As an undergraduate student in Nigeria, there are countless reasons you need to make money while studying – for upkeep, to finance your education, and many more. If you look around, there are many online jobs that look good in theory but hard to do. In this post, I’ll show you 10 online jobs that are suitable for busy undergraduate students in Nigeria. And if you hang around long enough, you’ll find a bonus online job that does not require any technical skill. Ok, let’s jump right in.
First of all, you need to understand that these online jobs are not “set it and forget it” systems. You need to have the right mindset and be quick on your feet. Just like you stumbled on this post, there are thousands of students all over Nigeria that are also interested in finding easy online jobs. Take these tips seriously and get to work.
Online jobs for busy undergraduate students in Nigeria
Yes, you’ve heard it a thousand times already. The word “Freelancer” is now overused, mostly by wannabes who haven’t earned a dime online. What if I told you that you don’t even have to be a freelancer to make legitimate money online? Instead of being the worker, what if you can be the person between the client and the employer? See, a lot of freelancers have a common problem – getting clients. It’s a problem of positioning that is usually a blind spot for freelancers. Why do you think a lot of companies hire other companies to help them find clients?
There are two ways to approach freelance arbitrage based on how much you know about your industry of interest. You can approach the client as the expert and outsource the job to a freelancer for a lower price. Or partner with a freelancer and get him/her the client but in exchange for a certain percentage of the profit. Whichever method you choose works fine but you have to be very proactive and deliver quality if you want to stay long in the game.
Look around you, many small businesses don’t have blogs on their websites. If you can convince them to see that they are leaving a lot of money on the table, which is true, you can make a lot of money helping them create monthly blogs to boost their SEO rankings. This doesn’t exclude businesses that already have blogs on their websites. Take it from me, 6 out of 10 business owners only post once a month. You’d be shocked to see some blog updates to be almost a year ago. Browse these websites and check out the last time they uploaded new blog posts. Approach the owners and ask to post 2-5 blogs on their website every month. Tell them the benefits of having consistent blogs on their website and give them a reasonable pricing package they can’t resist.
Facebook Ads Jobs
Facebook is and has always been a reliable lead generation platform for many small businesses. With billions of users spread across various demographics, there’s always a customer ready to pay for a service and buy any product. In addition to the fact that most business owners aren’t running ads, many are not getting results for their investments. This is where you come in. You can help these small business owners run ads and even manage their customers. From engagement to traffic and conversions, you can position yourself as a reliable Facebook ads expert.
If you care about helping other people solve their unique problems or be the virtual help desk for a small business, this is for you. No, you don’t have to be super eloquent or behave like a robot. Every business has a voice and tone that communicate their mission. Before you apply to be a customer representative for any business, ensure you can match their style of communication, whether it is formal, casual, or anything in between.
Social Media Jobs
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – These social media giants are some of the best platforms to engage users and win potential customers. With so many great contents flying around, it’s hard for any small business owner to catch up with engagement and manage their business at the same time. Look for out for businesses that aren’t maximizing their social media presence and ask to be their social media manager.
Online Event Management
The world has changed. If it’s not an online business, the business has to be online. Seminars, conferences, workshop and reunions are now held online. As an online event manager, your job is to drive awareness and put things in place to make the event a success. This, of course, is not a one man’s job but you’re going to be the person in charge.
Virtual Assistant Jobs
One of the myths of being a V.A is that you must be glued to a work desk and pick calls every time. A virtual assistant is simply an online version of a personal assistant and your job is to help another person manage their tasks effectively. You can be a V.A to a friend, colleague, or even a mentor. As a freelancer, I can’t recount the number of times I’ve said to myself “I need a V.A”. A lot of influencers need help with managing their daily tasks. You can serve as a human reminder and help out on some delegable tasks.
Online Moderation Jobs
From online forums to Facebook groups, discord servers, telegram groups, and slack groups, the opportunities are limitless. For most communities, online moderation jobs are not like job applications and interviews. You need to be an active member who has contributed positively to the growth of the platform. The best way to approach this is to be a part of something you believe in and the incentives will follow.
Online Tutoring Jobs
Do you regard yourself to be a good teacher? And you’d love to share your knowledge in exchange for money? This is for you. There are many Nigerian parents who need you to teach their children on a variety of subjects. With educational tablets available to teach kids online, you can make a lot of money doing this.
Academic Writing & Editing
Academic writing is all about perfection and professionalism. Even the best academicians need help with improving the style, tone and organization of their writings. As an academic editor, you will serve as a second pair of eyes to identify the flaws in a document. There are students like you who need help with their essays, papers, articles and assignments. If this sounds like something you can do, you should definitely go for it.
You are here! As promised, check out an additional online hustle you can do as an undergraduate student in Nigeria.
Don’t worry about the big word, you’re simply going to be helping business owners recommend their products to other people in exchange for commissions. If you go on twitter or Instagram, you’d find companies, small businesses and influencers advertising their products, services and courses respectively. Be bold and reach out to these people and ask to be an affiliate for their business. To protect your reputation, you should only promote offers that you would buy and recommend to a close friend.
In my last post, I talked about why you should focus on personal development. I’m still holding my ground that it’s important for you to learn a new skill and sell your worth. But I understand how it feels to be an undergraduate in Nigeria. That’s why I compiled this list to help you make some money while you focus on your course of study. I wish you the best.