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Profitable handwork to learn in Nigeria | Best 12



Profitable handwork to learn in Nigeria

What skills are in high demand in Nigeria?

Like most capitalist states, in Nigeria, you need to bring more to the table apart from the regular university degrees in order for you to excel competitively in the labor market. It’s no longer news that school certificates do not guarantee career success or employment in Nigeria which is why it’s advised to have one or two handworks that you can capitalize on even if there are zero job opportunities in the country.

The handwork that we will be discussing in this article is not only profitable in Nigeria but sellable anywhere in the world, especially in Europe and America. So let’s get to it:

12. Desktop publishing and business center

This requires you to have basic computer skills like Ms word, excel, how to fill forms on the internet, send and receive emails, etc. To set up this business, you need a shaded space or shop, a computer/laptop, printer, generator, a set of chairs for customers to sit, and a signpost to advertise your services. I consider a business center in Nigeria the easiest and profitable handwork for someone who intends to make it their major stream of income or a passive income.

Coupled with a photocopy machine, a ream of A4 paper contains 500 sheets and costs 2600. If you do photocopy for 10 nairas per sheet, you will be making 2400 naira profit on just a ream of A4 paper. When people come to your center for online application or registration, you can also charge a minimum of 200naira for online access only, 50-100 naira for online printout, 200 nairas for online payment, 100 nairas for lamination, and so on. So even if you are getting 10 customers daily with an average of 200 naira patronage, you will still be making 2000 naira daily which will amount to 50,000 nairas as monthly earnings from this handwork.

The scope of building a successful business center is to target school areas especially university campuses, NYSC camps, high court areas, or government secretariats. As a side hustle, it is advised to include passport photographs and pos to the business.

11. Driving Handwork

Driving is a universally lucrative skill to possess because of the high demand and functionality it adds to society. Almost all aspects of the human world require transit and vehicles can not operate without human input which is the service of a “Driver”. With driving skill, your can work in any institutions like hospital, factory, school, farm, or government agency, all with good pay in accordance to the organization’s salary scale.

On an individual level, you can own a car and make daily money using your vehicle or truck for commercial purposes like Uber service, taxi, car hire, haulage, logistic business or public transit within your city.

As a car or bus owner in Lagos, you could be making anywhere between 10,000 daily to 30,000 daily as long as you work smart and avoid troubles with road officials and fellow commuters.

10. Painting Handwork

Painting is probably one of the easily comprehensible handworks to learn in Nigeria and also profitable at that. Painting is one of the few handworks that you can be creative with using our own concept, while the quality of service matters a lot in the painting business, getting a work offer is very easy and doesn’t necessarily require you to have a physical office or shop before you can gather customers.

As a painter, you could be making 5,000-20,000 naira from just painting a room and over 500,000 nairas for complete paintwork of a whole building. But as a general rule, it’s always good to stay a step ahead of your competition by doing online and offline marketing via social media, classified websites like Jiji, Instagram, and also doing business cards as well as cold calling to prospective clients.

9. Plumbing Handwork

Another profitable handwork to learn in Nigeria is Plumbing and this work is categorized into two; first is the domestic plumbing service that deals with construction and repairs of household or lightweight building drainage, sewage, water path, and gas channel. This particle aspect of plumbing is highly rewarding as you can earn 5000 nairas to 50,000 just to fix broken pipes or plumbing-related issues. Meanwhile, the cost of completing a house project for plumbing work is relative, but often somewhere around the six figures wages.

Industrial social work on the other hand is more profitable and requires advanced plumbing knowledge and experience as this deals with heavy pipe works and sometimes welding skills in addition. Unlike domestic plumbing that basically deals with plastic pipe works and is often demanded due to household usage, industrial plumbing often requires metalwork and cooperation with other handwork practitioners like bricklayers, architect welders,s, and sometimes painters. Industrial plumbers make millions on a single contract as a cost of service excluding some little gains from the purchase of plumbing materials.

8. Welding Handwork

Construction is one of the top 10 profitable industries in the world and welding is an important aspect of construction works which makes welding as handwork to be a profitable one to know. Welders can work with almost any industry that deals with metal handling such as plants, oil companies, food factories, auto company and auto repair including truck carrier fabrication.

As a personal business, you can open a workshop where you fabricate metal objects for people like burglary, containers, gates, metal poles, stands, and so on. The aforementioned objects are commonly used in Nigeria and often in demand neither is the welding niche saturated like tailoring, therefore, welding is undoubtedly good handwork to learn in Nigeria.

7. Mikano generator repair handwork

While South Africa may have the best luxury hotels, Nigeria probably has the highest number of hotels in Africa, and owing to the shortage of electricity in Nigeria, thousands of hoteliers rely heavily on low noise and high capacity generators to power their hotels on daily basis.

With that said, daily usage of these heavy-duty Mikano generators only means one thing; that there will be a constant need for repair and servicing of the generator for the smooth operation of the hotel business. The need for generator repair and service can not be overemphasized because other industries like shopping malls, private hospitals, banks, schools also use these heavy-duty generators the same way the hoteliers use them, hence the need to learn generator repair as handwork in Nigeria is not just profitable but also highly sellable.

