As the showdown between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Nigerian the Federal Government continues, students have been sitting at home now for up to 35 days, mostly doing nothing. And as there is no clear end to this issue, it is best for the affected demographic to use the time well.
One of the most advisable things to do will be to start a business, as most employers of labour are not keen to hire undergraduates affected by the strike, as they can be recalled at any time, which will slow down work and create some challenges for them. Hence, running a small business which requires little to nothing
to start seems like the most reasonable decision.
ASUU Strike, so what?
Here are five lucrative business ideas students can undertake in this uncertain times of ASUU strike:
- Sales of clothing items/fashion accessories: Clothing, which is one of man’s most basic needs, is always a money spinner, especially when one has a knack for it. With a little capital gathered from family, you can be on your way to a fat account balance even as a student. Also, selling fashion items like wristwatches, shoes, bags, sun shades etc are very useful to keep oneself busy while waiting for the ASUU strike to be called off.
- Fashion designing: If you’ve got a sewing machine and can put clothing pieces together to look stunning, you have no more excuses for being idle. Your first customers are your family, friends, and neighbours. Get the word out and you’ll be getting orders soon enough.
- Personal catering service: This idea is not exclusive to females alone as you don’t have to be one to be a good cook. If your friends and family have always complimented you for your culinary skills, let people know you can prepare their meals for them for a small fee and will make deliveries. This will keep you busy until the ASUU strike is over.
- Recharge card sales: The telecommunications sector in Nigeria is a major employer of labour. You too can be self-employed selling airtime and data to your contacts. A broadcast message to your contact list to let them know your offers will get you started.
- Social media management and article writing: If you are great with writing blog posts and articles and have a flair for managing accounts on social networks, this one is for you. On Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelancers, buyers pay as little as $5 and as much as $15 for a great article. Lots of small businesses need online exposure for their products and services. Approach them to offer your skills.
Are you a student affected by ASUU strike? What else have you been doing to make judicious use of your time until it is called off? Share in the comments.