How to make money online in Nigeria (running a profitable internet business from home) is your dream, no doubt. Or you wouldn’t have bothered with this entry in the first place.
If I’m correct (and I suspect that I am), be rest assured that this is easy – incredibly easy that you can achieve this all important task of making money online right from the comfort of your living room!
Imagine working in your pajamas (or maybe boxers) while others sweat it out in starched suits struggling with an 8 – 4 to earn a living for themselves or their families!
In extreme cases (like the banks), such persons may not have time even for their children!
Does such a lifestyle (as described ‘in boxers’ above) interest you? If yes, let’s proceed. If no, thanks – this entry won’t make much sense…you can as well go, buy a movie ticket and enjoy yourself!
However, before I proceed, I must make this very clear: earning money online isn’t for lazy folks…while you can work in your pajamas (and still manage a full time income) you must be willing to put in some creative effort – and be able to dedicate time.
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The Joy of Working Online (To Make Money)
Working online, especially in Nigeria, presents many joys which may not be noticeable on face value. However, on further digging, you’ll be amazed at the plethora of options open to the fellow who has chosen this path over the conventional lifestyle of an 8 – 4.
First, you watch your children grow (or get time enough for your loved ones). It is sad to see that many Nigerian workers actually work round the clock and most, it is often joked, either forget the names of their children or their children develop the habit of calling them ‘uncle’ or ‘brother’.
Second, living the online lifestyle in Nigeria means you can actually set your working hours yourself.
This means, you could choose to work during the day – and sleep during the night, simply work at night and rest during the day or balance the two (wild) extremes.
This makes you focus on your super productive time/hours of the day or break up your tasks in small chunks that excite and motivate you instead of working like a machine (even when you would rather rest).
Third, this business model also means you are your own boss once you step online!
This is especially helpful if you had a hitherto difficult to please boss and would appreciate firing him/her because they were making you age prematurely. Nigerian bosses could be mean, believe me…Anyone who has worked at least 3 jobs will recount the story of a particularly nasty boss in their working life!
Fourth, the Pareto Principle (or 80/20 rule) could be used to great effect by you.
This principle essentially argues that 80% of your success comes from just 20% of your efforts. The implications of such a statement (and ultimate reality) are quite staggering.
It means, for one, that with the same time, you can achieve much more. It also means that you can have more fun – while achieving more (a rare combination in conventional life). Unfortunately, 8 – 4 jobs are structured so as to deliberately ignore Pareto or his principles…you could change that, working for yourself.
Fifth, working online affords you the opportunity to take a holiday when you wish, where you wish and for how long you actually wish.
This, why really difficult to comprehend, is essentially simple – once you master the basics of working online. It does not connote that you can stay at bar beach or the Obudu Mountain Resort for six months at a stretch.
However, if you have worked exceedingly hard – and scheduled your work well in advance, you could take even two whole months off – and still get things up and working on autopilot. This ‘safety gauge’ would ensure that you maybe work for just 2 – 3 hours (maximum) during your vacation and even at that, only at supervising the things you worked hard to set up.
Finally, working from home makes you truly enjoy work and the very act of putting hours into labor.
It may interest you to know that not many people enjoy their work especially here in Nigeria. A recent survey even put the percentage of persons who do not enjoy their work at a whopping 92% of the active labor force. This actually means that only about 8% of persons enjoy their work!
The former category of workers are easy to detect: doctors who are mad at their patients almost all the time, policemen who passionately hate patrols, writers who complain of writers block all the time and never quite figure what to write next and even lecturers who hate the very sight of students! On the flip side, if you enjoy your work, there are amazing benefits attached.
The Benefits of Enjoying your Work (Especially Online)
Enjoying one’s work has series of benefits which can only be better appreciated by actually living and doing a job you truly love.
The feeling is heavenly as your mind is always at rest. The great thing is that this radiates outwards and eventually, people begin to appreciate your work as being marked with distinctive genius!
My Story (and Why I Chose to Make Money Online)
I was billed to a life of advocacy – pleading (or arguing) other people’s cases in a court of law, typically, before a judge or tribunal.
The prestige was great – and the accompanying money too wasn’t something to disregard any day…however, there was something wrong with this type of lifestyle.
This wasn’t what I wanted! Instead, I chose writing and information marketing – all online. My reasons, though largely misunderstood by associates, friends and family were very simple:
- I love my family. Watching my father go to work every day (especially when we were on holidays) was a major blow to me. I constantly asked mother: “why won’t daddy just stay back and play ball with us?” Mom disappointed me. Her answer was: “your father has to go to work”. I remember telling her once: “then, he should work at home!” When I got married and had my first child, those memories came haunting me…I knew I had to change something!
- I can hardly be described as a fan of convention. Why dogmatically stick to something that doesn’t hold instead of doing the shaking? Unfortunately, the 8 – 4 world is a strangely dogmatic world that actually prides in its ability to make even iron bend!!
- I love being in charge of my time – and by raw extension, my life. If time is more important than money (which is my belief), why should another fellow control mine?
So, I left the line of suits and arguments. It is my belief that I can plead the cause of the masses and my readers (who are essentially my clients) better in shorts and a simple vest right on my sofa at home.
So far, this strategy has been far more effective!
Three Famous Examples (Who also chose the Road Less Traveled)
First, Chinua Achebe (of blessed memory): our very own world renowned novelist, social critic and author of Things Fall Apart (and other award winning novels) was billed to read medicine and end up as a doctor. Achebe refused – and instead, changed course to English and religion…
To observers (even the ones that wished him well), Achebe was about the most foolish man alive! How else could someone refuse to pursue a ‘brilliant’ career like medicine (especially in pre-colonial Nigeria) and instead choose to be a ‘common’ writer?
After just about 10 years, Achebe proved the critics wrong – he knew exactly what he was doing. Had he insisted on being a medical doctor, then, most likely, he would have wound up a common, unknown doctor!
Second, a more recent case – that of Mark Zuckergberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook who chose to drop out (of Harvard) without a university degree and instead focus on the social network he was building.
