Are there sure-fire ways guaranteed to make one money online in Nigeria notwithstanding the economic hardship?
There are over 7 billion search results that show up when you search for “How to start an online business” and with a cost per click of $6.
With the advent of the internet, a lot of people have been able to hit their financial goals and change their economic situation because they leveraged the power of the internet to sell products, services and expertise.
The internet is not only an enabler, it is also a multiplier, giving you the ability to reach millions of people with just a tap of the button.
Currently, there are more than 3.2 billion internet users in the world, now imagine if you get 0.01 percent of this people to pay you 1 dollar per month. You would have successfully cemented your place in the 1% of the richest people in the world by earning in excess of 3.8 million annually. This is the power of the internet.
The beauty of the internet is that no matter where you live, you can reach a pool of people all over the world, so you are not limited by location.
It doesn’t matter if you conduct your economic activity from Lagos, Paris or Berlin, because the internet offers a level playing field to everyone to thrive you will still make money online.
But you cannot thrive on the internet and become a highly successful entrepreneur if you don’t know what value you can offer in exchange for money and that is why in this article, I’m going to show you 21 guaranteed ways you can make money online in Nigeria with little or no cash investment.
1. Sell Your Skills on Freelance Sites
If you have a skill like graphic design, you can design a logo, write a book, create content for social media, do voice overs, do digital illustrations, etc., anything you are very good at, you can sell your skills to a large audience of customers on freelance sites.
There are a lot of freelance sites on the internet, some of them are sector specific, others are broader. You can choose to start with anyone you like.
Here’s a list of some of the best freelance sites:
Here’s How Freelancing Sites Work:
You have a skill you want to sell online; you go to a freelance site and sign up for that skill category then someone else wants a job done, they see your skill posting and contacts you. Payment is made to the freelance site and once your work is done, it is remitted to you.
In essence you don’t have to live in the same country with the client you are offering your freelance services to.
2. Become a Google Ads Expert
Google is the largest website on the internet and the number one website in the world. With an average rate of 5.6 billion searches per day, the potential for an expert on Google ads is so wide.
Advertising on Google helps you reach a targeted audience that are actively searching for your solution and becoming a Google ad expert will position you to help businesses reach their target audience.
Google offers a digital marketing certification program to anyone who wants to learn more about digital marketing called Google Digital Garage. You can start your journey to becoming an ads expert through their courses.
Small businesses and established corporate organizations in Nigeria can pay any amount if you can help them acquire new customers consistently.
3. Become a Social Media Marketer
More and more people are spending more time on social media. In any minute of the day at all, 1 million people are logging into Facebook, 348 thousand people are scrolling through Instagram, 88 thousand people are tweeting, and a whopping 41 million messages are sent through Whatsapp and Messenger, and that is just one minute, think of what happens on these platforms in a whole day!
You can tap into this flurry of activity and convert them into money for yourself by becoming a social media marketer which is finding what people on social media want and offering it to them on these platforms.
4. Bring Your Offline Business to the Internet
When I started this article, I noted that the internet is an enabler and a multiplier. Chances are that you have something that is proven and makes you money offline that you can bring to the online world and 10x your result in a short space of time.
If you have a product or service you sell and make money from offline, what creative ways can you bring it to the internet and increase your reach and customer base?
I will be willing to guide you on this part if you need help. Contact me here.
5. Start a Blog
Another way to make money online is by owning a blog of your own. Owning a blog is equal to owning your own news and media outfit through which you or anyone can reach the world.
There’s the pitfall of trying to own a blog on a free hosted site like blogger, medium and the likes, don’t make that mistake because if you do, your blog won’t make you a lot of money. To be more honest with you, you will struggle until you angrily abandon the blog.
But by treating your blog like a business and building it on a self-hosted site, you will be able to earn fully from your labor.
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6. Become an Instagram Influencer
The evolution of marketing today is influencer marketing. This is the honest truth about marketing and making a lot of money online.
Brands pay influencers (people with a large following) a lot of money to put in a word or two on their behalf across to their followers.
This is very prevalent on Instagram, the photo and video sharing social media platform where the younger generation hang out nowadays.
Because Instagram gives you the opportunity to tell a beautiful story with visuals, it has become addictive to followers and the go-to marketing platform for brands.
Becoming an Instagram influencer helps you monetize your following doing the things you like best.
7. Become a Facebook Influencer
Just as you can become an influencer on Instagram, you can also become a Facebook influencer by building a large community of people that follow your content.
One of the ways to do this is by starting a Facebook group focused on a specific topic or targeting a specific type of people and grooming it till you can fully monetize it.
We have thought leaders in Nigeria banking big every month from their Facebook communities. The best part is that some of them operate from home.
8. Become a Video Creation Expert
Due to the growth of the internet and the fact that people assimilate information better through videos, video creation have become a high paying skill.
When you become a video creation expert in Nigeria, you can create ads and video content for brands, businesses and personalities to post on their online channels to promote their endeavors.
