How to Make Money Online in Nigeria as A Student for Free 2021

Making money online in Nigeria as a student for free is pretty simple as ABC.

You can earn a lot of money through online platforms with your phone or laptop device.

Many years ago, I can remember asking myself this question after I got to medical school.

Blessing, what exactly are you doing with your laptop device?

I felt useless because I had got a laptop for over three years without making a dime online.

Of course, becoming a yahoo boy was not an option for me. It is not a legit way to make money on the internet as a student.

The self-examination prompted me to research ways to make money online.

To my disappointment, many of the tutorials online were not practical. The recommendation sounded foreign with little or no feasibility here in Nigeria.

Here today, I have decided to put together in this post practical ways on how to make legit money online. 

Tell me if you need more information on any of the ways to make money online.

The bitter truth is that your certificate alone cannot give you a good life.

Education now looks like a scam with the economic situation of the country. There is no available job in the oversaturated labour market.

Well, I would not tell you to drop out of school to pursue a business online. No, do not do that to yourself. You have come too far to drop out.

See, let me tell you the fact.

The best thing about making money online is that you can combine it with your academics.

It is why earning online is a passive income. So, do not think about dropping out of school.

Let me know in the comment box below if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you.

Do well to follow the resources in this post to get started on creating wealth as a student.

How to Make Money Online in Nigeria as A Student

Here are the ways on how to make money in Nigeria as a student for free;

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Online Registration & Printing
  3. Blogging
  4. Become a YouTuber
  5. Photo Editing
  6. Programming/Coding
  7. Web Design
  8. Microsoft Excel Knowledge
  9. APP Development
  10. Copywriting
  11. Facebook ADS
  12. Content Creation
  13. Affiliate Marketing
  14. Become an Importer
  15. SEO/Google Analytics
  16. Cryptocurrency
  17. Sell an eBook
  18. Video Editing

Graphic Design

A person using a laptop

Graphic designing is one of the most lucrative ways to make money as a student in Nigeria.

The skill is a hot cake on campuses across Nigeria higher institutions.

I know you may be wondering right now, what is graphic design? Well, I will tell you what is graphic design.

Graphic designing is the process of displaying information through pictorial illustrations. 

An example of graphic design work is creating banners, logos, posters, etc.

The purpose of graphic design is to communicate information in graphical format.

A person who does graphic designing is a graphic designer.

All the posters you see in school during the SUG elections is the handwork of a graphic designer.

You are also aware that every week Christian fellowships on campus organize programs. It is graphic designers that create the banners for the programs.

Now, you can see that there is always a need for the service of a graphic designer on campus.

Apart from getting a job on campus, you can offer your skill online.

A lot of startups are looking for graphic designers on FacebookTwitter, etc.

Learning Graphic Designing

Here is how you can learn and make money with graphic designing as a student in Nigeria.

The first step to learning graphic designing is to get graphic design software.

Learning graphic designing with your phone comes with certain limitations. It is better to get a personal computer for the skill.

You do not need to go to a design school to learn graphic design. It is possible to get the skill by enrolling in a graphic design beginners course online.

The best place you can learn graphic design is on YouTube. It is interactive and free of charge.

Also, grab the opportunity if you find someone willing to teach you in school for free or at an affordable fee.

Graphic Design Software

Here is the list of software that you can use to learn graphic design as a student in Nigeria;

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Inkscape
  • Sketch
  • Affinity Designer
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Gravit Designer
  • Photoscape

Online Registration & Printing

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Doing online registration in your hostel is a high moneymaking business for students.

Many of the applications and registration in school today are online.

These online registrations are easy as ABC. But most students do not have a laptop or printer to do the registration themselves.

As a student, you can get the necessary devices to run online registration in your hostel.

You will get customers because it will be convenient for students in the hostel to do business with you.

I remember the night in my first year when I had to print my term paper at night. It was a student in the hostel that did the job for me.

So, you see that you can make cool cash by doing printing and online registration.

It is necessary to let students know in your hostel that you do online registration and printing.

