The time of the year is here when family members and colleagues at working place exchange Christmas gifts. This season isn’t about the exchange of gifts, it is also the time for creative persons to make money from the services they render.
This simply means the supply and demand market is huge. People are needed to create the products (business opportunities) for those who are ready to pay (market).
So, in what ways can you make money during Christmas?
Selling of Food
The food business is as old as humanity, but the economic hardship means you just have to be creative. Package your raw food items in smaller quantities to meet the financial needs of your prospective buyers.
Everyone doesn’t have the financial strength to buy a bag of rice, a bag of semo and other food items. You could buy in bags and repackage for sales during this season, everyone wants to have something on their table to eat, making it affordable for the millions of people outside whose budget is small.
Which Consumables do Nigerians Buy Most During Christmas Season?
Regardless of how tough the country is, millions of homes will break barriers to enjoy themselves with family members during Christmas and the new year. Below are the consumables that are in high demand this season of Christmas
- Poundo yam
- Tubers of yam
- Alcoholic drinks
- Barbecue chicken
- Roast beef
- Frozen foods
- Roast meat (asun)
- Pepper soup
- Fruit salad
- Small chops
Most of the online marketplace or individuals who have products suitable for holiday gifts are mostly not specialists in digital media. They need specialists to help them put their products in front of billions of prospective buyers from across the world.
If you’re a digital marketer, it’s to send out your proposals on freelancers, let your followers on social media know what their business would gain by using your service.
People from different places travel to other places to catch fun during and after Christmas. These people need a top-notch and secured place to cool their heads with loved ones.
To those in the real estate investment, terraces that have the required amenities would definitely meet the high housing demand demands of family members who would love to spend their holiday away from home.
Do you know why this is a good business opportunity in cities like Lagos, Abuja, Osogbo, Obudu, PH, Ibadan, and other cities? Demand for hotels during this season is usually high, as such short let apartments could complement the overbooked hotel rooms.
This is similar to digital marketing jobs, online sales require SEO-friendly content that would bring leads from online search.
Some of the online marketplaces do black Friday offers and they need content marketers to help them create search-based articles that will bring online customers. If you’re a good content marketer, why not put your skills into work to earn cool money during this period?
Branded Gift Items
Beginning from October of every year, companies begin to make plans on gift items for their staff members.
Some of them don’t just give out the items, they also want the gifts to be unique and carry the company logo.
If you’re creative, or a logo designer, it’s time to put up samples of your designs on social media to let your followers know what can offer.
A lot of people have made millions from this business during the Christmas period through the New Year.
Search Engine Optimisation service
Creating content isn’t just enough, is the content-rich and contains keywords prospective buyers are searching online? If you know how this works, it is a good Christmas business opportunity that could add value to your bank account.
Most of us like to wear new shoes on Christmas or New Year, you can start selling shoes. The good part: this business has been made easy. You can do shoe selling business on pre-order sale service.
How does this work?
Go online: aliexpress, Jumia, Konga among others are some of the places to get samples of shoes you want sell, download the photos and begin to market on your social media profiles, on WhatsApp etc
When a customer makes a financial commitment, then you order and deliver. Don’t forget to get the cost of delivery to your customer’s location and the actual price of the product before giving your customer a specific price.
Storage Facility Service
Yuletide is a time when people might want to buy things ahead of time, most times, buyers don’t have enough space to keep them.
If you have a secured storage facility, this is another business opportunity that can fetch you money.
Kindly clearly spell out the terms and conditions for your customers. And ensure to make security a top priority because this service could fetch you more money even after the Christmas period.
Necklace, hand bangle among others are some of the most purchased items during “ember month” (September to December).
If you don’t have a huge budget for this business, you adopt the business strategy we mentioned in the sales of shoes. It works, try it.
If you’ve been looking for a business you can start with less than NGN100,000, selling underwear for men and ladies is one of the businesses you can start.
What makes this unique is that most people love to change their underwear when Christmas or New Year approaches.
Event planning isn’t a completely new business, but what we see around us every year shows that people love to fix events during the “ember month” e.g house warming.
Not just that, this is the time when friends love to have a reunion party, this event needs a planner to make the occasion classic.
You can earn between NGN80,000 to NGN500,000 from just planning an event, depending on the financial status and class of the organisers.
Sale of Ladies’ Wear
There may not be any stats to back this up, but it seems ladies wear new items of clothing than their men counterparts. Sell auto-gele, tops with special designs for ladies is a lucrative business idea during holiday, think about it. Generally, buying and selling of Christmas accessories is lucrative around the world.
Supplies are usually high during the festive periods in Nigeria and all over the world, no wonder the U.K government advertised for more workers in order to meet the Yuletide craze for goods.
In Nigeria, more beers, alcoholic drinks, beverages would be sold. If you live in an industrial location like Agbara, Guinness area of location and you have a truck that is for personal use, you can also put it up for haulage business to help manufacturers meet demands.
Tattoo Creation Service
Tattoon is an ancient African beauty most especially by the Yoruba ethnic group and the Hausa-Fulani.
