50 Successful Small Businesses in Nigeria with less capital startup

Updated; 17th January 2019. As I promised, I will keep updating this article on Successful Small Businesses in Nigeria with less capital startup. So after another year of research on successful businesses in Nigeria, I add below additional successful profitable businesses to start in Nigeria 2019 to the already existing list of profitable small businesses in Nigeria with low capital startup; I earlier discussed. Ideas are what most business oriented individuals need and here on naijaonlinebiz.com, we know how to provide it in excess. We suggest you start with the fast growing/moving Small business ideas that we constantly provide on this site if you intend to start small business in Nigeria this year.

  • Fast food Joint and eateries business – Eateries is one of the fastest incomes yielding business in Nigeria. Fast food Joint and eateries business is similar to Restaurant business. The business is a ‘quick to start’ type of business and also fast-moving business in Nigeria. The startup capital varies. It depends on the categories of your customers you wish to cater for.  If you wish to serve High class customers then you need huge capital to start up such eateries. However, if you target customers are low income earners then you need little capital start up. Eateries business is rampant in in places like Abuja wuse, Area I and Garki, Lagos Ikeja and Ikoyi, Kaduna, Ibadan, Kano, enugu, Aba etc. These are big cities in Nigeria and the business is well patronized there.
  • Sackets water packaging and distribution business (the capital input might be a bit high). You need sterilizing and packaging machine, tanks for storing water, distributing bus or truck etc. So, this requires considerably huge capital.
  • Importation /Mini-importation business (seriously affected by exchange rate). Many people starts on a low scale importation (mini-importation) and finally grow to become large importer of different products.
  • Product sales, distribution and marketing (the capital input might be high). However, you can negotiate with the producers or manufacturers of such product(s) to reduce start-up cost.If you need product(s) to start its distribution  in Nigeria today, you can read more on about distribution business  in Nigeria; requirements, profit and how to start .
  • Mobile phone accessory business (though no longer as lucrative as in the years back). If you intend starting Mobile phone accessories business, you can go through our articles on ‘how to start mobile phones accessories in Nigeria’ and ‘the mobile phone accessories business plan’. These articles are complete guide to mobile phone accessory business.
  • Cloth designing and Tailoring – This business requires skills. So, the first step to your success is to acquire skills. Go for both English and traditional wears tailoring, fashion and design training. Once done, boom! You’re made.  Cloth designing and tailoring is often a neglected business idea that is highly paying and the good thing about it is that you can start on a small scale if you like.
  • Okrika bale business – This business is thriving very well in Nigeria as a result of the poor economy of the country. An average income earner in Nigeria hardly enter the boutique in the name to buy first grade clothing.  So, Okrika bale business is a good business to start anywhere in Nigeria but most especially in sub-urban and rural localities. Lagos, Aba, Kano and Onitsha have good market to buy bales of clothes for sale. Startup capital for this business may vary; it depends on you but you can start with a small capital of one hundred thousand naira (N100000) to two hundred thousand naira (N200000)

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time — sometimes years — to master a skill, craft, or habit. And while it’s good to keep perspective on your dreams, I think it’s better to remember the other side of this story”

Ask how any multi- national company or big corporation began, you will discover that they all started from nothing. Becoming successful in any small business in Nigeria is a difficult task; it requires serious dedication, strong financial backup, hard work, having the right mindset and taking the right steps. I have earlier discussed some of the right steps you can take to  begin a profitable small business in Nigeria.

Are you a Nigerian looking for small business that you can start with little or no money.  Are you an entrepreneur searching for small business to invest on? Do you have small amount of money but you don’t have any business idea. There are lots of small business opportunities in Nigeria. Here are list of most Successful Small Business in Nigeria with little capital investment and some with no money startup.

If you are dedicated with this business, you won’t mind putting up extra hours into it and definitely you will succeed. Be passionate about your business and you succeed. Try to visit other people who are in the same business with you, share ideas with them so that you can be updated on the current trend in that particular business. These are secret of any successful business.

Below are Successful Small Businesses in Nigeria you can start in 2019 and beyond; I have group these businesses into sector by sector for easy comprehension.

SMALL PROFITABLE AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS-Small Agricultural businesses are the most successful small business in Nigeria that requires little capital start up. Most of the major inputs are space (land), water and the viable breeds (crops and animals). The businesses can be started as a sole-proprietor and then grown to Limited Liability Company.

Here are small lucrative Agricultural Businesses;
1. Poultry farming business

2. Fishery Business (catfish and Tilapia Rearing)– read more on cost of starting fish farming in Nigeria

3. Snail Rearing Business – read more on How to Start Snail Rearing Business in your locality and newest methods of rearing snails for commercial purpose

4. Piggery Business

5. Dog Rearing and Breeding Business

6. Livestock feed production

7. Floral business (Growing flower )– the best floral money-makers, include:
• Cut flowers
• Everlastings
• Woody Ornamentals
• Flower bulbs

8. Maize processing Business

9. Rice Milling Business

10. Cassava processing Business – read more on how to start cassava processing business in Nigeria (including machine & factory equipment)

11. Palm oil Processing Business


LUCRATIVE SPECIAL BUSINESS SERVICES-The major inputs or materials for this type of business include: canopies, chairs, tables, stools, table dress cloth, big cooking utensils, and ribbons for hiring and manpower. These types of businesses are not difficult to start. It will best suit women than men but anybody can start the business.

