I am an African and a Nigerian by birth and citizenship, I love my country and I feel it’s a great nation with so much heritage even if not so many people agree with it, I get their point of view, Nigeria is a potential first-world country but unfortunately at this point, we are not doing so well.
The influence of bad leadership has made Nigeria a third-world country, we are a great people backed up by great natural resources and I believe that we will get there someday.
Another very important heritage I love about Nigeria is the culture, we are over 200 million people with 250 ethnic groups and languages, this has made Nigeria major envy of the world, but one major drawback about the culture in Africa and Nigeria Nigeria is the level of freedom given to the woman.
Not so much is given and expected of the African woman and this has been attributed to diverse cultures and beliefs.
The Northern part of Nigeria which is dominated by the Hausa-Fulani’s, a woman usually assumes the role of a full housewife anytime she is married and she is not permitted to do any corporate job whatsoever, in other words, she is to depend on her husband for her needs, The same goes for the eastern Nigeria where I come from, we are popularly called the Igbo People, for more clarification you can do a Google search to learn about our culture and history, and I am very sure that you would love to learn about it.
The belief and tradition that a woman should be dependent on is not only dominant in Africa as stated earlier but also in some first-world nations of the world such as The Caribean, Australia, and even some major parts in Europe.
I am going to be sharing this article based on my context and opinion and I will so much appreciate it if you dropped feedback in the comments below.
My Personal Experience.
I was born into quite a wealthy family, my Dad was from eastern Nigeria popularly known as the Igbo people, he was a high-chief and was very traditional, he married my mum who was a Yoruba woman.
All the time when I was growing up, it was all rosy and sweet for 9 years from my date of birth one thing I noticed that my mum was always staying at home, I did not understand what a full house meant until I lost my dad, at that time of his death a lot happened that affected my mom and me alongside my two younger sisters.
My mom could not keep up with the bills and the rest was history, it was so hard concluding my high school degree.
I grew up to understand the importance of an independent woman and I made up my mind that every woman that I would ever have anything to do with mush be independent and not only financially but all-round.
I think a woman should be given equal rights as a man.
Why A Woman Should Be Financially Independent.
In my own opinion, as stated in the section above, I feel that a woman should be financially independent and here is some reason to back this up.
1. To be a role-model.
A woman should be able to support the needs of the family financially, socially, emotionally and so on is a role model for her children to show them that Gender inequality is generated by society and does not mean anything when a woman is powerful, confident and self-assured.
If children see that their mothers are financially stable, they will also recognize the importance of money and be motivated to be self-sufficient as they grow up.
2. To meet the rising cost of living.
To be honest with you, a woman needs to learn to control her finances so that she will be able to meet up with the present-day inflation rate all around the world.
Inflation, as we all know, has risen sharply in the last few decades.
To own a decent house, send your children to a good school and enjoy an above-average standard of living has become very high.
3. To pre-empt emergencies.
One thing that is not predictable is life and I must tell you that life can happen to anyone, no matter who you are or your class.
Every family needs to be prepared for a contingency.
Jobs are not super safe, nor is life, when the husband is the only bread earner, and the wife and children are relying on him, then there is a need to worry about the household.
I narrated my story in the paragraph above and I just hope you learn from that.
Money-Making Business Ideas For Every Woman.
There are so many options available for every woman aside building a career but here are some amazing opportunities to choose from when it comes to a very few money-making business ideas.
1. Start a Blog.
A blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style
Starting a blog is a highly lucrative and money-making business that any woman should embark on.
One thing about running a blog is that it attracts multiple streams of income.
All you need to start a blog is interest and passion in a certain field, most times you don’t need all the knowledge in the world to start a blog, all you need is the desire to learn.
I wrote a full guide on how you can start a blog effectively from scratch to finish and I highly recommend that you read it.
2. Catering Business.
All over the world, women have been attributed to belonging to the kitchen, though so many women think of this as a form of abuse I think that it can become a money-making business that every woman can venture into.
I wrote an article on how you can start and scale your catering business an I recommend you read it.
3. Digital Marketing.
Digital marketing is another skill that I think is necessary for every woman, learning how to take people’s businesses online is another money-making business.
All you need to understand is the basis of things like Email marketing, SEO and most important is the understanding of Pay-per-click advertising on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
I wrote a guide on how you can get started as a digital marketing expert and I recommend you read it.
4. Public Speaking.
Over the years, women have dominated this industry and are still doing very well even till today.
