February 2021


The fact, that you have 200k is not a guarantee of what will make your business successful even if is a lucrative business, however, there are certain factors that you need to consider before investing in any business opportunities such as:

• Your passion

• Your environment

• Strategic plan or Focus on a long-term plan

• Marketing skills whether for products or services

• Risk-taker

1. Exercise book production and printing

Oh! During my visit to Abuja in 2022 last quarter, I visited Area 2 where I studied the printing and publishing business; I met a printer that is now my friend with 10 youths that he was training on exercise book production and 5 more on printing job (tempted to call name).

It was then he mentioned to me that he started the business with nothing while emphasizing that any youth can start this business with less than 200k.

He gave me reasons why is a good investment opportunity because people print on a daily basis.

For example, schools, bookshops, host of different occasions like birthdays and burials produce exercise books.

If I’m to start this business, I will train with him due to his patience in training the youth while revealing all the tips/tricks in the business for them to be successful.

2. Barbing salon.

You need a business plan with this one for Abuja residents, I was in Abuja so had the need to cut my noodle’s hair while I casually ran into one barbing salon thinking it will be around the neighborhood of N500 only for me to be charged freaking N2,000.

Following this, I decided to study the barbing salon business and interview some of the barbers in Abuja.

It will interest you to know what I found out, please fasten your seat belt for this ride:

• There were no degree qualification skills needed but spent 3 Months learning,

• All classes of people visit the salon for nothing but haircut to enhance their looks (the cute nippers, the big men, and the mighty women) due to the location,

• They all have the same equipment like sterilizers, clippers while some people still visit with their own clippers and hey, they sell clippers

• Other things like hair treatments and dyes as well.

As you may have noticed barbing salon isn’t only for male folks whereas women folks and even children do visit barber shops.

• They charge different prices depending on your location and shop setting

Barbing salon is a lucrative business to start with 200k in Abuja and that of successful businesses in Nigeria.

3. Football viewing center

Sometimes we wonder especially non-football lovers; why people gather in a match viewing center to watch football when they have televisions at home.

It is clearly because they enjoy it on a larger screen, argue with following fans, drink, and eat. That is why a match viewing center is a business to start in Abuja.

You can start with any amount of 200k, 300k, 500k even 1 million Naira but the key is that you must position your center in a strategic location, attach other related business to the match viewing center or outsource it for it to be profitable and yield high revenue.

There are so many lucrative businesses to start with 200k that can be incorporated such as selling drinks, African cuisine kitchen, and mini-bar.

4. Mobile phone and mobile phone accessory business

Similar to that phone repair, mobile phones, and phone accessories are lucrative businesses to start with 200k in Abuja. These business ideas are a lucrative and successful business one can start in Nigeria given that many Nigerian love phones and move with more than one phone.

As there are a lot of phones in circulation same is applicable to the demand for the phone accessory business.

You don’t need any college qualification to start this business but you can acquire the skill from a successful established mobile phone and mobile phone accessory business person.

There are mobile phone accessories that you can start with such as earpiece, charger, pouch, and screen guard maybe in the long run; you can stock up on some expensive mobile phone accessories like screens and a power bank.

One other thing, if you are to start a mobile phone and mobile phone accessories business, you will need a very business location and consider sourcing your products from China as other business people do.

Additionally, you can attach some related phone business-like phone repairs and that will be a good combination while you continue with your phone accessories business.

5. Restaurant

In fact, the Food or mini restaurant business is a profitable business to start in Abuja but in Mini form due to capital of 200k.

Many people cannot afford to have their meals in a standard restaurant in Abuja due to their prices, so you will be willing to serve this class of people or market if you set up this business with your little capital.

You need a good location while serving profitable food to your customers. The location can be a very busy area; the structure can be an open space or kiosk.

By the way, a mini restaurant is a lucrative business with a small capital of 200k. Some mini restaurants serve their foods with complementary pure water or bottled water but creatively build the cost of the food.

Meanwhile, in the long run, when is very profitable you can move to a higher structure than have the habit of saving and reinvesting your profits.

