The luxury of sitting in your favorite chair at home, in your pajamas, facing your laptop, doing some internet stuff for some 3-4 hours, going back to sleep and watching dollars roll into your bank account. If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably had this touted to you by some internet guru one time or the other, and all you had to do was buy his eBook. Maybe you bought the book, maybe you didn’t but we’ve all wondered if this kind of soft life exists, if some people really have it that easy and maybe, just maybe, you can become one of them too, it doesn’t! Forget it! That kind of life does not exist. Internet marketers may put any shade they want on it, but it simply doesn’t exist, and all they want is for you to buy their eBook (which is part of their hustle by the way).
That’s not to say there is no business you can do from home or that you cannot sit in front of your laptop and make enough money to make ends meet or even become a millionaire. Au contraire, it’s very possible, but you’ll probably be sitting in front of that laptop all day long (in the beginning, probably all night too). In fact, a recent survey showed that nearly $2million is spent online in 30 seconds. Take a minute to digest that figure and continue reading this post to know how to make some of the money yours.
There is a myriad of online businesses you can do from home and make more money than people who have a normal job. But trust me, you’ll be spending many sleepless nights to make sure your business succeeds. Like starting a normal business, it’s dumb to expect to start making profits from your business on the day you start it. This is what many online entrepreneurs forget and it’s why they quit after 2 months. Always remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You’ll work, sweat and labour to build your internet business before you start making any money online, and if you’re not ready to do that, it’s time to stop reading. If you think you have what it takes, let’s go on together.
Another reason why most Nigerian internet entrepreneurs crash and burn is the “make money by all means” mentality that our social conditioning has buried deep in our bones. What you need to remember is that the most successful businesses are not those that focus on making money but those that focus on providing value. So whatever you choose to do, your utmost priority should be to provide value to your customers/users. Do this and the sky is your limit, scratch that, you have no limit.
Enough stories, let’s dive into my list of top 10 businesses you can do from home in Nigeria.
Top 10 Jobs You Can Do From Home To Make Money Online In Nigeria
This one deserves the top spot on this list because it’s arguably the easiest to start and requires little to no start up capital. In fact, with your laptop and internet connection, you can start freelancing right now. Yes, I mean right now. Don’t think it’s easy though. Basically, the gist is, you find a service you can offer (and if you have none, learn one), go online and find clients who need your skills, sit in your favorite chair, offer them your services and smile to the bank. The hardest part of being a newbie freelancer is finding clients, and this is probably why you might not make anything in the first few months, but you gotta stick with it. Sharpen your skills and focus on building relationships and providing value (not making money), then keep marketing yourself till you succeed. Websites like Fiverr, Upwork, freelancer etc. enable you to find clients easily through their platform in return for a cut of whatever you make, but the competition is still cutthroat.
What separates successful freelancers from unsuccessful ones is the quality of their work and smart marketing. If you’re only thinking of making fast money, so you keep doing shoddy work, the roof of your house is too much of a limit for you, you won’t even leave the ground. If on the other hand, you have the skills but can’t market properly to attract the right clients, you’re in the same boat. So learn the proper skills, market smart, be patient, work hard and watch the money roll in.
If you want to get started with freelancing, I have earlier published a guide here.
Linda Ikeji has corrupted the minds of many would-be bloggers. Now they start blogging hoping they’ll buy a 650M mansion in three weeks and when they realize they can’t, they just quit.
Nevertheless, blogging is still one of the most popular ways to make money online and with good reason. How to blog?? Pick a niche you have a passion for, set up a blog with WordPress or Blogger (or any of the other alternatives) and start building an audience. You do this by churning out a stream of unique, informative articles that provide value to your audience. Then you monetize your audience through the several methods like AdSense and co.
The major concern might be how to drive traffic to your blog, but the most important thing is, don’t just write (or copy-paste), seek to build an audience that’s always willing to listen to you and maybe, just maybe, you can buy that mansion.
#3. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Affiliate marketing is easy to start, requires little capital, and has a possibility for huge returns if done right. As an affiliate marketer, your job is to market products or services produced by other people and every time someone clicks your link or buys the product from your link, you get paid. No worrying about products, delivery or some such. Just market and get paid. You may use a blog, website, social media, email or any other marketing channel to promote your affiliate link. Just get people clicking, that’s all. Lots of vendors offer affiliate programs and a quick google search will show you some of the best.
#4. E-COMMERCE WEBSITE
So you actually have some startup capital and you want to build a scalable business from the comfort of your home, this is it. Starting an e-commerce website requires some initial investment but if you work hard and market smart, it’ll be worth it in the end.
Do some market research (you should probably hire experts), then create a business plan and decide on what you’re going to be selling on your website. Then hire someone to build you a website and start selling. We all know popular e-commerce websites in Nigeria like Konga and Jumia and the only thing stopping you from joining them is… NOTHING.
Platforms like Shopify and Etsy offer a lower cost alternative that allows you to build your online store on their platforms easily, thereby reducing your initial investment. Check them out and see what works for you.
#5. BUILD A SERVICE WEBSITE
This is like Freelancing on steroids. Building a website to offer your services makes you look more professional and allows you to charge higher fees, ergo, more money.
But beyond a personal freelancing website, there are several service websites that are in high demand that you may provide. Consider building a stock photos website, or a betting site. Getting the gist yet?? Go in search for some top ideas for services in high demand that you can build a website to provide.
#6. INFORMATION MARKETING
Google now processes over 40,000 search queries per second which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and with the number of internet users estimated to reach 5 billion by 2018, that number is only going up. Imagine that!! People are actively searching for information every second and if you have that information, they’re willing to pay for it. So if you’re particularly knowledgeable about any topic or subject, that’s a gold mine you got there, learn how to monetize that knowledge.
Write your own eBook or Kindle, market it to the people who need the information contained therein and watch the money roll in. You may even get your own team of affiliate marketers to sell your product for you. You may also consider starting an online course on sites like Udemy.
#7. TRANSLATION SERVICES
If you’re fluent in several languages and you’re still looking for a job, you’re letting that talent go to waste. There are loads if people out there looking for translation services especially for difficult languages like German or Chinese, so if you have the knowledge, put it to good use and make some money.
Get a laptop and a good internet connection, sit in your favorite chair and do a quick google search for translation services. Voila, you’re in business.
For those of you who don’t know, Forex means foreign exchange and it involves trading the quick dips and rises in the prices of currencies around the world against each other to make a profit. This internet hustle involves a steep learning curve and can be potentially dangerous for the ignorant. But if you have the knowledge and you’re confident you can trade the currency market, then go for it as there’s a possibility of huge returns in the forex market. And if you know nothing about forex, you can always learn.
#9. DOMAIN FLIPPING
This involves buying and reselling of domain names and web hosting services. Here, you simply buy/register new domain names, develop them and resell to people who need that domain name. Or you may buy an already developed domain name and resell it at a higher price. The premium site for buying and selling domain names is flippa.com.
#10. DIGITAL MARKETING
How many times have I mentioned smart marketing in this post?? Yeah, that’s right, become that smart digital marketer. From musicians to writers to vendors to just about anybody who has something to offer, they all want to market their services using digital media, and if you have the skills to do this very well, they’ll pay for it.
Learn the various aspects of digital marketing, build a varied portfolio and you’ll never have a shortage of clients.
There you have it, some 10 jobs you can do from home in Nigeria. Don’t forget to share this.