Have you been surfing the net for the most profitable business to start in Nigeria with N100K or $300 equivalent? Or maybe you have a capital more than that but you’re still not sure of where to invest your money? Well, I will not tell or force you to start a particular business, but in this blog post, I’ll share some working tips with you.
NOTE: This blog post is inspired by what some entrepreneurs personally share about how they came up with their business model, and I hope it will also inspire you to start something today!
Now let start!
Profitable Business to Start in Nigeria with N100,000
These lucrative business ideas to start with N100k or $300 in Nigeria are;
Turn Your Talent/Passion to Business
Yes, but I know you’re surprised right now that which kind of business is your passion. Well, your passion is a strong force to succeed in anything you lay your hands upon.
Besides, the story of this smart Nigerian entrepreneur will push you to discover your hidden talent today and turn it to a business.
Two years ago, a male friend of mine called me and asked for my opinion on what he can do for his girlfriend on her birthday. I suggested something’s based on what I know ladies love. But he was not satisfied. He wanted something unique and different.
He said Osazua, I want to make it different and memorable. I have gotten her some wonderful gifts in the past. Is there nothing different? I asked him to give me some time to think about it.
After a few days, he called me again. He said his boss has asked him to go and represent him at an important event. He will be going out of town. That means he will miss his girlfriend’s birthday. He said he does not want her to miss him too much on that day. So he is leaving everything to me. It’s my duty to make her happy.
He sent me some money and asked me to arrange something. I got to work. I asked my friend to write a note about everything he likes about his woman. He did and sent it to my email. I hired three people to help me with the surprise I was planning. Since her birthday was on a Sunday, I was ready to give her the best. There was enough time to get it done.
At 6 am Sunday morning, I sent one of the three people I hired to go to her house to deliver a bottle of wine and a birthday cake. With the handwritten note of how her man truly feels about her. Guess, my hired hand woke her up that morning. She was happy and was surprised. What she didn’t know was there was more to come.
By 2 pm I sent someone else to deliver another gift basket that contains various skincare products, another bottle of wine with another handwritten note. At that time her sister and mum were there with her. She was surprised again. She was very happy.
Few days before her birthday, I called a few of her friends, my friend’s other male friends that she knows well, her sister, her mum, and a few of her colleagues. I told them they were invited to her birthday. It’s a surprise and she does not know about it. I told them when and where to meet. But I asked her sister and mum to make sure she was available at her house on that day.
At 7pm, we were all there with another birthday cake, drinks, snacks, and other stuff. That was when she lost it. She could not control her tears. She was laughing and crying at the same time. That night she danced until she was tired. I was very happy to have been able to make her happy. It was not as if she has not received those types of gifts before. It was the way they were delivered that made the difference.
And here is what he realized;
After that day, I knew I wanted to do this more. Yes. I want to do it again and again. I want to create a good business that makes people happy. All I did was to create awareness, and I spoke to my family and friends. Created an online profile and I got to work. All I spent to start this side business was not up to N100,000 before purity_gift was born. Since then till now, I can’t count how many surprise delivery I have done.
ADVICE FROM HIM:
I can tell you to open a beer parlor, I can tell you to sell female wears, I can tell you to sell male underwears, I can also tell you selling fairly used goods move a lot.
But will you be happy? will you be proud of what you are doing? Will you be fulfilled.? I will encourage you to search for yourself. What do you love to do? How will it benefit others? And will you get tired of it easily?
There are many business opportunities here in Nigeria. Search for it.
2. Start Dropshipping Business
I have been preaching about starting a dropshipping business. Well, here we are again.
In case you don’t know about this business, dropshipping is simply the kind of business where you sell stuff such as clothes, cosmetics, software, electronics, etc., online. The main point here is that you don’t need to buy this product or have it in stock.
All you need to do is to dropship from big e-Commerce marketplace like AlieXpress at a cheap rate and resell at a high price. You can see a cloth on Aliexpress for N3,000 and you sell at N5,000 – that’s a profit of N2,000 without doing anything.
You can start a dropshipping business with less than N100,000 and make huge profits. But here is how to do it.