Also, your price must be economical than what is attainable outside the hostel. 

Materials for Online Registration

You need the following devices for online registration;

  • A Laptop
  • Fast Internet Connection
  • Printer
  • A4 Paper

Blogging

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Blogging is the best and easier way to make money online as a student in Nigeria. Everywhere you go on campus, you will see a blogger.

A blogger is a person that creates content for readers online. For example, Studentship is a blog for Nigerian students.

Blogging is all about writing for people on a topic that you know.

For example, you can write about dating relationships. There are millions of people out there who need a fix with their relationship.

Guys on campus would like to read a step-by-step guide on how to woo their beautiful coursemates.

Blogging is all about solving problems with a well-structured article.

I know the question on your mind right now is how you can start to make money as a student blogger?

Well, making money as a blogger requires a whole lot of hard work.

Like every other medium to make money online, blogging is not a get rich quick medium. It will take you the time of learning and consistency to become a successful blogger.

As a recap, only go into blogging when you identify a topic that you know.

Do not deceive yourself with the mindset that you can write on multiple topics. You will not achieve success as a blogger.

Blogging Niche for Students

The following are top blogging niches for students in Nigeria;

  • Education & Jobs
  • Relationship
  • Finance
  • Religion
  • Technology
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Lifestyle
  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Health and Fitness
  • Travel
  • Digital and Internet Marketing
  • Sports
  • Pets and Animals
  • Books & Literature
  • News
  • Autos & Vehicles
  • Real Estates
  • Digital Marketing
  • Gaming
  • Music and Video

Choose one out of the list to get started. You can expand to other niches after you have achieved success.

Here is the list of ways to make money as a Nigerian student blogger;

  • Google AdSense
  • Sponsored Post
  • Direct Advertising
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Sell Product Online
Google AdSense

Google AdSense is an advertising agency company. The online platform allows business all over the world to advertise their products.

You must have seen an advert on websites that you visit daily. Well, many of those are Google AdSense.

How it works is that Google places those ads banners on your blog. You get paid by the number of visitors that click or view those ads.

Getting Google AdSense approval can be difficult. The secret to getting your blog approved is to write original content.

Never make the error of copying content from other websites. 

Also, your blog must follow the Google AdSense policy.

Other similar AdSense platforms are Ezoic, Media.net, AdCash, Infolinks, PropellerAds, etc.

Sponsored Post

A sponsored post is publishing articles of other bloggers articles on your blog.

It could be for the purpose to promote their blog or to get backlinks.

People will pay you to add their post on your blog when they find out that you have authority in your niche.

Direct Advertising

Direct advertising is the process of promoting a product on your blog to your readers.

For example, a company like MTN can contact you to buy advertisement space on your blog.

It means that you will place their banner on a section of your blog.

Of course, they will pay you well for the advertisement space.

Like the sponsored post, you need to have a successful blog to get an endorsement deal in Nigeria.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the promotion of products on your blog to get a commission fee.

How does affiliate marketing work?

Affiliate marketing is recommending a product to your audience to buy in an online store. You will get paid for each successful transaction from your readers.

You must have high traffic to earn money through affiliate marketing.

Sell Product Online

Selling your products online is a way to make money through blogging as a student.

For example, you can sell a makeup kit if you run a lifestyle blog.

It is necessary to sell products that are in line with what you write about on your blog.

Requirements for Blogging

The following are the requirements to start a blog in Nigeria;

Web Hosting

The internet is like the Onitsha market in Anambra State. Businessmen and women rent shops to sell your goods and services.

Web hosting is like renting a shop on the internet. They will help you to keep your content online. Visitors with an internet connection can access your blog.

There are free and paid web hosting services.

For example, Google Blogger and WordPress.com offer free web hosting to bloggers.

But these free web hosts come with a lot of limitations for bloggers.

As a student who is serious about blogging, do not use free web hosting services. To get money in Nigeria, you must invest.

The best road to follow is to buy a hosting plan from a web host company.

A one-year hosting plan on Harmonweb is about four thousand naira only. It is the cheapest hosting plan in Nigeria.

