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Friday, 12 April 2019

4 Unique Profitable Businesses (Ideas) To Start After NYSC (With Little or No Capital)

Let's take a moment to discuss a list of businesses to do after NYSC. Let's be mindful of the economic situation in this country. What type of businesses can a graduate venture into after service? This and many related issues will be covered in this piece.

I shared my experience after NYSC and how I eventually became an education consultant and a computer specialist after about 5 wasted years off NYSC. I don't want you or anybody else to make the same mistakes. Experiences have equipped me with what I ought to have gone for after NYSC. The same time has exposed me to a series of business ideas and profitable projects any graduate can consider while still being able to nurse job search and if possible, pursue postgraduate qualifications.

Below is the list of 4 businesses you can turn to as soon as you're done with NYSC.

1. Go for Blogging – Contents Creation

This is not new in Nigeria. Most graduates have heard about blogging while in universities. Some have even taken steps to start one while on campus. People get frustrated to pursue blogging dream when it got tough to keep going. And that's the difference between those who make it at blogging and those who lost out.

Blogging is a form of freelance service or internet/information marketing. With blogging, you start online writing and publications of resourceful articles (like this you're reading). You teach people about things, guide them on some courses, update them about ongoing activities/events around you or them. The list is endless. That's why you can't run out of choices.

It's easy to believe that, this is not for you, especially if you're not good at writing or typing. To be sincere, learn it. There are free courses available online to teach you how to write or blog like a pro.
People search for anything online - anything at all. It's your job to give the information to them and turn that to money.

I had a friend telling me someone couldn't feed a family with that. He might be right if he was a quitter. And remember, quitter never win. But if you're like the top ten bloggers in Nigeria, you can be the next number 11 or 12.

My Experience with Blogging

When I was done with NYSC in 2007, I returned to hear about blogging as a means to make cool, continual and passive income online. I was quick to try my luck. Creating blog is free on Google platform and it costs me nothing more than getting connected to the internet.

In fact, within couples of weeks I ran out of information to share. Then, I started copying and pasting some uncommon business news elsewhere to my blog for a few readers I had. Please not that copy and paste is no more allowed in blogging. Don’t do that. In no time, I quit and that was the end of my dream to make money blogging.

Then, I started looking for jobs which I got and changed like three times. One day at Lahaola Computers (my last place of work), I received a mail. When I opened the envelope, guess what? It was a check of $100 from Google.

Let me take you back a bit. I had signed up for Google AdSense earlier in my time of blogging. My application was approved, and that time, we didn’t receive our earnings through bank, it's was through check.

Finally I got my first $100 after quitting blogging for more than 3 years.

Do you see? How I wished I didn't quite then. I did nothing more than a few posts - in fact not more than 15 posts in all and I earned 100 dollars.

Needless to say, I will never again quit this work for the rest of my days on earth.

This is the power of blogging. You work hard for a few months and you keep getting alerts. I knew of people who created blog and posted about 100 unique pieces, then move to another blog. By now, many are controlling a dozen of blogs and each paying thousand dollars in AdSense income, direct adverts and affiliate earnings. A few you may know include the Nairaland (started 2005), Naij.com etc

2. Self Employment - Usually Service Based Businesses

I would have used the word "entrepreneurship" instead but I understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. Capital is one, flow of ideas is another. Where is that capital? And with your brain coming out of two exams, a series of tests and assignments per session, the space for ideas in your head is still shallow.

Starting out to be self-employed means to start a profession, venture or business you or with a few people, can manage. In fact being able to handle things on your own from the start is the difference between self-employment and entrepreneurship.

You've been trained in schools to be fit for this if you look in-depth. As an accountant, you can add computer knowledge especially programming. With this your firm can design and market accounting software that schools, churches, businesses etc. can pay for.

As business manager, you can start out with business consulting - giving supports in form of one-on-one coaching, seminars, coaching etc. to people who want to run their businesses professionally and profitably.

As a marketing graduate, your services are needed by any firm out there.

The list is endless.

But there is a problem of course. People complain of capital to start their own businesses. This is where Nigerian graduates have more problems to start with.

See, a million of people making it on their own started with just their well-founded idea. A friend will say if you don't have money, use time. If you don't have time, spend energy. Don't tell me you lack all!

Before I got my first job, I returned form service to start teaching people computer. And in fact, with no physical shop or office. Here is how I did that.

I spent a few bucks making posters and designing forms. My students were taken to a nearby school for theory classes. This was what we did for five days a week and on Saturday I took them to a cafe in my town where I bought time of about 3 hours to show them what we have been learning over the week.

Do you get the idea of how things work? You won't have everything to start - not all the experiences, time, money etc.

A friend started small-electronics products merchandising business a year after NYSC. He would go to a market in Ibadan, got some household and commonly used electronic products. He had employed a few secondary school leavers around him. He consigned for them to sell at nearby shops, saw mills, schools and towns. These guys got commissions for every sale. This, he is still doing till today. He never rented an additional apartment more than his room and parlour until recently he moved to an office at a popular junction in his town.

3. JAMB/SSCE Coaching Centre

This is hot in town. Even though people are coming out of schools with a few having something to show for it, yet thousands of incoming generations are striving to enter any higher institution possible. This trend will continue forever. Then, why not taking advantage of this?

You can rent an apartment to start with. Public schools around may allow you to use a few classes on application. Starting this shouldn’t be capital intensive. All you need is time and effort. You need to look for competent teachers. These people can be a few graduates who are yet to know what do after service. I know this because I did that for a coaching centre when I came home for a break from NYSC.

If you know what this can bring or where it can take you to in life, you may prefer this over other available options. Names of most popular JAMB/WAEC tutorial centres in Ife, Ibadan, Lagos etc still ring in my head. Even though I’ve not been there, I'd seen their products.

4. Learn and Start a Vocation

NYSC itself is doing its best to encourage corps members to take advantage of several youth empowerment programmes being brought to camps and conducted during your service year. I hope you’d taken advantage of any. And if you haven’t, that's not a problem of course. You're still in shape to do that right now.

The silliest mistake several graduates make is believing they shouldn't go for vocational trainings after spending all the years in classrooms. Don't be like that. You may be right but at long run, you're wrong.

Lateefah learnt tailoring during her service year. As soon as she got home, she was not only searching for jobs but started her own shop. The last time I spoke to her, she couldn't remember the last time she dropped her CV for any company. TeefahCoutures is the hottest fashion designing shop in town. I'm not into fashion but I can't hide recognizing the beauty of her crafts and designs.

You see. That's like my own story too with a bit different. Before you know it, you will be surprised if you find out that a graduate tailor has just bought a car and got a 4-bedroom flat.

Corper Donald learnt computer at Techie Konsult, and that's just for 6 months. While he was leaving, he said something I wouldn’t forget, "Boss, you'd just given me something to eat". I was happy to know that he was convinced that the knowledge he got here can help him faster, if not better that the one acquired for the past 18 years schooling.

Donald is, as well, into computer services and education consulting in Lagos right now.


Even though we can’t all be self-reliant after NYSC, yet it will be good to find out earlier if this is the right take for us. Some of us will end up at banks, some at companies, some in government offices, yet a few will be watched making things happen. Can you be one of those who are making things happening?

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