- Do research on what people around you need or can buy (optional)
- Learn how to start dropshipping – Read this blog post to get started
- Start your own online store
- Then dropship the products.
- Start marketing with paid Facebook and Instagram Ads
Note, you’ll need to have your online shopping store or website – that’s the first aspect you need to spend money. You can use N80,000 or $200 to set up a complete dropshipping website (including web designer fee). And use N20,000 or $100 for massive marketing on Instagram and Facebook.
You can probably start this with less than N100K or $250 USD. Here is what you will need your start-up funds for:
- Domain name costs, hosting costs, website costs
- Marketing costs
- Logo design
- Some money to sit stagnant in the bank account in a case of emergency
Dropshipping is a very low cost to start and can be very profitable if you market it effectively. The most expensive start-up cost will be your marketing and you would need to constantly test and refine your ads to make them as effective as possible.
If you don’t want to go through the stress of creating a website yourself, you can buy a profitable Shopify dropshipping website from BeBiggy at the rate of just N78,000 or $200 and use N20 for marketing.
That’s how you start a profitable business in Nigeria with N100k or less than $300.
3. Consulting/Service Business
This is what I do, and I can say it really worth it. You can make millions of Naira with this business idea.
I am sure you are good at something. Right? Think about things like…
- Web Designing
- Web, Software or Mobile App Development
- Virtual Assistant
Can you find people who need help with any of those? If you are not sure go check out top freelancing websites like Upwork and Fiverr. Lots of people need help and are actively looking at those sites.
Read this blog post on how to make money on Fiverr
How to Make Money with Consulting/Service Business?
- Make a killer profile (on Upwork or Fiverr) and start sending proposals/bids
- Attend local events in your city. Exchange business cards and follow up consistently
- Tell your family and friends
- If you start to make money, invest in starting your own digital agency.
- Invest in other businesses.
If you do this right, you can make a fortune, and you don’t need to invest your N100k to start a profitable business in Nigeria.
Check here for the best 15 digital skills to make money easily.
Investment = Nothing, if you have those skills! If you don’t have, you’ll need to invest in learning those skills on YouTube or buying premium courses on Udemy, Coursera, etc.
4. Cryptocurrency or Forex Trading
This is the most trending way to make money in Nigeria, I’m sure you’re aware of that.
BUT, don’t jump into cryptocurrency or forex trading without knowing the pros and cons, you need to learn how to read signals, set your stoploss and other stuff to become a profitable trader.
I personally don’t trade, but I’m in love with Bitcoin of a thing. I do buy and hold it because its price rises (but sometimes, decrease). But if you’re patient enough and ready to take risks, you can make hefty money with this.
For instance, you can buy bitcoin at N50,000 today and by tomorrow, the price might have increased to N67K – That’s N17,000 profits without trading or doing anything. The price of cryptocurrencies can’t be predicted with 100% assurance, as nobody is controlling it (i.e it is decentralized).
How much do you need to start?
You can start this profitable in Nigeria with $100 or N38k (to invest) and pay your mentor (or buy a course) for N40K. That’s approximately N80k
If you got a good mentor, you can turn your N38,000 investment to N380,000 within a month!
So yes, if you ask me: Which profitable business to start in Nigeria with N100,000, I will mention cryptocurrency and forex trading.
I also want to learn Forex trading, I got someone who demanded $200 – about N73K.
5. Blogging and Affiliate Marketing
Blogging is one of the viable ways to make money online, likewise affiliate marketing.
But if you start blogging without any fore-knowledge then, you’re going to quit sooner. I’ve been blogging since 2015 and I’m still in the game, not because I make a lot of money from it but because I have passion for it and, I know different ways to earn some bucks from it.
So, to start blogging, you’ll need to check what you’re good at writing about, or teaching people. If you discover that, then you can start!
How much do I need to start blogging in Nigeria?
You need less than N50,000 – To buy;
- hosting and domain from Namecheap – $34 + $9 = $43/yr (N16,700)
- theme from Themeforest – $59 (N22,900)
- pay someone to design a simple blog for you – (N10,000)
That’s just N49,600 to start a blog in Nigeria!
If you hired me, you’ll spend less than that, I will give you a theme from my portfolio for N6,000.