Create an account with Harmonweb service to get started with launching your blog.

Domain Name

A domain is the name of your blog. 

For example, the domain of this blog is studentship.com.ng. 

A domain name is your unique identity in the internet world.

Buying a .com or a .com.ng domain is the best option for bloggers.

A .com domain name cost about four thousand naira. You can get a .com.ng domain for one thousand naira on Harmonweb.

Content

Contents are blog posts on your blog.

You need to write quality posts on your blog to rank on the Google search engine. 

Every of your article must be relevant to solve a readers problem.

Become a YouTuber

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YouTube monetization is now a popular method for students to make money online.

Everywhere that you go on campus, you will see students making all kinds of videos.

Some students are into producing comedy skits, dance, tutorials or lifestyle videos.

These videos get a lot of watch time on YouTube because they are engaging and funny.

To make money on YouTube, you must get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours within your first year.

When you do what you are good at, it will be easy to meet the requirements within a year.

You will begin to earn money in dollars as people watch your videos after monetization.

Managing a successful YouTube channel requires creativity and persistence.

Equipment to Start a YouTube Channel

The following are necessary devices you need to have to become a YouTuber;

  • Digital Camera or Phone with Good Camera
  • External Microphone
  • Video Editing Software
  • Lighting
  • Tripod Stand

Photo Editing

A person using a laptop

Photo editing using Photoshop is a high profile soft skill that you can use to make money as a student.

Photoshop is software that allows you to edit pictures and produce graphic designs.

You cannot see studio pictures on WhatsApp status without Photoshop edit.

Photographers use Photoshop to edit pictures of people to look perfect.

It was shocking the first day I took a studio picture. The outcome was astonishing. I began to wonder if it was my picture.

Learning Photoshop will give you a lot of money in school.

You can add photography to your hustle to make more money.

Also, you learn graphic designing by making banners, logos, etc.

Programming/Coding

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Programming is the number one soft skill in the world right now. It is a high profit-making skill for students.

Every technology around the world follows the architecture of a programming language.

Knowing how to code or program is the gateway to making lots of money in the virtual economy.

Programing jobs are available online. It is the future.

The best part about programming is that you can work online. That is, you can work for a company in Australia while you are a student in Nigeria.

Learning Programming

Learning programming requires diligence. You can learn any programming by yourself online within the space of six months.

Learn coding on YouTube or take programming classes online.

Also, you can look for a student in your school that is good with a programming language. The individual will teach you the basics of coding.

List of Programming Language

Here is the list of programming languages you can learn as a student in Nigeria;

  • Python
  • HTML
  • C ++
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • C Language
  • SQL
  • Swift
  • Objective-C
  • Ruby
  • Pascal

Web Design

flat screen computer monitor

Web design/development is the skill of designing a website for the internet.

Every website on the internet has a design or architecture. It is the job of a web designer to create the structure of a website.

As a web designer in school, you can start to create professional websites and blogs.

Every business or blogger wants a fast loading website with the best functionality.

For example, this blog has a good web design. It makes it easy for you to read the article.

Many students in school want to create a blog to earn money online. You can offer to build their blogs at a cheaper rate.

Also, you can source for jobs on freelancer websites like Upwork, Fiverr, etc.

Learning Web Design/Development

You can learn web design online or meet someone in your school with high skills in web development.

Learning web design requires that you know the necessary web development programs.

It can take you about six (6) months to become a proficient web developer.

Here is the list of web development programs for web designers;

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

You must begin your journey of becoming a web developer by learning HTML.

HTML stands for Hyper Text Makeup Language.

CSS deals more with colours and adding extra functionality to a website.

CodeAcademy and W3School are the best places to get started with web designing.

Check out the Nairaland Programming section to interact with other Nigerian programmers.

Microsoft Excel Knowledge

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Microsoft Excel is a program software for handling mathematical related data analysis.

You can solve mathematical problems using the Microsoft Excel program.

Many students have the Excel program on their laptops without knowing its usefulness.

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool that solves complex programs in every organization.

