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Sani Ibrahim
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What are the 31 ways to make money online in Nigeria 2021?
Without a doubt, I will explain to you the best and legit options
for making money online here in Nigeria and any part of the
world in 2021.
We will be discussing these 31 ways to make money online in
Nigeria in this blog post:
Make Money With Fiverr
Get Paid From Online Surveys
Sell Art And Crafts On Etsy
Create An Online Store With Drop Shipping
Launch And Grow A Start-Up
Start A Niche Blog For Affiliate Marketing
Start a YouTube Channel
Start A Successful Podcast
Video Editing
Become a social media influencer
Publish E-books
Design websites
Sell products online
Sell Ads space and sponsored posts
Ecommerce website
Membership website
Start a podcast
Write for websites
Make money through AdSense
Rent out your car with Uber
Start a product review blog
Graphic design
Sell a video course on Udemy
Sell photos on Shutterstock
Rent your home on Airbnb
Become a proof reader
Create as sell Apps
Teach Online
Co-working space
Drop shipping
And more
31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021
Let me assure you that you can make legit money online in
Nigeria or elsewhere without doing anything shady in 2021.
I will show you how to do this below.
Just like any human endeavour, if you want to be successful
with any online businesses and make money, you have to put
in a lot of work, focus, dedication and passion.
I don’t believe in free money because there is no free money
anywhere, even in Freetown. So, to make money with the list
I’ll be discussing below, you need to put in a lot of effort.
31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021
Make money online with Fiverr
You can start making money online right now on Fiverr
platform if you have any of the top marketable digital skills.
Marketable digital skills are the sought-after digital skills of
today such as animation, video editing, graphics, digital
marketing, SEO, WordPress designers, programmers, keyword
research, etc
If you have any of these skills, you can start making money in
dollars from buyers looking for these service providers on
Get Paid From Online Surveys
You can make money online in Nigeria in 2021 simply by filling
online survey forms.
Online surveys are questionnaires that target audience can
complete over the Internet in a matter of minutes.
Respondents are usually incentivised to complete online
surveys by winning prices or money when they successfully
complete a tastk.
These surveys are used by companies to have a better insight
and understanding of customers’ preferences, tastes and
You can make as much as $1000 (N350,000K) annually just by
completing online surveys.
To earn up to this amount, you may juggle more than one
online survey platform.
There are many scam websites out there. Ensure you work
with only reputable survey platforms.
These are some of the best paid online survey websites
Check them out!
Start A Successful Podcast
Podcasts present another way to make money online in
Nigeria in 2021. Tell you what, video is the real deal in today’s
world. Podcast, however, has its own unique advantages
You cannot watch videos while driving or working out at the
gym, when writing a blog or when doing some other things.
That’s where podcasts comes useful.
With your podcast, you can listen to valuable information when
you are engaged in activities that do not require your mental
Podcast are getting more popular in Nigerians and many
Nigerians already their favourite Nigerian podcasts.
If you love to talk and inspire people, why not start your own
podcast channel already and start sharing with friends and
So, the question you should as is, ‘how can I make money
from podcast’? It will interest you to know that there are many
ways to monitize your successful podcast.
This post on How to Make Money Podcasting explores how
to make money online via podcasts.
Sell Art And Crafts On Etsy
Talking of ways to make money online in Nigeria 2021, Esty is
a no-brainer.
Etsy is an online market place for people who sell and buy
handmade art and crafts and vintage items.
Do you love art and crafts or like to make handmade products
i.e. fashion items, decoration, etc.?
Then Etsy is where your money is waiting for you this year.
Etsy will pay you once buyers purchase items that you list on
their platform and only take 5% for themselves. The rest of the
money is yours.
You will be paid in dollars. That means you have the potential
of making some cool cash if your items are a fast moving one
of Etsy.
Talking about fast moving goods on Esty, here are some of the
top 10 best-selling products on Etsy.
Launch And Grow A Start-Up
If you have the mental capacity, passion and knowledge, you
can launch a start-up and grow it to the point where it starts
making money for you.
It’s important to note that most successful start-ups are not
driven by profit; they are driven by passion to solve an
important problem.
Running a successful start-up is no get-rich-fast scheme. It
requires a whole lot of hard work and tenacity.
If you have a start-up idea, you will need to develop these 13
skills will to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Also, these 9 business blogs in Nigeria are good sources of
insights on business and start-up growth.
Start A Niche Blog For Affiliate Marketing
The money is not just in blogging, it’s in niche blogging. A
niche blog is a blog that focuses on a particular market
segment or audience.
It could be a new mom blog, a black girl’s boss ladies blog or
a fashion blog for men who want to remain boys. Basically,
you can choose any niche provided you are knowledgeable or
passionate about it.
It is easier for you attract advertisers with a niche blog.
