Freelance writing; How to make a job from writing in Nigeria

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Hey! Welcome to torchbankz. This is a site that teaches, motivate and inform people on how to make money by taking chances and opportunities through information. This is just one of our many posts on how to make money and you can be rest assured it won’t be the last. In this post am going to be doing the usual which is, writing on how you can make money, but this time as a writer. Be it your gift or not, so far you know English and you can put them into writing then you are definitely in the right place.

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Making money as a writer can be achieved in two ways, which is either you want to make money writing as a Job/Career or as a side income, whichever of the two depends on how good a writer you are.

But before we start I just want to show you a glimpse of how cool and how much money you can make from writing. Be it long term or short term basis.

  • The best part is you can start making money the day you start.
  • Make money anywhere in the world.
  • Earn as much as $10-$50 per hour.
  • Earn as much as $3000-$10,000 per month.
  • Make up to $500 per eBooks.
  • Work anytime you want.
  • Make money while sleeping
  • Get paid easily.

That’s just a glimpse of how much you can make, have seen people whose making more than this, but they all boil down to how good you are, plus there’s a first time for everything. The most difficult part is always the first, and once you’ve written the first one and you are approved. The rest are just by the way. So now, let’s get down to business.



Like I said, you can either make money writing as a side income or as a full-time business.  So in this post, we are going to be looking at the proper ways to make money as a writer either as a full-time Job or as a side income.

  1. Writing as a full-time Job

 If you are a writer and you know you are good at it. Then you need a blog. As a matter of fact, all writers need a blog, if you derive passion and love from writing then you need a blog to show case, and pour out yourself to the world so you can impart life. The good thing about a blog is that even if you are not good as you think. Blogging helps you get better over time, and one of the best ways to do this; is by blogging on something you already know because you will find it easier writing on something you know over what you don’t know.

Close to fifty (50) million posts or more are uploaded to Google every day yet people hunger for knowledge grows by the day. What this means is that there is an ever ready market for writers out there. According to Google live Stat, Nigeria is the 7th largest internet user all over the world and about seventy (70) million and growing Nigerians visit the internet every day searching for information that needs to be acquired. This is where your write-ups through blog comes in. Blogging allows you to enhance your writing skills and promotes you to a much bigger audience than you can ever imagine, and once the audience is there, then making money is inevitable.

Like I said earlier, for you to be successful in blogging you must have your own Niche. A Niche is that particular topic or area you can easily write about. I have a lovely dear that talks and writes a lot about relationship and love, given the fact that; that’s her own niche, but she yet to take it to the next level. Now, for example, someone like her can easily reach more audience just doing what she loves by blogging about it and at the same time making money out of it.

Now that we now know the importance of writing through blogging, we can then look at ways we can make money from it. In other words monetizing your blog.

 How to monetize your blog

  • Google AdSense
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Selling eBooks
  • Running advert
  • Sponsored post

Google AdSense- Google ad sense is the most popular and reliable way to monetize your blog. Once you’ve build your blog with a reasonable amount of audience visiting your blog every month, you can contact Google ad service and apply for Google AdSense by allowing them to run adverts on your blog. Depending on the size of audience your blog engages you can earn as much as $50-$300 per day for thirty days that a serious amount of money.

Affiliate Marketingaffiliate marketing is the process whereby you promote products through links on your site and earn a commission on every conversion made through the links you are promoting on your blog. But this has to go in line with your blog niche. Let’s say your blog is a fashion niche, then you can promote links of fashion product on your blog. Have seen affiliate marketers than earn as much as $20,000 per month through affiliate marketing. Companies like Amazon, jumia, Konga, AliExpress, bounty CPA and many others are running affiliate program you can sign up with.

