Having a handwork is very good as Nigerian whether you are a boy, girl, lady, or even a man and the reasons are obvious. One major reason is that it makes you totally independent and not rely on anyone for money (income) or sustenance whether you are an orphan or not. Another reason why you should learn a handwork in Nigeria is that it makes you to become a millionaire at a young age.
Yes, I know many young youths today that are millionaires just because of the handwork or vocational skills they do for a living. So if you are looking at becoming a millionaire with a vocational skill or handwork in Nigeria, you want to know the richest handwork or different kinds of vocational skills or handwork to learn in Nigeria to make money?
Read this article to the end. In this article, I am going to be listing different vocational skills or handwork in Nigeria you can learn in 3 months or 1 month as a guy or lady and start making money as soon as you have done your freedom or done learning. Are you ready?
What is a Handwork?
Handwork can simply be defined as a work do with the hands. They are works that involves crafts and intelligence but the have to be done with hands. Other names for handwork (synonyms) are handiwork, workmanship, handicraft, and unskilled labour. Handwork ranges and they differ. Some are pertaining to gender because some handwork are done mostly by men while some are done mostly by women.
Best Handwork to Learn in Nigeria
Here are the best lucrative handwork to learn in Nigeria and how you can make money from them.
Photography is not the latest handwork in Nigeria because it has been existing for a while but it is a handwork that both guys and ladies can learn especially if they love taking pictures. With a photography business, you can make money as a student. All you need to learn this handwork is a camera. You can also use your Android phone to learn but it is best you buy a camera.
Asides from this, you will also need to learn photo skills from a professional photographer. This photographer will teach you how to take pre-wedding pictures, birthday pics, portrait pics, and all other kinds of pics. He or she should also teach you how to edit these pictures with different photo editing apps and how to print them.
Photography is also one of the best handwork to learn as a student because you will be able to make money snapping your friends in school and snapping customers outside school. Read our article on how to start photography business in Nigeria.
2. Drawing and Sculpturing
Painting, drawing, or Sculpturing is one of the best handworks in Nigeria presently. It is a lucrative handwork in Nigeria because the products of the business are sold to the rich. It is a handwork to learn before leaving Nigeria. Painting which is also known as drawings are sold to homes and offices to beautify the surroundings.
Asides from paintings and drawings in art you can also sculpt and make money from it. Sculptures are very expensive in Nigeria today despite the fact that they are made with recycled materials. You just need to take your time and look for the artist that is good in all these and learn from him or her. Drawing, painting, or sculpturing is a handwork in Nigeria that takes at least 3 months to learn.
And the best thing about this skill is you do not need to go to school (secondary school or university) to become a professional in it. All you need is a passion for art and the ability to learn. Depending on how good you are as an artist in Nigeria you can make a minimum of 200k – 500 monthly selling your artworks. Drawing, painting, or sculpturing is also one of the best handwork to learn as a student in Nigeria and it it the richest handwork according to some artists.
If you are confused about which handwork to learn in Nigeria plumbing is another lucrative handwork you should consider. The handwork is a good handwork to learn for guys in Nigeria. It is also a handwork to learn for ladies in Nigeria. Yes, because I have seen ladies that are plumbers in Nigeria. So if you are really passionate about the water system and how it works this handiwork is for you.
As a plumber in Nigeria, you can make big money building the plumbing systems of residential buildings and office buildings. You can also make extra money or income repairing plumbing problems like leaky pipes, blocked pipes, and leaky septic tanks of these buildings. As a plumber in Nigeria, you can make up to 100k – 500k monthly.
But, the handwork will take up to 3 months to learn in Nigeria. If you are thinking of handwork to learn before leaving Nigeria, this handwork is for you. Read our post on how to start plumbing materials business in Nigeria
This is another handwork to learn for ladies in Nigeria although the handwork work is mostly learned by men. Carpentry it takes 3 months to learn the handwork but when you are done you can roof buildings and construct the ceiling of apartments to make money. All you need to do in this carpentry handwork is to learn from a carpenter and buy the tools or equipment needed to run a carpentry business.
After all these, you can now start your own carpentry company with little or no assistance at all. Depending on the kind of furniture business you are going into in Nigeria and how well you are able to brand the business you can make as much as #50,000 – #30,000 monthly.
If you have been living in Nigeria for a long time you should know by now that barbing business is a lucrative business especially if the barbing business is in a crowded area. So if you have a passion for grooming people and are confused about which handwork to learn as a guy or lady in Nigeria you can learn barbing handwork.
Although the business demands a little capital to start once you are done learning the handwork after 3 months you can start art making money immediately by doing home service (barbing for people at home and getting paid). Barbing handwork or vocational skill also demands that you have your own barbing tools or equipment. This is to make sure that you are able to practice what you are learning.
