How to Start Small Chops Business in Nigeria (2023)

Small Chops Business in Nigeria
Small Chops Business in Nigeria

About a few months ago my friend was getting married and we needed to make plans – budget on how much to be spent on his wedding right from the traditional to the white wedding, venue, food for the guest.

This was a cumbersome task ahead of us that demanded every little time we had after work together but I was willing and devoted to this because it was a joyful thing plus the fact that it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Also, I knew he was also going to support me when it is my turn. Yes, I would not hide that.

So we started the budget but first of all, we made a list of everything we can think of as regards having a wedding in Nigeria, and with the support of his fiancé then now wife we were able to come up with something good.

Chinedu told me his budget for the whole wedding was about N1.5M so after thinking and writing down everything that will be needed for the wedding, we started to exclude items we felt we could either replace or do without, that was how we got to – food.

And he told me specifically that he would want small chops for his wedding reception because 1. It saves cost and 2. It will go around for his entire guest at the reception. I asked him why he was not interested in the local Nigerian foods at all.

And he told me that based on his budget going for Nigerian food might not be able to go around for all the guests and he does not want complaints besides he wants something different, unique from what you see at the typical Nigerian wedding.

To cut the long story short, we contacted a caterer a small chops specialist for the price of 500 plates because the total number of guests for the reception was 500 that was when I was wowed. The caterer told us that she was going to charge us N500 per plate but she was going to give us the best service.

We tried convincing her to give us a discount but all to no avail. She said usually she charges N550 – N600 per plate but because this was the first time we are doing business with her she was going to give us for the price of N500 – just for us to try her out.

Still amazed after Chinedu dropped the call, I flipped out my phone and went straight to my calculator app to do the maths of what I just heard and my calculator summed everything we had discussed to N250,000. “So there’s money in this business”, I said to myself.

Although there were other benefits she mentioned like delivery at our doorstep (bringing the small chops to our venue), bringing her servers, and so on, I could not get my mind off the total money she was to be paid in return, this was how my finding started about small chops business in Nigeria because I wanted to know more.

For those of us that have been attending parties in Nigeria right from the time we were born, we all know small chops never existed at first in our parties. All we had then during our birthday parties, weddings, and burial ceremonies food.

Common foods like jollof rice and native foods like amala, pounded yam, and the likes and drinks and the usual cake but along the way, small chops came and changed the way we did parties and the way we treat our guests.

In my further findings, I was trying to know how small chops came into Nigeria but No one has been able to give me a precise story as this came to be. Everyone, I asked all seem to direct their answer to the ideas being an overseas idea – something copied from abroad. I do not know how true this is but share your own idea in the comments.

 Is Small Chops Business Profitable?

Seriously, this is always the question on every Nigerian’s mind when it comes to starting businesses in Nigeria. And this is a good question because we all know the major reason for starting a business is to make profits. Massive profits! If a business is not making money no matter the energy put into it, it is regarded as a total waste of time.

So the question of whether small chops is business in Nigeria is lucrative or not is obvious from the early explanations I have given so far. Yes, small chops business is a lucrative business because you are supplying to groups of people at once (weddings, birthdays, concerts, and so on). The higher the number of guests required for you to prepare for the higher the profits you make.

Let us say you have a contract to make small chops for 1000 guests and you charge a max of N1200 per plate you will be making N400,000. This might not necessarily be a huge profit because you have not deducted your expenses but still, it is a big profit.

Also, the demand for small chops for 1000 guests will help you buy your ingredients at wholesale and when you buy in wholesale you make more profit because the ingredients are cheaper, unlike buying from the usual retailers.

So you see here the more guests you have to make for the more profits for you in every way and more gain for the buyer because you can be able to give discounts (as much as you feel you need to). Also, you can still make good money from small chops business.

Even if you are making for 20 people or less as you are just starting out. All you have to do is still buy your ingredients in bulk, make your small chops very delicious, and give good prices to your customers that they will always have to come back.

Equipment Needed for Small Chop Business

There are many of basic equipments you need. You can get all these in your small chops business plan but if you cannot afford that you can just keep reading. I listed them below. You will need basic cooking tools used for cooking in large quantities.

Basically, almost all the kitchen utensils in your kitchen you use for cooking but in bigger sizes.

1. Big frying pans

2. Bowls

3. Trays

4. Egg mixer

5. Steel dish

6. Sieve

7. Turning stick

8. Greater

9. Tongs

10. Flat wooden spatula

11. Measuring cups

12. Strainer

13. Knives

And so on.

The list all depends on you. You can remove it to reduce the cost spent on capital and you can add to it just do what is comfortable for you. As for my opinion on getting a shop, I do not think you need that on starting out the business.

