It’s a thing of joy when you have one steady source of income in Nigeria but, how about having a second and third (and more) streams of income in this economy of ours?
With one source of income, responsibilities come at you thick and fast like the world was just waiting for you to start earning, leaving you lamenting so often about your money getting spent faster than you’re earning it.
But with another source(s) of income, your days of lamentation tend to reduce as you instead begin to enjoy some of the finer things in this life – after putting in the required (smart) work, of course.
So what are the things you could do on the side to help boost your confidence anytime you want to check your account balance knowing that you are not faring bad? What are those hustles that would make you change you start proclaiming yourself as “small me, big God”?
This hustle is one of those which could end up becoming your primary hustle when business starts booming on a consistent basis – that’s after you started that fashion house some time ago with just a sewing machine and a dream.
How to get started? Learn the skill, get a sewing machine, invest in yourself first by making a number of attires for you and wearing them to occasions, be creative about it, and in no time, all the ‘wow, I love this! Who’s your tailor/plug?’ would come through and in a blink, your customer base has formed.
The key to growing that customer base is becoming better at making these outfits and, this is probably the golden fleece of tailoring, delivering ON TIME. Don’t be the tailor that keeps delaying on delivery of a package more than twice (for the highly tolerable customer otherwise, once is where the fine line disappears) or watch customers go elsewhere – no matter how good you are at tailoring.
Always give a realistic time frame for delivery – some tailors can finish a job in four hours or less, some would take eight hours or more, done at a stretch or in bits. Once you know how long you average to make an outfit along with the number of pending jobs on your table, it would guide you to giving better time frames for delivery.
Besides, once you notice the number of orders coming in is beyond what you alone can realistically handle, get one or two people to work in your shop (could be an actual shop or just a corner of your abode) and ease the burden of handling orders. Remember, it’s a side hustle until it has scaled (made enough profit/money) enough to become your main business.
This is Nigeria, and sure as traffic in Lagos or drama on Nigerian twitter, there will be people who would need a (good) tailor to fix them up for the slayage impending.
Small chops, big bucks
What is a weekend in most of Nigeria without a party in need of small chops and cakes or other baked edibles to feed the tens, hundreds, or thousands of guests in attendance? Definitely not this Nigeria.
Making small chops and baking can earn you some good money on the side. All you’d need to start is banging catering skills or finding an excellent caterer with you being the business owner cum manager, a start-up market segment (basically your first customers), and good, reliable suppliers because you never want to run out of samosa, gizzard or whatnot and be stuck with where to get more.
You could start with friends’ birthday parties, offering to make for a small circle of people at an event, in schools or commercial areas full of offices with workers looking out for a quick snack.
Social Media Influencer
Save up some money to get a very good iPhone or high-end android, have at least one internet connection (because, Nigeria), and build your social media page to the point of having the required clout to become an influencer.
You can achieve this by consistently posting juicy gist or fiction (Nigerians love minding other people’s business), original content that’s hilarious (good comedy always works the right nerve endings of Nigerians), or really motivational stuff.
The trick is to settle with a theme for your content, be consistent with it and post regularly, and ensure your content is tailored in such a way to get people to share it and comment.
But if all that is too much work, you could simply do giveaways on a daily or weekly basis (depending on how rich you’re feeling) and tie the giveaways to the potential recipients following your account(s) first to stand a chance of winning. Trust me, this works a magic.
Eventually, you could become so big an influencer that you would be charging six figures for one post, get invited to exclusive events for coverage’s sake and given certain goodies for coming, getting free stuff from time to time, and more.
And never mind anyone that deems influencers as “unemployed youth”, if your head is in the right place, you’ll realise how much opportunities are coming your way just by your online clout.
Being a food vendor
Firstly, we are humans. Secondly, we are in Nigeria – land of “I cannot come and go and kill myself,” which is a common that’s usually followed by finding food to eat, which is where you come in dear food vendor. Bottom line, food sells as people surely gotta eat.
Your food vendor hustle starter pack should include top cooking skills because the way into a
human’s heart is through the stomach and tasty food ensures that heart becomes yours.
So yes, great cooking skills along with delivering on time, having a richly diverse menu per week, cleanliness, and excellent time management skills – cooking is time consuming and if this would be a side hustle, then you must be able to manage your time well.
Some of you out there simply are gifted in storytelling, a gift that can also be learned over time by others not so gifted but have the potential to write at a level good enough to entertain readers.
Where your writing skills can be a side hustle for you is freelancing by submitting your stories or articles regularly to platform(s) online and/or otherwise for a price.
You could also enter for various competitions, win rewards, awards and increase your clout as a result. There’s also the option of putting together a story into a novel or collection of short stories and publish for sale.
Being a middleman
You know how your word of mouth helps someone else get a buyer for an item they want to sell? You could be that person people come to when they have new or fairly used item(s) to sell while you get a commission for doing the Lord’s work.
Similar to a social media influencer, it helps to have a good smartphone (not necessarily high-end but good enough to take eye-catching photos of items you’re helping to sell) and internet connection to carry out this hustle.
As a result, you could help find buyers for vehicles, smartphones, gadgets, game consoles, event tickets, pieces of land, apartments for rent, buildings for lease, and so many more items. You could even be a shopper for people if time permits you.
However, be careful not to fall into the trap of helping to sell stolen items. So be smart to do your due diligence before taking on an item to sell. We all know how delighted SARS officers would be to catch one of you actually breaking the law.