In this article, I will show you how to make money on Upwork in Nigeria as a beginner in 2020.

If you want to learn how Upwork works and how you can use that knowledge to advance your financial independence, then this article is for you.

Are you tired of unemployment, insufficient funds, or not being able to make money with your skill as a freelancer in Nigeria?

Or are you just in need of an extra source of income, a work from-home-job or a freelance job that will enable you earn foreign currency?

If your desire is to improve your financial status, freelancing is definitely a sure bet for you. And when it comes to freelancing, one of the best platforms in the world right now is Upwork.

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For those who might have previously tried signing up on Upwork in Nigeria but got rejected, I have good news for you; I will be revealing to you in this post how get my Upwork profile approved.

For those who are hearing about Upwork for the first time, I will explain to you in details what Upwork is all about and the step-by-step method on how to make money on Upwork in Nigeria. But before that, what is Upwork?


Upwork is a freelance platform that connects freelancers with employers who need their services. It can be referred to as a meeting point for employers and freelancers.

Getting your Upwork profile approved and making money on Upwork in Nigeria is no rocket science; it’s something you can do if you follow all the steps that I will be dishing out in this post. Because while i have other ways of making money online in Nigeria, Upwork still remains one of my favourite, which is why am sharing it with you.

Once you’ve registered and have your Upwork account approved in Nigeria, you’ll be able to get jobs from clients all across the world. And from the comfort of your home, you can complete the jobs and get paid.

Upwork works somehow like Picoworkers. We have written a comprehensive article on how to make your first $100 online on Picoworkers in Nigeria.

You may want to read our top recommended ways of making money online in Nigeria this 2020 here


There are several jobs that you can get or services that you can offer on Upwork- it all depends on your skill set.

No matter what you are good at, you can monetize that skill as a freelancer on Upwork.

Here are some of the jobs that are available on the platform.

  • Writing and content creation
  • Translation services
  • Virtual assistants
  • Graphics design
  • Programming and web design
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Social media marketing
  • Project management
  • Consultancy
  • Email marketing
  • Customer Service etc.

There are a lot of jobs to be done on Upwork for everyone.


how to get an approved upwork account in nigeria

The first thing you need to do to kickstart your freelance journey on Upwork is to create an Upwork business account.

Annoyingly, Upwork has a habit of rejecting Nigerian accounts; but that doesn’t mean your account will also be rejected.

With the secrets I will reveal to you here, you will learn how to get an approved Upwork account in Nigeria within 24 hours.

The first step to get an approved Upwork account in Nigeria is to ensure that Upwork does not know that you are registering from Nigeria. To do this, you’ll need to install a VPN on your PC in order to change your IP address to US or a European country.

After successfully changing your IP address to your preferred country (which must not be Nigeria), you can then log on to their website to start the registration process.

Click on “Sign Up” and a form will come up for you to provide your details. Enter your email and other information required.

Do not forget to choose your location to be the same country with that of your IP address. For instance, if you’ve set your IP address as US, your location on the registration form should also be US.

Then complete your Upwork profile by providing useful information about yourself as well as your skills set

This will include things like your profile picture, employment history or jobs you’ve previously done, qualifications and certifications (you can ignore this if you don’t have any or your skill does not necessarily need one), and other relevant information that will boost your profile.

If you’ve done all the things listed above correctly, your Upwork account will be reviewed and approved within 24 hours.

But if par-adventure your account is rejected, do not panic; here is what to do next.

Review your profile and make changes. You can do this by changing your profile picture or editing it to show just your head and a little

of your shoulders.

Similarly, you should also review the skills set on your profile and include things that will make you unique and outstanding.

After that, you can resubmit your account for approval.

Once your Upwork account has been reviewed and approved, you can then change your location back to Nigeria.

With an approved Upwork Nigeria account, you are good-to-go on your journey to making money as a freelancer here in Nigeria.


The next step to take after having your Upwork account approved is to find jobs to do. Note that, so as to get clients faster, you will need to ensure that your profile is 100% completed.

That’s, you will have to provide every information possible that will lay credence to your ability to give your clients the best.

Linking your social media accounts with your Upwork profile is an added advantage because it will add credibility to your profile.

Give a compelling description of yourself and clearly outline your skills set by giving reference to your previous works- this will enable clients to easily have an insight into what you can offer them.

After having a stand-out profile, you can go ahead and search for the jobs that are related to your skill. Normally, Upwork has filters on their platform that will display jobs to you according to the service(s) you are rendering.

Once you’ve seen a job that you believe you can complete within the stipulated duration, click on it and submit your proposal.

Note that, you won’t be the only freelancer submitting proposal to that job so endeavour to submit a ‘contract winning’ proposal.

Your proposal should be catchy, straight to the point and not unnecessarily lengthy. What clients look out for on Upwork is the freelancer that will offer services(s) that will help improve their businesses; so focus your proposal in that direction.

In order to increase your chances of at least getting jobs frequently, you can submit proposals for multiple jobs at the same time or on a regular basis.

After submitting proposal(s), always be online so that you can attend to clients who need further clarification about your proposal.

Once a client is satisfied with your proposal, he will get in touch with you (on Upwork) for negotiations, interview, clarifications, or details of the job requirements.

Ensure you satisfy your clients because their ratings and positive feedbacks will go along way in helping you build a successful career on Upwork.


After negotiating and agreeing on a fee with your client, the client will pay for the job to your account with Upwork, but the money won’t be released to you until you complete the job and the client is satisfied.

From the money you’ve earned, Upwork will keep 20% and give you the rest. However, after earning up to $500 on their platform, Upwork will reduce their charges on your account to 10% of your income- this means the higher you go, the more you’ll earn.

All the Upwork top earners understand this, and so should you. When all these have been done, the next challenge becomes how to withdraw your hard earned money from Upwork.


Upwork usually pay their freelancers (who have requested for withdrawal) every Tuesday.

I know the question on your mind right now, which is, how do I receive payment from Upwork in Nigeria?

So as a freelancer on Upwork, you can receive your Upwork payment in Nigeria through your Payoneer account or via direct bank transfer. You’ll be given the liberty to choose your preferred mode of payment.

If you don’t have a Business PayPal account that can receive money abroad in Nigeria or a Payoneer MasterCard in Nigeria, you may consider reading these comprehensive articles below, to chose your preferred method of cashing out your money from Upwork.



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Before you can begin to earn money on Upwork in Nigeria, there are few tips that should always serve as your guide. Below are some pertinent ones that you need to start earning from Upwork in Nigeria.

Before building or completing your profile, take out time to go through the profile of top freelancers who are offering the same service with you on Upwork. Find out the unique things about them, their profile, the amount they charge as well as ratings. This will help you to strive for perfection in your field.

Before submitting your proposal, endeavour to read the job description carefully to ascertain whether you can handle the job very well or not. This is pertinent if you must earn money with Upwork in Nigeria

Good ratings and positive feedback from clients is a strong selling point so, always try to satisfy your clients by meeting up with time and job requirement.

Your proposal should always end with gratitude

Do not just send proposals indiscriminately to every job offer you come across; else, you might end up being banned from Upwork.

Upwork hates it when you don’t get hired despite submitting so many proposals. It makes them feel you don’t have what it takes to work on their platform- so be strategic when submitting proposals.


I believe this article on how to make money on Upwork in Nigeria will inspire and motivate you to kick start your journey to making money as a freelancer on Upwork here in Nigeria. Though at the initial stage, freelancing can just be a side hustle, but with patience, dedication and consistency, it can become your main source of income.

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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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