That is N49,600 -N6,000 = N43,600!
Ways you can make money blogging in Nigeria;
- Ads network like Google Adsense, Media.Net, Propeller, etc
- Selling Ads space on your website
- Sponsored posts
- Selling backlinks
- If you’re starting a music blog, you can help upcoming artists to promote their songs.
You can as well make money with Affiliate marketing in Nigeria, I got some tips to help you;
- How to Start Affiliate Marketing Business in Nigeria
- Top Affiliate Marketing Programs in Nigeria
- How to Create a PayPal Account to receive your payment
- How to Create a Payoneer Account to use as another Method.
In Affiliate marketing, you don’t a dime to start, all you need to pay for is marketing. And you can reserve N10,000 to promote your affiliate products on Facebook and Instagram.
So, combining both Blogging and Affiliate marketing, you can start a profitable business in Nigeria with N100K
So, that’s it – Profitable Business to Start in Nigeria with N100K
I don’t have much to say that to tell you to start taking action today. Starting a business is not easy, but since you have N100k with you, don’t sleep on it, take one of these 5 business ideas and start working on it.
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Top 7 MLM Companies in Nigeria To Make Real Money
I believe you landed here in quest of best among the Multilevel Marketing or MLM companies in Nigeria to make real money. This blog post will mention and recommend 7 best out of them at the time of writing it.
You must have been introduced to certain money-making platforms.
Some did work out, some didn’t work as planned.
Or the worst case: it didn’t even work out. You were scammed!
With that in mind, I want to show you something different. I will show you platforms that have been in the game and built a good reputation over the years.
What I’m about to show you isn’t scripted. It’s REAL!
Today, I’ll be your tour guide as we explore the 7 MLM companies to make REAL money in Nigeria.
Time is money, and guess what? I’ve taken so much already.
If you’re ready, hop on the car, and let’s ride.
But in case you’re new to the term “MLM”, you might be thinking that;
What is MLM?
MLM, an abbreviation for Multi-level Marketing, is a business where members earn commissions from marketing products of a particular company.
In essence, the more you sell, the more cash you make; and at the same time, your level increases.
How to Make Money with MLM Companies in Nigeria
As a Multilevel marketer with any of these MLM companies, you are encouraged to bring in the new participants as this increases your profit and level.
For you to succeed, you should be able to convince someone into buying and using a product, and/or becoming one of your success line (probably called downlines).
And in the Multilevel marketing business, when they say “PROFITS” in a multilevel marketing business, it doesn’t always mean “MONEY”. Sometimes when you reach a certain milestone, you might be eligible to travel outside the country with your partner, get a brand new car, and so on.
Is MLM in Nigeria Business Profitable?
Yes, MLM business is profitable in Nigeria, you can make millions of Naira if done correctly with patience. And it will surprise you that it’s one of the most recognized businesses in the world. It’s ranked alongside real estate business and top others.
With that out of the way, here are they;
Top 7 MLM companies in Nigeria:
1. Oriflame Cosmetics
The name sounds familiar, right?
Okay, Oriflame is a producer of some popular beauty and cosmetic products — from deodorants to lotions, hair oil, and any other beauty product you can think of. They’ve got it all.
Oriflame also has the leading market share of beauty products in 30 countries but has its headquarters in Sweden.
With over 50 years of experience, they’ve been able to maintain an amazing reputation in 60 countries.
It gets better…
You can also make money by marketing Oriflame’s awesome products in Nigeria by joining their consultancy program.
As a consultant, you get to make money from the comfort of your home and at your own pace.
Newly registered members could earn up to N49,400 in cash.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to start making money with these easy steps.
How to Register or Get Started with Oriflame in Nigeria
Step 1. Using your favorite browser, visit Oriflame’s website (Here). On the homepage, tap on the 3-dash by the top-left corner.
Step 2. At the bottom of the page, hit “REGISTER”. You’ll be taken to a new page, wait while it loads.
Step 3. After loading, fill out the form, read and accept the terms of service, then hit Sign Up.
After that, confirm your email. Congratulations, you’re now an Oriflame consultant.