It is hard to imagine anyone online today without a Facebook account. Ironically, when Mark chose to drop out and pursue his dreams, nobody took him particularly serious! Today, the same university that suspended him for breaking its rules on the use of the school’s intranet now has a Facebook page!
But, Mark, evidently loved social networking…till date, his only true love remains Facebook. Can that be said of you?
Third, Michael Dell. It’s hard to go shopping for laptops any day and not be presented with great PCs and notebooks from Dell Computers, the company Mike founded. It is also unthinkable to imagine a cafe running at any time of the day without a Dell computer in it.
The irony is that Michael Dell, was like Achebe, billed to be a medical doctor!
The problem was that he wasn’t interested in being one.
Instead, the adolescent (and maybe ‘stubborn’ Mike – according to his parents) was more interested in the workings of computers and what makes one great. To his parent’s dismay, Mike refused to continue in the medical profession and instead, embraced computers….
The story (as with all stories of this kind) ended quite well: Dell currently makes the best PCs and laptops in the entire world!
So, what are the Benefits of Enjoying your Work (and Opting for the Online World, Especially in Nigeria)?
Enjoying your work has so many benefits that listing all of them (and sufficiently explaining same) will in itself form a complete blog entry – perhaps longer than this one. However, I’ll briefly attempt the major basics here.
First, you really don’t need to work – if you enjoy your work!
All you do come naturally to you and you don’t need to even think about a thing! Can you imagine working this way?
Second, no great achievement can be recorded by a person who is disinterested in his/her work. Enjoying your work makes you put in your best and you’ll be surprised how fast you rise to the top!
Third, if you enjoy your work, one of the hidden benefits of such pleasure is that you really don’t bother whether you wind up rich or not.
This is usually the case because your inner talent (and the fact that you enjoy the whole work process) makes you self-confident that no matter what, you’ll wind up big. Such a mindset is the type that focuses on quality and abhors dishonesty and fraud as much as possible!
Fourth, more than 50% of the stress working class people face is work related.
However, when you enjoy your work, it means you’ve done away with 50% of stress in your life! With such low stress levels, it isn’t unusual to look younger, act more passionately and push off grey hair!
Fifth, working on a job you passionately enjoy sees you actively bringing up innovations and trying to make things better.
This is because, when you are concerned about your career (and are genuinely in love with it), you don’t just go about it in a monotonous and I dare say, automatic fashion. The human conscious element is most active in such instances and you are usually the first to bring about improvements in your industry and that particular work path you tow…naturally ensures you become a trail blazer!
Sixth, you make less silly mistakes. Persons who enjoy their jobs become so accustomed to it that it is very hard for them to make any mistake, talk more of a silly one. Their jobs become second nature to them and if they are painters, they paint as easily as Michelangelo; if they are sculptors, their ‘efforts’ is as often as effortless as those of the ‘sculptor general’, Da Vinci and if they are scientists, they produce their life’s works with the ease of Einstein.
A visit to the bank will confirm this any day: workers there are hardly at ease with themselves…their smiles are often faked and produced out of courtesy or simple bank policy.
If they tell you: “welcome to bank XXX”, in essence, they are asking you: “what in hell do you want?” At the end of your transaction, if they say: “thank you for banking with us!”; their body language suggests something else: “at last, I can have my peace now that the idiot is out!”
Do you see what I mean? And that’s just an example with the banking sector. If you doubt, why are bank staff so happy when a public holiday falls on weekend and is shifted to Monday (meaning they can have a very long weekend off?) Or, why are they often super excited about taking their annual leaves?
On the other hand, I write round the clock and even do it (even) on Sunday – right after mass. And guess what? I look forward to it every single day and don’t fancy a break. Can you say this of your work?
Seventh, your passions and excellence attracts other people to your job (and your person) as easily as stench attracts flies. The reason for this is quite simple: enthusiasm affects all those around it and it is impossible to perform a job you truly like without enthusiasm.
You will be surprised the followers you’ll have. If you dread work every day (especially Mondays), something is terribly wrong. Do you imagine even your better half would be inspired by such indolence?
Wake up! Change something!!
Common Misconceptions of Working Online Nigerians Have
There are many misconceptions about working online and earning your daily bread from the internet especially here in Nigeria. It is sad that many newbies get the misconceptions (I call them ‘sweet stories’) first before ever having the slightest chance at the real thing.
Often, this is fatal and usually means only one thing: catastrophic failure!
It is also sad that when such newbies hear the word online again, they simply discard it as a cheap scam. Often, to such category of persons, everything done online is fraud or scam. It’s really sad. And such persons usually miss out for life.
So, what are the common misconceptions (or sweet stories) about making money online in Nigeria (as well as elsewhere?)
Making Money Online is very easy in Nigeria
This is the biggest of the lies that has been told more times than any other thing online.
Often too, this lie is used to lure unsuspecting newbies into buying scams and other “elixirs” which promise that working just for two hours a day (and enjoying the rest of the time by the beach), one can amass more money than he can actually have use for!
Trash. Plain trash!
While working online may be easy, this is a very relative term (and if you mean success, it’s better to forget it even exists!) The reason is simple: you will fail flat – and fast too!
Working online is hard work! Very hard one for that matter.
My first year online was literally hell – I worked up to 16 hours every day and sometimes had to wake up and continue where I had dozed up at 01:00hrs! Can you imagine?
The catch is this, however: as time goes on and you master how business is done online, you would be able to automate the entire system in the future and maybe, if you are smart, finally achieve the grand dream of working just three hours a day.
However, that should be after you’ve considerably slaved away reasonable hours to cover up. Otherwise, you’re done with!
Your case may be different however: I put in the 16+ hours a day because I had a family to feed and wanted successes faster than most folks would. If you do not have pressing monetary needs like I did (and would not appreciate success at a faster rate), then working about 6 – 7 hours for every 24 would do the magic. But beware; it may take you sometime before you earn a full income this way.
