How to Make Reasonable Income Online as a Freelancer

As the internet opportunities available expand more Nigerians find new ways to make reasonable income online than ever before.

The challenges to making money online remain but if you are the type that loves your personal freedom and wish to make enough income for yourself without having to work full time for anybody there are still good opportunities for you to do that.

What is Freelancing?

According to Wikipedia a Freelancer, Freelance Worker is one who is self employed and not committed to any particular employer long term. Freelancers could be contracted to do certain work for an organization but only for a period of time. Freelancers are never permanently employed at any organization
Freelancing can vary greatly. While some freelance work might require signed contracts between the freelancer and the organization some freelance work you might do will only require word of mouth agreement.

The pay for freelance work varies. As a freelancer you can charge fees per hour, on a fixed fee basis or on a per project basis.

Why Freelancing is an Alternative Option to Full Time Job

Many people consider freelancing instead of taking a full time job because they want to be in control of their time and be able to do the things they want and like. Sometimes people become freelancers because of lack of full time jobs and with time they discover they are making more income than some of their colleagues who work full time. Mothers who wish to have time for their kids and families also choose to do freelance work.

Freelance work can pull in very good income to sustain your lifestyle. Depending on what you want you can even keep your day job and do freelance work as a way to bring in additional income every month.

How to start as a Freelancer

To become a freelancer you first have to choose the type of work you will be doing. You should choose an area where you have the required skills knowledge and passion.

Some of the popular where you can make money as a freelancer include; music, journalism, publishing, screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, photojournalism, cosmetics, fragrances, editing, photography, event planning, event management, copy editing, proofreading, indexing, copywriting, computer programming, web design, graphic design, website development, consulting, tour guiding, video editing, video production, translating and illustrating etc. You just need to think about one or two fields where you have the skills and passion to make money from it.

Getting work as a Freelancer

There are several ways to get work as a freelancer. One of the ways to search and get freelance (contract or part time) jobs is to check out the freelance job postings in job sites like Ngcareers. You can check for freelance jobs, part time jobs, or even contract jobs that last between 6 months to 2 years.
Another way to find work as a freelancer is to be active online

Promote Yourself Online as a Freelancer

If you want to go big time as a freelancer once you choose the niche or field where you’ll be doing your freelance work you can get yourself a blog or personal website.

The personal website or blog will be your central point to use in promoting yourself online and attracting people to give you work or pay for the products and services you offer. For example if you are a freelance designer you could have a website where people who need design services can find you and pay you to do certain jobs for them.

It doesn’t stop at having a website or blog. You have to be active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc). Join forums like Nairaland and contribute meaningful information in that field where you are freelancing. That way people who read the useful information you share will find their way to your site or blog and contact you if they need your services.

Write Regularly on Your Blog

If you can write good articles it is another way to attract potential customers who will pay you for your services.

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About Paul

Paul Eze is the Co-founder and CEO at NGCareers. He is an avid writer. Connect with Paul on Twitter

One Comment

  1. martins says:

    Writing for publications and research works are my area of interest.

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