Do you live in a small town or village in Nigeria and want to know the best business to start? If YES, here are 12 highly profitable small business ideas for small towns in Nigeria.
When it comes to starting a business, some the factors to be considered is the size / population of the town you intending starting the business, the amount of competitions you are likely to face, and the availability of market for your product or service.
The definition of a small town varies, but on the average, a small a town is a town that has people in hundreds or thousands but less than a million. Usually business activities and social life in a small town is always on the low and interestingly, you are likely going to find more of older folks than you are going to find youths.
Of course, there are businesses that thrive pretty well in big cities. But if you intend starting a business in a small town in Nigeria, then you will find this article very useful.
Here are 12 business ideas that an aspiring entrepreneur who is looking towards starting a business in a small town should consider starting:
1. Open a Grocery Store
If you are looking for an ideal business to start in a small town– the kind that requires low start–up capital to set–up, then you should consider opening a grocery store in an ideal location in your community. People visit grocery stores to re–stock their homes from time to time.
This business is simple and indeed a profitable. Of course, you might not make huge profits from it, but you are sure of maintaining steady cash flow daily. Before starting, conduct a market survey on the types of products to stock your store with. The truth is that if you stock your store with what the people around do not need, you will struggle to make sales.
2. Sale of Call Cards and Data Bundles
Selling of call cards and data for different networks is another easy to start business that an entrepreneur can successfully start in a small town. Aside from people that subscribe to post – paid packages for their mobile phones / GSM, most people buy call cards and data on a regular basis.
There are several telecommunications companies that you can deal in their call cards and data bundles. Selling call cards and data bundles is a simple, easy to establish retail business that does not require any skills. As a matter of fact, this type of business can thrive in any location as long as there are people who make use of mobile telecommunication and the internet.
3. Drinks and Table Water Retailing Business
Drinks and table water retailing business is one viable and profitable business that any serious-minded entrepreneur can successfully run in a small town. Once you start the retailing of minerals, soft drinks, wines, beer, other alcoholic drinks and table water, you are sure going to make good sales if the business is well-located.
Just ensure that you have a fridge or freezer to always keep the drinks and water chilled. What more, you can even run this type of business from your home.
4. Open an Ice Cream Shop
Ice cream shop is another cool retailing business that any serious minded entrepreneur can successfully start in a small town. It is a business that requires little training and skills to set – up and managed. If you are looking towards starting this type of business, and you don’t have the skills, you can quickly learn the skills, it is likely not going to take you more than a week to learn how to make different flavor of ice creams.
Even if you don’t have the required capital to rent and equip a shop, you can operate a mobile ice cream shop. Mobile ice cream shop will give you the opportunity to change location per time and to go to places where you know you are likely going to generate sales.
5. Open a Restaurant
Restaurant business is one that generates huge income and can comfortably stand the test of time, if well-managed and well-located. As a restaurant business owner, you have the sole right to determine the price of the food menu irrespective of what others with good delicacies might whip up.
There are various kinds of restaurants you can choose to start; fast food restaurants, intercontinental restaurants, local restaurants, family style cafeterias, casual dining restaurants, and fast casual restaurants, amongst others.
6. Open a Vegetable and Fruits Mart
If you live in a community where you can easily have access to fresh vegetable and fruits, then you should consider opening a vegetable and fruits mart. It is simple and requires little start–up capital and can be run by any serious minded entrepreneur.
This type of business does not require any special skills. You will only need to stock your mart with varieties of fruits and vegetables, so you can easily attract customers. You have to however, have good business acumen.
7. Retailing of Frozen Food Mart
You can sell frozen foods such as fish, chickens, turkeys and enjoy huge profits. So if you are looking for a business to start in a small town; a business that is not capital intensive and simple to manage, then you need to consider setting – up a frozen food mart.
It is important to state that the location you choose to start this type of business will go a long way to determine if the business will become successful. The ideal place to locate this type of business is market place or residential estates.
8. Open a Bookshop
If you are considering starting a business in a small town, then one of your options is to open a bookshop where books of different genre from different authors are sold. There is a large market for books especially if you have done your homework before stocking your bookshop with books.
If you are considering starting this type of business, aside from the fact that you will be operating your bookshop from a facility (brick and mortar store) it will be to your advantage to also maintain an online book shop. It will give the online community an opportunity to patronize your bookshop.
9. Retailing of Bread
Bread is a stable food that people eat in all parts of Nigeria and it requires little capital to get started. All you need to do is to secure deliveries of breads from different bakeries and then display them in your store.
It is a cool way of making money but you must ensure that you sell them all as fast as you can because breads have short shelf lifespan.
10. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is yet another easy to launch business that anybody can successfully run in a small town. If you are a skilled and creative writer and you have enough time at your disposal, then you can earn good income from freelance writing business. There are loads of websites you can secure high paying writing jobs.
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11. Open a Beauty/Barbing Salon
This business can be demanding and time consuming. Make sure it is in a busy location in your small community so as to attract clients at all times. It is a highly thriving and profitable business that an entrepreneur who is looking towards starting a business in a small town should consider starting.
It is worthy to note that if you do not know jack about the hair, that you can go acquire some trainings. This is so that you can be able to give your clients the very best.
12. Dog Breeding Business
Amongst all domestic animals, dogs are considered to be one of the closest companions to human. Dogs breeding business is a lucrative business especially in communities where people value dogs. Dogs are used for hunting, for security as pets, for games and in some places, as a major source of protein.
If you are looking towards setting up your kennel, ensure that you source for dog breeds that are highly marketable in your area. It is important to state that it is easier to sell puppies than to sell adult dogs.
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