Earning Money Online in Nigeria can be a Fast Game!
This lie makes me bleed!
Who – in God’s very holy name started this crap? Making money online fast isn’t true – especially for newbies – you better open your eyes! Sadly, more than 80% of those who are looking to make money online are people who would appreciate if it came fast – very fast!
With such a mindset, you are easy prey for scammers who promise N800,000 in just 33 days!
The truth is that many information marketers and other various online persons in Nigeria make 6 figures a month.
However, this was not their reality in times past – especially at the beginning.
Most of them did not even make a dime during their very first year online. That time was dedicated to reading, learning from the experts and experimenting things! So, how on earth will the money come fast for you, especially in your first year online in Nigeria?
Don’t get me wrong…there are many online businesses that you could do that would earn you a reasonable sum to live on the very first month you start. However, if you imagine that the six figures bracket would be yours after 6 days of starting things, you’re in for a very rude shock!
Anyone Can Actually Make Money Online In Nigeria Legally, Honestly and Legitimately
In a bid to propound a formula that fits everyone, many an information marketer will tell his/her audience that anyone can succeed online…this is false – and a very big lie. Watch particularly if you fall within this bracket:
You love ‘security’ too much:
Business as a whole, especially online business is unpredictable (to a large extent) especially, in its infancy.
As things stabilize however, normalcy is got and the worst case scenario may still be far greater than your present salary.
But you could also earn nothing in a whole month and still have to pay for bandwidth, hosting, power etc. for that very month!
If you are thus the guy/gal that loves everything to be ‘certain’, then, you’re in for a shocker: you’ve got to change that mentality or you’ll be in for a rude shock!
You are generally lazy:
Online business isn’t for lazy folks.
Sadly, it appeals to lazy people so much that out of 100 who are interested in making money online, 80 (or more) are driven into the life by their lazy natures. That explains the very high failure rate of this business model! If you cannot keep up with a day job, you may not cope fine with the demands of a life online!
You should choose the online lifestyle because it gives you more options and control – not because it is easier; for the most time, it sadly is not!
…and I have shared previously how I needed to work more than my friends who had day jobs when I started working online. So, if you are the lazy type, being in paid employment (especially one that accepts any nonsense) would surely be bliss…not working online!
You procrastinate too much:
Procrastination is bad…
We all know that it is a thief of time…
But, you may not know that it steals destinies too…however, nowhere else are all these facts as glaring as when you choose – and start living the online lifestyle in Nigeria. Procrastinating and working online is akin to someone who takes a knife and with his own hand, cuts off his own throat, bit by bit!
I’m not being (overly) dramatic here…this is how it works: when you are running a conventional job, you usually have a boss or clients who come in contact with you physically and just because of the actual inconvenience they may cause you, you may be forced to act on their projects – even if it means running the risk of a deadline.
The online world is quite different – and it gives the procrastinator all the help he desires: simply switch off the phone, go offline and take a break with the full assurance that not even the FBI can get you when things go wrong. Then procrastinate. And procrastinate some more!
But, after treating your clients and customers badly online, do you imagine they would come back? It is usually not the case. They usually leave and never return – but not until they leave you with a gift you will certainly hate and regret for life: very poor feedback!
So, you see, if you are not disciplined enough to avoid procrastination, then, the online lifestyle certainly isn’t for you. Believe me, it a better and smarter option going to get a boss – and receiving orders directly.
What do you think?
You are not internally motivated:
Most persons I have met in life are in need of constant approval from others of their actions.
For them to feel they are doing a great job, someone must appreciate or acknowledge them in some way or the other. For them to feel they are correct, someone must approve etc. If that’s your category, sorry: having a boss shouting down your neck is a (real) better option, believe me!
Sometimes, when I wake up, I simply feel dull (for no good reason).
Ordinarily, if I was doing a job I didn’t particularly like, it would have been quite easy getting myself demotivated and not writing…yet, on my very bad days (yes, we all have them), I still churn out an average of 3,000 great words. On a great day, it’s usually 5,000+ words!
Being internally motivated is also supremely helpful if you are starting out. Sometimes, you may make series of mistakes at the beginning (we all do) and cash may take longer than expected in coming. In such a scenario, it would be great if you can keep your spirits high and allow yourself to soar on the wings of motivation…or how else would you continue?
If you are thus not internally motivated or self-motivated, you’ll certainly check out of this business model faster than you would run away from an inferno! Two options are available: become self-motivated or look for another business model…it is as easy as that!
Deadlines mean nothing to you:
Nigerians are known to practice something (to perfection) which the Western world and all serious persons find it exceedingly difficult to understand: ‘African time’.
This is a situation which people who are given a deadline or invited to an event always find a way of delivering or coming to the event late (respectively). Sometimes, it is almost a difference of two hours, a day or more!
Practicing ‘African time’ online will bring about your fall faster than you think.
This is because you would be doing business with nationals of other countries who have no ‘regard’ for African time. In the end, they won’t appreciate you and your doom (when this happens) is almost certain.
Since African time is a learned act, it can also be unlearned! The first thing you must start with is to begin having a deep reverence for time. If you do not respect time and deadlines (and have no intention of), you certainly have no business online!
You are a little dishonest:
It is easy to cheat someone online, very easy.
But, usually, you do not go far and the pains which result are far more tormenting than the momentary gains which you may get. If you like short changing people or are generally dishonest, you won’t go far online…you’d be surprised that sooner than later, the entire world would know you in your true colors.
If you are interested in making a living online, kindly ensure that you deliver exactly as promised and never contemplate scamming anyone…even if it seems very easy and the possibility of getting caught really slim!
You will Retire Super Rich Very Soon (After Making Money Online in Nigeria)
Many persons associate the online lifestyle with being rich, affluent and powerful in a very quick fashion. While many of the folks who have taken to earning a living online are indeed powerful – and wealthy, most of them have been online for some time…some of them as long as 10 years.
You can indeed also retire super rich and wind up powerful and very influential.
