Tech jobs are the most sought-after jobs in Nigeria and around the world today, but that doesn’t mean that non-tech businesses are not thriving. These jobs are still in high demand in our society, performing the core and most basic things needed for daily activities. Around the world, non-tech jobs are still striving. Even the tech bosses out there need their lives to run smoothly and conveniently.
What Are Non-Tech Businesses?
Non-tech jobs or businesses are ventures that do not require computer or technical skills in working or performing duties. These include managerial, administrative, marketing, customer care, sales operatives etc. For businesses, there are numerous options to dabble in.
Fortunately, these businesses are currently in demand and are sweeping in good returns weekly, monthly and yearly. These businesses are:
1. Waste disposal
Disposing of waste has always been one chore most people dislike doing. If you don’t feel embarrassed about earning your keep, this might be something you can grow into a profitable business. Government and private waste disposal companies currently run waste disposal services in Nigeria. With the exponential urban expansion in Nigeria, there’s an increasing need for more waste management services.
Running this business doesn’t require much capital, if you have a small truck you can convert it for this purpose. If your area does not have any, you can start it yourself. On average subscriptions run monthly at N1,000 – N1500 per household. If you can get about 100 houses to subscribe to your service that will be 100k per month.
2. Food Production
With everyone turning to technical skills, who will tend to the farms, crop planting, and general food production? Not our aging fathers and grandfathers. It appears that restaurants spring up quickly everywhere more than farms. How then can we make up for the shortage in food supply? Naturally, food items become expensive due to demand and dwindling numbers of farmers.
Sometimes this makes you wonder what is cooking in the kitchen, is it food or something else? Anyway, food is a very profitable venture, people must eat. It doesn’t require technical skills, except you are going all out for mechanized farming. At least the Nigerian government has hinted at youths to go back to the farms; perhaps this is a reminder.
Farming on land plots is very good idea to make lands look busy and keep off thieves. If your don’t own one or your sold theirs due to financial needs there is a way to get one for farming. Believe it or not people who own large plots of land are always looking for farmers to farm on their to scare land scammers via human activity. Also, some state governments are thinking of allocating land to farmers to revamp agriculture. Your starting capital can dwell on farm implements and seedlings. If you don’t plan to do the work yourself, you can also pay others to do the work for you.
3. Fashion designing
As long as People exist, clothing will continue to exist. Everyone wants to look good for events, especially theirs. The fashion industry is constantly evolving, so is the price for fast fashion and tailor-made items. Clothing items are always in high demand due to events, and events must keep occurring as long as humans exist. You should not overlook casual and children’s clothes.
Starting in this venture you may require a tailoring machine (electric or manual), fabrics, thread, measuring tapes etc. There are fashion designers to learn from but charge expensive fees between N20,000 to N40,000. Since not everyone can afford such money there are also alternatives. There are government empowerment schemes that offer free lessons on fashion designing in most states. You can enrol in classes that have already been paid for.
4. Plastic and paper recycling
Recycling is becoming the order of the day in our major cities. Plastics, paper, metal scraps are collected and sold at reasonable prices to recyclers. Most of these metal scraps are made of good-quality materials that are rare and sought after in the market. Also, plastic recycling is cheap and profitable for companies, so they always buy from individual collectors or suppliers.
Plastic and paper recycling is not very common in Nigeria maybe because Nigeria as a country has not began to take the environmental pollution seriously. But you as a person can, it would be smart to start a business that is encouraged for the value it adds to the society and environment at large. Recyling might soon become the future, starting now might give you a head start.
There are also people building multi-million naira fortune with waste recycling. This business can be coupled with the waste disposal business to increase and maintain a stead supply of your raw materials.
5. Wedding consultancy
Wedding consultants are steady cashing out with their businesses. With weddings happening every Saturday, you can be sure that they can be well booked for months. Wedding planners can charge an average of 200k for just an event that will happen in one day. As Consultants, they must keep up with trends, organize decors and receptions and go crazy when things don’t go according to plan instead of the bride. So in a nutshell, they are heaven-sents and are still relevant and needed during such occasions.
Starting out in this venture will require you to first become an assistant. Experience on the field is the best teacher, jumping into wedding planning just because you once planned a sister’s or cousin’s wedding is not reason enough. Overwhelming problems can develop any minute and if you don’t have a prior idea of tackling them, you might just have to retire quick.
6. Real estate agent
Finding a house is close to impossible without a housing agent. You can help market houses or apartments you know are vacant and livable to others. Becoming a house agent or dealing in real estate is profitable in this time and age because land appreciates and house rents increases according to demand.
Anyone can start out as an agent, it only takes marketing to reach out and get clients to lease the land or apartment. If there is a vacant room in your building you can reach out to your landlord for a proposal, you get a serious client and you get your serious commission. Housing agents make up to 40k – 50k per first lease to clients and land agents make double or triple the amount, that could be you but you just want to mind your business.
7. Interior designing/House painting
Designing houses, restaurants, chill spots, bars etc. Creative décors are currently in vogue for interiors and exterior decorations. Not many owners have creative ideas or have the time and energy to bring them to reality. As a creative, you can step in for them.
Interior designing is a business that is lowkey booming business in Nigeria. Getting started on this venture will also require you to get acquainted with people already in it.