A good number of black immigrants who relocated abroad had their formative years filled with difficulties trying to survive in the new land. This has become a common trend for decades and counting. And of course, it comes with its own ripple effects on foreigners who relocated abroad in search of greener pastures. Considering this sad reality, we have taken time to provide a list of some marketable skills that could earn new immigrants some good money even before they settle and find their footing abroad. Most of these simple skills could save you money, provide you with income and even form the foundation of a very good, profitable business for you abroad.
Below are 10 Skills that could earn you good money abroad as a new black immigrant:
Driving is a life-saving skill every young person should learn how to do. The US 🇺🇸 has the same driving system as Nigeria (right-hand drive) while the UK has left-hand drive. You can obtain an international driver’s license and use it to drive in the UK for 1 year upon arrival. Driving can help you make money from doing Uber (easier in the US) or partnering with food delivery companies (UberEats, Just Eat, Deliveroo).
2. COOKING LOCAL DELICACIES
If you are a good chef, this is one soft skill that can earn you some good money and save you from hunger and financial lack. There are tons of supermarkets abroad selling Nigerian food items and cooking is very pocket friendly. Plus, if you can cook Nigerian delicacies well, a lot of Nigerians will be willing to contract you to cook for their families or events for some good fee.
3. HAIR STYLING
This is gold abroad as many Nigerian women are always on the lookout for someone who can do wonders to their hair – braiding, locking, fixing. If you can do this, you won’t lack customers on weekends.
If you can cut, pattern and sew, especially with native materials, then you will be in high demand abroad. All you need for customers to suffocate you with materials and requests is to make really good clothes someone will wear to a party and spread the word. Finish. Your business can grow by word of mouth.
For guys, many salons here don’t know what to do with the male African hair. If you can cut well and give a good fade, you can easily make £15-20 per haircut and even save your own money if you can barb yourself.
If you have a professional camera and can take some very good shots, all you need is tell people you can do this. You will get requests for birthday photoshoots, professional shots, wedding shoots, etc. This is a hugely marketable skill abroad.
If you can write well, you will always be in demand. There are companies looking for good writers to create their social media content, to individuals looking for brilliant writers to articulate their thoughts in essays, books, writing projects, proposals. You can earn solid cash from writing. The most beautiful thing about this? You can do this remotely. Just you, your laptop screen and money.
8. GRAPHIC DESIGN
If you are good with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and can bang out good designs, you will be in demand. Businesses need fliers, individuals need beautiful designs for social media and you can be their go-to-person.
9. WEB DESIGN/SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Even if you can’t code, if you understand the basics of web design and can make beautiful, dynamic websites, you can make money from them. Individuals and companies are always looking for good web designers. If you can code and can develop softwares, you are the boss. You can make cool cash from tech companies who will always need brilliant developers. You can do this remotely.
10. VIDEOGRAPHY/VIDEO EDITOR
If you can make a good video or very good at editing videos, you can make cool cash abroad. You can cover events, birthdays, weddings, graduations – just let people know that you are good at this. If you can edit videos, you can earn massively from persons in need of good video editors for social media content – YouTube, TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.
These are some of the top skills that could earn you some side money as an immigrant abroad. Having any of these skills and using them abroad is the main secret why some early immigrants do not suffer financially abroad as there is always a side source of income that help them to meet their financial needs.