From what I have seen from the people already in the business operating your catering business from home right from your kitchen or compound (if it is neat) is always the best. Location is not the most important thing. It is how well you can deliver and how fast.

Instead of looking for funds to get a shop rather create social media campaigns to advertise and make beautiful complimentary cards for the small chops business, you can give to customers especially people who do not know what you do. This advice is in my small chops business plan but I will talk about this later here in the article.

List of Nigerian Favorite Small Chops

Here’s the list of the favorite small chops Nigerians eat.

1. Samosa

2. Spring rolls

3. Mini puff puff

4. Mini sausage rolls

5. Asun (smokes peppered spicy goat meat)

6. Nigerian mini doughnuts

7. Gizdodo/Dodo gizzards (plantain and gizzards)

8. Meat-stuffed yam/potato balls

9. Banana puff puff

10. Nigerian battered plantain

And more.

How to Start Small Shops Business in Nigeria

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to start a small chops business in Nigeria.

1. Learn How to Make Small Chops

Small chops business in Nigeria is one of the businesses you can’t start without prior expertise according to what I’ve heard from those already in the business. Every boss in the business today started as an apprentice.

Asides from the fact that you can learn how to make some of the snacks by watching videos on YouTube, you still need to learn how to make the difficult ones like spring rolls and gizdodo from someone who makes them well (a professional).

Taste is another factor and it’s one of the things you can never learn through YouTube because it is a marketing secret. So you need to learn how to make the snacks from professionals, how to package them and serve them. All these play a vital role in the success of the business.

2. Buying the Cooking Equipment

After learning how to make snacks for the small chops business, the next stage is to buy your cooking equipment to start. It’s not necessary for you to buy the expensive ones now. You can buy the cheap equipment first then as time goes by you can buy the expensive ones.

I would have asked you to rent the equipment if you know you cannot afford new equipment but this will slow your business in the sense that the equipment might not be available for rent anytime you need them besides renting is more expensive in the long run so the best thing here is to buy your own.

3. Advertise the Small Chops Business

I talked a bit about advertisements in the introduction but I feel I still need to give you more ideas on how to go about it. There are two major forms of advertisements. We have; online advertisement and offline advertisement and both are important as regards this business.

For the online, you will need to create a page for your small chops business on Instagram. Adverts for food and clothing tend to turn followers into customers on Instagram faster than Facebook and Twitter combined.

You can start small by just posting pictures of your freshly made snacks and as time goes by you can do paid adverts to increase your followership, reach, and brand influence. Also, reach out to food bloggers and try to form a bond (good relationship) with them.

You never know as time goes by they may send customers to you. For the offline adverts, you need to make attractive complimentary cards you can give to people and customers. You can start with just making 1000 copies then as time goes by, if there’s the need to make more you can.

4. Get the First Customers

In starting any business in Nigeria getting your first customer is always the most difficult task but there is a way you can do this with ease and these are by making samples of your small chops and supplying them to those you know are likely to patronize you.

Give these samples of small chops to influential people in different fields so these people will influence their subordinates to patronize you. Also, make sure the sample is the best in terms of taste and looks (looking tantalizing).

And after getting your first customer you might need to consider giving huge discounts to make it easy for them to patronize you easily. Remember the woman customer I talked about in the early of this article? She gave discounts to us because it was our first time doing business with us.

5. Supplying your First Order

When you finally win and get your first order do not take it for granted even if the guests you are making for are small it is still a big deal because if done well those small guests can refer you to big guests. Make sure you put in every detail when you’re supplying this order and make sure everything is perfect.

Deliver on time and also be ready to part with your complimentary cards at the venue (as many as possible). The technique I have seen used times without number by many small chop companies is gluing their complimentary cards to each plate of small chops delivered.

So that all guests can get their cards in case they liked what they ate and want delivery in the future. You can apply this too to reach more customers.


Small chops business in Nigeria is a business that needs patience and time. If you are really passionate about it go into it and you will see with time you will thank God you did. It is not a business only for women and men to do it.

In fact, I know men who are in the business. That is all in this article. What other point did I miss? Please let me know in the comments. I will reply you ASAP – as soon as possible. Thank you! That is all in this article. As usual, let me know if I missed any part of this article.



Hi! I'm Ralph Bamigboye. An Accountant, Teacher, Writer, and Blogger. I self-funded and started my professional cleaning business in Nigeria. I am passionate about Nigerian youths and how they can succeed. How can I help you?

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    • You are welcome! Distance is what matters here. Even if I choose a place for you, it likely will be far from where you reside so my best advice for you here is to look for a small chops business around your area and learn there. You can also learn how to make small chops on YouTube and practise at home with the ingredients.