However, with the number of challenges with living the online lifestyle and the stiff competition that exist online today, you shouldn’t expect to get rich in a superfast manner. Take your time and work exceedingly hard though, your time will certainly come.
However, if someone tells you that you can achieve all that in just 30 days, most certainly, he/she is not only a cheap liar – he/she is also a cheap fraud!
It Isn’t Hard Work Making a Living Online Legally in Nigeria
Whosoever tells you that making money online (especially in Nigeria) isn’t hard work is mad, stupid or dishonest; or maybe, even all three!
This is because everywhere in Nigeria’s cyberspace, ‘gurus’ are trying to make money here or there. The competition is simply fierce and to record any amount of success, you have to put in serious amount of time and effort in:
Superior Content: content is still certainly king – but not in isolation. However, why the stress is on content in the Nigerian setting is because it is becoming increasingly hard – and especially difficult to read great eBooks from Nigerian information marketers or ordinary blog content that is great! Providing superior content would endear readers to you faster. Once you have an audience, monetization becomes pretty simple.
Promotion: promotion of your product, site blog or whatsoever you are using as a business tool online has to be taken very seriously if you are to record any success online. While there are many avenues for paid promotion, free promotion is about the best option for you as a beginner. And, if you don’t promote, believe me, you are good as a dead duck! So, how come anyone said it was all very easy?
Networking: collaborating with more experienced minds in the industry where you seek success in is very crucial if you are to record progress. If you are a blogger, this would mean submitting guest entries to more popular blogs on a consistent basis; if you are an information marketer, it means you should be interested in sharing marketing tips with those who are before you…only by this would you move – and move fast.
SEO: SEO is the thrust of the internet. A product that has been well positioned for search engines will receive free traffic from the various search engines like Google and Yahoo even without any conscious effort from your end. This may take some time to master especially if you do not have a mentor – or have a particularly bad one who is probably confused him/herself.
Even after mastering SEO (short for Search Engine Optimization), you must keep up with the various updates the search engines roll out from time to time. Who then was the fellow that argued that this isn’t hard work, especially at the very beginning?
Everything is on Auto Pilot When it comes to Making Money Online in Nigeria
Another fallacy/great misconception of working online is that everything is on auto pilot.
Accordingly, products such as Facebook Autopilot, Autopilot Traffic Scripts etc. are usually the titles of bestselling eBooks…as a beginner, kindly flee from such advice (and books) if you are intent on making progress or recording success.
While the concept of autopilot works (and may work quite well for you as a professional later), you are likely to miss the point when you are a beginner or just starting out.
Essentially, an autopilot system as relates to making money online is one that works with minimal supervision not zero supervision. If you are thus thrilled by the idea of having a system run itself, you may just be doing yourself more harm than good.
Autopilot systems aren’t designed for newbies…take note!
There Is No Limit to Your Earning Money Online in Nigeria
Another misconception of earning money online in Nigeria is that you can virtually earn as high as you desire. This is a blatant lie and anyone who goes around telling you that you can earn millions within a week is only fooling you – or else, interested in your cash.
The reason is simple…
Like any other business, you have to learn the ropes before you can master the business and expand your earning ability. Starting with a profit margin of N 50,000 is great for a month and if you are serious, a fast learner and hardworking; in about 3 months, you can easily increase your profits to N 100, 000 per month and from there, work your way up.
But, make N 800,000 in just a month? And as a newbie (with a promise to even earn more if you ‘work hard’) is not only a lie and misconception…anyone who tells you that is a cheap scam!
Please Note: Ken Ezeani actually spills such amount of trash on his sales page on a consistent basis! You will do well to actually ignore him!
The Silence on Consistency…
When the issue of making money online is discussed, many persons fail to mention consistency…there is no online business model that would guarantee results if you do not work on it consistently. Like any other business, the online model of business works better and far (more) smoother if you keep the efforts going and keep the consistency strong.
If you are the type of person that would post 10 articles during the first week and fail to post again in the next four weeks – only to come again with another one, believe me, you would have little success as a blogger. Great bloggers blog every day, every week or at preordained times that their audience is familiar (and comfortable with).
If you are an information marketer, the same applies to you. To be taken serious by search engines and your customers, you must not only update existing information (or products), you must constantly add new products to your online store so that your customers can benefit. Sadly, the silence on consistency is great – as nobody appears ready to break it.
Luckily for all of us (and for all our sakes), I have broken it today!
Can Students Make Money Online In Nigeria Legally?
Curiously enough, most of the persons who are interested in making money online are students who want to supplement their allowance(s) in school and maybe, avoid the rat race on graduation. For my readers who fall in that category, my answer to the question whether students can make money online is yes! A very big yes!
Why am I Optimistic?
The reason(s) are devilishly simply:
First, the financial need of the average student isn’t that huge. This means that with proper time management and dedication of a small percentage of the time available within 24 hours will produce results – though not very great results at first; but certainly, great enough to support life in school and keep body and soul in perfect condition.
Second, the online businesses espoused here are basically free of capital or require minimal capital at worst. The financial predicament of students is what I am aware of (having until recently, being a student myself). Thus, with as little as N2000 – N3000, almost all the businesses discussed here can be kicked off! This capital range, even the poorest of students can afford!!
But, if you are a student, kindly take note of this: your studies come first (but your studies cannot go on if you are so broke that you cannot even afford basic things). It would be to your advantage to understand things in that order and not unnecessarily favor academics over money or vice versa.
After all, when you graduate, you’re still going to need money to fix things. Isn’t it so?
The Paypal Question: is it Still Relevant to Making Money Online in Nigeria?
Until recently, Paypal wasn’t available to Nigerians – completely.
To create a Paypal account, a Nigerian had to change his/her IP (which wasn’t ideal – or easy), route his/her connection through that proxy and begin a series of maneuvers to successfully register onto Paypal and be verified.
Then GBAM – the limitation comes and all what one had been working for would wind up trapped.
