We curated these sites to help you make money online

As a young Nigerian well aware of the current state of the economy, you have probably toyed with the idea of ​​exploring alternative options to earn more money.

The rise of business opportunities on the Internet has transformed the traditional approach to work, allowing users to connect with service providers around the world. However, the young Nigerian looking to make money online should consider some factors: What are the trusted online sites accessible from Nigeria? What are the opportunities to secure a foreign currency payment with a Nigerian bank account?

Let’s explore some of the trustworthy sites worth looking into:


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

How to make money on Upwork

To start as a freelancer, you must complete your profile and upon approval, the site highlights ideal jobs for your skills. What follows involves RFPs (which have been posted by clients in need of service), interviews, and possible hiring.

All processes including hiring, contract tracking and payments are handled through the site, ensuring freelancers are certain of payment due. Upwork currently charges between 5% and 20% service fees per successful contract.

How are you paid?

Transactions on Upwork are generally conducted in US dollars. Facilitating payment to your Nigerian bank account is relatively easy; users simply enter their bank details and required sort codes and receive the naira equivalent of the dollar payment via bank transfer.

Is Upwork legit?

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

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: Freelancers rarely have to worry about making sure clients pay for the service rendered, as the site guarantees that funds are confirmed in escrow before the job is completed. It is also quite easy to get jobs on the platform and earn money.

Versus : Commission charges on each contract are a common complaint. Ultimately, Upwork is still a business.

2. Skills sharing

Skillshare offers creators the opportunity to teach an online course and get paid for it. Courses can range from subjects like film or fashion, UI/UX design to entrepreneurship and photography. Teachers can then promote their courses and participate in related Skillshare forums.

How to make money on Skillshare

Teaching credentials are not required and when people take your course you get paid a percentage. It also costs nothing to post a class on Skillshare.

How are you paid?

Payment is via monthly fees based on the number of minutes (usually between $0.05 and $0.10 per minute) watched in your courses, plus a referral bonus for each student you refer to Skillshare. For users in Nigeria, payment is made by wire transfer and funds are usually received after one day (or as determined by the bank).

Is Skillshare legit?

Although there have been some usability issues for some customers, teachers generally find the site easy to use. Skillshare is one of the largest websites in the online learning space with over 27,000 courses.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: There are no degrees required; anyone with the required knowledge can post courses for free. It is also a good source of secondary income.

Versus : It can be difficult to earn a lot of money as a beginner.

3. Fifth

Fiverr is another website that connects freelancers with clients who are willing to pay for a service, commonly referred to as “gigs”. As the name suggests, concert pricing starts at $5.

How to make money on Fiverr

Once the profile is completed, freelancers then list the services (and prices) offered. Services can range from writing, designing logos, creating online content, providing voiceovers, and many more. Fiverr gigs are usually fast-paced, and the freelancer (or seller) should include well-written descriptions that communicate expected value.

How are you paid?

Nigerians can withdraw their earnings from the platform using Payoneer; an open-to-use payment platform in Nigeria.

Is Fiverr legit?

Yes. Fiverr is a legitimate freelancing platform.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages: It is relatively easy to use and with the right skills, freelancers can quickly earn money from the site.

Versus : Due to the popularity of $5 gigs, many customers expect low fares and competition can be tough.


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 from the site.

How to make money on Jumia

Jumia offers an affiliate partnership (also called Key Opinion Leaders program). This means you can promote the products on Jumia and get up to 11% commission on every successful order placed using your affiliate link. This option works best if you have a social media presence or a blogging community; all you have to do is sign up for the affiliate program, find the products your community needs, and encourage the purchase.

How are you paid?

Partners can track their earnings and commissions are usually paid out at the end of the month, using a pre-selected payment method such as wire transfer.

Is Jumia legit?

Yes. Jumia is a legitimate online marketplace, which should build trust with your potential customers.

Advantages and disadvantages

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

The inconvenients: Payment depends on the frequency of successful orders and potential partners will need to have considerable influence to get the most out of the affiliate program.

5. Guru

Guru is another freelance site that offers users the 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, and more.

How to make money on Guru

Similar to most freelancing sites, you can create a profile outlining your key skills and abilities for free. After completing your profile, you can browse jobs online and bid on the jobs you like. You can also set up notifications for new job postings.

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

How are you paid?

Nigerian users can process payment by wire transfer to a Nigerian bank account or through Payoneer.

Is Guru legit?

Yes. Although Guru may not be as well known as other similar websites, it is a trusted independent site with millions of users.

Advantages and disadvantages

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

Versus : The possibility of fake potential customers exists and users are advised to exercise caution.

Note: Although these are all trusted sites for making money online, potential users are advised to exercise due diligence when interacting with customers and other users.

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