Advertisers know that you have a defined audience and if
there potential customers are in the demography you target,
they would want to do business with you.
The biggest icing on the cake is that with a niche blog, you
can easily start affiliate marketing start making money by
advertising affiliate products and services.
YouTube Channel
Another amazing way to make money online in Nigeria is
through running a successful YouTube channel.
What do you have to do? Choose a topic you are interested in
or passionate about or both.
Start doing captivating videos on those topics. Your videos
must be clean and neat so as to attract the viewers. No one
wants to waste their data watching a lifeless soul on their
YouTube, so make it r very exciting.
To start with, tell your friends and family to subscribe to your
channel so you can start having views.
Also, announce your new videos to your social media connect
and start getting viewers and subscribers gradually.
Once you have enough traffic you can begin to make money
from through adverts.
Below are links to resources that has helped a lot of
successful YouTuber make the best out of YouTube. You may
want to check them out:
31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021
Video Editing
It’s no longer news that videos are more consumed than other
kinds of contents. This trend will continue even in 2020 and
Celebrities for instance need the services of video editors to
perfect their video before they post them.
You can make side hustle money from video editing skill this
time than ever if you have the skill.
We live in a world where you can quickly reach target persons
with your message by just tagging or sending a DM.
Become A Social Media Influencer
Social media influencing is now a career path that many young
people are embracing. Apart from the part that it could be fun
and not too stressful (if you are doing what you love), it is
quite lucrative.
There is money to be made from becoming an influencer in
Income sources range from sponsored posts, direct product
adverts, brand ambassadorship etc.
What does becoming a social media influencer entail? How
can you become one? I explained it all in this post on how to
becoming a social media influencer in Nigeria
10. Write E-books
Let me tell you this for free. E-books publication is one of the
most interesting ways to make money online in Nigeria in
If you have sufficient knowledge about anything at all and you
feel there are people who will be willing to learn the same,
you could cook up your knowledge in the form of a book – an
You would need to choose a marketable topic and compelling
content that can really fly if you want to make money with E-
You also need to have strong social media connects that you
could bank on to buy your e-book or at least help you tell
others about it using their various platforms.
You could also spread your e-book across web platforms
where book lovers read e-book for a token subscription.
The best news is that you don’t have to write it by yourself.
You could contract it out for a token.
31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021
11 Design Websites
This one is a no brainer. We all know that those web designers
are some of the most sought-after professionals about this
I mean what company or business does not have or want to
build a website for their business?
If you have this skill, you can make a lot of money from
helping brand build their websites.
I would easily advise any young person who is looking for an
online business to go learn this skill.
This is definitely on of the 31 ways to make money online in
Nigeria 2021.
12 Buy And Sell Domain Names
This is one of the fastest ways to make money online in
Nigeria in 2021.
If you have some dollars to spare, you could cash out – ‘blow’
as they say – from buying a domain name and then reselling it.
So this is how it works: You buy a domain name from any of
the best domain registrars.
Before you buy a domain name, research names of companies
or personal brands – small or big – that do not have a website
Once you get your research right, buy the name as your
domain name.
Sooner or later, those companies or personal brands would
want to build a website for their work and they will find out
that their names have been taken and the only option is to buy
it back.
You may buy a domain name for as little as £0.99 and resell
for a 5 digits amount. Yes, it’s that profitable.
To hit your jackpot, you have to be very smart and fast; there
are some real hustlers in this industry. Lol
13. Sell Products Online Across Lots of Platforms
Now, I want you to pay attention to this one if you really want
to know ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.
One of the best ways to make money online this year is to
have your goods sold across many online market places.
Jumia and Konga are the leading ecommerce websites in
Nigeria, do you have your products in their warehouse and on
their websites? Why not?
Other platforms are also available. You could also use social
media, especially Instagram to display your products to a wide
range of targeted audience.
14. Sell Ad Space and Sponsored Posts
If you have an already existing blog, a good way to start
earning from online is to start selling Ad space and sponsored
contents on your blog space.
Let me tell you this, Bloggers who earn most in Nigeria
mostly make their money through selling Ad spaces and
sponsored posts.
This is no easy feat however as there are hundreds of bloggers
out looking to sell Ad space and sponsored posts.
To gain advertisers, do your homework first. Niche blogs work
better so that brands find it easy to identify if their audience
are on your blog.
Content is still king, your content must speak for itself. Your
blog must also be relatively popular to convince advertisers.
Once you get the above mentioned right, Start sending
proposals out to small and medium companies first.
Here is a sample of a proposal for Advert I sent out sometime
ago you may want to follow this pattern:
Hello, Esteemed Shoe Maker
Hope you are doing well.
You guys are doing an amazing job at The Foot Academy (TFA)
and we find it really commendable especially as you are
impacting the lives of Nigerian youths. Thumbs up!
