Top Genuine Ways to Make Money in Nigeria as a Student (2020)

Are you a student looking for best tips and guide on making money as a student in Nigeria? Then this post is for you.

As a student, your first priority is to perform well academically and get good grades. Combining work and studies might be a bit hard. However, situations may demand that you include a side hustle. That is why I listed the best job that are not energy draining, time demanding and requires little or no investment.

So today I’ll be sharing with you 8 legit ways you can make money as a student with little or no capital for startup and overcome the problems of financial constraint to purchase your food items, solve personal problems, acquire course materials, pay school fees and all other needs.

  1. Ways to Make Money as a Student in Nigeria
    1. Become a Freelancer
    2. Start Blogging
    3. Photocopy and Printing business
    4. Organizing tutorials for fellow students
    5. Photography and Event Planning
    6. Start a Recharge card business
    7. Organize a private home lessons
    8. Take Paid Online Survey

8 Genuine Ways to Make Money as a Student in Nigeria

1. Become a Freelancer

Freelancing is one of the best way to make money without spending much on startup. Freelancing is the execution of jobs for people on a short period of time. It is not an opportunity for only students in the University alone but for everybody including those in secondary schools and graduates also. So far as you have the skills required and meet the minimum age requirement (usually 15).

As a freelancer, you can choose your convenient number of hours per day to carry out the work. Meaning you can choose hours that won’t affect your academic engagement.

Freelancing usually involves the following skills.

  • Article writing
  • Website design
  • Graphic design
  • Typing services
  • Virtual assistance

When you signup to become a freelancer, you’ll choose your preferred skills that you are good at, choose the number of hours you’ll be working in a day and start making money. After completing the task assigned to you, your hire will pay/reward you.

Some trusted freelancing website include: Fiverr, freelancer and seoclerk. You can signup with any of them, usually sign up is free and start making money.

2. Start Blogging

As a student, becoming a niche blogger can earn you good amount of money. Blog on a particular niche you’re passionate about and do not blog on a multi niche blog so that you won’t have to spend the whole of the day blogging.

A niche blog contains all the basic information pertaining a particular topic.

Since you are a student, you don’t have to blog on different topics or start an entertainment blog because such blogs like the entertainment blog requires regular update and this might affect your academic performance.

After gaining a lot of audience, you can monetize your blog through Google Adsense, Affiliate marketing and many more.

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3. Photocopy and Printing business

I won’t doubt, this business is really profitable because I know a lot of my friends who were into this business within the school compound.

Photocopy and Printing business is a lucrative business to start because a lot of photocopy and printing activities do take place in the school premise.

I know you might have started asking how a student can cope with such business. You can cope with it, as a boss you can decide the number of hours you wish to work. Also, you can employ someone to do the business so that you can focus on your academic activities and only take the role of a supervisor.

4. Organizing tutorials for fellow students

As we all know, not all student are strong academically or their are aspect you might know more than them. Such students need your assistance to learn certain topics they are not good at.

If you are very strong, you can offer such help and take small advantage of it. You could offer freebies but not often or not when you’re in need of extra money to cater for certain needs.

You can actually make money offering such assistance, especially to the freshers if your course mates would be too much task to handle.

5. Photography and Event Planning

Photography and Event Planning is an ideal business for you if you have the required skills and tools for the job. You can organize social events during birthdays, social weeks, faculty weeks, fellowship days etc; and get paid for that.

If you’re interested in starting the photography business, all you need to startup is just a camera and a by helping other photographers print hard copies of their pictures.

6. Start a Recharge card business

Although recharge card selling business is not that profitable, however, you can make extra cash if you sell in large quantities. Starting Recharge card business won’t consume most of your time. I know a lot of my course mate doing that business and I’m sure they are making extra cash.

7. Organize a private home lessons

You can organize a private home lessons for the freshers or those your course mate that need assistance. This won’t consume lot of your time, since you will have to choose the time yourself.

You can make extra income form this and still do exceptionally well academically.

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8. Take Paid Online Survey

You can really make cool money by taking Paid Online Survey. There are several paid survey sites that you can register for free and start making money.

Survey don’t take much of your time usually few minutes, so you don’t have to worry about it conflicting with your academic time.


In this article I’ve shared with you several means to make money as a student. You can now solve most of your financial problem. You can venture into one of the above mentioned means.

Which of the above listed ideas do you wish to build upon?

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