THE second-best MLM company in Nigeria on our list is Longrich.
They are similar to Oriflame in terms of product type.
Longrich is one of China’s best producers of cosmetic products. They’ve been in the field for over 30 years.
If you want to look beautiful, they’ve got a wide variety of healthcare, household, skincare, and personal care products. And they are not expensive.
In a bid to give back to society, Longrich has employed over 10,000 personnel in more than 50 countries of the world.
They’ve been in Nigeria since 2012. Since then, many people have been beneficiaries of their MLM structure.
Want to join Longrich?
Head over to Longrich’s website (Here) to get more details on how to register. It’s free!
3. NeoLife (GNLD International)
NEOLife has been involved with food nutrition products since 1958, and according to the MLM company, their product is fully backed by science and nature.
They promise to end poor nutrition and poverty, which is awesome. Not only that, but they also have some incentive awaiting their distributors as they climb each ladder of success in their multilevel marketing business with NeoLife.
They are in 10 African countries, which Nigeria is one of them.
Registering is FREE as a member, but if you want to become a distributor, you’ll need to get your starter kits which include all documents (ID card, bag, etc) you need to get started and some products worth 100PV which validate you as a standard distributor with the company.
Note: PV stands for Point Value. Which most MLM companies use to calculate their distributors’ performances.
If you’re interested, kindly contact me here. I will connect you with someone who’ll register you for FREE and train you on how to earn a living with the business, without hawking any product!
4. AIM Global (Alliance in Motion Global)
AIM Global is also among the top MLM companies in Nigeria that offer wonderful benefits to its members.
For over 10 years, they’ve been in the business of transforming lives by offering “remarkable products”. Members and users value money by using any of AIM Global’s products.
In addition to that, AIM Global offers them one of the best compensation plans in the industry.
With the rise and fall of many MLM companies, AIM Global has proven to be a formidable entity with a stable business structure. This is what earned them the hearts of millions around the world.
If they’ve earned yours, visit AIM Global (Here) to sign up. Or follow my steps below:
How to Register or Get Started with AIM Global in Nigeria
Step 1. Head over to the website using the link above. At the top-right corner, tap on the 3-dash to expand the options.
Step 2. Tap the last option or “DTS Login”
Step 3. On the next screen, hit “Register” and fill out your details.
That’s it! You can now start making money as a multilevel marketer by exploring other options on the site.
5. Norland Nigeria
Norland is a multi-faceted MLM company with a presence in many countries, including Nigeria.
Norland has amazing products in many fields. Some of the prominent ones include medicine, cosmetics, e-commerce, finance, and logistics.
Currently, the company boasts of 1 million+ participants who are benefiting from its MLM program.
In Nigeria, there’s a huge community of Norland participants in different states of the country. With the numerous benefits, the community keeps growing daily.
And you can join by choosing any of their entry-level plans:
If this sounds good to you, head over to their site (Here)
6. Recharge and Get Paid
This is the new boy in town, but hey, he means business.
For real, Recharge and Get Paid does what the names say.
RAGP is poised towards growing the welfare of Nigerian with its compensation plans.
A lot of benefits await you as a new distributor. It doesn’t stop there, you also get other benefits as you grow in level.
When you’re done, you can start up with as little as N5,000.
The site is easy to navigate, just click on this link to get started.
7. Organo Gold
Finally on our list of MLM companies that guarantee financial independence is Organo Gold.
As the name implies, they are the gold standard brand for organic tea and coffee products.
From a coffee shop in Canada, they’ve gone on to dominate other brands with their great line of products.
With Organo Gold, you get a wide variety of teas and coffees to pick from. These are not your ordinary coffee and tea you drink almost daily, they are organic products with lots of health benefits.
Speaking of benefits, Organo Gold also gives you a chance to make money while enjoying its products.
Among the many out there, they’ve proven to be one of the top MLM companies; they give you the best of both worlds!
So, if you want to be wealthy you can join Organo Gold (Here).
But let me quickly answer some questions relating to MLM.
Frequently Asked Questions: MLM Companies in Nigeria
- Is MLM a Ponzi or ‘quick to get rich’ scheme?