If you are super-awesome at creating advertising videos, you will make a ton of money every month in Nigeria.
9. Start a YouTube Channel
Every day, 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube. That’s an enormous amount of viewership. And the best part is that YouTube uses a revenue sharing formula that ensures that content creators on their platform get paid.
You can tap into this viewership by creating a channel of your own and working on it daily or weekly until you gather enough subscribers to make enough income on the platform.
10. Make Graphics for Online Platforms
Another highly in demand skill in Nigeria is graphic design.
Brands need graphic designers who can create very beautiful graphics for their brands that will help them stand out in the online market place.
As a graphic designer, you can work for various brands earning money on your work, summing it up into a fair pay monthly without leaving the comfort of your home.
11. Become a Social Media Manager
Every business out there that wants to thrive on the internet have more than one social media manager that creates their content, respond to their messages and keep up activity for them on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and they pay fairly well too.
Becoming a social media marketer is a very viable way of making money online.
You will need quick-fix apps from Play Store or App Store that will help you create simple graphics, take notes online, edit image and videos and automate your social media posts across all platforms.
12. Become a Digital Marketing Consultant
One of the ways to earn money online is to become a digital marketing strategist. This means you study the competitive landscape of your clients and draw up a strategy with which they’ll dominate their industry online.
This requires a deep knowledge of the online world, proper knowledge of your client’s business and industry and good planning skills.
By combining all these you can come up with a strategy that is sure to win and you’ll get well paid for it.
13. Sell Your Knowledge on the Internet
If you’re an expert in one field of endeavor or another, you can make money online by selling your knowledge on the internet. Some of the ways you can do this are:
- By writing a book and publishing it online
- Starting a podcast
- Doing a webinar
All of these can help you make a lot of money online.
14. Run Ads for Brands
Because more than half of the world’s population spend time daily on the internet, brands are seeing this as the best place to meet their target market and grow their customer base.
This is an opportunity for you if you have the skills required to help brands run ads on the internet profitably.
Due to insufficient knowledge, a lot of people lose money advertising online and wisdom dictates that they outsource it to those who can do it better.
If you can prove that you’ll do it better, that’s your chance.
15. Become a Content Creator
You can also make money online by becoming a content creator. Writing articles and selling them in exchange for money.
Written content is just one form, there’s also audio content and video content. You can charge your clients per word or hours.
The best to increase your chances of earning more money in Nigeria as a content creator is to choose a niche and focus on serving businesses in that niche.
16. Become an Affiliate Marketer
Another viable way to make money online in Nigeria is to become an affiliate marketer.
There are a couple of online platforms where you can creatively make good money as an affiliate marketer among those are:
- CJ Affiliate
- JV Zoo
When you become part of these affiliate networks, you’ll be able to earn commissions up to 50% on each sale you make.
By selling in volumes you earn fat amounts that will be paid out to you periodically.
17. Start a Dropshipping Business
You can also start a dropshipping business where you refer customers to online platforms to purchase products and earn commissions on each purchase without having to bother about inventory.
As a dropshipping agent, you open up an online store and run ads, your customers places orders which you fulfill by contacting the supplier to ship it to the customer directly. You do not need to see or handle the product.
Companies that offer dropshipping programs include:
18. Start a Mini Importation business
Another smart way to earn money online is to start a mini importation business in Nigeria.
Mini importation allows you to source goods ridiculously cheap on e-commerce sites, ship them into Nigeria in small quantities and sell them for large profit.
The most popular e-commerce website for mini importers in Nigeria is Alibaba, the Chinese website for manufacturers, where you can find a manufacturer with a product that would sell and have it imported at factory price and resell it with a high profit margin.
Check out these 29 hot selling product ideas you can start importing tomorrow.
19. Become a Software Developer
One of the ways to make big money using the internet is to become a software developer, who can develop apps, websites and tools for businesses.
Software developers can easily earn a cool six figures according to their skill level. This is one skill I know that is high demand but only very few are maximizing it, maybe because of the technicalities involved.
If you already have the skill you can sign up on any of the freelancing sites we mentioned above so they can connect you with customers waiting anxiously for the service you offer.
20. Build Websites for Others as a Service
As businesses and individuals are realizing that they need a presence in the largest real estate in the world, they are beginning to need the service of website development in droves.
You can position yourself to be the person who develops websites for these brands and by so doing you will enrich your pocket.
21. Become an Online Coach
A coach is a person who helps others achieve their goals. Whether it’s a health goal or a financial goal or a life goal, you can become the one who helps others achieve it while achieving yours too.
You can do this by building authority and starting a coaching program that people will pay a fee to sign up for and the medium of delivery will be through the internet.
To successfully perform well as an online coach in Nigeria, you will need to have a platform where people can connect with you, learn from you and you nurture them into buyers.
No matter what it is you do well, you can bring it to the internet and make money from it or you can learn a skill and start hitting your financial goals through it.
There’s always room in the online space since more and more people are adopting the internet on daily basis.
Pick one of the ways of making money online in Nigeria that I listed above and make the most of it.