Since this blog is all about being self employed i’m going to talk about small business one can begin with a little start up capital in Nigeria, let me make a list of small businesses that require a little or none start up capital
Laundry Services– You can start a laundry service from the scrap if you have no money to rent a shop and buy the tools needed, all you need do is market yourself to a few homes or families arrange with them to collect their laundry weekly and take to your home wash , iron and return them to the owners and they pay you for your services. Another option is for you to do the laundry there in the homes of your clients but most people will rather you go away with the laundry and bring them back when they are done.
Cleaning Services– Owning a cleaning service does not mean you have to have an office all you need to do here is produce complimentary cards to introduce you to people, offices etc You can clean homes and offices and you don’t need to do the cleaning yourself, you can hire people to do the actual job all you need to do is to get the contract either from the homes or offices and send your staffs there to do the work and when you are paid which in most cases for offices could be monthly, you can now pay your workers as for the home cleaning you collect your pay as soon as the job is done or depending on your arrangement with your customer.
Day Care Center– In these modern days you find out that in most homes both parents work so the need for a day care where to drop their kids till after work arises. For a day care all you need is your house, you can set up your sitting room or if you have a spare room in your house you could use that, get a collection of toys for the kids ranging from their ages, then you can employ one or two staffs to help you out but bear in mind when setting up a day care center that it is mostly a ladies business as most people will be more comfortable leaving their kids with ladies and you should be someone that love kids if not you won’t be able to tolerate them.
Photography– All you need here is a camera and possibly a video camera and once you hear of an occasion somewhere just head out there and take pictures which you can sell to the owners as for the videotaping you have to get the contract to do the videotaping before you can do this or else you will just videotape without being paid, this can be a very lucrative business as there always weddings almost every weekends
These are a few businesses that require little or no start up capital, i should continue from here tomorrow
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Raw Foodstuffs– you can sell raw food stuffs like beans, garri, grounded pepper etc let me pick beans first you can buy the beans with whatever amount you can start with, spread it on a tray or mat and remove the dirt and stones from it, after than sun dry it then package them as you will want to package them either 500g or 1 kg and sell them to stores i’m sure a lot of people will like to buy clean packed beans instead of buying from the market and coming to clean them before using they will be glad to be relieved of such task you will be surprised at how your business will grow doing this, another example is the grounded or powdered dry pepper, you will buy the dry pepper from the market clean it by removing all the dirt, you can use this method of cleaning them. Spread them on a table place an electric fan close to it, turn on the fan and before you know it the fan will blow away all the dirty particles except of course stones which you will have to search for yourself and pick, then you can take them to the milling station mill them, air them and package them in small packages according to the sizes you want to sell and distribute to stores.
You can do this for various other foodstuffs that can be package and sell. So these for now are some of the small businesses that require little or no start up capital.
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