Many of us ask this question regularly, ‘What business can I do in Nigeria?’ It is true that everything depends on your dreams, desires and personal abilities. We will share with you the main types of small scale business in Nigeria and anyone who is willing to take a risk and start a small company can use these ideas for personal growth and development.

What is small scale business?
What business in Nigeria can be considered small scale? Firstly, this business does not require any major investments. You do not need to find hundreds of thousands and millions of Naira or U.S. dollars. Secondly, small-scale business in Nigeria can be run by one or two people without the need to create a big company with more workers. You will be independent and yet make profit. Isn’t it something millions of people dream about? Of course, smaller investments do not mean you can just sit and wait until profit is earned automatically. You will need to invest your time, energy, effort, and knowledge if you wish to succeed. Before we list some of the most interesting small business ideas to try in Nigeria, we should mention that any business, even small scale opportunities require official documents (registration, fees, taxes), real office (with physical address), equipment, promotion, etc. You will have to gain new knowledge and training related to your business, etc.

Small business ideas and types of businesses
Because most small scale businesses need no employees, except the business creator (you), we can divide this big sphere into 4 main types. Let’s look closer at these types so you can understand what type is the most suitable for you.
1. Main street businesses
Open your own shop – Those of you who are good at making accessories, bags, who can design and make clothes can think about opening a small shop and sell your creations. If you don’t create your own products, you can buy electronics, clothes, toys (or something else) and resell it in your shop.
Sports center – If you own a small piece of land you can make it a sports viewing centre and offer all sports fans to gather together, watch games, cheer, and discuss the events.
Gaming center – Do you have one or more computers? Are you good at gaming? You can start your own small scale business in Nigeria and open a gaming center where children, youth and adults can come to play their favourite games, surf the Internet, and check emails.
Bakery and catering – If you are good at making fresh bread, Nigerian snacks, delicious sweet recipes, desserts, cakes and sandwiches, fruit juices, chocolate masterpieces, etc., you can open your own bakery and prepare food.
Daycare center – Women who love children can open their own daycare center and let parents leave their kids with a woman who will entertain and take care of them while parents are at work.

2. Free-lance business
Professional photo shoots- More and more families love to order photography services, and if you are good at taking professional photos (of newborn babies, families, events, etc.), you can offer this type of service on a free-lance basis. Make yourself a name and build a base of clients, and your business can make good profit. Of course, you will need a professional camera and a laptop.
Blogging – Modern society loves following bloggers, so blogging can be your type of small scale business in Nigeria that can bring you money. This can be a good business for people who are good at writing, sharing opinions, following popular events, taking good photo, etc.
Web designer & digital artist – Talented Nigerians who are good at drawing (on paper, digitally) can learn how to design websites and offer their services as free-lancers. It is possible to sell clipart, all possible types of digital images, design sites, and work distantly.
Programming – If you know how to code and are good at programming websites, applications, games, you can work remotely and sell your talent to IT companies worldwide. Programmers earn good money, so this is something worth doing as a small scale business in the 21st century.