No, MLM is a very legit business, if you’re okay to run the business while prospecting new people to join your business tree.
- What is the difference between MLM business and Ponzi schemes?
The differences are clear: MLM companies have products but Ponzi schemes do not, but rather promise people with sweet lies. Also, strong MLM companies last longer than Ponzi schemes.
WRAPPING UP – Best MLM Companies in Nigeria
If you go online, you’ll find a lot of MLM companies. For some, you can make good money, while others are a waste of time.
This is why you should check out these MLM companies in Nigeria that you can make real money and be financially independent.
What did I miss?
Do you have any companies to suggest? Or you want to go with our pick?
Let’s hear from you.
How to Dress Like a Smart Entrepreneur in Nigeria
To really show your clients that you are worth investing in, you must learn perfect grooming tips to woo them. I mean, you must learn how to dress like a smart entrepreneur in Nigeria.
Many entrepreneurs meet different clients on different occasions, most of us (the entrepreneurs) are chairing boards of directors, firms, agencies, conglomerated companies, individuals, and government bodies with the aim of achieving the best for the respective companies or organizations they are representing.
The major reason why you need to dress corporately is not just to be attractive or show how extravagant you but you need to dress the way you wanted to be addressed, your business skills or intelligence are not enough!
In business both offline and online branding, you need to understand how to meet-up and simplify your corporate or business dressing etiquette. To be sincere, dressing etiquette and sense should be one of the key factors that all people aspiring to be successful and smart entrepreneurs should have.
Good to know that most business organizations like the banks, hospitals, and other agencies have their own dressing code. For example, the government here in Nigeria allows their workers (otherwise known as civil servants) to wear their native attires only on Fridays.
While institutions like banks, hospitals always are expected to put on their corporate suit and polished pair of shoes while most self-employed dress the way they like or feel.
But, the world of dressing and grooming is entirely different for entrepreneurs, no matter the source of your job and its dressing code. Here in this article, I am going to work you through some tips on how to dress like a smart and successful entrepreneur.
8 Perfect Dressing Tips For Smart Entrepreneurs in Nigeria
Take Your Dressing As An Investment
Before going to your office or to boutique for shopping, you must buy classic and corporate styles that suit your body shape, size, and complexion. Don’t think because your friends are wearing Gucci, Versace, Fila or Nike, you must wear them also.
You need to dress to fit your business not the latest trends in the town. Do take enough time to pick out of many and never wear body-revealing clothes (Mostly women).
Some clients hate this while some want this but as a corporate entrepreneur, you must not wear seducing clothes or have such intention to negotiate with clients with your dressing but rather, seduce them with your business Skills and Intelligence!
2. Change Your Wardrobe Constantly:
Although I won’t advise you to take all your savings to buy clothes that suit your business and body. But, it will be good if you shop for new dresses at least once (or as much as possible) in a month. You should tell your regular clients, prospects, or business partners that you are happy and successful in your chosen career and one of the best ways to do this is through your dressing.
Don’t look retarded, tactless, or awful in appearance. Change all old clothes to New One. If you don’t know how to shop for clothes that fit you and your business, ask those who are professionals in fashion.
3. Build Good Body Shape
If your body shape is not good enough, you must try the right and safe remedy to build it up. Doing an exercise or going to the gym regularly will give you perfect body shape. The reason for this is that, no matter how fabulous you dress without having good body shape, such grooming efforts won’t go beyond your room.
You may look stupid to some people and this may cause depression or frustration if you find out what people or your business partners are saying behind you.
4. Keep Your Make-up Simple:
This concerns the women who like using cosmetics in an excessive way. Let go of make-up products that are too flashy but instead choose the one that will show entrepreneurship and serious in you. Remember you are dressing for a business not for partying and you must not annoy your clients or allow them to take you for granted because of the way you dress.
If your make-up is faulty, there is a possibility that you will face some faults with clients and business partners. If you can’t perfectly do good and nice makeup for yourself, I will advise you to consult a make-up artist for help.
5. Do Like A Roman When You Are In Rome:
I mean, you should understand how to dress for each business occasion. You can’t be working in a bank or hospital and be wearing jean and canvass to office, you cannot be going to farming to make the heaps or ridges and put on a suit.
