Many Nigerian Writers at one point or the other have found themselves asking this question, How Do I Get Online Writing Jobs in Nigeria?
There are many ways available to get paid to write online in Nigeria. Still, it seems it’s only a few writers that have been able to consistently make money online using these methods.
I know getting writing jobs online in Nigeria can be an intimidating task, especially when you are just starting out but this article will show you 5 ways to get an online writing job in Nigeria. Without much ado, I will be showing you five ways you can get writing jobs online in Nigeria.
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How Do I Get a Job Writing Online in Nigeria?
Here are 5 quick ways to get an online writing job in Nigeria;
- Freelancing Platforms
- Online Job Board Ads
- Cold Pitching to Potential Clients
- Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers
- Selected Facebook Groups
Let’s now expand on each of them…
1. Freelancing Platforms:
The most popular place to get writing gigs online in Nigeria is on freelancing platforms. Most Nigerian writers will tell you they start out on these platforms.
These freelancing platforms have thousands of clients patronizing them daily. They act as the middleman between the client and writer, take a percentage of every transaction fee, and make sure that both parties fulfill their contractual obligation. These platforms are popular because of their low entry barrier and low price.
Although the pay on these platforms is usually low, there are few freelancing platforms like TopTal that pays well and allows you to work with startups and big brands like Airbnb, Shopify, and others.
Beginners can get writing gigs for $5 – $10 for a 500 words article if their profile is well optimized. I know this is low, but it is something when you convert it to Naira.
Examples of these freelancing platforms include:
2. Online Job Board Ads
Pitching to Online Job Board Ads is another way of getting writing jobs online in Nigeria. It provides an opportunity to write and get paid in Nigeria.
Online Job Boards are where clients go to post writing gigs for any write-up they need. The writers then go on to apply to any of these ads that suit them.
As a Nigerian Writer, one thing you must keep in mind as you apply to these ads is their method of payment. It is not all payment gateway that accepts Nigerians (e.g. PayPal makes it difficult to get paid as a Nigerian). Ensure that you will be able to accept payment before you embark on any writing project.
Writing Job Boards are better than freelancing sites because there is no direct bidding for jobs on these sites. Also, you can get a writing internship, full-time writing works, part-time jobs, and other juicy opportunities on these sites.
Jobs Boards contain various kinds of online Jobs, but some sites curate only writing jobs from different other Job Boards. Some examples of these sites are:
3. Cold Pitching to Potential Clients
Cold pitching is a powerful way to get high paying writing jobs online in Nigeria. It involves getting your potential clients contact details and sending them a pitch on how you can use your writing skills to grow their business.
The pitch should be short, concise, and most importantly – persuasive enough to get you clients.
Your potential clients can include bloggers, small business owners, startup, companies, or even other freelancers.
The best place to meet your potential clients online is on Social Media, especially LinkedIn which has a lot of professionals on their platform.
You should read this Forbes article on how to cold pitch as a freelancer.
4. Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers.
Many websites and blogs pay writers irrespective of their country to write for them. These websites are always on the lookout for high-quality and unique content for their readers.
Although most sites that accept submissions are looking for FREE content, with the promise of “helping the writer build a strong profile”. However, many sites do pay for submissions.
A simple google search of your niche and the keyword ‘write for us’ will display many blogs looking for submissions for their sites. For example, ‘data science’ + ‘write for us’. Carefully go through each one to determine if the site pays or not, and also their method of payment.
If you are okay with the terms of the contract, send them a compelling pitch.
If your pitch is accepted, you will get a chance to work with their editorial team and publish your blog post. Majority of the sites will require you to send them a topic and outline of the article with your pitch.
Most sites pay after your blog post has been published. Here are 5 Sites that Pay You to Write Articles in Nigeria
5. Facebook Groups
I can bet that many Nigerian writers don’t know that it is possible to get online writing jobs in Nigeria using Facebook.
There are Facebook groups that are created to connect writers with clients. The clients that are members of the group come into the group to post about available writing jobs, and interested writers apply to this gig.
Negotiation and terms of the contract are ironed out in private messaging conversation. If a client refuses to fulfill their end of the contract after delivering a quality job, you can always report them in the group. They will be banned and removed from the group FOREVER.
Here are few of those Facebook Groups:
There are many ways to get online writing jobs in Nigeria. I have shared a few of them in this blog post. you can pick one of the methods shared above and follow the steps diligently. You will surely get an online writing Job in Nigeria.
Is there any method you have used to get paid writing gigs in Nigeria that is not covered above? Kindly, tell us in the comment section and I’m sure someone will be delighted to have it.