6. Laundry and dry cleaning

Again, is a business that is gaining attention right now because people don’t have time to wash their clothes anymore as well as clean their homes.

As a matter of fact, I always tell people who want to venture into this lucrative business to make their own detergent as detergent forms heavy overhead costs.

As you can see is a lucrative idea to start in Abuja for less than 200 thousand Naira. You can start a dry cleaning business in a busy residential area with open space where you can spread clothes.

That is to say, if you reduce the cost your revenue will go up but don’t forget to maintain your quality.

7. Car wash

Surely, you will agree with me that most people don’t have time to cook or clean their homes then how do you think they will have time to wash in and out of their vehicle? People who can’t do the basics can’t wash their cars either. There are a lot of cars on the roads on a daily basis.

As you can see, it’s obvious that the car wash business is one of the lucrative business ideas that you can start in Nigeria with 200k.

Similar to that of dry cleaning service requirements, you will need a good location with water supply, then add up some small business as side attraction like that of football viewing center but in this case lot of people will relax there while waiting for their car to be washed.

In short, in the future, you can expand to selling car accessories even other moveable engines and is a profitable business to start in Nigeria with little capital.

8. Home-based business

You need to identify small business ideas from the list below, you need to incorporate the company with appropriate bodies like CAC, NAFDAC and so on then create a business bank account, market the business offline and online.

One of the easy side hobbies or hustling small businesses one can start at home for 200k. There are a lot of home-based business ideas you can start today, it can be product or service-based.

Moreover, check out home-based businesses you can start with very little capital 200k in Abuja such small businesses are:

• Teach online classes

• Online services

• Dropshipping store

• Sell homemade products

• Buy bulk products at a cheaper rate and sell online

You need to combine your skills and talents to be successful in starting a home-based business as well as having a business plan.

9. Importation of second-hand or Fairly used products

Needless to say, the Nigerian economy is hard and unfavorable to some people given the GDP.

The population of people below-average poverty is above 50% so those are the people that practically patronize fairly used goods so you can target that number and the population keeps growing rapidly.

Subsequently, if you are looking for small business ideas with a low capital of 200k but high profits to start them invest in this thriving business idea because you buy very cheaply and sell at your chosen price due to no controlled or regulatory price.

Read Now: 14 profitable products to import from China

10. Farming

As a matter of fact, the farming business is a very profitable business in Nigeria now due to the prices of produce. There are so many farming business ideas for young entrepreneurs to start such as livestock farming, poultry farming, plantain farming, snail farming, cassava farming, rice farming, vegetable farming, pepper farming, tomato farming, fish farming, and so on.

For example, if you want to go into livestock farming, you need to identify which livestock farming you have the knowledge of and interest in, as well as identify its problems in Abuja before venturing into any livestock farming business.

If I remember rightly, there are some small funding options and business grants for business people in this sector from the government which you can access.

I dare to say that Abuja residents consume a lot of meat or meaty treats such as Asun, Nkwobi, ponmo, suya, shawarma, fried beef, and chicken then milk and eggs are not left out on a daily basis.

Therefore, starting livestock farming or farm animals for the purpose of obtaining the meats and their products as well as selling the breed to breeders will be a successful business.

11. Fumigation Business

Another profitable business that requires a minimum starting capital of a few thousand Naira.

You need to acquire basic knowledge and determine the type of fumigation business service that you will render. Starting this business in Abuja even Lagos will be a thriving business idea given its population and environment.

This business is booming as many startups are coming up as companies, factories, and farmers while some homes need fumigation services; most factories or production businesses need the certificate to document for environmental and health agencies

12. Social media manager

Sure, you can become a social media manager if you have the skill otherwise you can acquire the skills. Is no longer News that companies concentrate on marketing their products and services online through social media.

The problem with companies managing their social media is that it wastes time while they concentrate on it against focusing on their core strength.

Now, companies decide to outsource it to a social media manager to manage for them by offering social media strategies from creating amazing content to engaging their audience and converting the engagement to sales.

