10 Workable Business Ideas Requiring Little or No Capital

Perhaps you are searching for the opportunities to invest your money into, but since you have a limited amount of money, you want the success to be guaranteed? Maybe you want to find small business ideas in which will grow fast in your immediate environment? We assure you that this article is specifically for you and other people who are looking for the most workable business  ideas there can start with little or no capital.

We have compiled these 10 Workable Business Ideas taking into account what works in the Nigeria environment and it is also well applicable to the rest of Africa.

If you’re a fan of the one-sided poverty story of Africa that the mainstream media constantly feeds us, you should be familiar with the wrong picture; I bet you can be more successful when you see Africa differently. The big difference is that most of the smart entrepreneurs who are building a fortune in Nigeria/Africa right now have a unique perspective.

Strangely, while most people are irritated and frustrated by these problems in Africa, the entrepreneurs who are building a fortune and impacting lives  by engaging in the workable business ideas in Africa which we will be listing here are excited and inspired by these tough problems. This goes to confirm the saying that “problems are opportunities”.

Because they see problems differently, the entrepreneurs who are succeeding in Africa apply their creativity and innovation to solve tough problems in a way that makes money, creates jobs, and positively impacts people’s lives. This article is a snippet of ten workable business ideas for youths and the young entrepreneurs in Africa right now.



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One of the fast business opportunities in Nigeria is livestock farming. This industry is continuously emerging and is yet to discover its fullest potential. This business can be started even in your backyard, provided that you know how to operate the equipment and take care of your livestock. Some of the niche areas that you can venture into are cattle grazing, catfish farming, goat rearing, poultry farming, snail farming etc.


Cake and cupcake bakery is one of the best business ideas in Nigeria. Without an atom of doubt, baking is a very lucrative business to start this New Year.

Baking, decorating and selling unique cakes and cupcakes for occasions is a great business idea for the hobby baker to venture into, and one that is potentially lucrative. You can get started on a very small budget by baking and decorating your cakes right from the comfort of your kitchen.  An effective marketing strategy is to forward your cake samples to interested parties and party planners to ensure they partner with you when the need arises or you can showcase your works on social media using the most effective hashtags that drive sales.


What do we do with all the growing heaps of filthy waste? Before we find ourselves in the middle of the worst environmental crisis the world has ever known? One of the biggest challenges that Africa is facing at the moment is hygiene and cleanliness, perhaps because of widespread poverty. Hygiene has become an issue that needs to be tackled. The amount of garbage that is collected on a day-to-day basis in Africa is huge.

And as the continent’s population continue to raise, the waste problem will only get worse. In South Africa, for instance, the solution appears to be to convert waste into animal feed. AgriProtein is a business that grows maggots from waste collected from markets, households and businesses. The maggots are processed into a highly nutritious protein supplement that substitutes fish meal in animal feed. The company has risen up to $30 million in funding, making it one of the best-funded insect farming businesses.

Across the continent, entrepreneurs are hard at work trying to squeeze out value from waste, and in the process, they’re creating an industry that could provide both low and high-level jobs for thousands of people.

From the trend of waste recycling and transformation initiatives we’ve observed, there’s only one place this is heading to. We predict that over the next decade, waste will become a valuable commodity that households and businesses can sell for money. And the waste is likely to return to the food chain, to the electricity grid, or in some other recycled form.

But for now, you can venture into this business by getting an old truck or a wheelbarrow to help houses and companies dispose off their wastes.


A writing company is valued nowadays, and you can make some money if you take up freelance writing. At first, you will not even need a starting capital to begin your journey – the only things you will need are the skill and passion. There are many platform you can beginning, there is Upwork, LinkedIn, Fiverr etc. You can search for the orders online, or write for a company which will want your texts. The benefits of this job are countless, and the main one is: you will not have to go to the office– you can work from home with your laptop on your table and a cup of coffee beside you (for inspiration…lol).

When your business begins to grow which it will, you can hire other writers and start your little company. Writing content, especially of high quality, is in very high demand nowadays, and it is usually difficult to find the writers who will sacrifice themselves for this job.

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If your hobby is making clothes, I don’t see why you would mind turning it into a business. The market is just so enormous, starting from family and friends who will always need new clothes for that next ceremony every weekend and then down to the plenty of schools, corporate organizations, security staff, the multiple military organizations and much more who contract out uniforms making to professionals. You can promote yourself as a supplier of uniforms, and make good money from such business arrangements or explore the other market possibilities.


It might seem like its similar with the earlier discussed farming, they are related in a way but this is another totally different business venture all together.

According to the United Nations, Africa’s agribusiness industry is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2030. And it makes perfect sense. The continent has a huge domestic market, owns 60 percent of the world’s unused arable land, and has abundant labor resources and a favorable climate in most parts.

Still, Africa spends over $30 billion on food imports annually. A big part of the problem is, most of Africa’s food is still produced by small holder farmers in rural areas. They are largely poor people who use crude farming methods and tools, and have very limited access to capital. This is a problem and remember that problems are opportunities.

You can start your own exportation business, if you register with the Export Promotion Council of Nigeria, and decide which specific product would be best for exporting. Some of the products that are in high demand abroad are cassava flakes, cocoa, yam flour, groundnut, chili pepper, cashew nuts, mango, and many others.


Importing your clothing can be done from such countries as China, India, France, Italy, and Dubai etc. If your capital is small, you can begin by traveling to Lagos. There is a trend of buying recycled [bend down select or second hand] clothes in Nigeria, this can be a good way to launch yourself into this business.


Majority of families have children, and most times the parents need to work. There are quite a lot of daycare centers, and still not enough, if you love children and are sure that you can care for them, you should consider setting up a daycare center. For starting a successful business, the environment has to be suitable for children so that parents would trust you with their kids. If you are creative in your approach to the youngsters and can create a good atmosphere for them, then you have a chance to make good money from this entrepreneurship. Besides that, it is possible to start it from home, as long as you think that your home would be a good starting place for the daycare center, then why not?


Call center has over the years become a very popular business, because there are lots of people who need guidance, advice, or want to complain about services. Companies have been known to outsource communication with their customers; you can set up a call center agency, where you can work for large companies.

I know you are worried about where you can find such companies. While there are sites that you can find them with LinkedIn being the first call, you can contact some companies directly via mail or just the good old fashion knock on their door.

The secret is this, put yourself out there you never fully know what you can find.


Unemployment is a myth that has been created by an unknown few in Nigeria to keep the youth from dreaming. The argument that Nigeria suffers from the problem of unemployment, and that there are many people in desperate search for job is the reality of many. This is a problem. And remember that problems are opportunities. You can become a recruitment agent; connect people to the jobs of their dreams, and help companies find the right fit. All you need to do is to collaborate with different companies and recruit people for them.

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