windows of Opportunity are open for you to earn extra income aside the peanut your parents send. No matter the nature of your Studentship – either full time or part-time, Course of Study, or Location, you can earn reasonable income without any negative effect on your academic performance. Most of the job ideas this article will expose you to do not require so much time or resources to keep running.

Howbeit, you must note that to succeed with any part-time business in Nigeria, whether offline or online, you must be able to know what you are good at.

Identify your Interest(s)

First step to identify a profitable business is to know exactly what you love doing. This step is to enable you choose the nature of business you will never find boring to do. For example, you cannot be a football lover and choose to open a shop to sell Bible or other Religious Books. Apart from not being able to market Religious Books as well as you would market a Soccer Magazine, you will find the business boring and may likely shut it down if you face any challenge.

If you are a computer or smart phone freak, then, an online business would be a perfect fit for you. But if you find yourself not to be so fluent at the use of gadgets, you can still fit into any offline business. However, to really succeed in any business in Nigeria as a student, you need the knowledge of the use of some of these gadgets and packages, at least, know how to communicate on social media and email using a smart phone since you would be using that for marketing.

When you are done identifying your interest(s), then you are almost ready to make money in Nigeria as a Student. Next thing is to choose your preferred business platform; either offline or online.

Online Business Ideas you can use to make Money in Nigeria as a Student

Start a YouTube Channel

If you have interesting videos, or you create videos, or even have ideas to share via video clips, you can start a Youtube Channel. YouTube gets almost 5 billion video views per day which proves its power on the internet.

Once you have your videos running on Youtube and have a thousand Subscribers with four thousand hours view time on your channel, you can enroll your videos for Monetization and earn money for each view you have on your monetized videos.

Thousands of users across the globe earn a living from Youtube just by uploading videos.

How to Start a Youtube Channel

Starting a Youtube channel does not have any special requirement. Follow these steps to create an account and start a channel.

  1. Visit and sign in using your google account.
  2. Click on the video upload icon. If you do not have a youtube channel already, you will be prompted to create a channel.
  3. Confirm the details culled from your google account to continue.

Congratulations! Your brand new youtube channel is ready. You can upload videos, like videos, comment and share your channel link with friends. When you meet Youtube’s threshold, you can monetize your videos to start earning money in Nigeria as a student.

Please note that running a youtube channel is suitable for people who love to create videos, like to talk about videos, shoot documentaries or short films.

Start a Blog

Blogging is another easy way of making money in Nigeria as a Student. It does not require so much time. Blogging is the simple act of writing about what you like on a Blog (website). It can be a news blog, lifestyle blog such as mine, food blog, automotive blog etcetera. You can write about just anything provided you have enough information in your chosen niche. You must resist the temptation of copying content from other blogs to avoid being penalized by Search Engines.

Being a blogger is one of the easiest ways to make money from home in Nigeria as a Student. You can work at any time of the day with ease. But beware blogging takes time before it starts making money for you. Depending on your niche, you may choose to publish articles every day, weekly, or monthly.

Once your blog is set-up and ready with articles, you can enroll in cloud advertisement networks (the most popular being Google Adsense and Propellar Ads) and earn money when people visit your blog. But before you start publishing, you will need to setup a Blog. The most popular Blogging Platforms are Blogger and WordPress. Setting up a blog is easy and can be done in less than 30 Minutes. You can setup your blog in less than 5 minutes by using my Free Website Builder. However, if you are unable to use it or do not have the Basic Skills of setting up a Blog, I recommend Programmers on Vacation as a guide. However, if you need my help in setting up a Blog for you, get my number from my Hire Me page and drop a text message or call.

Blogging is suitable for people who love to write and would like to share their knowledge and expertise with other people.

Also read: 13 top Business Ideas you can start with less than N10,000 in Nigeria

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards a certain percentage of commission for each product bought by the customers who are brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

To succeed in affiliate marketing, you need special marketing skills so you will be able to convince people to buy a product or use a service in order for you to get paid. For example, if I have a product, say, disposable gloves, then I sign you up as an affiliate to help sell my product online, I will need to give you a special link which contains your unique identification parameters. When you share this link with your friends, and some of them peradventure buys my product, you will get a certain percentage (5 or 10 %) from such sales.

Here are some Affiliate Marketing Platforms you can use to make money in Nigeria as a Student:

Load2Earn Income Programme

Load2Earn is a powerful combo Platform for Cheap MTN, GLO, Airtel, 9Mobile Data Bundles, and Free Passive Income Tools. By this, I mean that as people use the Platform to Buy Data Bundles, they are provided with tools to earn money into their Load2Earn Wallet.

When you buy any cheap Data Bundle from, you get 1.5% Cashback right into your Load2Earn Wallet, which you can use for Data Purchases, sell it to other Load2Earn Members, or use it to send Data Bundle to your customers and get paid. But you have to register on the platform; Registration is 100% FREE.