6. Carpentry handwork

The ease of work and mobility to work anywhere in the country makes carpentry very lucrative handwork to learn in Nigeria. There is a fine line between carpentry, furniture, and upholstery, while furniture and upholstery basically fall under the aspect of building interior, carpentry falls under general building construction work. Apart from roofing and ceiling, making pillars, lintel and concrete require the expertise of a carpenter to build braces to hold the sand/granite and cement mixtures.

Unlike the previously mentioned handwork, carpentry work is often done as a team especially when it’s a large housing project, a carpenter cannot single-handedly work in construction effectively. While houses and road construction are constantly being done every day, the service of a carpenter will therefore constantly be in demand as well with good pay.

As a carpenter, you don’t need to buy expensive materials or build a fancy workshop to get jobs. All you need is to buy basic tools and some complementary tools which will serve you for a long time before replacing them. Relative to your location, you could be making 500k or more from just one roofing contract and the good thing about this skill is that you can work with corporate companies even without a degree or school certificate as long as you are good at your craft.

5. Electrical handwork

Electrical handwork is the handiest handwork that’s obtainable and sellable everywhere in the world. Here in Nigeria, you don’t need a special license to be a practicing electrician, and it’s one of the easiest handworks to learn and doesn’t require years to master. Like plumbing, electrical handwork has two aspects too which include; 

Domestic electrical service: this has to do with household electrical works like the fitting of electrical pipes in walls also known as condict piping and other services like the wiring of electronic home appliances like bulb fitting, socket fitting, fan installation, solar installation, and so on. For a 5 bedroom conduct pipping and complete wiring, you could be making 100k to 200k naira or more in commercial areas like Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, or kano.

Industrial electrical handwork: The difference between domestic and industrial electrical work is just the complexity and capacity of work. In industrial service, you are expected to have advanced electrical knowledge as you will be handling heavy and complicated electrical devices and wiring and like most industrial works, it requires a team of experts in the electrical field to successfully complete an industrial electrical service. Nevertheless, even though domestic electrical handwork has more frequency of demand, industrial electrical handwork has higher wages considering the special skills and effort it requires.

4. Bricklaying handwork

Bricklaying requires some level of physical strength, work intelligence, and craftmanship, but the good thing is that the payment for service justifies the requirements. In building and construction, bricklaying is the soul of the project, and as such, bricklayers get the lion’s share in a construction contract. You can work with companies as a bricklayer or setup up your own individual brand and source for private contracts.

Bricklayers often work on the basis of daily pay or contract pay, but either way, the payment is quite favorable owing to the fact that the cost of building materials will be shouldered by the owner of the project. The bricklayers only get paid for their time, effort, and expertise. 

As a bricklayer, depending on the nature of your project, you are most likely to earn 5k - 20k naira as daily pay for your service or 500k to millions of naira for a contract project. The key is to source for good clients with favorable projects.

3. Mechanic handwork

With millions of cars, trucks tricycles, and motorcycles in Nigeria whether for personal use or commercial purpose, there will always be a need for auto mechanics either for major vehicle fix or maintenance. Funny enough, One of the latent functions of Nigerian roads is the damages if causes to vehicles which will indirectly put food on the tables of mechanics in Nigeria.

When there is a problem, there is profit to be made by those who provide solutions to the problem and Nigerian auto mechanics would not engage in conversations about poor roads in Nigeria. That doesn’t mean that even in ideal settings where roads are perfect in Nigeria that you won’t make money doing auto mechanic handwork. As a matter of fact, you could be making more money if most Nigerian roads are good because people will switch to more expensive cars that require special mechanical service and in turn generate special incomes for specialist mechanics.

2. ATM repair and maintenance

This is more sophisticated handwork to learn in Nigeria and has very low saturation or competition. It’s highly profitable and has high demand because you will be working with banks, schools, and financial institutions that pay a lot to keep the machine running.

Learning this handwork in Nigeria is not an easy skill to acquire like the previously mentioned one because those that offer the training are not very common and are often unwilling to teach other people. But in the event you wind up getting a trainer, the cost of training is quite expensive for such lucrative handwork.

The profitability of ATM maintenance service is hard to quantify and relative across different locations, but one thing is certain that the payment per maintenance work is not less than 50k naira.

  1. Barbing handwork

Barbing is sitting at number one on our list of profitable handwork to learn in Nigeria for 3 reasons, the first being that it doesn’t require heavy equipment, mobility of work, and the steady daily income opportunity it provides. People barb hair every day and the demand for haircuts is drastically high on weekends because people want to look good for occasions or for the new week ahead.

A standard barbing salon charges an average of 500 nairas in commercial areas and states like Lagos especially on the island would normally charge 1k - 1.5k for just a single haircut and for home service the cost could be twice the amount you would normally pay if you visit the barber’s shop

To put it into perspective, if you are charging an average of 500 nairas per haircut and you get 10 customers daily, that’s a fair 5k daily income for you which will amount to 150k monthly not to talk of the additional number of customers you would get on weekends. Now imagine the amount you will be making if you charge 1k per haircut and you get 20 customers daily. Your monthly earnings will be twice the salary of a level 8 federal worker.

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