7 Dirty (Legal) Ways To Make Money in Nigeria 2024

Let’s face reality, do you know that there are a lot of dirty ways to make money in Nigeria that a lot of people neglect? Yes, I have a made a research and I can boldly tell you that some dirty businesses are very much profitable but people actually don’t pick interest on them.

It’s true that the cost of living in Nigeria can be quite high, especially with the recent fluctuations in the value of the naira against the dollar. This can make it difficult for people to make ends meet and provide for their families. I will show you 7 legal dirty ways to make money in Nigeria and maintain a good living.

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Here are 7 dirty ways to make money in Nigeria

1. Become a Charcoal Distributor

You can start charcoal distributing business and make a lot of income. This is consistent as one of the most profitable dirty ways to make money in Nigeria.

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As a charcoal distributor, you buy from a cheap location, ship them to a cost environment, then sell them with your interest. This business is conssidered very lucrative if you properly manage. To start a charcoal business, you might need a minimum capital of ₦50,000 to ₦100,00.

2. Become a Mechanic

Without being sentimental, do you know that mechanical is one of the most profitable profession you can choose regardless of it being a dirty job? Yes, as a mechanic, you can maintain a high cost of living in Nigeria and still save a lot of money.

Learning mechanic can be as quick as 6 months to 1 year. If you can dedicate your time and passion to learn mechanic, believe me it’s very befitting.

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3. Become a Car Washer

Becoming a car washer is one of the dirty ways to make money in Nigeria legally. Do you know that car washing business can be very lucrative and rewarding? Infact a lot of car washers makes reasonable figures daily just by washing cars especially people that base in an urban areas.

Starting a car wash won’t cost you a lot, you just have to secure a location in high traffic area. Alternative, if you don’t plan on starting your own, you could work under someone and earn some percentage based on your agreement.

4. Become a Garbage Collector

You can also make money by becoming a garbage/waste collector. A waste collector is a person/people saddled with the responsibility of removing, collecting and disposing municipal waste (refuse) from place of residence, work and other places.

As a garbage collector, you can choose to work for organization or independently. If you have pickup truck that’s the best, all you have to do is to visit residents and ask them for their refuses. You also have to clearly analyze your prices in other to remain competitive.

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5. Start farming

Do you know that farming is the foundation of Nigeria economy? Off course every body living in Nigeria needs food to survive, that’s to tell you that farming is a very lucrative and one of the dirty ways to make money in Nigeria that you should consider.

Farming is more suitable for people residing in the northern part of Nigeria because their soil is more loamy and fertile which is the ideal for growing crops. If you reside or willing to relocate to the northern part of Nigeria then you should consider farming.

6. Dry cleaning services

I think dry cleaning business is one of the lucrative business that’s very profitable. There is always a demand for dry cleaning services, as people need to have their clothes cleaned and pressed on a regular basis. Secondly, the start-up costs for a dry cleaning business are relatively low, and there is a high profit margin on each item that is cleaned.

Dry cleaning business is more suitable for places with places with more population density, such as cities or urban areas.

7. Become a painter

As a painter you also stand a chance of making a good living. Painting is a business that can be quite lucrative, especially if you are skilled and efficient. There are a few reasons why this is the case. First, people are always looking for painters to help them with their homes and businesses. Second, when you consider the start-up costs for a painting business, they’re relatively low. All you need is some painting supplies and a reliable vehicle. Third, the profit margin on painting jobs is quite high. Most painters charge as much as ₦500,000 for a project.

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Additional, do you know that you can learn and master painting within the period of 3 – 6 months interval? Yes, learning painting isn’t as difficult as many thought when you put in an effort.


In conclusion, many people neglect dirty ways to make money in Nigeria because they don’t realize how lucrative these opportunities can be. However, there are a few reasons why you should consider exploring these options. First, these businesses often have low start-up costs, so you can get started without a lot of money. Second, these businesses can be very profitable, especially if you are willing to work hard and market yourself effectively. Finally, these businesses can be a great way to be your own boss and have control over your own schedule. If you’re looking for a way to make money, consider exploring dirty ways to make money in Nigeria.

If you have any additional question or clarification on this post, then scroll down to the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ugo Prosper Chibuzor

Hello everyone..... I'm Prosper Chibuzor Ugo, the founder and senior editor at Edu Forum Nigeria. Feel free to reach out to me using any of the contact details available below.

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