Last updated on August 13th, 2019 at 08:15 am
If you’re looking to start making money online within days to weeks, then you should consider looking for an online job.
Like traditional office jobs, you’ll start earning once you’re able to land your first gig. So, it’s a cool path to thread for those who want to make some cash on the side, but cannot afford the waiting time that blogging and many other passive online income streams require.
Now, let’s talk a bit about these jobs.
Online jobs, simply put, are jobs that you can fulfill over the Internet. While these jobs usually don’t involve rushing down to an office every morning, they vary in terms of complexity, depending on the type of tasks involved. So, they are not always easy-peasy. But the cool thing about them is that they allow you to work from the comfort of your home.
Note that there are slight differences between online jobs and online freelance jobs. An online job might not necessarily be a freelance job. If, say, a digital marketing agency hires you as its in-house writer and places you on a monthly salary rather than a pay-per-article remuneration, what you’ve got an online job, but not a freelance job.
With an online freelance job, you get paid per successfully executed task, you choose your working hours, and you’re not tied to a single client. But other online jobs are just what they are — online jobs. That is, they allow you to work from home — and that’s the only freedom you can enjoy. You’re legally tied to the client employer, get a fixed monthly pay, work within specified times daily, and play by your employer’s other rules.
So, we can correctly conclude that online freelance jobs are a sub-type of online jobs. This clarification is necessary to help you make well-informed choices whenever you’re faced with multiple offers.
Enough of the intro. Let’s now look at some of the common online jobs you can easily find here in Nigeria.
1. Writing jobs
Writing jobs are by far the most in-demand online jobs. Even here in Nigeria, you can make a lot of money working for Nigerian clients or employers alone. With the increasing number of blogs and company websites launched by Nigerians every day, the booming demand for content writers in the country is quite expectable.
So, if you’re a good writer, you can start applying for writing gigs and start making cool money from the comfort of your home or office. In my journey through the world of online business, I started out as a freelance writer, so I know how lucrative this option can be.
However, it goes without saying that the better your writing skills and the faster you’re able to churn out quality content, the more money you can make from online writing gigs.
There are different types of online writing tasks: articles, website content, CVs, sales copies, business plans, letters of introduction, fiction ghostwriting, proposals, and many others. You have the option of specializing in only one type of task or covering multiple different types.
2. Graphics design jobs
They say a picture is better than a thousand words. That’s quite true, especially in online marketing. And that’s why you tend to notice sponsored ads in in your Facebook feed when they are pictures than you do when they are pure text. The increasing awareness of this reality explains the increasing demand for graphics designers.
If you’re skilled in designing ad banners, logos, website header banners, e-covers, business brochures, and other graphic works, then you can make money off of your skills. A lot of Nigerian individuals and companies are looking to hire talented hands like yours. In fact, companies like Jumia, Konga, Jiji, and so on have their own in-house graphics designers.
3. Website design and development jobs
Internet penetration in Nigeria keeps increasing by the day, and millions of Nigerians now spend several hours on the Internet doing all sorts. More and more Nigerian businesses are waking to this reality, so they are trying hard to reach their potential customers online. And because having a website is one of the best ways to achieve this, the demand for web designers and developers in Nigeria is now in the rise.
So, if you’re good at designing websites either from scratch or by modification of ready-made frameworks, you stand a good chance of making money by working for clients online. And if you’re able to integrate advanced functionalities such as online stores, online databases, interactive modules, and so on, then you stand a bigger chance of landing clients here in Nigeria.
4. Programming jobs
Apps are all the rave right now. Individuals are creating them for the fun of it or to make some side income, while companies are using them as platforms to interact with their potential and existing customers. With the steady increase in the number of smartphone users in Nigeria, the demand for app developers can only continue to grow.
If you’re good at coding and can develop awesome apps even in your sleep, then your skills are required by a lot of Nigerian clients out there. Once you know where to look to find the gigs, you can make a lot of money building apps and games.
Programmers also make money by helping individuals and companies troubleshoot their online assets and check them for bugs and security flaws. If that’s the aspect you’re a guru in, then you can also have a good share of the opportunities out there.
5. Social media management
Social media is one of the most effective business and brand promotion platforms available today. So, it’s not surprising that a lot of Nigerian celebrities and companies hire dedicated staff to handle their social media accounts on various platforms.
If you have good command of English and a brilliant mind that understands the best and most civil responses to different enquiries and insults, then you should consider going into this line of online business. If you’re able to get provable results for your clients or employers, then there’s no limit to the income you can make.
Social media management might seem easy on the surface, but it’s not as easy as updating your own personal social media accounts. If you’ll be working for companies, then you’ll need to have a deep understanding of each company’s customer personas and what makes them tick, as well as the best strategies for promoting different types of businesses on social media.
There you have it. I just revealed five of the most in-demand online jobs in Nigeria today. Now, I understand that there are lots of other online job options, but I have restricted this list to only those ones that you can easily land here in Nigeria.
If you already have the skills required for any of these jobs, I expect you to start finding and applying for available gigs right away.
And if you’re interested in any of these job options but lack the required skills, you can take some time to learn them. For writing, graphics design, and social media management, you can learn the required skills within few months — provided you’re determined and dedicated to learning.
So, take action now, and start making some cash online!
Do you know of any other online jobs that are in high demand in Nigeria but missing from this list? Or you have any objections, contributions, or related opinions? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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