We have curated these sites to help you make money online

As a young Nigerian, aware of the current economic climate, you have probably toyed with the idea of ​​exploring alternative ways to make more money.

The rise of Internet-based business opportunities has changed the traditional approach to work, allowing users to connect with service providers worldwide. However, the young Nigerian who wants to make money online needs to consider certain factors: Which trusted online sites are accessible from Nigeria? What are the options for securing foreign currency payments with a Nigerian bank account?

Let’s explore some of the trusted money-making sites worth considering:

1. Refurbishment

Upwork is a favorite among people looking for freelance opportunities. The site allows freelance writers, designers, translators, editors, and consultants (almost any category, really) to apply for jobs and land paying clients.

How to make money with Upwork

To start as a freelancer you would need to complete your profile and once approved the site will display the ideal jobs for your skill set. What follows includes bidding for jobs (posted by clients who need a service), interviewing, and eventual hiring.

All processes including hiring, contract tracking and payments are handled through the website to ensure freelancers can rest assured that they are getting paid when they are due. Upwork currently charges between 5% and 20% service fee per successful contract.

How are you paid?

Transactions on Upwork are typically conducted in US dollars. Funding your Nigerian bank account is relatively easy; Users simply need to enter their bank details and required routing numbers and receive the naira equivalent of the dollar payment via wire transfer.

Is Upwork legal?

Yes. The site was launched in 2015 after two major freelance sites, oDesk and Elance, teamed up for a rebrand. Upwork is currently one of the world’s largest freelancer platforms with over 18 million users.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: Freelancers rarely have to worry about clients paying for services rendered, as the site ensures funds are confirmed in escrow before the job gets done. It’s also pretty easy to get jobs and make money on the platform.

Disadvantage: The commission fees for each contract are a common complaint. At the end of the day, Upwork is still a business.

2. Skillshare

Skillshare offers developers the opportunity to teach an online course and get paid for it. Classes can range from topics such as film or fashion, UI/UX design to entrepreneurship and photography. Teachers can then promote their classes and participate in relevant Skillshare forums.

How to make money with Skillshare

There are no teaching degrees required and as people take your course you will be paid a percentage. It also costs nothing to publish a course on Skillshare.

How are you paid?

Payment is via monthly royalties based on the number of minutes (typically between $0.05 and $0.10 per minute) you’ve watched in your classes, plus a referral bonus for each student you refer to Skillshare. For users in Nigeria, payment is made by bank transfer, and the money is usually received after a day (or as specified by the bank).

Is Skillshare legit?

While there have been certain usability issues with certain customers, teachers generally find the site easy to use. Skillshare is one of the largest e-learning sites with over 27,000 courses.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: No degrees are required; Anyone with the necessary skills can publish courses for free. It is also a good source of side income.

Disadvantage: As a beginner, it can be difficult to make a lot of money.

3. Fiverr

Fiverr is another site that connects freelancers with clients who are willing to pay for a service commonly referred to as “gigs.” As the name suggests, Gig prices start at $5.

How to make money on Fiverr

Upon completing the profile, freelancers then list the services (and prices) offered. Services can range from writing, designing logos, creating online content, providing voice overs and much more. Fiverr Gigs tend to be fast, and the freelancer (or seller) must include well-written descriptions that convey the expected value.

How are you paid?

Nigerians can withdraw their earnings from the platform using Payoneer; a payment platform that can be used in Nigeria.

Is Fiverr Legit?

Yes. Fiverr is a legitimate platform for freelancers.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: It’s relatively easy to use, and with the right skills, freelancers can make quick money from the site.

Disadvantage: Due to the popularity of $5 Gigs, many customers expect low prices and the competition can be fierce.

4. Jumia

Jumia is by far the most popular online marketplace in Nigeria and even if you are not interested in selling directly on Jumia you can still make money on the site.

How to make money on Jumia

Jumia offers affiliate partnerships (also known as the Key Opinion Leaders program). This means you can promote the products on Jumia and earn up to 11% commission on every successful order made through your affiliate link. This option works best if you have a social media presence or blog community; All you have to do is sign up for the affiliate program, find the products your community needs, and encourage purchases.

How are you paid?

Affiliates can track their earnings and commissions are usually paid out at the end of the month via a pre-selected payment method such as bank transfer.

Is Jumia legal?

Yes. Jumia is a legitimate online marketplace and this should build trust with your potential customers.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: Jumia has a trusted presence in Nigeria and with the affiliate program, affiliates do not need to purchase any product and registration is completely free.

Disadvantages: Payment depends on the frequency of successful orders, and potential affiliates must have significant influence to get the most out of the affiliate program.

5. Guru

Guru is another freelance site that offers users an opportunity to turn their skills and expertise into lucrative businesses. Membership is free and the site caters to freelancers with a wide range of skills such as finance, photography, web design, business consulting, etc.

How to make money with Guru

Similar to most freelance sites, you can create a profile for free detailing your key skills and abilities. After you fill out your profile, you can search and bid for jobs online that you like. You can also set up notifications for new job postings.

Guru allows users to set a fixed price for jobs and ensures freelancers’ earnings are protected with Safepay protection.

How are you paid?

Nigerian users can make the payment via bank transfer to a Nigerian bank account or through Payoneer.

Is guru legit?

Yes. While not as well known as other similar sites, Guru is a trusted freelance site with millions of users.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: The site offers free membership, secure payment, and job listings tailored to the user’s skill set.

Disadvantage: There is a possibility of potential fake clients and users are advised to exercise caution.


Note: While these are all trusted websites to make money online, potential users are advised to exercise due diligence when interacting with customers and other users.

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