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Best freelancing websites for Nigerians

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Adetunji Matthew
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I’m Adetunji Matthew, an Economist, Social Media Manager, software Developer/Marketer Sales Consultant, and Ecompreneur. I’m popularly known as “Matt” As an artist and designer, I aim to create something brilliant daily. Eager to learn more, I use my free time to get better at w hat interests me, whether it's researching, teaching, or even something entirely new.
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Freelancing is one of the best ways to make money online. With freelancing, all you have to do is offer a skill that you are good at, find people who need your skill and get jobs to do and get paid. All from the comfort of your home. In this article we will look at the best freelancing websites for Nigerians to make money. As a freelancer in Nigeria, you can make a lot of money online.

If you are looking for tips to become a successful freelancer, read this: How to make money as a freelancer

Why you should choose the right freelancing website

There are many freelancing websites online. But choosing the right one is important if you want to really make money online. Because they can contribute to your success online. Here are the key areas to look at when choosing a freelancing platform:


When it comes to freelancing websites, nothing beats reputation. A platform that has built reputation over the years should be your pick over a platform that is generally considered dubious. For a freelancing platform to have a good reputation, it means they must be doing something right!

Network of clients and freelancers

You have to consider the volume of clients using the platform to hire freelancers. As a freelancer, you are looking for clients who will give you job. You are not looking for a beautiful freelance website with good design, you are looking for jobs.

So, you must consider how popular the freelance website is among clients who hire freelancers online. Also consider, how popular the website is among freelancers. How many freelancers are using it to get jobs? If it is not popular among freelancers then there is probably a problem on how they treat freelancers.


Security in this essence means the assurance and measures that the freelance website put in place to ensure that you will get your money after you do your job.

This is very important. It is possible for a client to get on a platform, offer you job, you finish job and submit, then he or she closes his or her account to avoid paying you. That means all the effort you have put into the job is gone.

But thankfully, some freelancing website offers security on this. There is assurance that you will get paid even if the client runs away. They have what is called escrow. With escrow, the client is requested to pay the full money for the project into the escrow account of the freelancing website. before a freelancer starts working on a project.

That means at the point a freelancer starts working on a project, the money is safely in the escrow of the freelancing website. Once the job is done, the freelancer will request for money and the client approve the jobs then the freelancing website send payment. If there is any issues between the client and the freelancer, the platform will step in as a mediator, since the money is with them, no one loses unfairly.

There are many freelancing websites that Nigerians can make money from. The goal of this article is to list the best and most reliable freelance websites anywhere in the world.

Best freelancing websites for Nigerians

Here are the best freelancing website for Nigerians:

1. Upwork

Upwork is a very popular freelancing platform. This platform is popular among clients and freelancers. Whether you are a writer, programmer, marketer or whatever relevant skill you have, you can use it to make money on Upwork.

It works in a very easy way, a client posts a job, you bid for it. If the client select you, he pays money into Upwork escrow and you get to work. After the job, you get paid.

The genesis of Upwork was the merger of the two biggest freelancing platform oDesk and Elance. There are over 12 million freelancers and 5 million clients using up.work

The platform is secure, has reputation and has a large network of clients and freelancers. Freelancers make up to $1 billion every year on Upwork. I have seen Nigerians making over $100, 000 on upwork!

You can read more: How to make money on Upwork

2. Fiverr

Fiverr is a freelancing platform that enable freelancers showcase their skills and find clients. It is a very popular freelancing website. If you have any skill that is relevant, you can find jobs here.

The way Fiverr works is very easy. You create a gig about a particular skill that you do and how much you charge for it. People looking for that skill contact you for jobs. They order your gig, pay money into Fiverr escrow, you do the job, once finished, you get paid

Fiverr is secure, they have huge reputation and a large network of clients and freelancers.

You can read more here: Hоw to mаkе mоnеу оn Fіvеrr

3. Freelancer

Freelancer is a very popular freelancing website. The have so many jobs and project for freelancers.  But the negative part is that you are only allowed a limited number of free applications before you are required to pay a membership fee.

This platform is secure, has a good reputation and with a large network of clients and freelancers.

You can read more here: How to make money as a freelancer online

4. PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour is one of the leading freelancing websites on the internet. This platform has over 1.5 million registered freelancer and these freelancers have earned over £100 million.

Register, create a profile and show case your skills. Find jobs that are posted regularly.

This platform is secure, they have good reputation and are popular among clients and freelancers

5. Toptal

Toptal is a freelancer platform that is focused on only the best skilled freelancer. You have to be very good at your skill. Their focus is on top talents. If you feel that you are a top talent, you can apply as a freelancer. Only about top 3% of applicant make it through to join their network

You get high quality jobs. That is the advantage. If you make it in, then you can be assured of good jobs with good pay.

Toptal is secure, they are popular among clients and freelancers. This platform has huge reputation

6. 99designs

99designs is a very popular freelancing platform for designers. As the name suggests, the platform is focused mainly on designers. Logo designers, website designers, graphic designers and so on.

They focus on quality. The more good jobs you do, the more they match you with high paying clients.

This platform is very popular among freelancers and clients. It is secure and they have huge reputation

7. Guru

Guru is a well known freelancing website. They have over three million members worldwide! And they have paid out up to $250, 000, 000 to freelancers. That is huge.

Once you register, you make a profile to show off your experience and you can see thousands of jobs that are posted monthly. They charge about 9% commission when you do a job.

They have reputation, the platform is secure and popular among freelancers and clients.

8. Asuqu

Asuqu is an indigenous Nigerian freelancing platform. It is built, owned and run by Nigerians. They are currently the most popular locally owned freelancing platform.

Whatever your skill whether it is writing, photography and so on, you can find jobs on Asuqu.

This platform popularity is low probably due to marketing. Their security and volume of clients or freelancers is unknown.

The good thing is that it is Nigerian!

9. BloggingPro

BloggingPro is a freelancing platform that is focused on blogging jobs. You can find jobs to create a blog, run a blog, write content for a blog, social media posting for a blog and so on.

This platform is somewhat popular. There are jobs posted regularly

10. CloudPeeps

CloudPeeps is a freelancing platform that is focused on computing. Mainly for web designers, web developers and growth hackers.

The platform is focused on recruiting only top talents. So if you feel that you are a top quality talent then sign up.

The platform is somewhat popular with jobs posted regularly.


There goes the round up of the best freelancing websites for Nigerians. Freelancing remains one of the best ways to make money online in Nigeria. But you have to be very diligent and do a good job no matter the platform. Build a good reputation for yourself by doing quality jobs.


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