The internet is an all-rounder… it has everything you can ever think of. Its recent boom has brought good fortune for so many people in that it has made so many people rich. There are indeed so many six-figure earners that are paid by the internet. So the question now is: “what are some online businesses I can start today?”
In this post, you will be introduced to different online businesses you can start in Nigeria today. I made sure they are well-explained so as to enable instant implementation.
So grab a packet of pop-corn and let’s groove through the list of online businesses.
Top online businesses you can start in Nigeria today
When I first read that people make money on the internet, I was skeptical because I couldn’t just understand how…… my bad!
After reading a lot online, I saw how it works and that there are so many ways of making money on the internet. Below are some of the businesses:
According to dictionary.com, a freelancer is a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc. rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer.
This means, you get to work for different people each time and get paid after each work. There are thousands of works that one can do as a freelancer. They include:
this is the act of designing anything you can think of on paper or on a pc graphically. If you can design any graphics at all, then you can earn a lot on the internet. This skill is a “hot-cake” as it is sought for by so many people, companies, etc.
You can learn the skill online by watching videos on YouTube or getting someone to teach you.
Under graphic designing, you can begin any of these businesses:
- · Logo design.
- · Business cards & stationery design.
- · Illustrations.
- · Cartoons and caricatures
- Flyers and posters.
- · Book cover and packaging.
- · Social media design.
- · Banner aids.
- · Photoshop editing.
- · Shirt design.
- · Vector tracing.
- · Invitation cards.
- · Presentation designs.
- · Infographics, etc.
According to SAS
Digital marketing is the promotion of products or brands via one or more forms of electronic media and differs from traditional marketing in that it involves the use of channels and methods that enable an organization to analyze marketing campaigns and understand what is working and what isn’t – typically in real time.
There are as well so many businesses you can start as a digital marketer. They include;
- · Social media marketing
- · SEO
- · Web traffic.
- · Content marketing.
- · Video marketing.
- · Email marketing.
- · Marketing strategy design.
- · Web analysis.
- · Local listing.
- · E-commerce marketing.
- · Domain research, etc.
Writing and translation:
do you have good writing skills? Can you translate from one top world language to another? If yes, then you have a very good skill that can fetch you millions if properly used.
You can work as a freelancer and earn cool money. Under writing and translation, there are many businesses which include:
- · Resumes and cover letters
- · Proofreading and editing services
- · Translations
- · Creative writing
- · Business copywriting
- · Research and summaries writing
- · Articles and blog posts
- · Press releases
- · Transcription writing, etc.
Video and animation making: if you have any video editing, making or animation skills, you can use your skills and earn good money online as a freelancer. Under this, you can start businesses like:
- · Whiteboard and explainer videos
- · intros and animated logos
- · editing and post production
- · lyric and music videos
- · animated characters
- · Modeling, etc.
Music and acting:
are you good at making music beats? Can you act or sing, write lyrics, etc. then you have a gold mine waiting to be harnessed. Under this, you can offer services like
- · Voiceover
- · Mixings and mastering
- · Producing and composing
- · Singing, songwriting
- · Jingle and drops,
- · Sound effects, etc.
Programming and technology
: if you are a web designer, or CMS customizer, etc. you can outsource your skill and earn good money online. Some businesses to be explored under this include;
- · WordPress and other blog design.
- · Website builders and CMS customization.
- · Web programming.
- · Ecommerce design.
- · Mobile apps and web design.
- · Desktop app design.
- · Supports and IT: acting as a technician, resolving faults on any issue regarding programing and technology.
- · Q&A: acting as a consultant and answering questions relating to any of the businesses on this list and getting paid.
- · User testing: testing out newly designed websites, apps, desktop apps etc. and getting paid doing so.
- · Database management.
- · File conversion and converter design.
- · Data analysis and reports, etc.
Other freelancing activities include;
virtual assistance, market researching, business plan writing, branding services, legal consulting, financial consulting, business tips provision, carrier advising, etc.
I know that by now, you will be saying “how can you list all these without telling us how to begin?”
Its normal to ask because I could remember when I wanted to get something from a blog and when I read although, I couldn’t find how to take action on what the owner blogged about.