It is the Excel Program that calculates the salary of workers in a company. Also, final students hire people to do their statistical calculations using the Excel program.

To get started with learning Microsoft Excel. 

Install the program on your Laptop. 

You can then learn the program online on YouTube or get a tutor.

Proficient Excel users can get jobs online on Freelancer sites like Upwork, etc.

APP Development

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APP development is a high paying skill for students in Nigeria.

It involves the process of developing a mobile APP for Android and iPhones device.

The Google Chrome browser you are using to read this post is an APP developed by an APP developer.

You can make a lot of money as a student by developing an APP for clients in your school or on freelancer sites.

Also, as an APP developer, you can create and upload your APP on Playstore. Google will pay you when people download and use your APP on Playstore.

Learning APP Development

You can learn APP development by taking a course online at edX, Udacity, Udemy, etc.

Learning APP development requires skill in the following programming software languages;

  • JAVA
  • Python
  • Swift
  • Dart
  • JavaScript
  • Kotlin
  • C ++
  • C#
  • PHP
  • Ruby
  • MATLAB
  • XML
  • OpenGL
  • COBOL

Copywriting

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Copywriting is a high paying skill for students in higher institutions. You can earn a lot of money online by becoming a copywriter.

Copywriting is all about promoting a product or service through content creation.

It is the job of a copywriter to convince readers to buy a product or use a service.

Many companies in the world use copywriters to drive in more sales to increase revenue.

Copywriting requires that you have good writing skills. You can learn how to write by reading books and taking courses online.

Take lessons and read books on marketing and finance. It will help you to write compelling articles to make a sale.

Here is the list of copywriting books for students in Nigeria;

  • Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
  • The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert Bly
  • How to Write Copy That Sells by Ray Edward
  • Copywriting Secrets by Jim Edward
  • The Adweek Copywriting Handbook by Joseph Sugarman
  • The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert
  • Ogilvy On Advertising by David Ogilvy
  • Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins

Facebook ADS

social media

Knowledge of running Facebook ADS is now a new way for students to make money online.

Many companies have seized the profitable opportunity of running Facebook ads. You can learn how to create Facebook ADS online.

I bet you must have seen an advertisement while scrolling down on your Facebook app. A Facebook AD manager create those ADS.

Also, product companies are willing to pay you to manage their Facebook page. All you have to do is to put up engaging posts.

Open a Facebook Business Manager account to get started with Facebook ADS.

Content Creation

A person typing on a laptop computer

Content creation is the production of content in text or media format.

It is one of the highest paying skills in the world right now.

Content is king in advertising, business, technology, etc.

As a Nigerian student, you can make money by working as a content creator.

You have to learn how to create inspiring text and media content. Learning animation will give you an edge as a content creator.

You can also start by becoming an Instagram influencer or a Lifestyle blogger. Through this process, you will grow to become a content creator.

Content creation jobs are available online. All you have to do is to be good at creating unique content.

Affiliate Marketing

makeup kit

Affiliate marketing is the process of selling products to get a referral fee. The commission rate could be as high as five per cent.

For example, if you convince a blog reader to buy a laptop from Jumia worth one hundred and fifty thousand. You can get a commission of about five to ten thousand naira.

There are lots of people in the world who are living off through affiliate marketing.

For me, I prefer that you start up a blog for your affiliate marketing project.

You will make a lot of money if you build an audience on your blog about a particular topic.

For example, It will be easy to sell baby stuff if the contents in your blog are about parenting.

Here is the list of affiliate marketing website programs for Nigerian students;

  • Jumia
  • Konga
  • Payporte
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Shopify
  • ShareASale
  • Clickbank
  • Awin
  • Etison
  • CJ Affiliate
  • JotForm

Become an Importer

clothes for sale

Becoming an importer is one way to make money as a Nigerian student.

Today, many students are into the importing business. They buy products from websites like Alibaba and sell them to students.

It is students that import the rechargeable hand fan and AirPods you see on campus.

You can start this business by first identifying what students in your school need.