You have to be familiar with popular social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest, and so on for digital marketing.

Another way to these business ideas with small capital is requires your time and patience by posting content on your personal page that can engage people

13. Catering services

In fact, if you have any cooking skills then catering services are lucrative businesses to start in Abuja even in other cities in Nigeria.

There are ways of running catering services either you list the ingredients needed for your client and charge your labor fees or charge everything to provide the food following the guest numbers per plate.

And also, you choose a location where to prepare the meal maybe your location then delivered to the customer or prepared at the customer’s location.

14. Daycare center or crèche

There is no doubt that you won’t make decent money from daycare.

For example, my sister was surfing for the daycare where she will register her 5-month-old baby to my greatest surprise she was handed over a sheet of paper with the fees, daycare 300k, and 5k for registration, behold someone came to pay for her two kids.

For this reason, if you like children you can start this business from your home with 200k in Abuja. Business people and corporate workers will patronize you.

15. Rental service

No doubt that rental services will make the list of those businesses that you can start in Nigeria with 200k.

Most people that attend whether invited or uninvited guests are looking for a way to shed stress by meeting new or old friends, eating, laughing, and dancing.

Generally speaking, Nigerians like parties (indoor and outdoor parties) and entertainment.

On the whole, if the business is thriving and sustained then include a cooling van and other things.

You can start with 200k and invest in things that you need presently for rental services such as ice block containers or supplying ice blocks, tables, canopies, cooking utensils, serving plates, decoration accessories, chairs, plates, cartoon characters, and cutleries.

For this reason, you can network your business through social media. Is a business you can do part-time or full-time.

16. Cleaning business

There are many other lucrative businesses to start under the cleaning business in Abuja. Many people are working class and are tired of the nanny or house help arrangement so they decided to outsource their home cleaning and corporate cleaning to an agency.

If you don’t have the skill you can acquire it and market it to your network.

One of those businesses in Nigeria that you can start with less than 200k so you can acquire home and office cleaning equipment such as cleaning detergent that forms the major cost

In the long run, you can employ staff but make sure you carry out a security check on them to avoid losing your goodwill because of stealing. You can extend your corporate cleaning business to event centers, schools, and hotels.

17. Web design services

We are in the era of having a beautiful and functional website. This includes WordPress websites and eCommerce solutions.

Therefore, it becomes very vital for modern web design which is more involved than creating an attractive website.

There are modest design tools for website design and development that you can use to make your work look like a professional website

If you are starting this business in Abuja, you need to consider user experience and search engine optimization.

By the way, if you need a website, I can make one for you

18. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you use your affiliate links to promote companies or individual products through social media or websites; it is a lucrative small business that you can start in Abuja with 200k.

As an affiliate marketer, you need to bear in mind not to market products that you are not sure about because you want to earn an income within that period and dent your reputation in the long run.

Abuja has lots of small businesses where you can promote their products online through online affiliate marketing.

19. Clothing business

The clothing production business is booming right now in Nigeria with aseobis and owambes. There is always one function to the other as usual or one activity to another, you name it.

If you know how to sew professionally, lucky you but you can still acquire the skill if you are interested and passionate about making clothes as a fashion designer.

You can start a clothing business in Abuja with less than 200k capital because people must clothe themselves and equally be trendy.

If you decide to start this profitable business consider the niche market unless you have little money then look into reselling other brands while looking out for small funding options or available business grants to apply for as well as saving and reinvesting your profits from the resell until you launch your own brand.

20. Importation business

Oh yes, you don’t need to have all the monies in the world to fill up a container or start importation in Abuja, just start with 200k that’s why I can call it mini importation.

God bless you if you have followers engagement on social media before you start this business, so is easy for you to use for advertising and disposing of your products.

Importation of wear is a very lucrative business but you need to consider importing trending clothes, exchange rates, and clearing fees to know your landing or selling price.

For instance, I send goods to Nigeria from China on a daily basis, lot of people including young businesspersons like you start an importation business with practically nothing and make millions within a short while.