My name is Bukki and I am the team lead at Idealane Africa.
I thought to introduce our web platform, ideaslane.com/
to you so that you could see another opportunity to spread your
message to youths who are interested in learning shoemaking
and becoming financially independent.
Ideaslane.com is a media platform that provides resources,
information and opportunities for students and young Nigerians
who want to think, grow and fulfil their potentials. We are also
committed to telling their inspiring success stories.
We have monthly unique visitors of over 100,000 young
Nigerians between the ages of 15 – 35.
We believe you can reach your target audience through our
platform. And the best part of the deal is that our advert rates
are unbelievably affordable!
Please find attached our advert rates and contact information.
Do not start with a company that is big already. You may not
even get a response from them at the very least and could be
15. DropShipping
Drop shipping is the new way people make money online in
Nigeria now without spending a dime!
Drop shipping simply put, is a business model where instead of
purchasing a large amount of inventory (goods or products),
you simply partner with a drop shipping supplier
(manufacturer) and list their merchandise for sale online i.e.
websites, Instagram or Facebook.
Once you receive an order you forward it to the supplier for
fulfilment (supply to customer), the supplier will ship (or
transport) the product directly from their warehouse to your
customer, and charge you only for the price of the shipped
You send your drop shipper the orders that come in, paying the
wholesale price for each order.
Whatever prize you sold for the customers will be deducted
from the wholesale prize and that’s your profit.
Assuming a customer orders a tuxedo suit that you sell at
N50,000 and the wholesale prize from the drop shipper is
N28,000, your profit is N22,000. The merchant will charge you
shipping fees though which is just a token compared to what
you’ll make.
16. Ecommerce Website
Ecommerce is a very competitive and highly capital-intensive
industry. But the truth is, ecommerce is being embraced by
more online users in Nigeria by the day.
So the future is bright for ecommerce in Nigeria. You could
jump into this internet penetration rate and make some cool
cash off e-commerce. This surely one of the legit ways to
make money online in Nigeria 2021.
17. Membership Site
If you are an expert in your industry in Nigeria, (whatever your
industry is) you could start a membership site.
A membership website is a site that offers ‘specific
information’ to an audience usually for a fee which is paid
With your membership site, you can continue to generate
monthly income even while you are sleeping. A lot of hard
work is required to be successful with the type of website.
18. Start A Successful Podcast
You have a passion for inspiring people or you really love to
talk? Why not start a podcast and start making money from it
Podcast is just like an online radio where you have a particular
focus that you address. It could be anything from celebrity
interviews to book reviews, inspirational talks, etc.
Podcast is not common in Nigeria as the US and some other
countries yet but trust me, podcast is going to get really big
here soon.
The earlier you started a podcast the better your chances of
gaining listeners and of course attracting advertisers.
19. Write for website
Companies and bloggers are always looking for professionals
to write for their websites and blogs in exchange for some
If you love to write, why not start taking advantage of this
You do not have to be the best writer in the world to start
offering writing services. With a burning passion for writing,
you can always learn on the job.
Also, there are lots of tools available these days to make
writing easy. Grammarly for example is one tool I find very
useful when it comes to writing error-free articles.
You could consult Google for a list of tools that can help you
write better.
31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021
20. Blogging AdSense/direct Advert
Don’t get it twisted, blogging is still one of the fastest and
coolest ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.
But the mistake lots of new bloggers make is to target Google
AdSense as their top or only revenue source for their websites
and blogs.
The blatant truth is that it is extremely difficult and frustrating
to make money form Google AdSense if you don’t drive crazy
traffic to your website.
In fact, to get approved by Google AdSense is often very
challenging for a lot of people. If you follow these guidelines ,
you will get Google approval to place ads on your platform.
But then making actual returns from Google AdSense is tough.
I’ll advice you focus on other ways of making money blogging
like direct advert and sponsors.
21. Rent Out Your Car with Uber
Yeah. I categorise this as one of the online businesses to do in
2020 because of the mode of operating this business – which
is through the internet.
If you have a car that is Uber-fit, you could be making some
money to foot some of your plenty bills.
Uber car owners get money weekly from Uber drivers who use
the car. You could make anything from 25-50k weekly or more
if you have a modest and hardworking driver.
Now, that’s about 200k monthly additional money.
22. Start A Product Review Blog and Get Paid To Review
So, I talked about blogging earlier as one of the online
businesses that pays here. I also mentioned some ways to
make money blogging.
Apart from making money from Google AdSense, you could
also make money by setting up a review blog.
Depending on the type of products you review on your blog i.e.
mobile phones, natural hair and body products, makeup
brands etc., you could make money from brands that pay you
to review their products.
23. Graphic Design
Graphic design is one of the fastest ways to make money
online in 2021 in Nigeria.