After which, you can import the items from international E-commerce websites.

You must know the process of buying and clearing your items with Nigerian customs.

You can as well use a clearing agent to clear your items at the port.

Importing Website for Nigerians

Here is a list of websites that you can import goods to sell in school;

  • Alibaba
  • Aliexpress
  • Amazon
  • eBay

Let me know in the comment box if you need more guidance to start an importing business in your school.

SEO/Google Analytics

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SEO and Google analytics is a high paying skill in the world of content creation. Every online platform today utilizes SEO and Google analytics.

SEO stands for search engine optimization. It is the process of optimizing a website and its content for search engines like Google search.

The goal of every digital marketer is for their website to appear on the front page of Google search.

Achieving this takes a lot of work and analysis by an SEO expert.

Many companies are willing to pay you to make their company appear on the first page of Google search.

The best place to learn SEO is on the YouTube channel – Income School.

Google analytics helps a Webmaster to understand the behaviour of visitors to their websites. It is a tool to get more website visits.

You can work to help Webmasters analyze the data in their Google analytics dashboard.

Cryptocurrency

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Cryptocurrency is digital money to make transactions online.

There is no difference between physical cash and cryptocurrency. Many financial analysts predict that cryptocurrency is the future of the world economy.

Cryptocurrency is now the wealth creation gold mine to make money.

It is more flexible than the conventional physical currency.

Here is a list of cryptocurrency exchange blockchain platforms;

  • Bitcoin
  • Binance
  • Etherum
  • Dogecoin

Go to YouTube to get more information on how to invest in cryptocurrency as a Nigerian student.

Sell an eBook

Nigerian student

Selling eBooks online is a way to make money online as a student.

An eBook is a softcopy material that serves the purpose of educating and guiding a reader on a topic.

For example, you can write an eBook on how to start snail farming in Nigeria.

Nigerians who want to go into snail farming will buy your book.

The secret of making money by selling eBooks is to write on topics that solve the problem of people. Nobody would want to buy a book that is not helpful.

Writing an eBook can take a lot of time, but it will pay off in the end.

Facebook is the best place to promote your eBook to make a sale.

Video Editing

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Video editing is the practice of editing videos for content creation.

Many businesses in Nigeria prefer to use video for their advert. Animated videos are more engaging and bring in more leads.

You will earn a lot of money if you are proficient in video editing.

Students who are into YouTube Vblogging will hire your service to edit videos. 

You can learn video editing on YouTube and installing the editor software.

Video Editing Software

The following is the list of video editing software;

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Blender
  • Lightworks
  • Filmora
  • Vegas Pro
  • OpenShot
  • HitFilm Express
  • Movie Maker 10
  • VideoPad
  • Flowblade
  • Shortcut
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Corel VideoStudio
  • Vimeo Create
  • InVideo
  • iMovie

Best Students Apps for Learning

Here is the list of best Apps for learning for students in Nigeria;

  • YouTube
  • Coursera
  • Udemy
  • Medium
  • Udacity
  • Lynda (LinkedIn Learning)
  • Sololearn
  • Codeacademy
  • Alison
  • TED Talk
  • Duolingo
  • Code Avengers
  • CodeSchool
  • W3school
  • Khan Academy
  • Lumosity
  • Instagram
  • Memrise

Freelancer Websites for Students

Here is the list of freelancer websites for students in Nigeria;

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • Guru
  • LinkedIn
  • Zeerk
  • Freelancer.com
  • Toptal
  • TaskRabbit
  • AngelList
  • Dribble
  • PeoplePerHour
  • Flexjobs
  • SimplyHired
  • 99designs
  • Aquent
  • Behance
  • DesignCrowd

I would love to hear from you in the comment box below.

Ask me any questions or advice on how to make money online as a student. 

I will provide you with guidance on how to start an online business or hustle.


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2 thoughts on “How to Make Money Online in Nigeria as A Student for Free 2021”

    • Hello, Ibrahim

      Read through the article.

      You will find out some of the ways that you can make money as a student.

      Let me know if you need more guidance.

      Reply

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