The dream of many people is to own businesses of their own. However, not many are willing to quit their day jobs to face a business full-time. Are you one of those people? Then, keep reading. This post outlines seven businesses that you can start in Nigeria without quitting your day job.
A lot of people earn salaries that are just not enough for them to live the lives they want. This is why we see Nigerians looking for what to do to complement their salaries. Some people eventually quit their day jobs to face their businesses fully.
Truth be told, in many cases, you simply cannot combine running a business with your day job. After being at work from morning till evening, where is the time to face some other business? Right?
What if we told you that there are businesses you can start in Nigeria without having to quit your day job? These are businesses that will not require you to face them full-time without doing something else. You will still have to give your best if you want to succeed in these businesses, but they may not necessarily require you to quit your day job.
Without further ado, we present to you seven businesses that you can start in Nigeria without having to quit your day job.
7 Businesses that you can start without having to quit your Day Job
1. Website Development
Web development is one business that you can easily start without quitting your day job. This is because you can choose when to work. Your timing is mostly on your own terms. If you get a website development gig, you can simply work on it when you close from work. You can also dedicate some weekends to working on it. Even with your day job, you will still have enough time to face this business. So, you do not necessarily have to quit your job to start website development as a business.
2. Social Media Influencing
This is one interesting business that you can start without quitting your day job. It is interesting because you probably already spend a lot of time on social media every day without monetising it. If you have loyal and engaging followership, you can easily build a business around your social media handles.
Instagram and Twitter are some social media platforms where this can easily be achieved. All you have to do is build loyal followership. With enough engaging followers, brands may approach you for marketing campaigns. Do you have to quit your day job to run these campaigns? Of course not!
3. Freelance Writing and Editing
If you have a good command of a language, you can probably write, proofread, and edit articles in that language. There are various platforms where you can get writing and editing gigs. For example, some people in need of writers post the gig ads on Jiji, one of the biggest online marketplaces in Nigeria. All you have to do is search properly. You can also approach websites and blogs directly through their email addresses. Just be sure that they write on topics you are good at. Get gigs without having to quit your day job.
You can check out this post on how to monetise your writing skills.
4. Wedding Photography
Weddings typically hold on Saturdays in Nigeria, right? Most jobs typically run from Monday to Friday, right? This makes wedding photography a lucrative business that you can start without quitting your day job. Wedding photography actually commands premium rates in Nigeria today. After all, you are helping to create memories of a day that will come only once in the lives of the couple. Many couples are ready to pay huge amounts to get high-quality photographs. Get a good camera. You may have to start small, but make it count.
Grow your wedding photography business without quitting your day job. Eventually, you may choose to quit your job but it’s actually up to you.
Blogging is easily one of the most lucrative businesses that you can start without quitting your day job. You work on your terms and at your own time. The good part is that you are writing about something you love or something you are very knowledgeable about. Blogging may not be a walk in the park but many bloggers love what they do.
You may put up blog posts when you close from work. You may even decide to do the posting on weekends. Your day job does not prevent you from running a blog. You just need to direct your focus properly.
Check out our post on practical ways to make money blogging in Nigeria.
6. Affiliate Marketing
A good way to make money from affiliate marketing is by having a website with enough targeted traffic. You can easily sign up for online affiliate programmes and put affiliate links in your posts to earn commissions.
However, what many people do not realise is that you do not necessarily need to own a website to start an affiliate marketing business. Simple word-of-mouth referrals can earn you affiliate commissions. You can also approach other business owners and ask to help sell their products for commissions. All you will have to do is advertise these products to your contacts. When they buy from the seller, you get a commission. Many people are cashing out in Nigeria using this technique. The good part? You don’t have to quit your day job to start this business.
7. Graphic Design
There are lots of Nigerian graphic designers cashing out big-time while working day jobs. Some even make more money from their graphic design businesses than they do in their jobs. This is how lucrative graphic design business is in Nigeria right now. If you already have the skills, you can easily monetise it by creating an online portfolio for people to see.
Graphic design is something you can work on at your free time. You just have to be careful not to take more gigs than you can handle. That is a common mistake that graphic designers make. You don’t have to accept all gigs that come your way, especially if you don’t have the time to handle them all. If you plan properly, you can run a graphic design business alongside your day job without having to quit.
There are businesses that you obviously cannot run alongside your day job. However, there are also those that you can easily run without quitting your day job. You can start the businesses outlined in this post without having to quit your day job. All you have to do is plan properly. Also, you need to ensure that your business does not interfere with your day job unless you really want to quit or lose your job. If you cannot handle business and a job simultaneously, please quit either the job or the business. On the other hand, you can leave your business in trusted hands and focus on your job. The choice is yours.
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