You can’t be a military man and be wearing “mufty” to station or barrack (although, you may wear the police vest or any designated dresses by the military officials). You must select clothes according to the nature of your business or profession.
6. Understand The Atmospheric Condition:
Always, dress according to the weather condition. If it’s during the rainy season, wear clothes that will protect your formal dressing from being immersed by rain like a coat, jacket, etc.
Go for clothing materials that are reflective of the season. Clothes that are thick are good for fall and winter and it’s not advisable for summer but instead, Light linen fabric or clothing materials will be good for it (summer).
7. Avoid “Color Riot”:
This is a “must” for all entrepreneurs who want to dress up well and gaily as a successful and smart entrepreneur. For business and corporate sake, it will be perfect if your coat, tie, shoes, handbag, shirt, skirt, trousers, belts, and other things you will put on Match each other.
For women, a black handbag should be matched with a black shoe. For men, a blue coat should match with blue trousers and so on. If you do this in the right proportion, this will show your creativity, intelligence, and how much more you can take care of things perfectly.
8. Wear Quality Dresses:
As I have said earlier, you don’t need to put yourself into debt before you dress like a smart entrepreneur and that’s why I suggested that you should buy Clothes for at least once in a month or more depending on your salary or income.
But, make sure that the “one” you will be buying will be a quality “one” not fake. Most clients will study everything you put on before they can give their project or contract to you.
You remember the adage that says “Dress as you Want to Be Regarded” So, wear quality materials if you want your clients and business partners to take you so important.
How to Create an Online Store in Nigeria: Guide to Launch Your Own Shopping Site
Do you want to create an affordable and profitable online store in Nigeria but don’t know how to get started with it? In this blog post, I will show you the easy way to launch your dream eCommerce website using a flexible CMS platform and reliable web hosting.
Oh… are you thinking right now that what is CMS and web hosting? Well, I will explain that to you as well.
But why create your own online store in the country?
In the last decade, the world has witnessed quite some changes in some of the ways people do things. One such change has been in terms of commerce. Before now, we had the physical stores with inventory scattered around, that we choose to shop from, today we have online stores all around the internet and they’re slowly taking over.
Recommended: Top Online Shopping Sites in Nigeria
Here’s a solid reason you need to launch your own store now;
Research done in 2017 has it that; “55 percent of commercial activities are carried out online worldwide”. In Nigeria, we’re all getting awakened to the idea of online shopping, and it’s expected to be a big industry in a few years to come.
With all these in mind, what stops you from owning your online store? Well, maybe you think that ‘to create or set up a profitable eCommerce website will cost you a fortune’, but that’s not true!
I’ll be showing you how to create an online store in Nigeria using some pretty cool platforms and tools, which are absolutely affordable – at least you don’t need to spend a million naira ($3,000) before you can get your own dream online shop!
Now, let start;
How to Create a Profitable Online Store in Nigeria – Complete Guide
Before heading to these platforms, you need to have certain things in place, in order to maximize your level of profitability in the e-commerce world. These are simple, yet often taken for granted, but they go a long way in growing your brand.
To build a profitable online store in Nigeria, you should follow the following steps;
1. Define Your Niché
There’s no need to start diversifying, you’re probably on lean resources at the moment, and you’re pretty not sure if this business is going to be a success, you only hope it does.
Focusing on a Niché helps in channeling your resources on that Niché. This you should do because you’re starting up, you shouldn’t diversify because the top guns are doing it. You’re not yet at their level, as your business grows, you could make plans for expansion.
I mean, you shouldn’t copy the likes of Amazon, Aliexpress, or Jumia (for now). Start with one product and try to dominate that niche to an extent, then you can think of leveraging other products.
When choosing, make sure it’s viable, and products in such a field are in great demand. In an eCommerce business, your niche doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’re passionate about, you could learn the ropes of such a niche as you forge ahead.
2. Choose your form of inventory
Many e-commerce firms today have inventories in various places, but let me tell you an easy way – Dropshipping!
You’re going into this business to maximize as much profit as possible, both forms of inventory have their pros and cons. Although you get to pay certain fees for hosting and more online, they are less expensive than having a physical inventory.