Selling eBooks- eBooks can also be a good source of income to your blog by selling them to your audience. One of the ways you can do this is by turning your old write ups or posts that attract more audience into eBooks and sell them or you can write a new one but make sure it’s adding a real value to your audience. Writing eBooks is simply turning Microsoft words into pdf files

Running advert- Once your blog follower is growing you can also make money by accepting to run adverts for people or companies on your blog and make money from it. This can be done by placing a banner on your site for a particular amount of time, based the negotiation you had with your client

Sponsored post- lastly you can make money on your blog by allowing a sponsored post on your blog and get paid for it. Once again this post has to be in line with your niche because trust me you don’t want to lose your audience.


  1. Writing has a side income

Writing to make money as a side income is meant for you if, you want to start making money immediately because the truth about blogging is, it takes some time before you can actually build your audience. And by time, I didn’t mean eternality. If you are going by it the right way you should start seeing a substantial result from your blog in a matter of months.

So the quickest way to make money from writing is by writing as a freelance. Freelance writing is simply writing on a contract basis for many clients or companies as opposed to working as an employee for a single company. Freelancing gives you the opportunity to choose from arrays of topics that are in sync with your niche or the ones you can easily write about without wasting time. When it comes to freelance writing, time is money, because this is one the major ways your work is being reviewed.

Writing as a freelancer is an excellent idea for anyone that wants to be self-dependent. It allows you to set a monthly target for yourself. You can choose to target any amount of income you want on monthly basis and work towards it.

The basic idea of freelance writing is as follows:

  • A client posts a topic on your freelance network or site.
  • You apply for the topic by letting the client know how suitable you are for the topic.
  • You get approved.
  • He/she reviews your work for approval or rejection depending on how good or bad your work is.
  • You get approved and you get paid or vice versa.

That’s all of the basic about freelance writing and now that we know that, the next thing to look into, is the freelance websites we can work with.

Fiverr- Fiverr is one of the largest freelance websites in the world. It’s a friendly website even for newbies once your account is set up; choose your niche, i.e. your area of specialization because in Fiverr they offer other freelance jobs besides writing. Once you’ve chosen your niche you can then offer your gigs. Your works or what you can do on Fiverr site is called gigs and they are mostly $5 per gigs. But once your reputation improves you can then offer gigs in multiples and get gigs extras. This site is the biggest site when it comes to freelancing. You can practically get anything done on this website. The good part is it’s free. All you need do is sign up set up your account and request for your task. You can write as many as possible, depending on your writing skills. The more work you do, the more reviews you get, and the more good reviews you have the more money for you.

iWriter- iWriter is one the best writing websites out there, they are solely limited to freelance writing which makes them very popular and their payment is significantly high compared to other websites. Payment on iWriter is based on word count. The more words you write the more money you make depending on your rank as a writer. You can start small get experience and improve your rank.

The three levels or ranks on iWriters include:

  • Standard writer-
Word Count Premium writer Earnings
150                        $1.01
300                        $1.62
500                        $2.43
700                        $4.05
1000                        $6.08
  • Premium writer
Word Count Premium writer Earnings
150                        $2.23
300                        $3.65
500                        $4.46
700                        $5.79
1000                        $8.51
  • Elite writers- Elite writers are the highest paid with the highest paying clients. You can make the largest money with this level.
Word Count Premium writer Earnings
150                        $3.44
300                        $5.67
500                        $8.10
700                        $10.13
1000                        $14.99

Cracked- Cracked allows articles on funny stories. If you can come up with funny articles, drawing or funny graphic even photo shops then you can make money from You can make up to $50 per article if it’s a nice one.

Hubpages- HubPages works like a blog; you register with them and publish articles through your account which of course is going to be review before it’s published.  You getting paid with Hubpages depend on the traffic your hubs attract.


Note: You should have it in mind that you can’t just start making a huge sum of money immediately. The idea is to start small and then from your experience your income can start growing. Payment method is through checks, wire transfer, PayPal etc. but the most common method is through PayPal, so I will suggest you sign up for one and also, a tip of advice. Getting your money from PayPal to your local banks may be difficult. So I will suggest you also sign up for Payoneer, once you do that, you can then transfer your money from PayPal to your Payoneer account and from there wired it to your local banks. It’s very simple don’t be discouraged.

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