This was the worst thing that could ever happen to a Nigerian attempting to make a living online. Or, how else do you describe the fact that all your money is frozen up in a place that you cannot retrieve it – possibly for life? What is the difference with outrightly being scammed?
Little I must say.
However, today, Paypal is official in the country and you can legally open a Paypal account and link it with your Nigerian bank account.
The sad bit about Paypal in the country now is that you can only pay for goods and services online but cannot receive money. While this may appear to be a disadvantage, it isn’t completely!
You can still make money right here in Nigeria without access to a Paypal account…if you choose to open a Paypal account, it would for the singular purpose of paying for your hosting, domain name and the few other essential goods/services online like goods on eBay.
To finalize the answer: Paypal is relevant – but not too relevant – insofar as the question of making money online in Nigeria is concerned.
This is because Paypal has other amazing alternatives which you could leverage to your own interest. And if you must use it, the Nigerian version would serve your purpose in a great fashion. All you have to ensure is that you actually know what you are doing…which it is my sole business to teach you!
How to Make Money Online in Nigeria: First, Recognize Online Frauds!
In your quest to earn a living through the internet in Nigeria, you’ll undoubtedly come across many scams that actually seek to deprive you of your hard earned money.
Most are sugar coated with all inclusive words which make it appear ridiculously easy to make money online. You may even come across scams arguing that you can make money online from your cell phone only!
While such scams may be difficult to avoid altogether, it is quite easy spotting one if you’re prudent and careful in your search!
The reason is ridiculously easy: scammers always leave a clue as to their dishonesty. Once you come across such, it’s easier to take to your heels than stay and contemplate!
The tips provided here will make you detect online scams like a professional. If any offer you see online contains such elements as discussed here, it would be a great idea exercise due diligence. The tips are:
1. Ascertain the Identity of the Person/Company behind the Offer
Human beings are quite funny: if a man (or company) has anything to lose, that person would be more careful conducting his/her affairs. This is because there is something that could be lost (and in most cases, what is to be gained is not equal to what is to be lost). In such a case when a person has something to lose, they are usually more careful – and diligent conducting their affairs.
I once had a friend with whom I went into partnership with.
However, I committed quite a huge blunder when it came to finance: I was the only one opening my wallet!
This sad friend of mine simply did not bother if the whole business collapsed because of negligence and even had the guts to go about telling my friends that he had nothing to lose and I could actually go to hell and be serious if I wanted! Can you imagine? This is the typical mindset of persons who have nothing to lose when something (they are a part of) is at stake/on fire.
So it is with online offers…always ensure that the person behind an offer cannot offer trash or scam you. In the event he does, he/she will have plenty to lose if you go public.
I sell products on this blog and I’m always quick to point out to my readers that I’m also a writer of international repute. Now, if you know the effort that is expended to build such a site (as this) and the loyal following (online), you’ll not jeopardize it for some peanuts! Do you follow the gist?
2. Check to see that the Offer isn’t too good to be True!
Let no one deceive you: internet business is like any type of business: investment, nurturing and patience always precede a harvest!
If anyone is promising you that you can make money online or earn a stable income within just a day or two or better still, a matter of hours of buying from him/her, that person is a cheap fraud that deserves to be in jail! No such system exists!
I repeat, no such system exists that would enable someone rise from a complete novice to earning $2,000 or more in a month! It’s a gradual process, usually, step by step!
Or, someone willing to teach you how exactly he made $22, 500 blogging within just 2 weeks! Now, that defies all business laws and realities. How on earth can such a statement be true? For if it was indeed true, why would such a person bother selling it for less than $100? At $100 apiece, can he realize $22,500 in just 14 days?
Then again, forget the so called money back programs offered when online income is discussed with the view of selling a product to you.
I was foolish to fall prey to a cheap fraud years back who offered 60 day money back guarantee. Because the trash I received never matched what was advertised, I demanded my money back. To my utmost shock, that fellow simply waved me off!
So, what do you do when a supposedly 60 day iron clad, no questions asked – money back guarantee? Ask for who is ensuring such a guarantee!
The seller cannot sell and at the same time ensure the guarantee. Or, you could ask for other persons who have been successfully refunded in the past. If this data too does not exist, kindly exercise patience, subscribe to the list of such a marketer and follow them carefully!
The reason I advise subscribing and following such marketers carefully is that many hire persons to write ‘wonderful’, often very brilliant and utterly convincing sales pages for them. If they have a blog, the quality of the posts updated there is an indication of what to expect.
If they have no blog or have a blog they do not bother to update? Look the other way! How can they have great (up to date) information products if they fail to update a common blog?
If they have no blog, how can they prepare a great information product (and offer great customer service) when they are not interested in interacting with their customers via their respective blogs?
Or, is it an indication that they cannot also write?
3. Beware of Too Much Testimonies
A good element of online fraud is the presence of too many testimonies that cannot be traced or independently verified.
Any person who is brave enough to leave a testimony would also be willing to testify to the whole world that the product is great…thus, when a sales page has many persons claiming that a product is great and those people cannot be traced in anyway, it is most certainly not only fraud. It is great fraud!
When a product has testimonies like:
Great product, I really recommend! Nancy, NY
The customer care of the company is top notch! I would recommend them anyday! Peter, A. Lagos.
When you see something like this, know that something is not only wrong, but terribly wrong! The reason of course is simple: those people mentioned are fictitious and cannot be traced! How on earth do you tackle a recommendation from Peter A. in Lagos?
Suppose you want to contact Peter yourself to ask him some questions? Do you now fly to Lagos and ask all the people named Peter to assemble at a square and proceed to ask them which of them wrote the ‘review’?
Do you now see the inherent fault with this type of ‘recommendation’ system? Or ‘testimonial’ style? Picture the fact of presenting a nonexistent school testimonial to a person who knows that the school does not exist – or at worst, an unsigned (or stamped) testimonial.
On the flip side, look at this:
I personally used this product and I highly recommend it. The customer care is also very great! Akaahan Terungwa, Notopoverty.info
Which testimony would you take serious if you were going to buy any of the products based on the testimony offered? The first two or the last one?
