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My 20 ‘Dirty’ Business Ideas

KAYODE! What Business do you think I should venture into? : My 20 Dirty Ideas
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For some months, I have been asked by a couple of friends to advise them on the type of business they can do. Well, I don’t have a magic wand to divine what business anyone can go into, I myself being a work in progress. I do give my honest advise to these friends and believe they will jump on that horse called RISK to pursue a business their heart reach for and find resources required to execute the business plans.
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I must state here that businesses do not succeed by accident, it takes frantic and deliberate actions to succeed. These actions include: reading wide and wild, financial discipline, honesty and integrity, uptight human relations and deep belief in God.
Different successful entreprenuers have their action points for becoming a successful business person. Reading wide also include quality and sane time on the internet, reading business blogs and journals.
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Having said all these, you must know that success do not come overnight. it takes time, years and sometimes decades.
Don’t be tempted to jump off when you are faced the slightest difficulty. Some people call themselves SERIAL Entrepreneur, I do laugh at them. Yes it works out for some but how many?
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In our present economy, don’t expect me to advise you to undertake sophisticated businesses. Those might take you ‘eternity’ before you can meet the rising financial demand in our economy or make impact in business world. I will point you in the direction of my 20 ‘dirty ideas’. Yes, dirty-works!
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1. Business Plan Service & Support services: You are a graduate of Economics, Banking, Marketing, etc and you cant write a business plan, sorry, what have you been doing in school? But if you can do this, cool, you can help business owners seeking loans and capital to draft their business plans.
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2. Cleaning/Laundry Services: Yes. Go to friends and neighbours home to clean for them for a fee. Form a team. you would be surprised how much and how far you would get.
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3. Computer/High-end electronics repair: you studied Electrical/electronics or Computer engineering and you still don’t have no job? na you sabi!
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4. Dog breeding: If you live in Lagos. Think about this!
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5. Pawnbroking: This can really make you own household items without stress.
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6. Editorial services: I have been doing this for a decade, it pays! This include copyediting, ghost writing, article writing, web page content provider, blogging, etc.
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7. Event Errands: Run errands for event planners and service providers.
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8. Fitness coach/trainer: You have the time, get trained to become one.
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9. Jewelry making: More ladies are in this but there is room for a man.
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10. Concierge services: Maintain household premises, run deliveries, etc.
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11. Photography services: Take photography classes and change the world with your images.
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12. Furniture Making/sales: This has got easier with introduction of different medium; plastic, glass, ceramics, fibres, cushion, etc. If you have some sewing skill, more advantageous and interesting.
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13. Graphic designing: you have a talent for this? explore it more, you could graduate to making animated designs.
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14. Hairstyling: Get trained, men in the business succeed more.
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15. Tailoring: Get trained and do it differently. create niche, enter new terrain, break new grounds.
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16. Herbal gardening, Horticulture or Vegetable farming.
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17. Fish, Snail, Poultry and allied farming.
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18. Music Lessons: If you have musical training. Train people for a fee.
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19. Day care services and Babysitting: Haba! Kayode, can men do that. Okay, sit there and see another man cash in some money in that area.
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20. Haulage/Moving service: That Pick-up truck your daddy uses once in a while, ask him to loan you an you will be paying monthly maintenance and hire fee. Take it and go to town to hustle.
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There are many more but munch on these.
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If you already have a business, tomorrow, we will be looking at 30 Condiments of Business Success.
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Regards.
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Kayode Balogun
February, 2017

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