How To Make Money As A Freelance Writer In Nigeria 2021

In this article, i will show you how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria in this 2020. if writing is an activity that you do just for fun, how about turning that hubby into something a little more profitable? You now understand why this article is for you right?

Just like the title of a popular book which says “Talent is not enough”, becoming a successful writer or making money from writing in Nigeria requires much more than just talent.

Aside being a creative thinker who is good at constructing ideas with words, sentences and paragraphs; you also need the right information as well as platforms to monetize your skill.

That’s why in this post, I will be revealing to you everything you need to know about becoming a freelance writer in Nigeria and gaining financial freedom using your talent.

I know how frustrating it can get when you believe you have the needed skills to excel with your writing career yet the opportunities aren’t forth coming.

Freelance writing has been the saving grace for many writers in Nigeria with a lot of them going on to become millionaires from freelance writing- you too can do same if you will pay keen interest to this post by reading it to the end.

What freelance writing is, how to become a freelance writer, the things you need to succeed as a freelance writer in Nigeria will all be explained in this post.

So if you are ready to turn your imagination into glorious realities, sit back relax and learn the secret to making money as a freelance writer in Nigeria.

Let’s cut the long story short and go to the main issue. So basically, some of you might be wondering; what exactly is freelance writing?


A freelance writer is an independent writer who works for a lot of people at the same time without necessarily being employed (at least for a long time) by their employers.

Freelance writing entails independently searching for and getting writing jobs that enable you earn as you work.

As a Nigerian, there are a lot of opportunities for freelance writers both online and offline within and outside the country. Your level of experience can most times influence where you’d get writing jobs as a freelancer.

Aside having the prerequisite knowledge of being able to put your thoughts together in an organized and understandable manner, there are some basic things that you’d need to kick start your career as a freelance writer in Nigeria.


The basic things you need to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria include:

  • A Personal Computer that you will be using to write/type your work
  • A Smart phone: it will be very difficult to cope without a smart phone as freelance writer in Nigeria. You need something to keep you connected to the internet even while on the go.
  • Access to the internet: you will need to be connected to the internet to enable you have access to certain websites, carry out research and stay informed.
  • Power supply: The importance electricity can never be over emphasized hence you should ensure that you have access to regular power supply.
  • The right information: You will need to always stay abreast with the latest developments on opportunities that can help you monetize your skill.

You can do this by always visiting and or turning on the notification on the site in order to receive the latest information on opportunities available for freelancers in Nigerians.

In this post, I will break down the opportunities available for freelancers in Nigeria into two categories:

  1. Offline writing opportunities
  2. Online writing opportunities

Note that, as a freelancer, you can do both offline and online jobs at the same time; it all depends where your bread is better buttered.


When we talk about freelance writing in Nigeria, the emphasis has always been more on online writing gigs on freelance sites like Fiverr and Upwork. However, there are other offline writing jobs for freelance writers in Nigeria that you can profit from.

If you are a creative and skillful writer, there are a lot of people out there who need your services. I will be telling you how to go about this.


There are a lot of individuals, firms and film makers out there that pay writers to write movie scripts for them. Those beautiful stories you have up in your sleeves, all you need do is to put them into a script and sell it to movie makers.

Get in touch with people in the industry and inform them about your intention to sell your script, and if it’s an interesting and compelling script, you will make a huge amount of money from selling just one script.

Bothered about the marketing aspect or how to get contact of those who need movie scripts? A lot of movie makers have an active presence on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

You can get in touch with them through those platforms or send them a mail that gives a short but compelling summary of your script and what you want.

You can equally utilize forums that have large followers like to post about your works and many people will contact you for negotiations.

You can easily register on Nairaland using your email and phone number. After registering, you can create a post in the movies or literature section to talk about your work.

As an interactive forum with a lot of members across the country and the entire African continent, you will have a lot of people make comments and talk about your work.


The upsurge in the number of private schools in the country has increased the demand for textbooks- especially story books that are used by nursery and primary schools.

You can either write, publish and market your story book to private schools or write and sell your stories to publishing companies that are always in search of short stories to buy form freelance writers in Nigeria.

You can write short children stories of about 2,000-3,000 words and sell to small publishing companies. Some of these companies pay between 10,000 to 30,000 Naira per story depending on how good your story is and or your negotiating power.

Aside selling your stories, you can also publish them yourself and make more money with your writing.

You can approach a printing press and strike out a deal with them to print your story books after which you’ll market to private schools and make huge amount of money.


