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37 Best hand works to learn in Nigeria in 2021

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Get ideas of handwork in Nigeria that make money, from a pool of the most lucrative handwork one can easily start in Nigeria.

Lucrative handwork may be the best option for some people, especially those who appreciate the fact the having a skill is of one the greatest assets one can have.

Jobs can fail easily, a business may collapse easily but great skills hardly die. If the skills are lucrative ones you sure you have something that will be fetching your money steadily.

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  • Why learn handwork?
  • The best hand works in Nigeria
  • How to pick the right handwork

Why learn handwork?

One of the needs for having a skill is great, be it handwork or other types of skills, is that whereas many jobs will fail, skills hardly fail you.

Also, when you have a skill it becomes easier for you to venture into a business because you have something of value to offer. If you have nothing to offer, don’t expect money or any form of payment in return.

TIP: If you prefer to start a business, see some of the most lucrative small business ideas to start in Nigeria. Also, take a look at the Top 5 digital skills to learn to get jobs easily.

The best hand works to do in Nigeria

  1. Mobile phone Repair
  2. Shoemaking and repairs
  3. Makeup business
  4. Web development
  5. Mobile apps development
  6. Graphic Design
  7. Laptop Repair
  8. Professional Photographer
  9. Baking (snacks, making cakes)
  10. Web Design
  11. Barbing salon
  12. Digital Marketing
  13. Floor Tiling
  14. Painting
  15. Hair Dressing
  16. Tailoring
  17. Carpentry
  18. Software development
  19. Body massage (this is on the rise)
  20. Manicure
  21. Car mechanic
  22. Generator mechanic
  23. Video editing
  24. Welding
  25. Solar power installation, Street light, and CCTV installation
  26. Plumbing
  27. Cooking
  28. Writing professionally
  29. Painting
  30. Electronic repairs (Television, radio, etc)
  31. Iron bending and Panel beating
  32. Aluminium and Glass Works
  33. Interior Decoration
  34. Wrist Watches Repair
  35. Beads Making
  36. Fancy Brick Making
  37. Flower Gardening

Phone Repair

Learning to repair phones can take between a couple of months to learn, but in the end, it will be worth it. Phone repair as handwork is still on high demand in Nigeria and will continue to be even in the next couple of years because of the widespread of mobile phones in every nuke and cranny of Nigeria. See getting started with mobile phone repair handwork.

Shoemaking business

Do you know why so people go into shoemaking and still become successful? It is because shoemaking is evergreen. Year after year, people need a different design, something custom or general.

The big part is being able to carve out a niche for you. Do great works that will make people recommend you to their friends and other customers.

If you want to get started with shoemaking handwork, you need to check this out: Getting started with shoemaking business

Makeup business

The reality is that there are many people, especially the female folks that already into makeup artistry as a business.

But the interesting fact is that this business is not saturated yet. The demand for it is high and hence the money-making potential.

Remember that where there is competition, there is money, otherwise, what would people be competing for?

Competition in the makeup business is good. It is an indicator that there is money in the business. To get started read How to start a makeup business.

Web development

A web developer is someone who builds websites and web applications. This is lucrative skills and the demand is good compared with most other careers in Nigeria.

Another interesting thing about this skill is that you can still make money even without a job as a web developer. You can become a freelancer with web development skills, making job optional.

If you want to know more, here is my post on how to get started with web development: How to learn web development in a short period of time.

Mobile apps development

Similar to web design and development, mobile apps development is also a very good skill to learn. As there are billions of mobile devices, there is also much demand for people that have the skills to build apps that run on those devices.

To get started learning this great skill, I highly recommend that you read my detailed article on Getting started to learn mobile apps development (things you need to know).

Graphic Design

Graphic design is a hot digital skill that is needed almost everywhere, including businesses, companies, organizations, etc.

Think about wedding cards, banners, business cards, events, and programs, etc, they usually need the services of graphic designers.

We also have them in web design, mobile apps design, etc.

Graphic design is very wide and learning it in Nigeria will be I great idea because the high demand it enjoys now will still be there in years to come.

Laptop Repair

Similar to phone repair, learning to repair laptops and other types of computers is another lucrative handwork to learn in Nigeria.

And the interesting thing is that laptops are becoming very common these days, especially among the youths and the working class in Nigeria. Also, some higher institutions in Nigeria now recommend that their new students buy laptops. A laptop is a common gadget and there are lots of them that need repairs.

Professional photography

Photography is among the most popular handwork today. If you are talented with aesthetics and can present things more beautiful than they actually look, then this can be even easier for you. Apart from attending to your customers, you can also sell your stock photos online!

Cake Baking

The thing about anything food is like it is indispensable. We cannot do without food. The important thing about starting this kind of business if building your customer base. You can do this through friends, social media, etc. You can even set up an online store where people can come and order cakes and have them delivered to their doorsteps. It’s all about coming up with ideas that can boost your business.

Website Design

This one is my personal favorite because I am a web developer. The web is too large, so it also is a web design and the technologies behind it. But you don’t need to become a guru in web design before you start making money from it. You can pick some specific areas and master it instead of trying to be a jack of all trade master of none. Just start with HTML and CSS, move up to JavaScript and you can chart your dream career from there.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is the buzz currently. It is needed by every modern business and business person. You can learn to help businesses market their products and services on the Internet, using tools and strategies like Social Media, SEO, SEM, Content marketing, etc. This niche is very large and the demand quite high.

Barbing salon business

Barbing salon business is another lucrative business if you have the skills and know how to position yourself in the business. The cool thing is that it is relatively easy to learn and become an expert barber. See how to start a profitable barbing salon business in Nigeria.

Other lucrative hand works in Nigeria

Other lucrative handwork business ideas I mentioned above include, 

  • Hair barber,
  • House Painting, 
  • Floor Tiling, 
  • Hair Dressing, 
  • Makeup, 
  • Interior Decoration
  • Wrist Watches Repair

How to pick the right handwork

When picking handwork to learn, always remember that the best handwork is one that you can use to solve problems for people.

As Pat Flynn puts it:

“The job of a successful business is simple: it helps its customer solve a problem. Your customer has a need—their problem—and with your business, you’re offering them the solution.”

Or consider starting an online business. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to make money online even as a beginner. Better still, there are many businesses to start with little capital. If you’re a lady, take a look at these lucrative handworks for ladies in Nigeria.


So far I have listed some of the best hand works to learn in Nigeria currently. Of course, those cannot possibly cover all the lucrative skills one may decide to learn, but the idea is to list some of those hand works with great potentials while you can always come up with your own ideas that might work for you.

“Think and grow rich.”

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45 thoughts on “37 Best hand works to learn in Nigeria in 2021

  1. This is so impressive. I have been facing a challenge of what to learn, how to learn and where to learn .But with the help of this article i can go on. Thanks

  2. This piece of information is very helpful..
    I need your help in finding somewhere to Learn the Installation of solar system in Delta state..

  3. Nice write up, it really help but I don’t love skills.
    I love business.
    But I really need something to help my study financially.

  4. Thanks a lot
    But plz 🙏 can anyone help me with Adobe Photoshop: Dreamweaver tutorial Video. Full edition. Am ready to pay for it. WhatsApp me 09054070683

  5. My name is olusoji samuel I stay in lagos
    Please I want to learn how to install solar lights and street light installation

  6. My name is olusoji samuel
    I want to learn how to install solar lights and street light installation I stay at lagos

  7. Please I want to learn solar panel installation and cctv installation and i leave in Ibadan.

  8. Pls sir,
    I am form Ahoada east, in rivers state
    Am looking for any hand work to learn please help me.

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