If you enroll in the “Refer and Earn” program, you’ll be given a special link which you will have to share with your friends and post on social media platforms.

You also earn 1.5% Cash Value of all Data Purchases made using your Referral Link. All Affiliate Earnings are sent Automatically by the system to your Bank Account once it is up to N1,000. No delays or Mistakes.

As a Member of Load2Earn, you can be receiving Multiple Bank Alerts everyday. Reply to this message if you need any assistance. Making Extra Passive Income is the everyone’s dream, and is the Perfect Tool.

Konga Affiliate Program

Konga is a popular online store in Nigeria which has been in existence for 7 years now. This company has won trust, and delivers to all the 36 States of the Federation. With the Konga Affiliate Programme called YuBoss, you can sign up as an Affiliate free of Charge, generate links of products you wish to promote, and start sharing the links with your friends. When you earn commissions, you can request for withdrawal to your Nigerian Bank Account. Commissions are earned each time someone clicks your link to buy a product on their website.

With Konga Affiliate Programme, there is no limit to how much you can earn every day.

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NNU Income Programme

Apart from the popular passive earning opportunities in NNU Income Programme, you earn N1,000 each time someone signs up on the site using your unique Affiliate Link. First, you need to register as a member and have your account activated, then you will be given a Unique Affiliate Link which you can share with your friends and earn money when they sign up using your link.

On the NNU Portal, registered members also get paid for carrying out certain activities on the portal such as reading news, commenting, and sharing sponsored posts.

Affiliate marketing is suitable for people who love to talk, write, explain and have the ability to persuade.

Jumia Affiliate Programme

Just like Konga, Jumia is also an online store in Nigeria which has spread its tentacles of operations to many African Countries. There are outstanding for their international deliveries.

You can create an account on their website, and submit your application to become an affiliate. Once your application is approved, you will be notified through the email you provided during registration, and you can then start to promote products and get paid when someone buys using your link.

Publish an eBook

Publishing an eBook is another simple way of generating consistent passive income. If you have a great idea just too unique to be thrown into the social media or a blog, write an eBook instead. An eBook simply means an Electronic Book, and offers great flexibility in illustrative writings.

Contents of an eBook should be such that cannot be found by just using Google Search. It must be unique and very useful. For example, an ideal eBook title could be “How to Begin Recharge Card Printing Business in Nigeria”.

How to create an eBook using Microsoft Word 2010

With your Microsoft Word 2010, you can create your eBook in less than 5 minutes. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Word 2010 in your Laptop or Desktop.
  2. Type your Desired Content. Make sure you use illustrative diagrams for proper understanding.
  3. When you are done creating your desired content, navigate to File> Save as.

  1. Input your eBook title in the file name box.

  1. In the “Save as Type”, select PDF.
  2. Choose file location and click “Save”.

Congratulations! Your new eBook is ready.

How to sell your eBook

There are so many platforms you can use to sell your eBook. Personally, the first people I notify of my eBook availability are people on my email Subscription List (If you have not yet joined my list, scroll up and input your email address in the third paragraph of this article), then my WhatsApp contact and Facebook friends. Apart from using these personal platforms, the following websites can help you sell your eBook faster; all you need to do is to upload your eBook in the default .PDF extension, or convert it to a .epub extension depending on the website you use.

Where to sell your eBook

  1. Okada Books
  2. Amazon
  3. Meka Mall
  4. Click Bank
  5. Pay Hip

Creation and sales of eBook is suitable for people who have in-depth knowledge on a certain topic or love to do research and explain it in an easily understood form.

Sell Websites On Flippa is an online marketplace for selling and buying online businesses; websites, blogs, and domains. The company is based in Melbourne, Australia, but offers a worldwide service coverage.

There is no limit to the amount you can earn on this platform. However, you must have virtual properties you wish to sell such as websites, domain names, or blogs.

To use this service, signup for a free account here.

Selling of businesses on Flippa is suitable for people who develop websites, or buy and resell domain names.

Sell a Service on Fiverr

Fiverr is a global online marketplace which offers tasks, services, and products, starting at a cost of $5. If you have special skills such as Website Design, Mobile App Development, SEO, Website Optimization, Graphics Design, Digital Marketing, Audio and Video Editing, Advertising etcetera, you can sign-up for a free account and start earning money almost immediately.

Fiverr gets almost 4.7 million visits per month. Your aim should be to leverage Fiverr’s powerful visitor base to reach more people and sell your services or products to them. Every service or task you offer on Fiverr is called a GIG. With Fiverr’s large user base, you do not need much to worry about your GIG’s promotion and payment handling as Fiverr handles this for you.

All you need to do is focus on delivering high-quality work to maintain your ratings, as ratings given by your customers will have a huge impact on the failure or success of your GIG.