Read our guide on how to start barbing salon business in Nigeria for more details on barbing salon business.
Hairdressing is a lucrative handwork to learn for ladies in Nigeria however, men can also learn it as well. One major reason why hairdressing is a lucrative handwork is because of those the business caters to which are women. There’s a saying that ‘you cannot have something to sell to women and go bankrupt’. This is not far-fetched because all women plait their hair.
Those that do not plait will surely visit the barbing salon so it is neither here nor there. You can make money plaiting and fixing hair for women. You can also make money selling wigs. In fact, the wig business is a lucrative business on its own. To learn this hairdressing as a student in Nigeria the handwork will take on an average 3 – 6 months.
But after your freedom and setting up your hairdressing salon, you can start making money immediately by selling weave-on, attachments, hair gels, hair creams, shampoo, and more. Hairdressing handwork is one of the handwork in Nigeria that will never make you low on cash as a student living on campus as long as you are exceptional with your skill.
Hairdressing is a lucrative skill you can learn before leaving Nigeria. Read our post on how to start hair salon business in Nigeria.
7. Make-Up Artistry
Make-up is another vocational skill or handwork to learn for ladies in Nigeria however, we have also noticed that some men also are learning the handwork to start their own makeup business too. With make-up handwork, you can make money doing make-up for women and ladies whether for weddings or any other owambe.
You can also make money doing make-up for your friends or coursemates in school who want to do birthday shoots. This is another reason why this handwork is one of the best handworks to learn as a student. It helps you to make money continuously because you are surrounded by female students.
To learn to make up handwork you will need to learn from a professional makeup artist in Nigeria or simply learn online using YouTube. Asides from this, some money to buy your makeup kit and some other lighting tools are needed. The duration to learn makeup handwork depends on different factors. It could take you 1 month, 2 months, or 3 months. It depends.
However, you can start making money from the handwork even whilst you are still learning. How much you earn as a makeup artist in Nigeria depends on how good you are and how well you are with customer relations.
8. Floor Tilling
Floor tilling is a handwork to learn for guys in Nigeria. Just in case you do not know what this handwork is about it is simply the art of laying tiles on the floor or wall of houses to beautify them. The local name for people who do this is ’tiller’. You can make money in the floor tilling business by selling tiles and also installing tiles in houses and buildings.
As a tiller in Nigeria how much you earn from your floor tilling business depends on the area you are in and how well you can bargain with customers. Asides from making money installing tiles in new houses you can also make money replacing tiles of old buildings. If you want to go for this handwork and you are willing to learn it, it might take 3 months or more to become a professional.
Do you like painting nails or you are fascinated by toenails? Manicure might be the best handwork for you to learn in Nigeria. In this handwork, all you have to do is learn how to treat nails (shape and colour them) and make money. With this skill, you can make money steadily by doing manicures for your friends and fellow coursemates.
This is why I will say this handwork is one of the best handworks to learn as a student in Nigeria. To learn this manicure you need to look for a professional saloon where they render manicure services and learn. Manicure business is a service rendering business in Nigeria and just like any other service rendering business, you do not need to spend much capital to start the business
If you are thinking of starting a restaurant business in Nigeria cooking is another handwork that can fetch you a daily income. With this handwork, you can learn how to make different soups and foods and sell them. However, to learn this handwork, you will need to look for a good restaurant in your area and work with them for 1 to 3 months.
And if you do not want to learn cooking to start a restaurant business in Nigeria you can learn cooking to become a caterer cooking foods for parties. Cooking is a handwork to learn for ladies in Nigeria but men can also learn. How much you earn as a cook in Nigeria depends on which type of cooking business you want to go into.
11. Cake Baking
This is another best handwork to learn in Nigeria to make money from because the cake business is a lucrative business in Nigeria. With the cake business, you can make profits baking cakes for people’s birthdays, weddings, wedding anniversaries, and more. You can also increase your profits after learning this handwork by baking cakes you can sell daily to Nigerians.
Cake baking can be a daily income business in Nigeria for you too. To learn cake baking the handwork will take up to 3 months but when you are done you will be a certified cake baker. Read our guide on how to start cupcake business in Nigeria.
12. Bread Baking
Bread making is related to cake baking but there is a bit of difference. In the bread business, you make money daily so the business can be termed as a daily income business in Nigeria. However, you will need many things to learn this handwork. You will need capital for your own baking equipment and you will also need capital to buy baking ingredients at least for when you start baking.
The duration to learn bread baking depends on how fast you are able to learn the skill. However, the business can be a lucrative business if you sell your bread in a populated area at the right price. Read our guide on how to start bakery business in Nigeria.
