Why will students want to make money while in school? It’s simple, students living away from their family have to spend money for their personal upkeep including feeding and accommodation. They also have to take care of planned and unplanned daily expenses in school which includes photocopying of school materials and payment of membership dues of student bodies to belong to.
Making extra money in addition to what was given to them by parents/sponsors will help lessen the burden on their sponsors, and most importantly help the students keep savings.


Students love to take photographs especially the newbies. There is also an almost constant demand for passport photographs in many higher institutions in Nigeria. The photography business is a very profitable one and all you basically need is a digital camera, no matter how small it is, to get started. You can even sell beautifully captured  random pictures of places and events online.

Graphic Design

If you are very good with Coreldraw, Photoshop or other graphic design softwares, this is big business opportunity for you as there are always activities/events on campuses which require posters and fliers for promotion. Your work will speak for you and you will continue to get clients from far and near.
You can also be contracted to design yearbooks and basically anything that require great designs.

Online Registrations

If you have a laptop with internet access, you can assist fellow students with online registrations (Scholarship applications, School fees payment, admission regularization, course registration etc.) and charge a token for the services. This is quite lucrative especially at the beginning of semesters and when there are prospective/new students on campus.

Do Freelance Writing For Blogs or Businesses

If you’re good at writing, you can consider doing freelance writing for blogs as one way of earning an income as a student. Aside blogs, many businesses are looking for freelance writers to help them meet their writing and content creation needs, so you can take advantage of this and apply for freelance jobs with these businesses.

Consider Doing Online Design Work

For students who consider themselves artists, have a knack for graphic design and are really good with Coreldraw, Photoshop or other graphic design software, doing online design work, like making small graphics for advertisements and full site redesigns for websites and businesses, can be a great way to earn an income. Students can also consider entering design competitions that offer monetary awards for winners, and stand a chance to get paid a good amount of money if they win.

Home Tutoring

You can hold private classes for secondary school students / staff kids. Parents in the university community and its environs value education a lot and are always willing to pay a good teacher who could properly coach their wards on subjects of interest at home. Private classes are usually billed on hourly basis. You just have to workout a timetable that will be suitable for you and your client.
You can also record video of you teaching various topics and sell to the students.

Do Assignments for Lazy Students on Campus

Believe it or not, there are students on campus that are so lazy they are willing to pay any amount of money for their assignments to be done for them. You can take advantage of this and make cool cash while also learning new things. Double win for you!
However, you don’t have to be doing much of what is outside your discipline no matter how intelligent you are as you will spend much time on researching new materials which could affect your studies

Consider Becoming a Voice-Over Artist

Doing voice-over work for production companies and advertising agencies is another great way to earn an income as a student. If you have a great voice and some broadcasting talent, you can apply for voice-over opportunities and get paid doing voice-over work for people and businesses.

Do Printing Jobs

Considering the fact that students, especially university students, do a lot of printing work, you can set up a mini-printing business with an easily affordable deskjet printer whose inks can be easily refilled, and start printing for students at your own rates. You can set up this business close to any student’s hostel or even from your room, and be on your way to making some side income as a student.

Real Estate/House Agent

As a student, if you are conversant with your locality, you can use your free time to search for accommodation for freshers and fellow students in your school environment, charging them a commissions/agents fee for your service.

Sell Your Skills

Whatever skill you have, offer it as a service to people at a cost. If you are good at cooking, considering providing catering services to those in need of it at a reasonable cost. If you are good at sewing, considering making clothes for people at a cost. If you’re good at phone or computer repairs and maintenance, also consider providing this service to people at a cost. You only need to ensure that you market your skills well, and put yourself out there so people can see what you have to offer. You can also sell your services on online sites like NeedMyService, Twitter, Facebook etc etc.

Catering Services

If you are skilled in cooking various dishes, you can offer catering services to event organizers in your area. With the frequent events/celebrations on campuses, there is surely a market for you.

Poultry Business

Especially for Agric students, with the so much time you spend on practicals in the school farm and elsewhere, you could set up a small poultry farm or any other Agricultural business nearby and attend to it while you attend to your academic work. If you can mange your time well, this could be a gold mine for you.

Cable Tv installation and Maintenance

Almost everyone now enjoy cable television but very few persons know how to make little adjustments or maintenance on it. There is surely a big market here and the good news is it doesn’t take much to learn and costs next to nothing to start up.

Phone/Computer Repairs/maintenance

Though complete/full time repairs could take your time, simple software maintenance/upgrades and application installs could fetch you quick money.

Recharge Card Business

It is a fact that people with mobile phones cannot live without airtime on their device. Recharge cards are arguably the fastest selling commodity, outside food and drinks, in Nigeria.
If you live in an area where people have to walk a distance to get recharge cards, you can make money by buying in bricks/bulk and reselling to them.
You can even venture into recharge card printing business and make better profits reselling to retailers elsewhere.

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