These guys are some of the most sought-after professionals
these days.
Large companies and small to medium businesses alike need
the services of graphic designers.
You may want to learn graphic design so you too could earn
some cool cash designing stuff for brands.
24. Sell A Video Course on Udemy
Udemy is the world’s largest online learning platform. Millions
of online learners visit Udemy to buy online courses in content
like PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and YouTube videos
If you have any skills or knowledge that you feel people will
want to learn, you could teach such skills in series of videos
and sell on Udemy or other online learning platforms like it.
When people buy your courses, you get loads of $dollars in
This resource from learning revolution will help you learn the
basic knowledge about the Platforms to Create and Sell
Online Courses.
You can also see: How to Create an Online Course a Step-by-
Step Guide
25. Sell Photos on Shutterstock And istockphoto
Do you love taking photos? You could earn money online here
in Nigeria from selling your beautiful pictures to photo
platforms like Shutterstock and iStockphoto?
I have personally observed that there is an inadequate supply
of Nigerian photos on top online photo platforms where one
can download good quality pictures.
Any photographer who can find a way of filling this gap is
ready to make money in this line of online business.
26. Rent Your Home on AirBnB
If you have a well-build serviced apartment that you can rent
out, you could start making your money from renting it to
travellers looking to enjoy a ‘home’ experience outside of
All you have to do is list your serviced property on apartment
booking platforms like AirBnb.
Once someone books your apartment from their platform, you
get paid based on the amount you charge on the space.
Serviced apartments are more expensive than hotels and lots
of Nigerians are capitalizing on the profitability earn from this
online business.
27. Become a proof read
Most writers find it difficult to proof read their works by
They may write thousands of words in few hours, but when it
comes to proof reading, it becomes quite a task.
Many writers will rather hire a proof reader who will edit their
works for them.
If you like to read a lot, you may be able to do render this
service for writers and make your cool cash while enjoying
what you do at the same time.
31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021
28. Create An App
The year 2021 will see the entrance of more Apps into the App
market. This is because this is one of the fastest ways to
make money online in Nigeria now.
You may want to create a unique and useful App for a specific
Apps can make you money through in-built adverts and other
29. Become A SEO Expert
SEO (search Engine optimization) experts are some of the
most sough-after professionals in today’s web and digital
Businesses’ and bloggers want their websites to rank for their
various keywords; top search engines, and attract users to
click so as to take intended action which will lead to sales or
advert click.
Most companies, small businesses and bloggers alike employ
SEO experts to handle this very crucial part of their digital
If you have SEO expertise, you can offer to render your
services to bloggers and small businesses who want their
websites to attract more traffic.
You can earn a good salary from rendering SEO services to
30. Online Education
Online universities are here to stay. With the current trend in
online learning, other forms of education will be transferred
through the web.
This is a trend that will disrupt the education sector, if you
have a business-oriented person; this is an opportunity to tap
into. It promises to be big in the future.
31. Use Your Office For Co-Working Space
Co-working spaces is becoming the ideal working spaces for a
lot of soloprenuers and entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
It’s a great idea for start-ups, and even more established
companies who want to explore other environments.
For most people who opt for co-working, it’s not just about
saving money; it’s a good way to network and meet other
people exploring same opportunities from other industries.
If you have a serene, neat and presentable office space with
internet facility, you could make it available for other
entrepreneurs to co-work there at a token monthly or daily
charges fee.
WRAPPING UP: 31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria
There you go with the best ways to make money online in
Nigeria in 2021. This list also represents some of the fastest
ways to make legit money online here in Nigeria.
As I said earlier, with lots of focus, dedication, hard work and
passion, you can start any of these online businesses and be
successful at it.
Now, below are some FAQ about how to make money online
in Nigeria 2021.
What business can I do online in Nigeria?
There are lots of businesses you can do online in Nigeria.
Some are: publish books online, sell designs and creatives,
online, list on property websites, start a blog or a vlog, sell on
e-commerce websites, affiliate marketing, virtual tutor and
many other businesses that you can do online in Nigeria.
Where can I make money online in Nigeria?
You can make money online through Fiverr, Etsy, Survey
Websites, Google AdSense, affiliate marketing, digital
marketing, SEO specialists, animation video, programming,
graphics designing, Apps development, content writing, copy
writing, translation, dropshipping, E-book publishing, etc.
These are where you can make money online.
How can you make money online with 1000 Naira?
You can make money online with 1000 naira through Fiverr,
Survey websites, dropshipping, E-book publishing, social media
management, digital marketing experts, proof reading, cv
writing, copy writing, data analyst, SEO, content writer,
blogging, and other ways of making money online with 1000
That’s it! Now, feel free to let me know how you feel about
this write up. I’ll be expecting your comment.

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