12. Rental Service Business

13. Event Management business

14. Party Planner and Event Planner Business

15. Bakery confectioneries

SUCCESSFUL EDUCATIONAL SECTOR BUSINESS-The major inputs in these businesses are computer, manpower and space.
16. Home tutoring and Coaching Business
17. Tutorial and Lesson centre Business
18. Catering centre and Catering school business
19. Nanny Service and Day care centre
20. Self empowerment centre and Workshop centre
21. Computer and business school

COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES BUSINESS-The major materials needed are computer or laptop, sets of screw drivers and testers, printing machine, phones and mobile phones, internet connection and manpower.
22. Computer repair and services Business
23. Mobile phone repairs Business
24. Mobile apps development
25. Games development
26. Graphic Designer and Printing business
27. Directory Publisher
28. Mobile money agents business

29. Liquid soap production business

30. Perfume, and body ornamental production business

I have written a post on 20 Ways of Making Cash Online in Nigeria; these are all internet based Businesses and they are specified means of making money online in Nigeria. We have other 30 Online Money Making Business Opportunities; you can consider starting today. These internet based businesses may require little or no capital to start them up.  However, if you think that capital will serve as a hindrance, I will suggest you read up this  Ways to Raise capital to Start Business in Nigeria. You can actually make money online by those ways if you are dedicated and hardworking. There is no hard and fast rule about making money online.

In conclusion, I believe that what you have read above will be resourceful to you.
There are other lucrative and successful small businesses in Nigeria which any serious minded entrepreneur can do. All that are needed are determination, diligent and hard work.

I wish you good luck as you set to start up any of the above successful small business in Nigeria.

N.B: I will keep this article updated yearly.


197 thoughts on “50 Successful Small Businesses in Nigeria with less capital startup”

  1. Hi please I have two business in my mind and that is distributing credit cards and also the polythene bag business, so please can you tell me the one that is profitable and the financial requirment.

  2. Good morning. I offer delivery services to and for small businesses in Nigeria. Way billing outside Nigeria too but it is cost effective. Deliveries are made in 48hours and done efficiently.Thanks

  3. Iam a health information professional I want to start business in medical supplies and stationeries please help me with steps to start


      The first step is to MAKE CONTACTS.
      The first thing you have to do before starting this business is to reach out to your potential customers. This is very important as it will give you clue to what medical equipment, machines or chemicals your customers will be needing most.

      The second step – conduct market survey
      This is necessary to help you ascertain your startup capital and likely profit. Again, it will help you write and design your business plan. If you must succeed in this business, you have to conduct market survey or at least make necessary inquires. Ask questions!

      Third step – Register your company or business
      If you’re going to supply anything to any federal government hospitals and medical centres in Nigeria then you must register business with CAC. This is because they are going to treat you as a company when providing a quotation and not as individual. This is why many individual business can’t get contract to supply chemical and equipment to hospital.

      Fourth step – write your business plan or proposal
      This will serve as a blueprint to your business. Again, you will need business plan or proposal for getting loan from banks, investors etc.

      Fifth step – Contact manufacturers
      In this type of business, it is best dealing directly with the manufacturers of the medical products that you want to deal on.

      Sixth step – Get all necessary business permit.

      Start the business
      If all things be equal, you need to start

    1. Spelt out details so that I will know where to come in. Selling of goods ans services online is good but how you go about it matters a lot. So, let’s hear your plans, first.

    1. If you have access to a good supplier or direct manufacturer, then you can start from there and maybe diversify later. Again, be sure you have a good number of computer business within your location. Otherwise, I’ll suggest you don’t start that.

  4. Merry Christmas. I want to go into recharge card printing business or kerosene buying/selling next year. Kindly guide me. I’ll appreciate if you will talk with me on whatsapp..

  5. good day Emma, am Gabriel, i resit in Abuja . pls i have two business in mind to start with 200k 1. printer repair and accessories 2. phones repair and accessories. but i don’t really know the one do am confuse please i need your help. thanks

    1. There are a lot of factors to consider before starting any business, where these are not factored into your business plan; it lead to untimely collapse of your business. These factors include;

      1. location (i.e where you want to site the business)- The printer repair and accessories business should be sited around places where printers, laptops, computers, and accessories are being sold. On the other hand, phones repair and accessories business should be sited around markets, close to other mobile phone repairers, dense residential or populated areas.

      2. Capital – To what extent will two hundred thousand naira (200K) be feasible in starting any of these businesses?
      3. Target market (customer) – The population of people making use of phones are more compare to those making use printer; so I think you will be having more customers on phones repairs and accessories business.

      4. Competitors – To what extend will you compete favourable with those already into the business around your vicinity? So, you have to be good at what you do otherwise you won’t be able to compete favourably. You need to have knowledge of the business you’re going into.

      5. Nearness to market – consider where you will be getting any of those accessories on a cheaper rate.

      I will humbly suggest that you start with phone repair and accessories if you have the skill or knowledge of repairing phones and then be ready to diversify or switch between.
      However, after dissecting the above factors; I believe you will choose the best of the business for yourself.

      We offer the best business plan on mobile phones accessory business

      Wishing all the best as kick off your dream business.

  6. I Love That Recharge Card Suggestion And Am Interested In It, Please Does Anyone Have A Clue On How To Start It.

    1. It is a good one! However, I will suggest you work harder in the business to level of becoming a distributor of cements. This is where the profit is in the business.

      To start a cement retail business with 500k and succeed,

      1. conduct a market feasibility study on cement business in your locality.

      2. build a network of building contractors or engineers who are into building.

      3. ensure you have less competitors in your locality before kicking off.

      4. deal on only popular and fast selling cements in Nigeria.

      5. be ready to shift or diversify in the business.

      I wish you all the best!

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