4. Contact should not be an Issue
There is simply no soul offering a product genuinely online that is interested in hiding his/her true identity or is ‘shy’ of dealing with clients directly.
This is because since customers won’t be seeing the marketer physically, it is at least wise that they should figure out him/her at best via the multitude of channels available for modern communication today.
To avoid being scammed therefore, it’s a great idea to make sure that you actually speak to the person in charge of the offer or in the case of a company, the customer care representative. When you call such a person, be sure to ask all the questions you have that are unanswered. At this point, you will also be able to draw conclusions that are helpful in deciding whether or not you would be patronizing such a fellow.
It will amaze you that a marketer or ‘guru’ who does not pick your call, return your email (on time) and appears reluctant to talk to you and answer your questions to satisfaction is already suspect. First impression does matter and a fellow who isn’t prepared to offer a great first impression won’t likely be interested in your overall satisfaction later (when you hop right into the offer).
Calling (or sending out an email) before paying for any offer is important because inconsistencies may come out and if the person isn’t genuine; he/she would definitely chicken out, drop the call or give out a signal that would alert you that you are about to be scammed!
Be on the watch out!
So, after this elaborate discussion, would you succumb to the numerous cheap scams running loose around Nigeria’s cyber space?
5. Beware of the Introduction of any Element of Haste
Scammers work in a predictable fashion: identify their victims, offer something for a great price, ‘push’ their victims into a haste to purchase, scam them of their funds and simply vanish!
Thus, when you are interested in making money online in Nigeria, beware of those ‘gurus’ who keep spamming your mail box every day and urging you that if you don’t buy today, the offer will be taken down…
Bullshit – it would not be: that’s any old marketing trick meant to coerce you into parting with some cash that (very) day.
Or, never put trust in a marketer that argues that his eBooks are limited and unless you take action ‘now’, it may be too late and you’d miss out. This is a plain lie: eBooks are always available indefinitely once wrote, formatted and saved…one eBook can comfortably be delivered a million times over – so, how on earth will the copies ‘finish’ if you do not take action immediately?
Famous Examples of Honest Nigerians Earning a Full Time Living Online In Nigeria
To prove to you that you could easily be amongst the very many Nigerians making a huge fortune online, I have introduced 2 famous Nigerians who are very well known online in Nigeria and are making a killing making money online right here in Nigeria.
They are: Seun Osewa of Nairaland and Linda Ikeji of Lindaikejisblog.com.
Seun Osewa of Nairaland
Seun started Nairaland in 2005 and today, the forum has grown to be quite busy and the foremost in Nigeria. As at 2016 (press time), Seun’s Nairaland is amongst the first 1000 sites in the whole world and the first 10 in Nigeria.
It would amaze you that Seun concentrates sorely on direct ads with which he makes a killing with online. The minimum an ad slot can be credited with is N5,000 (as at press time) and the number of sections on the forum are over 20 in number.
On a very conservative estimate, Seun makes at least N 1,000,000 per month. Since this is the least he could make, he could in fact be making anything 5 – 100 times that figure. Can you imagine the amount of money this young man is making from his Ogun state base?
Literally millions – and yes, he can choose to travel to any part of the world that catches his fancy or use any SUV of his choice. More importantly, he can choose to wear shorts and a vest throughout the day and the fact that he opts to go with any footwear of his choice is absolutely no body’s business!
Linda Ikeji of Lindaikejisblog.com
Linda is dubbed (and correctly too – in my estimation) as the queen of blogging in Nigeria. Linda commands a following that is clearly more than many established newspapers in Nigeria and some of her blog posts have well over 300 comments in the span of 2 hours or less!
Until recently, Linda did not even bother with paying hosting (she happened to start her blog circa 2007 when a free domain was as great as a top level domain) or paying for the services of a domain name (she used www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com for years)! It would interest you too that she makes money variously from her blog ranging from sponsored posts (which costs N50,000 per post), Google ads and direct ads.
Linda owns many cars which include an FX 35 and is reputed to have bought a newly built and furnished storey building for her parents. She truly lives the dot com lifestyle and she known to travel round the world at her pleasure…it is also interesting that blogging has connected her to so many very important personalities and opened up the gates of so many opportunities that she may otherwise never have had access to.
Recently too, Aunty Linda (as she is fondly called), bought a mansion in a choice and reserved area of Lagos State: Banana Island. The mansion was rumored to cost a whopping half a billion Naira!
The Major Ways of Making Money Online in Nigeria Honestly
There are a variety of ways for making money online in Nigeria – all of which are legitimate, safe and guaranteed personally by me to make you money if you religiously follow the instructions I offer.
Deliberately (however), I have also made sure that all the high risk businesses (like Forex trading) and those which are questionable either morally or which I doubt their authenticity (like football betting), have consciously been omitted.
In furtherance to my ideals of simplicity – and affordability for as many as are interested, qualified and serious, these ways of earning a full time living in Nigeria are businesses that can be started with little or no capital. This ensures that even if you are further down the economic ladder, you would gradually rise to be something more important in life – your present condition being no barrier.
The options are:
Blogging is the oldest way of making money online in Nigeria.
Not only does it require little startup capital, it also gives the blogger behind very successful blogs the exposure and friendships necessary to sustain success outside the blogosphere. Popular bloggers have been entertained at Aso Rock and the numerous state Government Houses scattered all over the country.
The curious thing is that they were invited over to these red carpet places and events because of the fame their blogs commanded and the influence with which the held their readers.
The great thing about making money blogging is that you are paid for what you are already doing or enjoy doing. This means, you earn money in a manner that seems like a very huge joke: you are paid for what you already love (and enjoy) doing while your colleagues in conventional employment sweat it out while you are (busy) achieving your dreams (and making money) either on the sofa or in plain shorts or singlet.
