How to make money as a freelancer in Nigeria – online business

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Freelancer online business is among the best online businesses in Nigeria currently. This is due to the fact that it is relatively easier to start making money online quickly with freelancing businesses compared with other popular online business opportunities in Nigeria. In this post, I will share with you some tips that can help you get started with freelancing businesses, and also share with you high in demand freelancing businesses and the top websites where you can offer those services and start making money online. But, before that, let’s understand the basic things about freelancing business.

Who is a freelancer?

As a freelancer, you are a self-employed person who is not necessarily committed to a particular employer or client long-term. In other words, as a freelancer, you are not an employee, instead, you work for different people, businesses or clients, and your deal with them ends as soon as the job is done. You may work for the same client in the future, doesn’t matter. The key point here is that a freelancer is a self-employed person.

How to make money as a freelancer here in Nigeria?

There are many ways you can make money online as a freelancer here in Nigeria. Freelancers usually offer services, although you can as well sell products. There are just so many services you can offer and make money as a freelancer. This includes article writing, logo design, web design, programming, mobile apps development, web apps development, SEO services, social media management, SEM, content marketing, research, data entry, typing, teaching, etc. Services freelancers offer are just many; it can range from more complex things like building a sophisticated software to simple tasks like posting comments on blogs of your clients.

How to get started with freelancing business in Nigeria

To get started as a freelancer, the most important thing required are skills. What skills do you have? Like I said above, there are so many services a freelancer can offer. Your first step should be to identify things you can do. Can you write? Are you a graphic designer? Digital marketer? SEO savvy? Do you have strong presence on social media? What is that sellable skill you have?
Even if you THINK you don’t have any sellable skills at all, don’t worry. Every skill that people have was learnt. Some skills may take a couple of days to learn, some a couple of weeks, some months, some other years. The bottom line here is acquiring a skill first.

Best freelance websites in Nigeria

FiverrAfter you have written down a couple of sellable skills you have, the next step is to go to websites that can easily connect you with clients. Now, there are many websites out there that connect (or claim to connect) freelancers with clients; however, only few of such websites really have so many (millions) of clients coming to their sites.

The way these websites work is similar to what we have in online marketplaces. The freelance websites act like middlemen between you the seller (freelancer) and the buyers (clients). All you have to do is go to the freelance website, register for free and start selling your services.

To see the to 3 freelance websites in Nigeria, please see my previous post that already dealt with that. I don’t want to duplicate the post here. Hence, read 3 Best freelancing sites in Nigeria to make money online

In some freelance sites after creating your accounts, you list and describe services you want to offer, including how much you charge per completion of the service. Usually, the least amount should be $5. Now depending on the type of services, you can charge $5, $20, $100, etc.
Although most freelance websites work in the similar way, there can still be some differences in the way things are done. For example, Fiverr allows you to create “gig” and set your own price. But in UpWork you have to bid. Don’t worry, you will get to understand these things when you start. They are as knowing your name.

Best services (Gigs) to sell in freelancing websites

From what I said earlier, it is obvious there are thousands of services one can offer online as a freelancer. However, the fact is that some services sell much more than others. Not all services or skills are in high demand. That is why I kept using the word “sellable skills”. I have already created a post the lists the hottest selling Gigs on Fiverr. “Gig” is simply the service you offer. The hot selling gigs on Fiverr are also the hot selling gigs on other freelance websites. Therefore, I urge you to read 20+ Best selling Fiverr Gigs for Nigerians

Alright friend, that’s all for this post. If you have any question, please drop it in the comment box below. Please share this post. Thanks.


I'm Arinze Anakor, nickname Zest. I'm an entrepreneur, a passionate software developer, mechanical engineering graduate, and "web addict."

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