Remember you can sell your GIG at any amount, $5 is just the minimum price. Top Fiverr GIG sellers make over $50,000 a year by leveraging the platform and providing high-quality services.

Selling of services on Fiverr is suitable for people who have in-depth skills in any particular area.

Resell Items on eBay

eBay is a very popular eCommerce Website. Individuals and businesses can buy or sell new or second-hand items, from books and clothes to cars, or practically anything lawful you can think of.

How eBay works

A seller lists an item on eBay, almost anything from furniture to mobile phones, books to sporting goods.

The seller chooses whether to sell the item at a fixed price or accept only bids (auction-type listing). In an auction-type listing, the bidding opens at a price the seller specifies and remains on eBay for a certain number of days.

Buyers then place bids on the item. When the listing ends, the buyer with the highest bid wins.

In a fixed price listing, the first buyer willing to pay the seller’s price gets the item.

Selling of items on eBay is suitable for people who are self-motivated and know how to spread the word – to friends, family members, acquaintances and strangers using online or offline mediums.

When to Start Selling on eBay

To start selling on eBay, you first need an eBay account and a PayPal account. After that, you need to enlist your product for which you will need some product pictures and write an appealing description.

Become an Amazon Associate

Amazon Associates is an Affiliate Marketing Program that allows website owners and bloggers to create links and earn referral commissions when any of the website visitors clicks through and buys products from Amazon.

To succeed as an Amazon Associate, you need steady and many website visitors who might be interested in advertised products daily.

Amazon Affiliate is suitable for people who love to write, explain things in details and would like to share their knowledge and expertise. It is best for people who already own a blog or website with good daily traffic.

You will need to provide your website’s URL while signing up. Amazon will analyze your website, and if they find it appropriate according to their standards, they will approve you as an official Amazon Associate. The approval process might take 2 to 5 days.

Once you are approved, find out the relevant products you want to promote on your blog then grab their affiliate links and insert them into your website.

Do CPA Marketing

CPA stands for “Cost Per Action”. CPA is one of the popular ways of making money on the internet. CPA marketing is very simple: you get paid when someone clicks on your affiliate link and completes an action.

Such action could be, providing an email address, signing up for a free trial of a product, downloading a mobile app, requesting a quote etc.

Unlike Affiliate Marketing where a product must be purchased before you earn commission, CPA is easier because you will earn money even if a product is not sold.

CPA model works on lead generation. Many big companies are willing to pay big commissions for generating targeted leads. Your job is just to get them a lead, they will do rest of the work for generating a sale from those leads.

Popular CPA Marketing Websites

  1. Click Booth
  2. Max Bounty
  3. Peer Fly
  4. W4
  5. Madrivo
  6. Mundo Media
  7. Click Dealer
  8. CPA Lead
  9. AdWork Media
  10. CPA Way

CPA Marketing is by far the easiest money-making job for even the most lazy student in Nigeria, and is suitable for people who love to talk, write, explain and have the ability to persuade. Best for people who already own a blog or website with some daily traffic.

Join Leapforce

As a student in Nigeria, if you have a good Smart Phone, you can sign-up for a free Leapforce account and start earning extra income right from your bedroom. Leapforce is a US-based company that provides work at home opportunities across the globe. They offer online job of “Personalized Search Engine Evaluator.”

Leapforce is an independent company contracted by Google, Bing and other big search engines to help them assess their algorithms. Such companies always hire real people to help them in this process. As a search engine evaluator, your job is to follow the instructions given to you in the assignments, research and analyze the search engine results.

You’ll have to provide feedback on search engine results by measuring the relevance and usefulness of web pages in relation to given predefined queries.

Joining Leapforce is suitable for anyone who has a laptop and a good internet connection speed.

Becoming a Leapforce Agent

For you to get hired, you need to fill an online application form and upload your resume. If you are shortlisted you are required to take and pass a three-part qualification exam. This should not scare you because though tedious, there are instructions to guide you throughout the whole process. Sign-up for a free Leapforce account now.

Teach Your Native Language

Vernacular is a unique and beautiful ID. If you notice that many people are interested in your native language, or your native language is a major one, there are services that permits you to sign-up and teach people the language while earning without investing any seed capital. Students in Nigeria who fluently understand any of Igbo, Hausa, or Yoruba Language are better advantaged to earn through this means because these are the major languages in Nigeria.

Some people want to improve their employability, some want to study or live overseas, some want to grow their business or just want to improve their travel experience. The point is, there is a huge market for online language learners who are willing to pay for language coaching.

If you are to organize a local language coaching class in your locality, you will certainly be met with low patronage since people in your community are already exposed to the language of that environment. This is why you need online services where people from other tribe might be interested in learning your language.

