Whether it is a young man selling apples on the streets of Bamenda Cameroon, or a young lady offering high end make up services to ladies in Lagos Nigeria, making an income from a side hustle is something most students attempt at least once in their university days.
Most of the time, our side hustles are things we enjoy doing without much effort on our part. However, sometimes we don’t realise that this particular skill could be turned into something that can generate income. Personally, I was not a very business oriented person when I started university. But soon discovered things I enjoyed doing and plunged myself into hustling when I had the time. We all have different things we enjoy doing, so I will share 5 out of a possible hundred fun ways to make some extra pocket money.
Make up artistry has become intensely popular in our time, thanks to social media. Without it, I doubt trends will spread as fast as they do, from the fleek eyebrows to the current cheekbone highlights. When I used to watch YouTube make-up tutorials, my two favourite youtubers were Chloe Kitembo and Toni Olaoye.
However, there is some negativity attached to make up artists at times, or slay queens, saying they are doing too much – hiding their natural beauty. I do believe some go over board and you can’t even recognise them anymore, but for the most part, I appreciate the art, cause honestly it’s amazing.
My favourite make up artists on Instagram, who do it for pay and not just as a hobby are Comfort Udofia / @lacici_ and my cousin Quinivette Mbanwi / @glamourfaces. Do check out their accounts for inspiration!
I’m not the greatest when it comes to doing makeup. infact I only started wearing makeup like 4 years ago, so I mostly end on foundation level 😂. Foundation level, get it?😂.
This is me doing the most 😬. But I really want to learn how to do makeup like a pro. I think its a skill that I could really use to make some extra income, especially in our glamorous generation.
Now we’re talking my language! Firstly, learning how to do hair is not as hard as you may think. Once you give yourself a little time to learn, before you know it, you’ll be a pro. Checkout Freesomstyles2 on YouTube for hundreds of tutorials on how to do any hairstyle you can think of. Even wigs. Everything hair infact. She’s amazing and I love that she keeps it real.
Meanwhile, here’s your girl! I learnt how to do hair when I was in 1st year. I started doing my own hair, like you see in the picture below, before progressing to my sisters’ hair. And till this day I still do my sisters’ hair for free 😂. Imagine?
Before I knew it, my friends started asking me to do their hair too! So when I had the time, I would do hair for pay. Here I am braiding a friend’s hair
I’m thankful that my friends allowed me to experiment with their hair until I got confident enough to start advertising my services.
The extra money was so great! I don’t get to do hair so often anymore due to Masters taking up my time, but when I get the chance, I get my comb and begin styling!
Here’s something else I did, which honestly took me by surprise because I’m not the most business minded person. It all started when I became natural. My hair grew extremly fast in just 1 year. I could already tie up a huge bun. So I noticed that people always asked me what I used on my hair. Each time I’ll reply “Shea butter only“. Then they would ask ” What is Shea butter?”. So after some research, I learnt that Shea butter does not grow in this part of the world and shops don’t quite stock it, so I decided to create my own Shea butter product with Shea butter from Cameroon.
I called it “Shea Goodness”. You can also create your own product, based on the need in your community. Look around you. What is lacking? What is missing? What could be added?
Other beauty product ideas could be special bath salts, body pamper packages, scented oils. It doesn’t even have to be a beauty product. Whatever you see is needed 😊.
Shea Goodness was sold out last year, and the relaunch is pending. Meanwhile South Africa now imports from the US, Jamaica and Ghana.
This is my sister’s department – @faithakob. She even has a website dedicated to her recipes. From cakes, puff puff, savouries and full African dishes, she’s got tonnes of recipes for them all. Cooking is just so fun and what better way to make money while doing what you love? She used to sell muffins when she was on campus and they became quite popular, to the point where we had to pre-bake mass orders.
Who doesn’t love Sisi Yemmie? So thankful for people who share what they’re passionate about with the world. Her hit YouTube channel and blog attracts thousands, as she shares how to prepare both African and European dishes.
All images below are credited to sisiyemmie.com
Perhaps you may be more ambitious, than just baking muffins and instead start a mini catering service – Offering to prepare snack items for events around campus, friends, church or busy wives who host a lot of meetings
This will require more marketing and good cooking skills. If it’s just a part time mini catering service then it shouldn’t cause stress. School work is already stressful enough! So take it easy ooo!
In the last few years, respect for photographers has grown immensely. I remember when I was much younger, I will always hear people joke about getting married to a photographer – It was seen as a poor unskilled man’s job. So no mother wanted her daughter to end up with a photographer.
Now, photographers are in high demand all over the world! Infact some photographers earn more than Doctors. It’s become a trendy profession. Also due to the rise in makeup artistry, social media and just a general appreciation for the art. Penjo baba, is a Cameroonian photographer, who started capturing events back home on small scale.
He’s now gone global and is highly requested all over the world to capture weddings in particular. So if you love taking photos at events, then hey, this could be for you. The only down side to this is you need a good camera and some editing skills. The good side is, once you get the camera, you can capture for countless events. It has to be a hobby you enjoy!
Photographers are also in demand by bloggers, youtubers, instagram models, and the rest of the social media world. So next time that blogger friend of yours asks for pictures for her next post, don’t do it for free! Check for the rates charged for photoshoots in your area. One incredibly skilled photographer who does this for designers and bloggers is @a_kid_named_trav.
Talking of photography, let me end with my favourite picture this week from Asiyami Gold. If photography is your thing, why not take it a little further and put yourself out there. I love taking photos of nature and lifestyle, so making an income from that will require more training. But for people and events, its a little easier.
There are so many more ideas, but I hope these few got you cooking up something. I thought I should share something chilled this week so here we go!
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