The ways of making money off a blog in Nigeria are truly enormous and diverse in range. The very common and extremely popular include publishing sponsored posts, displaying ads from ad companies, selling products/services on your blog, consulting, featuring affiliate products (which net you a commission once sales are effected) and a plethora of other options.
In Nigeria, blogging is a great way of making money online because most of the offers/monetization efforts of yours would usually implicate the payment of money directly into your personal bank account. While this is very convenient for your clients/customers, it also means you can have easy access to the cash immediately and often without any processing charges, something you cannot achieve with foreign based online payments solutions.
This reality also means that you can physically be in New York but manage to successfully monetize your blog (targeted at Nigerians) from the comfort of the very many New York City 5 Star Hotels or if you choose Florida, it’s numerous beaches and sunny relaxation spots.
This means, whether or not you are actually in Nigeria at the moment or not does not affect your income flow…in later years, you would discover that you may cherish time alone with your family which your friends working ‘conventional’ jobs won’t be able to afford. It would also be then that you’ll realize you made the most logical of decisions, years back.
However, to earn a full time income with your blog, it’s a great idea to know and properly master these points:
A Properly Defined Niche: You cannot be laying claims to living the dot com lifestyle in Nigeria without a clearly defined niche. This is because, the various bodies of knowledge are so vast that you’ll look extremely silly trying to be a jack of all trade (unless you’re truly brilliant). However, the safest idea remains to specialize and properly specialize at that.
You’ll also come to a very amazing discovery with blogging as a means of making money online in Nigeria: you have to define your audience (and define it very clearly) if your efforts are going to pay off.
This is because, why you may actually have traffic, it may be disinterested traffic; persons that just land on your site and wonder what they are actually doing there in the first place! This leads directly to the second point.
Targeted Traffic: Traffic in itself is very immaterial and may not translate to hard bucks. There are some sites (to demonstrate this point) that have very low traffic but yet net more in revenue than other bigger (and better known sites) which often have a huge readership and a correspondingly intimidating traffic to match. Your job as a blogger is thus to find traffic that is interested in what you are saying/blogging about.
When you have traffic that is coming to your site with interest, then, you could monetize such traffic very easily.
This is usually very easy because the visitors to your site are already searching for information relating to the particular product you are offering. In such a scenario, there is indeed a great chance of making sales! Targeted traffic can be acquired via a plethora of means, the most famous and desired being Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
A Clear Monetization Strategy: This is the bomb!
After defining a proper niche and making sure you concentrate on targeted traffic, the last in the sequence of events necessary for making money online is monetization.
This is easily achieved if you had completed the previous tasks with perfection…There are various monetization strategies that are relevant to making money online in Nigeria with a blog: affiliate marketing, Adsense, Addynamo, Clicksor, service rendering, selling consulting time, selling e-courses and above all, selling your own information-based products.
Carried over for a sustained period of time, it usually does not take time before you readily qualify to quit your day job and think of focusing sorely on your online business. Believe me, when you finally get to that stage, you’ll appear 10 times younger…it happened to me – and everybody who I know passed through this transformation.
Article Writing Services
If you are academically sound, you can leverage your intelligence for profits right here in Nigeria.
The great idea behind article writing services is that you work with existing companies on the academic/writing challenges of their student clients (ranging from high school to university) and are paid on orders actually completed.
Some of these companies are even very sympathetic to your plight as a Nigerian and may provide you with a dedicated MasterCard with which you can successfully withdraw your payments from Nigeria using any ATM machine! Using this model, you may even never bother about looking for a conventional 8 – 4 job as a university graduate!
The very few (and basic challenges) of this method as a way of making money online in Nigeria are quite few and are enumerated and carefully explained below. If you can tackle them, you can make as much as N48,000 every 14 days (the companies pay twice a month).
The task of working online academic orders for students is quite tasking. You are usually given the orders of students (which are assignments, term papers, final projects etc) to complete within a said time frame. This often implicates research and sometimes, tedious thinking.
Thus, a lazy person may automatically hate it. But if you don’t mind the feeling of always tackling assignments, then, you could be reaping more than what the average graduate makes in just 14 days!
Writing term papers and projects is also academically challenging.
If you were thus deficient during your school years, it isn’t a great idea attempting to bother leveraging article writing services. This is because, those folks who you are supposed to tackle assignments for are not fools. If you could not do yours during your time, great chances are that you won’t be able to do theirs either!
Finally, this business model is ideal for those who have an immense capacity for self discipline.
This is because, once you are assigned an order, it is expected that you deliver it on time and while at it, be able to receive calls (even as late as 1am) and emails as they arise. If you are great at ‘Nigerian time’, you may easily run into problems with the companies and the result is usually fines and eventual disengagement!
Importing Goods From China And The US
Consumer goods are very cheap in China and the US – these two countries being primary producers of the very many brands and popular products we all use and immensely enjoy today.
Thus, importing goods from them and reselling them in Nigeria makes for a very lucrative business for those who can spot the opportunity and are brave enough to embrace it.
You would be pleasantly surprised that the major online stores in Nigeria source their products from China and the US and the price difference is always very noticeable and radically different…Jumia, Konga and Kaymu being the most popular stores that are known to advantageously use this business model.
The profit margin (or ROI) on goods bought from China and shipped into the country can run as high as 300% – 400%, making it the best business to really make a killing with online. Nigerians love consumer goods and the earlier you exploit the crave for material things for your interest (instead of complaining that your girl friend is too materialistic), the better for you.
Mini Importation business does not implicate huge capital to start off and does not require you to clear any goods with the customs authority nor pay any import tax.
As a matter of fact, you can start this business with as little N5,000 and easily make another N5,000 on your very first order and sale! It’s really that good – yes! You heard right, I’m the one that said it!
This is the mega business for those who want a fast killing online.
If you have good marketing skills and have proper connection, this is one online business I can authoritatively say will easily make you a multi millionaire in the very first year of doing it – if only you give your time, energy and dedication to it.
Till date, the mini importation business has earned me more money than any other business I have engaged in – both online and off!
For as little as N1,000, you can get my bestselling Mini Importation Millionaire.
