How to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria- The Beginner’s Guide

As a newbie you might be wondering how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria. Well, you’re at the right place. Being a freelance writer can be tedious at the beginning because of the workload attached to writing long and quality contents, but with time it becomes as easy as you can ever imagine.

Freelance writers in Nigeria are in high demand especially now that content creation seem to be the driving tool for most business and thousands of websites and blogs are being opened on a regular basis.

When I started as a freelance writer, I did most of my works from my mobile phone and back then I earned peanuts (though I was okay with my pay then.. I can’t accept that little right now).

As time went on, I began to hone my skills, I became better and better.

And I want the same for you.

That’s why in this article I’m going to be giving you the fundamentals on how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria and answering questions that might arise on your journey to becoming a freelance writer.

How to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria?

There are few things you must consider:

1. Your writing ability

One common mistake people make especially in business is that they jump on any money-making idea that comes their way (just because they find few persons making money from such business) without putting into consideration what it takes to actually be good in it.

Getting started as a freelancer means you have a passion to write. It means you’re doing it because it’s something you love to do and want to do for a long time.

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Though it really doesn’t mean you have to be much of an expert or something in grammar. In fact, complex grammar is not the thing here. The most important thing is the ability to convey your message to an audience easy and in the most understandable way.

If you think you can’t write, then you can always learn. It doesn’t mean you can’t be a freelance writer. It just takes practice and a determined spirit.

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2. Do you have the tools?

Now when I say tools here I don’t mean you should get a laptop and modem before you can become a freelance writer. As a freelance writer, at least you should have a smartphone and data to deliver your work with.

This might not be much of a challenge since in our current dispensation we have a wide access to smartphones and data to help write contents electronically and send at a glance.

This is just the basics.

As time goes on you could seek to get a laptop, modem or even an office (hahaha).

3. Learn how to market yourself

Being a freelance writer is same as every other business where marketing is required to make sells and referrals are important as well.

The problem with most freelance writers is that when it comes to creating an attractive portfolio, they are so poor at that area.

There are various platform to advertise and build a portfolio as a freelancer your social media bio, LinkedIn profile, Freelancer ratings, Fiverr ratings and reviews, Blogging, various offline advertising etc.

All these and more are various ways to create a portfolio and market yourself so as to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria.

Frequent questions being asked as a newbie trying to find out how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria include:
How much would I make as a freelance writer in Nigeria?

Well, as a beginner, you might be making as low/much(depending on you) as #500 per 500 word article. Though some websites per more than that. But as a beginner, I’ll advice you get the job done and get the pay no matter how small. It would help you build your writing skills and become better to the point where you can then begin to charge high.

How many articles would i be able to write in a day?

It depends on you. Some freelance writers can go as much as 4-5 articles in a day.

You mustn’t begin that much. Just go at your own pace so you don’t outwork yourself. One other thing you can do is to get get other freelance writers who you could outsource your work to.

Getting a great freelance writer to help you is not that difficult. You could hire a freelancer you can afford online.

Websites and magazines that hire freelance writers include Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Sabiwriters etc..

How do I collect payments?

Payment for your work depends on your agreement between you and the person/business giving the job. You could accept transfer to your bank account or any other means.

I make use of direct bank transfer and paystack.

It all depends on you.

There are various ways to receive funds online that could help.

Do I get my money before the job or after delivering?

In most cases, you might get the money after the job, but in the case of delivering multiple articles, let’s say 10 articles. You might want to ask for upfront before delivering the articles. But if you think your client is trustworthy, then you can get the job done and ask for payment after service.

Whatever way you wish to take.

Do i need an editor to proofread my work?

If you think you are just starting out and not yet vast in the use of English language(or whatever language you’ll submitting your work in), then you’ll need an experienced editor to help you out so as to correct errors.

But if getting an editor would be so much of a stress or extra charge and you feel you can do it on your own, then do. But make sure it’s good enough.

Better still, you could check your work using grammarly checker. It’s a great tool for checking for errors, plagarism, use of tenses and so on. It’s a free tool to use but has a premium option.

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Wrapping up…

As you can see, learning how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria is not rocket science, it just has so much to do with good writing skills, determination and time to spare, but it’s a sure way to earning a passive income for yourself .and still have enough time for other things.

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