You can put your ideas together into a book and get it published online. A lot of freelance writers have become millionaires through online book publishing by utilizing some of the most popular platforms like Amazon kindle publishing.

Getting your book published online is not as difficult as you might have imagined. All you need do is to create an account with your preferred online publishing platform and upload your completed work for it to be published.

In Nigeria, the most popular online book publishing platform that you can utilize to publish your book is

If you like writing, you may also like writing reviews for products and services on paid survey sites. And on that, you may consider reading our guide on the top paid survey sites in Nigeria

Just register on the website and upload your book. If you can’t, will charge a little amount to help you get your book published on their platform.

Your book will be sold on the platform and okadabooks will pay you 70% per copy sold while they will keep 30%.

Aside, there are other international platforms that you can publish your books on. These platforms are:

After publishing your book(s) on these platforms, the revenue from your book sales will be sent to you in Nigeria through Paypal, Western Union or Cheque.

Are you bothered about how to receive your earnings here in Nigeria through PayPal? You can read our step by step guide on how to receive money with PayPal here in Nigeria.

But if you’d prefer to receive your money through Western Union, you can click here to read the step by step guide on how to receive money from abroad with Western Union here in Nigeria.


As a freelance writer in Nigeria, there are a whole lot of writing jobs for you online, all you need is the right information and the right platform- that’s what I will be revealing to you here.

How to get online writing jobs in Nigeria and how to get online writing jobs abroad right from the comfort of your room-these and many more are the things you will get to know in this segment of online freelance writing opportunities in Nigeria.

However, apart from writing jobs online, there are many other ways in which Nigerians now engage in making money online. Here is our top 10 ways you can also make money online in Nigeria


There are many platforms/websites that recruit freelance writers in Nigeria. While some employ your services to write content for them, others simply refer/connect you with those who need your services.

The websites where you can get freelance writing jobs in Nigeria are:

this is a Nigerian site that pay freelance writers in Nigeria for every article they’ve written for them. This amazing website pays their freelance writers 500 Naira for every 500 words article.

So as a freelance writer on, you will be paid based on how many articles you are able to write.

This is another site for Nigerian freelance writers to make money with their skill. What this site does is that it connects Nigerian freelance writers with individuals and companies who need writing services here in Nigeria.

This information website pays freelance writers for every published article. How it works is that you will submit your article to them for review, and if it’s accepted and published,; you will be paid.


For all aspiring freelance writers in Nigeria who wants to make it big simply by doing what they knows how to do best, the websites below are just the best that you can check out.

This is one of the world’s leading platform for freelancers across the world. Once you register on this platform, you will get writing gigs that pay well. In fact, fiverr is among the best freelance website in Nigeria right now.

The good thing about is that, the least amount you are paid for any writing job is $5. When your ratings get higher, you can get article writing gigs that will pay as much as $30-$50 per article.

To get started on, all you need to do is to visit their website at and signup for free. After signing up, you will create your profile and then create a gig to enable you get clients. Our article on How to make money on fiverr in Nigeria will be a valuable resource for you.

This is another freelance platform that is similar to Once you’ve registered on upwork, you’ll wait for your account to be approved before you can start getting writing jobs.

With Upwork, you will get writing jobs from individuals, companies, and organizations across the world.

The secret to excelling on these platforms as a freelance writer is to ensure that you are original by avoiding plagiarism and also satisfying your clients so as to get good ratings from them.

The good ratings and positive feedback from clients will translate to more jobs and better pay. With a five star rating, you can charge high fees for your writing services and clients will be willing to pay even extra. With all these, upwork is actually considered one of the best freelance website of all time.


Below are our list of top paying websites for Nigerian freelancers who desire to build a career as a writer or for those that simply want to be writing just for a means of making some passive income:


  • Create an online presence utilizing the power of social media.
  • Network and connect with other writers in Nigeria both online and offline
  • Keep tabs with the current trends in the creative industry.
  • Have a hunger for success because that’s the drive that will keep you going
  • Do not rely on a single source or platform for writing jobs. The benefit of being a freelance writer is that you can work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • You can be writing guest posts for blogs as this will help promote your writings as well as increase your fan base.


Thank you for reading our article on how to make money as a freelance writer in Nigeria in 2020.

So whether you are looking for an extra source of income or you need a steady flow of money, freelance writing is definitely a sure bet for you.

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Eze Elekwachi

Hi, Eze Elekwachi holds an M.Sc. in Public Administration and a PhD in view. He is the brainchild behind People see him as a programmer, web developer, content developer and a seasoned e-marketer probably because he's good at what he does...

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