Among the Hausa, it’s called henna. The good part, the beauty has been modernised, whichever one you know how to do best, you can commercialise it and make money by drawing on the human’s body this period. We have people who want to have a picture of their loved ones drawn on their bodies.
Sales of Ladies’ Wig
Born-straight hair and other hair accessories are always in high demand during Christmas, as such ladies’ hair business is another opportunity to make extra cash because females want to look dashing.
A lot of activities come with travel during the holiday. People want to book hotels, they want to know the most secure ways to catch fun during the holiday, this is a gap you can feel with the help of friends who trust you.
When providing this service for friends and family members, make security a top priority considering some flash-points across Nigeria.
The Christmas period is synonymous with hampers. This is also a business opportunity that can fetch you extra cash even as look forward to having a juicy holiday.
When we are growing up, our parents would buy firecrackers two months before Christmas as one of the gifts for us. It was fun!
But because of the security threat in Nigeria and the failure of users to take precautionary measures that guide the use of firecrackers, the Nigeria Police once announced its ban.
However, if you are in a country where this Christmas gift isn’t banned, you can make a lot of money from it. Kids love it, even some grown men and women, irrespective of religious affiliations, buy them to usher in a new year.
Sales of Adire Design
There are different kinds of African Adire you can sell during this period to make money. It can be worn as tops, to make caps and designs. Most times, people like to wear unique wear like Adire to attraction centres and you could display your products at the main entrance of tourist venues.
Nigeria is blessed with hundreds of wonderful tourist attraction locations, but insecurity is depriving the country from creating opportunities from the sector.
Incredibly, insecurity is a good business for security experts, it means their service would be more needed. So, if you’re a security expert, why not begin to provide tourism security for people who might want to come to Nigeria to visit?
Christmas Delivery Service
There are millions of people who want to present Christmas gifts to loved ones, this is an opportunity. You can run errand for those who need this service.
Nearly every adolescent has either an Android smartphone or iPhone, you can see them flood Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
This doesn’t stop you from making a cool catch from the photography business because people still want frame versions of professionally-taken photos.
Photography is a cool Christmas business idea you can start if you have a professional HD camera.
Are you an artist or a professional cartoonist or an animation creator? Selling handicraft items during Christmas is a lucrative business.
Back in school, there was an art student who would sketch just anything with a few minutes. This skill can bring you a lot of money, most especially if you explore tourists centres.
Sales of Wine
It’s Yuletide, people drink a lot of wine at home, at get-together events and many other places.
Cakes, chin-chin, dollnut, peanut, puff-puff among others are perhaps the most popular food items people consume during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
You can make a cool catch from this business if you bring in your creative ideas into display.
Christmas Light Installer
While some people might want to simply hang the Christmas light in the sitting room or on the fence of their apartment, a lot of others want the lighting to bring out the beauty in a unique way.
This is a service you can provide for people who want class and aesthetics, most especially hotels, clubhouses, and recreational centres that need a professional light installer.
You don’t need a special skill, be creative like using the light to form names and other readable things.
Creative Fashion Designing
Once upon a time, it was nothing to call someone who sews cloth “tailor” Today, there is a difference between a tailor and a fashion designer and a fashion designer considers it ridiculous when he’s addressed as a tailor.
So, how creative are you? The fact is people want to wear unique designs, the textile may not be expensive, they want to final design to look great.
Balloon Decoration Business
In the United Kingdom, the balloon decoration business is booming, it’s becoming a well-known business as well, in fact, a lot of Nigerian event decorators are already making cool cash from this business.
I know a family that hosts a lot of people during Christmas and the New Year, they explore the services of caterers to cook and serve foods to community members.
There are lots of other families that need catering service, reach to them, it could be through family members. Let them know it’s something you can provide.
Christmas Party Venue
If you have some plots of land that aren’t in use, people who need a spacious location to host friends can rent. This is mostly a good business in cities like Lagos.
Cleaning & Fumigation Service
Most families who are based in the United States, UK, Canada, and other overseas countries come home for Christmas or the New Year. Most times, they need someone to clean up and fumigate their environment.
If you’re in a country that where Christmas gift like flowers is appreciated and valued, you can sell flowers during this period.
Holiday Party Band
People see the end of the year to celebrate and relax and listen to good music, you can form a band to perform at the event centre, at homes where family members and friends gather.
Holiday Special Songs
If you’re a music writer and singer, compose special Christmas songs for families. You make cool money from this service. The fact that the song is specially dedicated to a family makes it unique and want them to pay for your service, depending on how deep the pocket of your customer is.
If you don’t have stage fright, this a good Christmas business idea for you. During this period, most organisations, clubs, even religion centres need people to moderate or be an MC
Santa Costume Sales
Yes, you could design Santa consume and offer them for sale or rent since schools would be organising Christmas carol.
The aforementioned Christmas business opportunities are not limited to the Yuletide, but the demand for them is high during festive period. In fact, other businesses you can explore include decoration items, sales clothes, providing tourism guides, and be a Christmas tree designer
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