In this article, I will reveal some hot side hustles you can do to earn extra income. With the current recession, hunger and high unemployment in the country, one needs to sit up and look for a side job to cater for your needs and other expenditure.
There are numerous side jobs someone who’s unemployed can do, if the person is not lazy, he or she should be able to earn in thousands.
Youths who are not ready to work or learn a trade, get involved in online scams while some end up picking pockets at the bus-stop.
Carefully read through this article as it will give you insights to some side hustles you can do while still job hunting
Below are some side hustles you can do to earn an extra income, either as an already employed graduate or as an unemployed youth.
Barbing is really underrated in this part of the world, forgetting the fact that people, be it male or female must cut their hair to appear smart and beautiful.
In foreign countries, Barbers are considered rich because they charge very high to cut one’s hair. That’s why when some Nigerians eventually migrate overseas, they pick up barbing as a side hustle to keep body and soul alive.
Some barber in Nigeria charge as much as N1500 to cut people hair and they make as much as N25,000 daily and make triple of that during festive seasons. You don’t really need to have a big shop to start a barbing hustle, you can just get a small space. With the advent of these new rechargeable clippers, you’re good to go.
2. Hair Making:
Just like barbing, hair dressers and hair makers are rich in disguise. At this time when almost all ladies want to appear very beautiful in Weaving, dreads, wool or attachments, there a big market for those in this niche. A story was told of a black woman who was an illegal immigrate in US, she decided to start making people’s hair, at the comfort of her residence. She does that from Thursdays to Mondays, while she rests on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She cashed out big in dollars and was paying her taxes. When the authority found out she was an illegal immigrant, they couldn’t deport her because she wasn’t a liability, she works as an independent hair stylist and also pays her taxes. You don’t need a shop to start making hair, you can offer home services, save up after some months get a shop.
3: Fish Roasting:
Now that we have a lot of people going into fish farming business, mostly cat fish, the market demand for dry fishes in Nigeria is increasing daily. The interesting news is that only Nigerians eat these dry fishes, foreigners also find them edible and delicious in their meals. The fact has made Nigerians to start exporting the dry fishes overseas. Most people who are into fish farming don’t really have the time and equipment to start roasting the fishes, so they sell out the fishes which are mostly three months old. Then the buyers who are mostly Hausas, go to roast them and either sell locally or export them. Someone who wants to go into this kind of hustle can start with just firewood for smoking the fishes, and with time when the money starts coming, you can get an oven. You buy the fishes from those who rear them and roast. You can also start up your fish rearing business with time.
4: Buy and Selling of Cryptocurrencies:
The world is now adopting digital currencies which are known as cryptocurrencies. These days, you don’t only have the option of making transaction with physical cash, but with digital currencies, you can purchase and pay for anything online. The way you can actually make this a side hustle is by buying and selling of some of these digital currency like Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Stellar Lumen (XLM) etc. Just like bank accounts, these cryptocurrencies are being saved or stored in digital currency wallets like Blockchain, Luno etc. When they rise above their current prices, you sell them off. Some do this as a form of investment, while others who really know much about it and follow the trends of buying and selling of cryptocurrencie take it as a hustle. Just like opening a domiciliary (Dollar) account and paying in some dollars into it, and as dollar rises at the parallel market, you sell it and make your money. It is a side hustle for many.
5. Online Staking:
A lot of people have discovered staking online as a side hustle, and they are really earning much from it. This is not the conventional staking where you’ll have to wait for matches at the weekend before you place a stake. These people play every day as against combining plenty matches to give plenty points, they only go for 2 to 3 points. Imagine playing a sure game of 3 points with N20,000, that gives you N60,000. You can even decide to focus majorly on sure 2 points with N5000 and make a gain of another N5000 daily, which is a very cool side hustle.
6. Writing and Freelancing:
Some news platforms in Nigeria have made writing and freelancing very lucrative. Many of them pay writer and freelancers per story they submit. A platform like Opera News Hub and Scooper pay writers per stories they submit which also depends on how well the story performs. So as a creative writer you can actually earn some Money writing for these local platforms and other international platforms like fiverr, freelancer.com, upwork and many others. These international platforms can pay you as high as 20 dollars for an article.
7. Digital marketer / Brand Executive:
This is one hustle you can start with little or no capital, all you need is being social media savvy, reasonable number of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram with a good internet connection. A lot of companies employ social media influencers to help talk about their products on social media, and pay them big sum of money to do it. These platforms also send out press releases and look out for blogs and news websites where they can be published. As a digital marketer, you can be an intermediary between these companies and these blogs. You can make millions of naira monthly as a digital marketer.
8. Graphic Designer:
This hustle is the next big thing in Nigeria. All brand needs a graphic designer to help in designing a gig, banner, ads, posters etc, and for this, it’s a very lucrative niche. Even without know the basics of coreldraw, photoshop and the likes, you can be very relevant with apps like Canva, Inshot, Legend etc. With Canva, you can create great designs with the existing free templates. In fact, with Canva and Inshot, you can create amazing professional designs just like someone using Coreldraw.
Some people are of the opinion that photography as an hustle is fading out because almost everyone now uses a smart phones with makes us a photographer by default. The is an aphorism and is totally false. Photography is still very much a profession and a hustle that pays better than so many white-collar jobs. With the advent of a software like Photoshop, you can transform a normal picture into an extremely different thing. A photographer only needs to be creative and explore.
10. Video Editing:
YouTube has made way for video editors today. You cash out in millions monthly as a very good video editor. You can create your own musical or comedy skits and upload them on YouTube. You can as well edit videos for other YouTube curators and earn cool cash. This is currently a fast-rising niche.