Most people are born public speakers but you can acquire the skills for free, all you need is just a burning desire and interest.
Public speakers are paid very well and eventually when you hit the milestone then you are sure to hit a breakthrough.
5. Network Marketing.
In my very few years in network marketing, the highest category of people that performs outrightly well is women because it entails socializing.
I wrote an article on how you can get started with network marketing and I recommend you read it.
6. Laundry Business.
A laundry shop is a place where the actual sorting, washing, drying and ironing (pressing) of the laundry are done.
Women are naturally home-makers and they are very good at house-chores, all they need do is to convert it into a business and start making money from it.
Some so many people need the services of the laundry and they are everywhere in your neighbourhood all you need do is reach out to them.
7. Nanny Business.
If you ask any child who their favourite parent is, I am very sure that they will tell you it’s their mother, women are naturally drawn to their mothers.
As a woman this can become a money-making business especially if you have a spacious apartment ready for use, all you need do is to make the place beautiful and attractive.
8. Software Development (Web Designing).
Over the very few years as a web developer, I have seen more women become software developers, though, they are mostly of the western culture, but I recommend this as a career to every African woman who wants to make cool money.
You don’t need too much to get started as a web developer, all you need is basic knowledge in programming, then you’re up and running.
I wrote an article on how you can kick-start your journey as a web developer and I recommend that you read it.
9. Graphics Design.
Graphics design is another lucrative business that every woman can do, it does not require too much, all you need is a laptop and software to work with.
As a graphics designer, you can work in any field, most of which includes advertising.
10. Video Editing.
Video editing is another lucrative business that any woman can venture into if they intend to make money.
Just like graphics designing all you need is a laptop and knowledge in just a few video editing software.
Video editing is very lucrative because it attracts more opportunity in industries like advertising, movies, you can even start a YouTube channel or start influencing on social media.
I wrote an article on how to get started with video editing and I recommend you read it.
11. Fashion Business.
When you look around the world, Tv’s online ads, who do you see trying to look good? It the woman of course.
There is no need to argue that the woman herself has taken the business of looking good very seriously.
The one problem is that most of these women are just consumers and just a very few of them like to venture into this business.
All you need to get started with this business is interest and some very few soft skills that can be acquired anywhwere even on the internet.
You can also check out a local fashion agency around you, I am sure that they will not charge too much.
E-commerce is a lucrative business that anyone can go into and make very good money.
All you need to start a lucrative E-commerce business is a website.
I wrote a comprehensive guide on how you can get started with an E-commerce website and I recommend you read it.
13. Become A YouTuber.
YouTube is one platform that has created more millionaires than any online platform ever known to mankind, and I must commend the company behind YouTube for a job well done.
I usually tell people that spend time trying to grow their Instagram followership to transfer that energy to building a successful YouTube Channel.
YouTube pays You for every Video you upload on its platform and you can earn recurring income on all videos posted on its a platform.
Here is an article I recommend you read to get started with creating a YouTube channel.
14. Skin Beauty Business.
When you visit beauty stores close to you, who do you see gracing those posters? Women.
Talk about Lipsticks, cosmetics and various beauty stuff, it all belongs in the women world.
Talk about beauty brands like Mary Kay, Kylie Jenner and so many others, they are all women.
You can be sure to make huge profits the day you decide to go into the skin beauty business.
15. Online Tutoring.
Do you have a skill of professional certification in any chosen field of yours then you can start tutoring online?
You can use YouTube or become a paid creator with Udemy.
16. Agricultural Business.
It has been estimated that in 2040, The whole world will turn to Africa for food.
This business of tedding plants and crops is a lucrative business for both man and woman, you can make very good money from it.
Africa has all it takes for you to start an agricultural business.
17. Interior Decoration.
Interior designing is another lucrative business that I can recommend to every woman that wants to be financially independent.
There are so many public places and private homes that need to be decorated in an out.
Meeting up challenges in life as a woman can very hard when it almost seems like it’s a mans world, but I counsel every woman out there to be strong and never to feel overwhelmed by any life challenges that they might be facing, all the way from childhood to motherhood.
Here is an article I also wrote to help every woman raise startup capital for their businesses.
- How To Beat Competitors In Business
- 10+ Smart Ways To Raise Capital To Start Your Business In 2020
- How To Get Business Grants In 2020
I also prepared a digital marketing course to help you scale your business, and here are very article to help kickstart your journey to become an online marketing pro.
- How To Grow Your Business On Facebook In 2020
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