    • Yes, Tosin! You can start your small chops business with 100K. Start by getting small deals like birthdays, naming ceremonies and the likes then when you are now making good profits you can hunt for bigger contracts like weddings. You can use the 100K to buy the major cooking equipment you will need to start and as time goes by you can buy the rest.

  1. Most people believe that women are not capable of going into the small chops business because of the strength required. How true is this, please?

    • Hi! I must say women are have always been underestimated in this country (Nigeria) and I think part of the reason for is our culture. Small chops business is not a business about gender but a business of intelligence. I know women who are into small chops business and I know men who are into the business as well and everyone is doing well although the business has its challenges. It is a hasty generalization that is bad. Reedah!

    • Hi Chelsea! All you have to do if you just want to be selling small chops in schools is to get someone that makes small chops and have an agreement with them in terms of price and quality. He or she will be supplying you and you will be selling to schools. This means in this kind of small chops business you are simply a mediator or an agent. If this is what you feel will work for you, that’s good.

  2. How can I start the small chops business in a new environment which I just relocated to and I don’t know anyone there?

    • You can start by understanding the economy of that environment Damilola. Find out the standard of the people there – if they can afford to buy small chops. If they can, you can start by introducing your business to people, schools, and businesses there. Don’t expect magic I mean immediate patronage. It is a gradual step. All you need is someone to patronize you and others will start coming too. It’s majorly about consistency.

      • I am in warri and I am into small chops business. But I am battling on how to get more customers. At times I sell once a week and it’s making me feel tired of the business.

  3. Good afternoon. I’m a teenager and I stopped by a classmate’s instagram page where she sells clothes. I then decided to also become a teenpreneur. I have been baking cakes for personal consumption at home earlier on but the balance between school and the cake business is not going to be easy. So I’m thinking of coming lower to small chops. I don’t know if you can send tips on how to go about it to my mail. Getting customers isn’t an issue since I know plenty people that always need small chops to deliver to their clients. My mail is … Thank you in anticipation.

    • That’s good, Praise! I’m impressed by your zeal to start a business and make money. I’ll try to carve out time to send you a small questionnaire as regards the small chops business.

  4. Hi! Thank you so much for this article. What advice would you give to someone who would rather hire caterers to make the small chops?

  5. If you get an order let’s say to supply at 1000 plates of small chops. How many days prior to the wedding do you start making the chops? How many workers do you need? Is there a short cut to making these chops?

    • If you get an order of 1000 plates of small chops you have to go to the market a day before the wedding to buy the ingredients needed. However, you will start making the small chops the mid-night of the wedding day so that it can be ready by unfailingly 8am of that day. As for the workers you need to make 1000 plates of small chops truth is, it depends on how many workers you can really afford but 3 or 4 workers should be enough.

  6. Thanks a million for this article. It is my breakfast…lol. Please how do I make Samosa and Spring roll wraps for commercial purpose? I believe there should be a commercial recipe. Thanks!

    • You are welcome Feyisikemi! You can get the recipe for commercial small chops from popular small chops sellers in your area. You just have to do your findings and meet them telling them you want to learn how to make small chops from them then learn their recipe in the process. Recipes are the life of any food or snacks business. It is what sets you apart from other competitors.

      So it will not be given to you for free. If you want to get it you have to learn first. This is why only the workers if these food and snacks companies know the formulas. I can go on and on but let me stop here.

  7. I learnt small chops two years ago but I just want to start a business with the knowledge. I’ve handled some outdoor small chops service for my boss while I was learning but my only challenge is making the wrapper for samosa and spring roll. I can do every other thing from wrapping to frying to barbecue etc.

    • Hi. Good morning. Your article is really nice. My question is What are the disadvantages of going into small chops business because all you wrote in the article looks like the good side of the business. What are some of the challenges one will face in small chops business. Thank you.

      • There many disadvantages too in the sense that you need capital to start the business, it is demanding in term of making and frying the small chops, getting burnt with hot oil while frying, high cost of baking ingredients today and more. But asides from all this, the bulk of the decision still lies on you. Do you want to go ahead with the business or go for another snacks business?

  8. Please can I buy unfried samosa and spring rolls from caterers and make profits because of time and profit? I can do other chops myself.

    • Yes, Uchechi. If you feel you do not have the time or you can not make the samosa and spring rolls yourself. Just make sure by avoiding this you are not making a loss by your calculations.

  9. Hi , I just opened a small chops store, and this article really helped because I was feeling overwhelmed. Thank you. I am in Lagos. My IG page @wuras_chops. Kindly check it out.

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