How can you make money as a writer in Nigeria?
Now most writers in Nigeria would be looking for how to make money. The truth is that it is simply difficult to make money as a writer in Nigeria if you don’t know the steps to take. To earn money as a writer in Nigeria is not something that happens by chance. You should be highly creative and be a master of your own art. It isn’t just in Nigeria alone; all over the world majority of writers aren’t where they are supposed to be financially.
Most writers feel they have the talent but are not really reaping the reward of their talent. In this simple article, I will be listing out possible ways by which you as a writer in Nigeria can earn as you utilize your skill, thereby generating cash for yourself. In today’s world filled with many opportunities, making money as a writer in Nigeria shouldn’t be much of a stress for you.
In recent times I have seen a lot of writers in Nigeria with lots of unfinished manuscripts all over their laptops. They have written well-composed articles that should – on a normal day, fetch them money. The only obstacle is “who is willing to pay for such manuscripts?”
I am going to do my possible best and explain to you how to make money as a writer in Nigeria; whether freelance or not. As long as you have the ability to create wonderful write-ups that people would fall in love with, you have no reason to not make money.
Below are the Trusted ways to Make Money as a writer in Nigeria.
Become a Blogger
Like you already know, blogging isn’t so easy and sweet like people project but nevertheless, this is the best option to take when you think you have lots of ideas running through your head. Writing genuine articles with solid/helpful contents can be your pathway to earning a residual income for a start and later you can blog on your way to the top.
Starting a blog just requires you own a domain name with companies like godaddy.com, 1&1, etc. After which you can host the domain name with any of the hosting companies, but my favourite remains Namecheap because of the cheap and quality service they render. Then you can go ahead and design the blog to your taste.
Like I have mentioned previously in articles I have written, it is important you discover a niche you can write very well on before you go ahead to start posting articles. I can’t imagine an Engineer by profession writing or owning a health blog, it doesn’t just add up too well. Once you start blogging, it becomes a passion that paves a way for you to make a few bucks.
The steps to start a blog involves;
Find a Niche where you can solve problems
The only thing that would make people spend time reading any information is because they have problems to solve. Put yourself in this situation; the reason you are probably reading this post is that of the fact that you want to make money as a writer in Nigeria. Aside from that, you’d probably be busy watching movies or doing some other fun activities.
The same applies to you as a writer; before you decide to start blogging, you would have an idea what kind of problem your blog would solve. Waking up in the money and writing about your life and other irrelevant things wouldn’t add money to your pockets.
When you solve people’s problems, they will be willing to always give you their time. When they give you their time, you can easily convert it into money. There are many ways to earn as a blogger and they include;
- Google Adsense
- Native Advertising
- Sponsored posts from people and organizations (They will pay you to help them write about their product)
- You sell your own books
Once you explore any of the above channels, it becomes easy to make money as a writer in Nigeria. Either way for you, it is a win-win situation for you as a writer.
Hire someone to set-up the Blog for you
Since this post isn’t about how to set-up a blog, I suggest that you hire someone to help you design a blog. To be frank with you, there are lots of technicalities when it comes to setting up a blog. If you don’t do it the right way, you will fail even before you get started.
You have the aim of trying to earn money as a writer, so you shouldn’t joke with your investment. I can help you design a very good blog for just a cheap price; you can reach me by texting me on WhatsApp (09086050663). I would love to help you achieve your dreams.
You can also watch the video below if you still want to go ahead and design your blog yourself. It might be simple for some people and complex to others. It doesn’t matter, just give it a trial. Besides, I started my blogging career and kept writing for myself until today. It’s a different story now because I am earning from it. You might as well become an employer of writers if you choose to. Moreover, it is recommended as it allows others to write and earn money in Nigeria through you. This more like becoming a boss of writers who write articles and get paid.
Become a Freelancer
Becoming a freelancer in Nigeria doesn’t just mean signing up to some freelancer sites and bidding for every available writing job there. It is about being creative to know that there are lots of people out there looking for whom to help them complete a given writing task. I know a guy who makes about 10,000 Naira every week, advertising his services on his page on Facebook.
Most people are lazy to write their term paper, project topic, etc and you that have the ability as a writer and knowledgeable on that topic should do the job for them and earn your money. Aside from that like you may have known, there are other great freelancing sites that give Nigerians the opportunity to earn. Example of such sites includes Fiverr, Upwork, freelancer, etc. All it takes is just for you to set up your profile as a professional writer and pitch your abilities to those who look to hire writers. The competition out there is pretty much, so I must warn you to be careful about getting depressed along the line.
In few articles to come, I will be telling you some secrets nobody ever told you about generating lots of cash from sites like Upwork and Fiverr as a writer.
You may as well need a mentor to write and earn money in Nigeria on sites like Fiverr, Upwork, etc. Aside from writing articles and getting paid through these websites, you may as well write for Nigerian people. Most bloggers in Nigeria require people who will write for them or even manage their blogs and get paid. Most persons do not really like writing for Nigerians since the pay is little. But, the idea of wanting to start very big with the likes of Fiverr might not turn out so well. You have to go through processes and garner experiences.