If you’re a fashion designer, you can sell your clothes in your online store in Nigeria and make more money by dropshipping related products. This same method applies to those who sell Smartphones, computer gadgets, and their accessories etcetera.
To learn more about how dropshipping works in Nigeria, check this guide.
Now. let’s talk about the next step.
3. Get a Brand Name
Another important step to abide by here is picking a brand name. Now, don’t just go about choosing any name, you wouldn’t want a situation where you’ll have to change your name often, it devalues your brand. Your name should be well thought out, it should also serve as your domain name and your social media usernames when you finally launch online.
A piece of advice on brand name choosing: Endeavor to choose an English word or phrase if you want to see real success. Not everyone will be able to write or pronounce your native name or phrase correctly, and this is bad for marketing.
Since English is the official business language in Nigeria (offline and online), I think you should have this in mind. The key here is to use simple words or phrases that’ll be easier to recommend to someone from another region of the country. Additionally, you could integrate a native word with English to make it much better.
You may decide to register the unique brand name with the government, in order to avoid anybody using it. Click here to learn how to register a business name in Nigeria
Just make sure you get a unique and brandable business name! Now, let go into the practical steps in creating your (profitable) online store in Nigeria.
4. Choose a Good CMS Platform, then build
There are many CMS platforms available to help you create your online store in Nigeria. The word “build” might sound stressful but not to worry, it’s a simple process.
Quick Tip: CMS means “Content Management System” – You can read this Wikipedia article to know more about it
Although, the level of simplicity varies depending on what platform you choose. In fact, some platforms are automated; you only have to make a few clicks on your PC. Some other platforms let you use your already existing site, you just have to install a few plugins and you’re done.
There are quite a lot of platforms to build eCommerce websites, but I recommend using either Woocommerce or Magento. Because they’re both;
- Flexible to use even, if you’re a beginner
- Very friendly and reliable
- You take control of your stuff and many beautiful reasons.
Let me talk about these two amazing CMS platforms and how you can set up your dream online store in Nigeria with them;
How to Create an Online Store with Woocommerce (WordPress) in Nigeria
Woocommerce is one of the most used platforms for e-commerce, they have a huge percentage of users in the e-commerce world. This is due to WordPress dominance on the internet – over 30% of websites are powered by WordPress.
This is why Woocommerce tends to be a much popular choice. There are other reasons why Woocommerce remains at the top. It’s pretty easy to set up, it’s open-source which makes it easier for customization, SEO friendly, and it’s totally free – you only get to pay for other external features.
Setting Up An Online Store with Woocommerce
It’s very easy to build an online store with Woocommerce, with your WordPress site, you’re good to go. Here are the steps to take.
Buy a Domain Name and Web Hosting
A domain name is an identification string that makes you unique on the web.
I will not feed you with technical jargons, a domain name is like the house address that people can use to locate you easily. For example, Gbolamedia.com is a registered domain name.
To create a successful online store, you need to buy one! After the domain name, you need to buy web hosting as well.
Web hosting allows you to make your online store accessible via the World Wide Web. A web hosting stores your website files (the text, images, and anything you upload to your store). It is like your house where you can have your possessions stored.
There are a lot of web hosting companies out there, but I recommend buying from LiquidWeb.
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After buying your domain and hosting, it’s time to build your site.
Install WordPress, then, Woocommerce plugin
After buying your domain and web hosting, you’ll be given a Cpanel. From your Cpanel (Control Panel), Install WordPress app.
Note: You can always ask for help from the Liquid web Customer care, they’re ready to assist you.
After installing the WordPress from the Cpanel, Login to your WordPress admin dashboard;
>> Then go to Plugin
>> Click on “Add New” and search for Woocommerce
>> Finally Install and activate the Woocommerce plugin
The Woocommerce plugin was designed specifically for e-commerce, it tweaks your site to make it great for an online store you’re dreaming to launch. It’s mobile-friendly since most people access these platforms via their mobile.
After installing Woocommerce, with just a few clicks, some sections of your site will be automatically created. These sections are pretty much mandatory on all e-commerce platforms; sections like Cart, Checkout, Store, My account, etc. You could further customize these, add other sections, and personalize your store.