13. Fashion Design
If you are confused about which handwork to learn in Nigeria as a lady you should consider learning fashion designing. The handwork is a lucrative business in Nigeria because everyone in Nigeria likes clothes and they can do without looking fashionable. With fashion designing skills you can make money sewing designer clothes for Nigerians.
These designer clothes vary depending on the aspect of fashion designing you have learned and whether you are sewing for males or females. With this handwork, you can make up to N100,000 – N250,000 as profits but you must learn first how to sew before venturing into the fashion designing business. This is to make sure you have all the confidence you can get. Read our article on how to start fashion design business in Nigeria.
14. Bead Making
If you are a girl or lady and you are confused about which handwork to learn in Nigeria bead making could be the best handwork for you. If you are also a stay-at-home mum and you are looking for a home business idea in Nigeria you can venture into bead-making can be the perfect business for you. With bead making you can make money making and selling beads necklaces and hearings to women.
To learn this handwork you have to learn from a professional bead maker for a month. And when you are done learning, you can set out to start your bead-making business.
15. Generator Repair
Due to the lack of 24-hour electricity in Nigeria generator sales and repair business has been a lucrative business. So if you are a man and you like losing and fixing things this handwork might be the best for you. You can either learn how to repair big diesel generators or simply learn how to repair small generators like I-better-pass-neighbor generators.
To learn generator repair in Nigeria you will have to learn from a well-known generator repairer in your area. How much you earn from the generator repair business depends on the kind of generators you repair. If you repair big diesel generators you will certainly earn more money than repairing small generators.
16. Solar Power Installation
This is another lucrative business in Nigeria due to power outages. Solar power Installation is a business that can yield millions of Nigeria if you learn the handwork very well and you know all its rudiments.
After you are done learning the handwork or skill you can simply move to highbrow areas in Nigeria like Lagos, Port Harcourt, Jos, and Abuja to start making money installing solar power and inverters for the rich. Solar power installation is also a handwork you can learn before leaving Nigeria. Here is our article on how to start solar energy business in Nigeria.
17. Shoe Making
This is another best handwork to learn as a student in Nigeria. It is also a handwork to learn mostly for guys in Nigeria because the business is a lucrative business. To learn shoe-making handwork in Nigeria you will need to learn professional shoe-making from a professional shoemaker in your area and this could take 3 months to learn.
In shoe making you can either learn how to make men’s shoes, women’s shoes, or even children’s shoes. It all depends on you. Asides from learning shoe-making, you will also need to buy the equipment needed in making shoes to start your shoe business. Follow our guide on how to start shoe business in Nigeria for more tips.
18. Handbag Making
Handbag making is another handwork to learn for ladies in Nigeria. With this handwork, you can make money making and selling handbags to women and ladies. In fact, if you are a lady and you are a student this gives you more advantage because you can simply sell your handbags to your coursemates. To start a handbag business in Nigeria you will need some money to buy your handbag-making equipment and materials.
You will also need to learn the handwork from a professional handbag maker for about 1 month. As a handbag maker in Nigeria, you can make from N100,000 – N300,000 monthly. Read our post on how to start handbag business in Nigeria.
19. Laptop Repair
Laptop repair is another handwork for guys to learn in Nigeria If you are passionate about repairing electronics. In the laptop repair business, all you have to do is to learn how to repair laptops and when you are done you can make money repairing the laptops of individuals and corporate organizations. If you are passionate about this handwork it will take you 1 – 3 months to learn it.
However, it is important to note that asides from spending money to learn the handwork you still need money to buy your laptop repair equipment. Read our article on how to start laptop repair business in Nigeria.
20. Welding Works
Welding is another lucrative handwork in Nigeria you should try if you do not mind getting your hands dirty. In the welding business, you can make money building or making burglaries, iron gates, and iron doors. Welding business is a lucrative business in Nigeria if you are able to work with real estate developers and real estate companies in Nigeria.
21. House Painting
House painting is one of the best handworks to learn for guys in Nigeria. With this handwork, you can make money in Nigeria by painting houses for people. With house painting handwork you can make money painting new houses and old houses that need renovation. To learn house painting in Nigeria, it will take you 1 – 3 months.
22. Aluminum Works
If you are living in the rural part of Nigeria I am sure you have seen windows, doors, and partitioning made with aluminum. All these are under aluminum works and they are made by young passionate guys like you. You can also learn this handwork as a guy or a lady in Nigeria and start making money from the business. To start an aluminum work business you will need some money set aside to buy the equipment and materials.
23. Furniture Making
Furniture is another lucrative business in Nigeria with the handwork you can make money fast. With the fast rate at which home furniture becomes old fashioned these days, it can be safe to say people will always buy furniture whether they like it or not. With furniture making handwork you can make money selling different furniture to different households.