Guest Post for Blogs and Websites
Guest posting for blogs and websites is becoming one of the fastest ways to earn some cash as a writer in Nigeria right now. There are hundreds of websites and blogs that will pay you about 50$ to 100$ just for your write-up to be featured on their site. Payment can be accessed either through PayPal or a direct cheque. I have compiled about 101 websites that can pay you to write for them, so do well to download it and start earning the right way. Websites that pay writers Download
Write an E-Book and Sell on Your Own
Writing an E-book could be your pathway to earning as a writer. It just allows you to compile information, format it to an E-book format and sell. Writing and compiling an E-book might be quite stressful, but if done right could be the missing piece of the puzzle.
I know lots of writers who have earned six-digit figures by compiling information and selling it off as an E-book. In fact, writing an E-book is one of the best methods to earn as a writer in Nigeria in this 21st century; people need to get information, and putting that information in a book and selling is nothing but the surest way to earn. I will be putting up an article next, to show you how can create your first E-book within just a few minutes.
Train Upcoming Writers
A lot of people out there would jump at the chance to become a writer if given the chance and the right training. People love expressing themselves with write-ups but they just can’t seem to know how to write. Also, they are confused as to how to make money as freelance writers.
Writing is an art (like I always say), and it needs to be learnt. You can have the talent or so they say, but you need a mentor and someone that is experienced to put you through in every aspect of it. That is why you need to fill up this gap as an experienced writer by putting up a training service to young and aspiring writers and making cool money from it.
You can register as a tutor in a site like Teachme.ng and earn cool money training students and aspiring writers on the art of writing.
Become an Amazon Kindle Author
Becoming an Amazon Kindle Author is surely the best way to make money as a writer in Nigeria. It is one way I feel all Nigerian writers should exploit to make money. In fact, it is one of the simplest ways to make money as a writer in Nigeria. Amazon allows writers from all over the world to write, upload, and sell their E-books on the Kindle platform.
They have various niches depending on where your strength lies as an Author. Self-Publishing on Amazon Kindle is simple as well as complex all the same. It has several techniques you need to employ to make money as a writer in Nigeria on Amazon Kindle. Amazon Kindle can act as a source of lifetime income if you really know the techniques and is serious with the business.
Proofread and Edit Books
One of the most underrated way to write and earn money in Nigeria is proofreading. Nigerians really believe in content making, article writing and the rest, but equally pays. Even as an established blogger, I do not just write articles and get paid, I proofread for more money. The result is often extra pay and more jobs. Even on several available earning platforms, people still sign up as proofreaders and are being hired constantly. Most published books like eBooks, Amazon Kindle books, Novels, and lots more go through proofreading.
When a book is not proofread, the chances are that the quality will be low. To get a better quality, wise writers pay extra for people to proofread and earn in the process. Moreover, even the Nigerian sites that pay you to write articles still pay for proofreading and editing.
Get Paid to Write Stories
If you can look around you and craft something that is mind blowing, then getting paid to write stories in Nigeria should be an option. The stories could be short or long in length. It could be romance, horror, tragedy, comedy, etc. This will all be specified by the Nigerian or non Nigerian making the offers.
You can go on to publicize your skill on forums like Nairaland and any other forum with huge viewers. I recommend Nairaland as it is a highly conversational platform. Also, signup for the likes of Quora and set your preferred niche to stories and writers. There, you will find book authors, story makers, and writers who will answer all the questions you have for them. They will further make you a better story writer. After that, you can be rest assured that you will be a notable personality in the area of story telling or writing.
Write Movie Scripts
The sect of writers that earn most are movie script writers. Imagine how much the writer who developed the storyline in Game of Thrones would be making now. I bet such a writer is a billionaire in one day. There are also movie makers in Nigeria who need storylines to work on and develop to become sensible in Nigeria. Simply get in touch with any of these guys, convince them that you can write, get the job, and write. During such jobs, go online and google things out. Find out what you should add to the story making to enable some sort of cinematic effects in it. How would you feel to find your story in Cinemas? Anyone would be proud of themselves and I’m challenging you to pick on this course.
If there is no convincing and real way to write and earn money in Nigeria, then scripting is the answer. I have attempted scripting a couple of times and they were amazing. However, you could maintain the course and watch your skills pay back.
Why You Should Become a Writer Today
In case you do not know why you should become a writer, here is a quick rundown.
a. Extra Earnings
There are few things out there that give you extra incomes. Writing is one of such and you can earn at anytime, especially when you urgently need money for a situation. Moreover, during my growing times, I used the art of writing to tidy some bills and pay school dues. You could well make this an option for yourself.
b. Time Flexibility
Of all the jobs in the world, the most time-respecting is writing. basically, you are well to do with proper timing while with the job at hand. Whenever an offer arrives, you’re given a good enough time to handle the work pressure and all. The reason is because the client understands that a proper writing needs a little bit of good time.
c. Work from Anywhere
There is freedom and flexibility in working hours. Writing does not require an office or any place to function. You could use your personal computer at anytime to write and get paid in Nigeria and worldwide.
Creating wealth as a writer is possible only if you are willing to take action. Every book you see today was written by a writer and there is really a shortage of quality writers out there. Even if you don’t own a blog, blog owners can pay you a lump sum of money just for you to keep their blogs updated with quality write-ups. So, do yourself a favour by going through the steps once more and pick exactly the method that befits you and works towards it. If you still need further guidance, do well to reach us through the comment form.
Become a writer today and earn heaven and earth. Just be creative, keep learning and grow a brand out of yourself.
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