Popular websites for Language Classes


This method of earning extra income in Nigeria is suitable for people who have an in-depth knowledge of a native language, and are ready to impart the knowledge to others.

Become a Ghostwriter

A Ghostwriter is a person who writes for other people, and gives the credit of authorship to them. There are tons of News and Lifestyle Blogs willing to pay you for each article you write for them.

Most of the busy bloggers, authors, publishers hire ghostwriters to write for them. As a ghostwriter, your completed work will be owned by the person who employs you. Your name will not be used as an author, but you will get paid for all articles you submit either on weekly or monthly basis depending on the agreement you have with your employer.

Most of your jobs as a ghostwriter will include writing books, eBooks, blog posts, articles, and press releases.

Popular websites for Ghostwriting

Get started by visiting the following websites to apply for available ghostwriting jobs:

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Ghostwriting is suitable for people who have the passion for writing, with good writing skills.

Also read: 77 Profitable Business Ideas in Nigeria

Offline Business Ideas you can use to make Money in Nigeria as a Student

Sell Art and Crafts on Etsy

Etsy is an online buyer and seller community similar to eBay but focuses on selling arts, crafts handmade or vintage items and supplies. With around 30 million visitors per month, Etsy provides a wonderful platform for artisans, craft men and women, and creative designers which helps them in spreading their work to the worldwide audience and grow their business.

As a Student in Nigeria, if you have special arts skills, you can gather your arts works, signup for a free account on Etsy and start earning extra Income. Top Etsy sellers make up to 1 million dollars a year by selling arts, crafts and handmade items. If you take action, you can also be one among them.

Selling of Arts Works on Etsy is suitable for people who love to envision, design, and create their own items/products.

Creating Your Store On Etsy

You can register on Etsy and get instant account activation, but while creating your store, you will need to take time and choose an eye-catching title, get photos of items that you want to sell, write a compelling description, and decide on pricing points. Completing the Store setup might take between one and two days.

Develop Android Applications

If you have a good knowledge of Android Studio and some programming languages including HTML and Java, you can start developing Android Application for Individuals, Businesses, and Organizations and get paid.

If you wish to learn how to design Android Application, you can enroll in my class and start making extra income with this skill.

In the class, you will be given in-depth knowledge of Android Studio and the mobile alternatives, and in a couple of weeks, you will start developing android applications to earn extra Income.

Start Holiday Lesson and Special Classes

If you are a genius at a particular subject, or posses a skill in any area, you can sell out the knowledge on a face to face contact.

Let’s assume you’re an Engineering Student, owing to the fact that Engineering curriculum in Nigeria is filled with Mathematics, don’t you think that passing on your in-depth knowledge of Mathematics to thousands of Students in your Campus who are deficient in Mathematics can better position you to earn significant extra Income?

This is not limited to Mathematics; students in your Campus are seeking help in other areas such as Music, Philosophy, and English. This trend is the same in special skill areas such as AutoCAD, Programming and Fine Arts.

How to begin Holiday Lesson

  1. Prepare your teaching materials and organize content.
  2. Get a venue or suitable online platform for your classes. Be sure to meet your school security Department and get relevant approval from School management if you will be using their facilities.
  3. Advertise the class in your school students’ online forum and departmental noticeboards.
  4. Begin the class with students who turn up whether they pay required fee immediately or not.

If you are teaching a skill in programming, and have difficulty getting a venue, make use of online communication platforms such as Email, WhatsApp Group Chat, or Facebook Group. There is no limit to the amount you can make teaching other students these skills.

Starting Holiday Lesson and Special Classes is suitable for people who have in-depth knowledge in a particular area.

Become A Graphic Designer

Graphic design is one of the most important aspects for businesses. Without good graphics to promote a business, products, or brand, there will be low or no patronage at all. Good graphics drive sales even on Online Stores.

Just think of spotting a Smart Watch in a pack with poor design and description on Store Shelf; what impression would such give you? Poor quality, right? That is how relevant good Graphics are in any enterprise.

As a graphics designer, most of your jobs will include designing website logo, print headers, illustrations, brand and product interfaces.

How to become a Graphic Designer

First requirement is to possess design skills and a good knowledge of some design software such as Corel Draw, Photoshop, and other of such editors. On the off chance that you do not have a good knowledge of any of these software, what you should do is to get trained in any of those suites, or take a course on the internet.

Once you are ready with the necessary skills and tools, take the stage. Advertise yourself. Tell your friends and colleagues, online followers, and even family members that you can offer such service. Also, approach organisations and businesses such as Schools, Churches, Companies, and Website Owners, let them know that you can satisfy their graphic needs at a very competitive price. I bet you, seven days into this, you would be already getting a lot of design contracts.

Online Design Opportunity

You can find graphic design jobs by visiting (Direct URL –

To be successful in Graphics Design Business, you must be creative and familiar with colours and current trends in the fashion and design industries.


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