Here in Ghana, there are certain jobs that are so much criticized and looked down upon. People who engage in such jobs or businesses are usually pitied and not given due respect in the society. People dislike these businesses so much that they choose to rather engage in vices. Ironically, the people who do these ‘odd jobs’ boast of an enviable standard of living without people knowing it. Here are some of the most disrespected but well paying businesses in Ghana.
This job ranges from motor vehicle repairs to fixing other types of engines, generators, etc, but no matter the one you specialize in, you are sure to make it. This is because it is one business where you have a lot of customers on a daily basis as people who own cars cannot do without taking them for repairs or daily check ups, and lets face it, almost everyone has a car now. Though this profession is disrespected in Ghana, it give hundreds of Cedis on a daily basis.
Their work clothes might make them look unclean but that's just the nature of the job. The most amazing thing about this business is that you don’t have to use the gain to purchase more raw materials because all the raw materials you need are in your hands and in your head.
2. SACHET WATER BUSINESS.
The sachet water business popularly known as the ‘pure water’ business is one lucrative business venture many young graduates will never want to venture into because they feel it's not prestigious. But surprisingly, those operating it are making good money. Sometimes far more than what some white-collar jobs will offer.
This is because everyone drinks water.
3. CASH CROP FARMING.
It is almost a general belief, especially among young graduates, that farming is meant for the poor unlearned village people, but in the real scheme of things, farmers may be richer than most of the bank managers we see walking around. Farming is a very lucrative business but Ghanaians feel it doesn’t have any prestige and many young people do not even give it a thought. If you are still in doubt, try finding out why the Agricultural Development Bank is one of the richest banks in Ghana.
4. MANAGING KVIP/Public Toilet.
It may really sound ridiculous to tell someone who values prestige to consider going into KVIP management. Though it may sound so nice when abbreviated, KVIP simply means, Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit. But the truth is, if you’re able to build one KVIP in a heavily populated area, you have made a fortune. It’s a gold and oil mine put together. With the invention of Biogas, there’s a good future for this business. If only some of our unemployed graduates would give this a try instead of roaming the streets searching for white-collar jobs, life would be so much better for them than they could ever imagined.
As a result of the increasing number of weddings, funerals and parties going on everyday around the country, caterers are almost always at work to feed the hungry. A very lucrative job indeed, as everyone has to eat. One thing about catering is that the returns you get depends on how you handle the business. It pays most if you own the business yourself. It also requires you to be hardworking as there are many competitors in the business.
Many do not value this business here in Ghana but if you happen to gain popularity in the business, you will be counted among the rich! Have you ever wondered why there is always a crowd at fast food outlets like Mr Biggs and Frankies? Well, now you have your answer.
6. CATTLE REARING.
No matter how funny and downgrading it may sound, the bitter truth is that cattle rearing is a very lucrative business in Ghana. Don’t be deceived by the dressing of the Fulani herdsmen.
A calf costs about ¢600, two will cost about ¢1,200.00. If you get a male and female, you’re already into business. It’s a long-term investment which fetches a lot later in life, because one fully grown cow or bull can be sold between ¢3,000 to ¢6,000 depending on its size. Cows also breed fast and within a few days can rake in a lot of money.
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