This handwork also takes 3 months to learn just like carpentry handwork. Read our post on how to start furniture business in Nigeria.
24. Block Making
Block-making is a lucrative handwork in the real estate industry in Nigeria. This is because currently there’s no house that is built in Nigeria without blocks. If you learn how to make blocks manually or with the machine you can make money making and selling building blocks to developers and bricklayers. Block making handwork is not a difficult handwork so it will not take you a long time to learn.
All you need is a passion for the business. You can learn the handwork from any professional blockmaker in your area. Check out how to start a profitable block industry in Nigeria.
25. Interlock Stones Making
This is another lucrative business in the real estate industry in Nigeria. With this handwork, you can learn how to make interlock stones or blocks used to make estate roads or compound floors. Block interlock-making handiwork does not require much capital to learn all you need is passion.
26. Snacks Making
Snacks business is a lucrative business in Nigeria because Nigerians like snacks a lot. With your snack-making skills, you can learn how to make puff puff, meat pie, doughnuts, egg roll, shawarma, and more. And when you are done learning the skills within 3 months you can set out to start your own snacks business in Nigeria. A little capital will be needed to start your snacks business.
This capital will be used to buy baking equipment and ingredients. Check out lucrative snacks business in Nigeria that yields millions.
27. Car Mechanic
Do you like cars and you are fascinated by how they work? You should perhaps learn car mechanic handwork then. Car mechanics is one of the best handworks to learn as a student in Nigeria. As a car mechanic, you can make money repairing car engines. The duration to learn this handwork depends on the car mechanic you are learning this skill from and the car brands you are learning how to repair.
28. Air Conditioner Repair
The sales of air conditioners are increasing day by day and this is due to the hot weather conditions we face every day in Nigeria. All these air conditioners as time goes by will need repairs of any sort. This is where you come in as an air condition repairer. Currently, there are people who do this business but they are not enough and the need for more AC repairers keep increasing.
So you can be rest assured you will make money in this business. If you want to make money steadily AC repair is one of the best handwork to learn in Nigeria as a student.
29. Electrical Repair
Are you good with connecting wires? Do you know how to spot electrical faults? This handwork might be for you. With this handwork, you can learn how to run wire to a building and repair electrical faults in apartments. Electrician business is a lucrative business.
I have seen young men in Nigeria become a millionaire just with this handwork by working hand-in-hand with real estate agents to wire new houses.
30. Car AC Repair
If you like cars this could be another top handwork for you to learn in Nigeria whether you are a man or a woman. With AC repair handwork you can learn how to repair car AC and make money. Although the business is a bit tricky in the sense that different car brands have different AC systems.
You can just learn how to repair the most popular car brand AC to stand out. To learn car AC repair you need to learn from a repairer in your area.
31. Phone Repair
Phone repair business is another lucrative business in Nigeria that can fetch you daily income. It is a lucrative business because many Nigerians have phones and at one point or the other these phones will need repairs.
You can make money from phone repair business in Nigeria by replacing phone screens, charging points, panels, and more of customers’ phones. To learn phone repair you have to look for people that repair phones for a living and learn from them.
32. Hat Making
Hat-making business is another business for stay-at-home moms in Nigeria. You can learn this handwork by learning from a local hat maker in Nigeria. But if you cannot find one close to you, you can learn the handwork online using YouTube. To learn hat-making you will need materials and equipment consider this as the capital needed to start your hat business.
33. Printing Press
If you are considering owning your own printing press in the nearest future you can learn printing press. Just in case you do not know printing press is the process of applying to paper and ink to make magazines, books, storybooks, and more. Printing press is not as easy as you think so it will take you 6 months to learn how to manage a printing press company.
Printing press is a handwork to learn for guys in Nigeria because it demands so much energy to print papers and maintain the business. Check out how to start printing business in Nigeria.
Do you like shooting videos with your phone or camera? Videography might be the handwork for you to learn in Nigeria. With this skill, you can learn how to shoot videos and edit them. With your videography skill, you can learn how to short music videos, wedding videos, and more and make money. To understand videography you can learn from a local videographer or simply learn online using YouTube.
As a videographer in Nigeria, you can make millions in Nigeria by shooting music videos, movies, and more. Read our article on how to become a video editor in Nigeria.
35. Blogging and SEO
If you are confused about which handwork to learn and you are looking for a business or skill you can do from home to make money blogging and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) might be the perfect handwork for you. It is also a handwork to learn as a student in Nigeria because you can run your studies alongside the business.
To start learning blogging and SEO you will need some capital to watch some tutorials on YouTube and capital to start a blog. How much you make from blogging depends on the traffic your blog and where in the world the majority of the traffic comes from.
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