The next step is to design your online store beautifully!
Install and Custom a Good WordPress Themes
Remember I said “Domain name is your Address” while a “Web hosting is your house”? Don’t you think it will be cool to paint the house beautifully and do some decorations to make it stand out?
You think so? Great, this is why we need a “theme” to beautify your online store.
You can get a lot of free WordPress themes, as WordPress offers lots of themes for beautifying your site, you could choose from the wide variety of available themes – but be sure to use e-commerce friendly themes.
To get a free WordPress theme, follow the steps below;
>> Login to your WordPress dashboard
>> Click on “Appearance”, then “Theme”
>> Click on “Add New”, then search for “StoreFront”
>> Click on Install and finally Activate.
Note: I recommend StoreFront because it is the best free WordPress theme for Woocommerce.
But dear, I recommend buying your own theme!
Premium themes are so blessed, you will have access to some features that you can’t get on the free themes and you will get premium support from the theme developer.
To buy a theme, go to Themeforest and search for any WordPress theme of your choice.
Quick Tip: If you are going to sell clothes, search for “Fashion eCommerce WordPress Theme”. If you want to sell Computer gadgets, search for “Computer eCommerce WordPress Theme” and so on.
After buying your theme (here), download it and upload it by following the steps you explained if you want to use a free theme. The only difference is that you will “UPLOAD” instead of searching for the theme in your WordPress admin dashboard.
Add Your Products + Details:
The next thing is to add your products. Click on “Products” in your WordPress Admin dashboard and flow with self-explanatory onboard screens. Then finally Publish and do this for all the products you will like to upload to your site.
If you need any help, kindly ask me in the comment box below.
Finally, we’re done!
You’ve successfully created a Woocommerce powered and lucrative online store in Nigeria. It’s now time to start adding products to your store.
Okay, let talk about Magento;
Magento is another wonderful platform for e-commerce, more and more users are getting to use this platform. It’s pretty new to the business and still has its quirks. Although released initially in 2008, it finally got a stable release early this year, and it’s still undergoing changes which we would see in the future. It’s a good platform for starting out your e-commerce business.
Setting Up An Online Store in Nigeria with Magento
Unlike Woocommerce, you would spend much time and effort in setting up your store, it is more like a manual process.
Note: We will not be talking about all the steps here, as we have discussed in the process of setting up a Woocommerce store. But notwithstanding, I’ll brief each step;
- Using Liquidweb as our hosting provider for Magento, choose a suitable domain name. I noted some points you should pay attention to when choosing your brand name – this could also serve as your domain name.
- Install Magento. It’s pretty easy if you follow the prompts, and select the suitable options. Since it’s open-source, you get to customize every single aspect to your taste
- Styling: Like WordPress, Magento also offers a good number of themes for a much better looking online store. Pick from the available themes and customize your site. You can as well buy premium themes from ThemeForest
- Add Products: It’s time to start selling, adding product images and description is pretty much easy and shouldn’t break a sweat.
That’s all about setting up a lucrative online store in Nigeria using WordPress or Magento. But that’s not the end, let me tell you a few things you need to do to make your store fetch you pretty income (or profits).
5. Marketing Your New Store
Marketing is the soul of any business. You are supposed to start marketing a little bit earlier before your store fully goes live. You’ve got to let people know what you’re up to, the products you offer, and many more about your brand.
Marketing has been simplified these days, social media is one huge marketing platform you should take advantage of as the top brands use this to publicize their products. You’ll be saving some money while doing this, you could start paying for a much bigger audience as you grow your store.
Set up an Instagram account and Facebook page with your business name, connect them together (Google search for how to connect Facebook page and Instagram account), and finally, start promoting your products on social media platforms.
Conclusion – Creating an Online Store in Nigeria
These are pretty much what you need for a profitable online store in Nigeria. Setting up an eCommerce store in Nigeria is pretty much an easy task, it’s even much better if you fully utilize the platforms shared above.
If you’re already using these platforms or will like to ask a few questions, kindly “CLICK TO COMMENT” and I’ll be happy to hear from you.
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