Abuja people like buying and placing orders as quickly as possible same with Lagos residents which means they are selling due to high demand.

In addition, you need to import products that people need; you can check trending products online so you can be guided as well as their prices and related products.

Believe it or not, people start this business with less than 100k, 200k, 300k, or 400k and some even start with 500k and then make huge profits given the inflation in Nigeria is not limiting them.   

21. Natural Honey

Natural honey is one of the businesses in Nigeria that one can retail or export or wholesale. Similar to that of palm oil

Starting this business with two hundred thousand Naira is enough unless the raw honey business idea is the one where you want more money by adding value.

Additionally, you need to source your original honey from beekeepers to avoid selling adulterated honey. The demand for honey for various needs made it easy for you to make money  

22. Cosmetics production and sales

Cosmetic production and sales are lucrative businesses to start in Abuja. Many people are using cosmetics to enhance their beauty including men.

You can start formulating organic cosmetics as it’s trending right now but you need to have the skill and it’s a good profitable investment as people must always use cosmetics or retail some good cosmetics from other brands.

Not to mention this, people believe that if you are not fair then you are not beautiful, so many people are bleaching their skins to be fair. You see this belief even in Lagos.

Starting this business with 200k in Abuja will be very profitable as you will recoup your money in a short while.

23. Event planning

Abuja is another activity-filled place likewise Lagos and Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

Looking to start one of the best businesses in Nigeria with low capital, then check event planning, especially in major cities for 200k.

You need organizational and good planning skills to sustain this business as well as other vendors’ contact to outsource such aspects of the event like DJ, caterer, Baker, fashion designer, retailers for drinks, pure water, and bottled water supply and not limited to another request by the host.

You will involve in event planner services ranging from fundraising, house warming, child dedications, naming ceremony, birthday, burials, weddings, and other parties.

When it comes to planning an event in Abuja, You charge any amount and make lots of money as Abuja people don’t mind provided you can deliver an outstanding event same with Lagos.

24. Retailing business

First of all, I need to remind you that Nigerians depend on retail business rather than manufacturing business.

Also, since the arrival of E-commerce in Nigeria. Many people have continued to patronize retailing business ever than before so you can start your own retailing business.

It can be online or offline by supplying any product that you can obtain from the manufacturers or suppliers and adding value to it by packaging.

You can retail any products; it can be edible or non-edible but not limited to foodstuffs like rice, indomie noodles, and grocery

25. Graphics design

Just like that of a web design service, it follows the same pattern of web design where you as a professional create visual content to communicate the ideas through imagery.

There is a huge market for you in Abuja as many companies and SMEs need graphic design.

26. Fashion design

Another creative business that you can start with low investment. Fashion in Nigeria is growing on a daily basis and Abuja is a fashion hub.

However, fashion design has different aspects that you can go into such as ready-to-wear, kids’ clothing, and female clothing.

Fashion design is a business you can invest in within Abuja but you need to be creative that will allow you to charge any kind of fee because you are the creator so creativity is the watchword.

27. Perfume business

You can’t sell fragrances everywhere so you need a planned location where the targeted people that like to smell good are.

Perfume business is a business opportunity that you can start with 200k in Abuja.

Meanwhile, you can decide to make your own fragrance business and brand it but you need to acquire the skill from a successful person in the business.

With this in mind, if you have to produce your own fragrance, even oil, you need catchy attractive packaging and create a business plan.

Here are some interesting lucrative profitable businesses in Nigeria that you can start with 200k and be successful within a short while:

28. Luxury hair extensions and wigs

29. Business center

30. Corporate Gift Items

31. Keke Napep

32. Makeup Studio

33. Book shop

34. POS Services (Mobile Agent)

35. Blogging


In conclusion, if you are to start any of the business ideas with 200k in Abuja Nigeria featured in this post.

First of all, check out our previous article on 60 Lucrative Successful Businesses to start with 100k in Nigeria 2021, so that you can be guided properly.  

Have any business ideas of your own? Share them with us in the comment section below.

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