Ok, there are so many freelancing websites where you can get people that need your skills. Some of these freelancing websites include;
if you don’t want to work as a freelancer, you can build your own blog on any niche, write quality contents and monetizing your blog. Having a blog gives you the opportunity to help people by writing stuffs that they would like to read about or solving their problems.
There are many ways of monetizing your blog which include the use of
You can also make money by putting native ads (ads that are found on websites and blogs that matches the content on which they appear) on your blog from
Affiliate marketing is an online business and involves someone (an advertiser or affiliate) getting paid a certain percentage of the amount on a product when a customer purchases the product from the affiliate’s personalized link or referral id or based on a number of clicks on such links (impressions or page views).
It might sound strange and needs to be broken down. In clear terms, affiliate marketing can be likened to someone being a land or house agent. You know these agents get a share of the money paid by a client who purchases a land or rents a house if it was the agent that brought the client.
The above illustration is just what it really means. So how can someone start being an affiliate marketer?
There are some websites that are known to provide products and encourage people to sign up as affiliates. They include:
Just choose some of them and make cool money. I advise you read about each, how to drive traffic, and get users to buy these products. Some ways of getting users include; sending personalized emails to them, use of social media groups, etc.
an ecommerce store as we all know is a business of buying and selling goods and services on the internet and getting such goods or services paid for on or before delivery.
How can you make money from this?
You can make money from ecommerce store by;
- · Becoming an affiliate.
- · Building your own and selling products.
- · Registering on any of them, and allowing them sell your products for you.
Website and app flipping:
Website and app flipping is the act of buying or building a website or app, improving it and selling it at a high cost on website auctioning websites. This business has raked in thousands for lots of people who are already into it.
You might now be asking: “how on earth can I do so when I don’t have any web or app design skill?”
The truth is that you don’t need to the skill to do this business. All you need to do is, get someone design a website or blog for you, improve the website by posting contents on it, working on its SEO, etc. and then sell it on any auction site.
There are different types of flipping depending on your budget, as a beginner, standard and long term investment flipping. But this should not bother you for now.
You can also buy an already built and improved website, improve a little on it and sell it off at higher a higher price.
Some of web auctioning websites include;
do you have excellent writing skills? You can also venture into writing eBooks and selling them on the internet. You must not write the eBooks yourself if you don’t have the skills.
You can pay someone to write them, and then you claim authorship and sell them on the internet. There are some websites where you can publish your eBook online;
forex is an online global market where currencies are traded. According to bank of international settlements, about 5.3 billion US dollars are traded daily. This is the reason why this is a sure business to start today.
Webhosting reselling services:
webhosting reselling is the act of renting out your web disk space to others and getting paid by them. To some, this might sound strange.
Webhosting is a service that allows people to upload a website to the internet on a server. This makes if possible for a website to be online.
This means that you can buy large webhosting space online and resell to others by either creating your web reselling site, or just by advertisement. Most of the known local web hosting companies are actually resellers and not that they own a server.
You can head to hosting companies like
this is the short form of video blogging. It involves creating videos on several or specific niches and earning money doing so. You can upload the videos to YouTube and monetize it or to any other video social media.
You can also create your blog and only blog on videos, and then monetize it. This requires special skills in video production, editing and mastering. There are several tools you can leverage on and make high quality videos;
- · A standard camera or your smartphone with a tripod stand.
- · fantasia studio desktop app.
- · Filmora video editor or any good video editing software.
- · Voice changer softwares.
- · Videoscribe or any other whiteboard video makers, etc.
Bulk SMS services:
this is a very lucrative online business. You don’t need to know how to design a website before you can start this business.
The best thing about this business is that there are increasing numbers of mobile phone users and advertisers who need to send messages to these mobile phone users. In other words, there is a very big market that cannot be saturated in the nearest future.
There are a number of places where you can get your own built bulk SMS website online. Depending on your location, search on Google and start immediately.
Other online businesses include:
Facebook pages and group leasing services
Having discussed extensively on the various online businesses you can start today, it is left for you to take action by starting one today. I made sure I gave links to where you can start immediately so as to ensure that you make it online.
I will like to get feedbacks from you. Are there other online businesses that were not covered in this post? You can write them via the comment box.
Have you tried any of these businesses? Care to share some tips? Please do so via the comment box.
Do you have links to other places where one can get online businesses that can pay? Comment them below and help someone.