This (close to 200 page) eBook contain all the tips, secrets and basics of Mini Importation you need to know to make a killing online importing from China, US and the rest of the world and re-selling same for huge profit right here in Nigeria!
Recharge Voucher Printing
One of the often overlooked ways of making money online in Nigeria is printing recharge vouchers of the respective networks and reselling at a profit.
While many persons have contended that this method of making money online is quite old and does not return profits anymore, it is my personal experience that it is when one enters into the business blindly that it becomes next to impossible to make a killing online!
Recharge voucher printing involves buying recharge voucher PINs from dealers at a wholesale price, printing and then, marketing same at a profit.
This is the fashion in which the business works: you get MTN 100 PINs (for instance) for about N 94 from the dealers; you proceed to decrypt the PINs and sell to the final consumer for the true and correct value of N 100.
The truth of this method of making money online however is that if you haven’t got enough capital, the business may prove to be extremely tiring, bothersome and unproductive.
For instance, since the major dealers only sell their PINs in units of 100’s, you can only be able to purchase about 100 units of N 100 vouchers (for instance) with N9,400.
For you to be able to cover all four networks effectively, you’d thus need the sum of N 100,000 (or more) assuming you already have other sundry apparatus like a laptop, printer and access to the internet. Yet, with such an amount, you’ll only be able to make at most only about N600 per every N 10,000.
On the other hand, a friend who is really serious with living the dot com lifestyle in Nigeria and making tons of money off it (and who has invested N 5,000,000), can theoretically be able to make profits in excess of N 20,000 everyday!
The argument here is quite simple: while you can theoretically make money online right here in Nigeria using the recharge voucher printing method, great chances are that you’d only make peanuts and would need to work extraordinarily hard if you are to make any impact or if your efforts are to bear in any of the endeavors you have undertaken.
However, there are proven tips that would ensure that you leverage your small capital for maximum impact.
This is where I come in and teach you how with as little as N50,000 you can also tap into the GSM market and reap mega profits from the millions of Nigerians who make phone calls every second of the day – both day and night.
Bulk SMS is currently gaining prominence for occasions and announcements in a way that has never been experienced in the country before. If you don’t know what it means, it is actually a customized SMS that contains the sender’s name (as he/she chooses) instead of the usual default phone number.
This is truly a special way of getting a message across, often, in grand style. It is also, a unique way of making money online in Nigeria.
It is actually very difficult to carry out an activity/launch an occasion successfully without implicating the use of bulk SMS. It is also a very great idea that you do not need to run your own blog before you can make money online in Nigeria via this method.
Bulk SMS accounts can be created within minutes and depending on the type of plan, one can successfully make a full income working from home, right here in Nigeria.
The explanation of this is quite simple: you can easily contact the very many bulk SMS providers and sign up for an account. After signing up, it’s up to you to fund the account and seek your customers out in the plethora of ways available.
Once your clients are ready to pay (and do business with you), you are already good to go! Who opined that living the internet lifestyle in Nigeria is challenging?
If you’re going this route, I recommend Kullsms.com. If you are going to follow my recommendation, kindly use Referral Code: 1242029
Affiliate marketing is the art of selling someone else’s products/services for a percentage of the sales/commissions.
This model of doing business online is quite popular considering the fact that many persons/companies whose products you may desire to sell would ordinarily never reach your readers, readers who already trust you and will willingly buy from you any day/time.
Affiliate marketing (in Nigeria as elsewhere), works on the principles of trust and reliability.
If your readers/followers already trust you, they would be more willing to buy the products/services you are referring to them as an affiliate. This business works great for those who can easily inspire others to make a purchase. While your job as an affiliate is simply to ‘refer’ the sale, it is common to make more money than the seller of the product or service!
Some of the affiliate offers available in the market today pay as much as 80% in pure commission!
However, there are some crazy offers that even make it 100%!
With such crazy percentages, it is not uncommon to make as big as N1, 000,000 per month here in Nigeria especially on sale of expensive merchandise; what is typically required to start this business being only a trusted platform like a blog or large social media following.
Amazon Kindle Publishing
Amazon is undoubtedly, the earth’s largest collection and marketplace; there isn’t anything that you’d fail to get right off Amazon if you know your search strings properly and are diligent enough to search.
However, the marketplace is just one of very many faces that makes Amazon truly what it is: the largest and best marketplace on earth!
Amazon does not only specialize in selling merchandise: it is far more important than that. Amazon is also the home of the largest collection of eBooks on earth for sale – the Kindle Store. Here, eBooks of all genre are prominently featured and the funds accruing from their sale is handled – and promptly remitted by Amazon (to the respective authors) via the plethora of payment channels available.
What makes the Amazon Kindle system a truly great system is that authors from all genres are welcomed: thriller writers, fiction, science, educational, self improvement, motivation etc. are all covered.
There is thus no excuse to claim that Amazon does not effectively cover one.
The Kindle system, to its greatest credit, can serve as a source of income for the rest of one’s life! This is because the books that are uploaded in the system never ‘expire’. The eBooks that are featured produce money for you everyday of your life even while you are snoring (and enjoying your sleep). The only investment needed on your own end is to ensure that the initial book is properly written and formatted to meet Amazon’s standard.
What other system could be more passive than this?
If you’re a Nigerian and are considering hoping into this model of making money online right from your home in this country of ours, then, its high time you consider reading this special eBook.
It is a book that I wrote myself and detailed all the processes of writing an eBook, selling same and making money off it on Amazon Kindle. Aside this, I also covered all the special tips and more importantly, payment options Nigerians can adopt to make a killing on the platform.
A Good Day – and a Better Life!
I have made sure that you get the basic gist of making money online in Nigeria legally with this post – which is easily the most detailed post ever on the subject of making money online in Nigeria EVER.
I wish you the best of your online hustle…if we ever meet in person, it should be as two, very successful online entrepreneurs invited as guest speakers at an online business summit, maybe in New York or London.
What do you think?