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29 Online Jobs You Can Do as a Nigerian Student

It is easier for students to make money and be financially independent with the online platforms that are being created. There are now multiple business opportunities available for anyone willing to work. To think of it, what better way is there to take care of your immediate needs? Working from home jobs could be a faster method for you to start a career online if you look in the right direction.

According to a report made by EMarketer,

The growth of online business in the world increased to 24.8% in 2017 while the global sales on the internet scaled to $2.304 trillion same year.

For example, the  FinTech industry in Egypt skyrocketed from 1.1% to 22.8% between 2014 and 2017.

This shows that technological development would increase the competition between companies that are technologically adept and use online resources.

And as such companies gain more engagements, leads and sales, there would be more freelance job opportunities online. Unfortunately, there are thousands of online freelance jobs in Nigeria, but many people don’t know about it. They are stuck with the traditional jobs that everyone seems to be “engaged in”. Therefore, here are 29 online jobs for Nigerian students.

What is an online job?

An online job is anything  you do via the internet to render services to people and get paid without reporting to anyone physically.

Working for someone online is very lucrative and the pay can be tweaked according to your preferences. This is one of the reasons it is highly recommended. You can be in your room or anywhere, working for someone in the other part of the world.

Sometimes, it may be difficult to find an online job that matches your skills or qualifications. This is why many people learn new skills to increase their chances of earning better. All you need is to know what you are interested in and turn I into a money making machine

After reading this guide, you should be able to know what relevant skills you need to set your career path online.

Online jobs in Nigeria for students

The following are few of the categories of online freelance jobs in Nigeria for anyone looking for how to make money working from home:

Social media consultant

Social media consultants help their clients with their social media accounts and offer strategic methods that could help improve their business. This is one of the most popular online jobs for freelancers to help companies or individuals solve their marketing problems with social media strategies. If you’re vast in social media marketing or you are passionate about it, this could be the job for you.

Social media manager

Another freelance online job that involves the social media is social media management. This online job is to help clients implement social media strategies for effective marketing such as lead and conversion generations.

Your roles as a social media manager include optimizing an existing social media account, creating and sharing relevant content and gaining more customer engagements.

Social media influencer

As a social media influencer, your job is to use your social media page to promote other brands voluntarily. But if you want to do this, you need to focus on growing your own social media accounts to become a social media influencer.

If your audience engage well with the posts, that can turn your passion into a real business that is worth paying for. Some companies need such a service to engage new potential consumers.

If you have an active social media account, start engaging them and focusing on brands. But if you’re just starting, it might take time to build such a massive audience that can attract the interest of other brands to sponsor your posts.


Paper on vintage typewriter with words blog typed on paper

Another highly profitable online job you can do without so much of an effort in Nigeria as a student is  blogging. All you need is the skill to write  well and provide people with engaging contents. These contents would either solve a problem or inform your subscribers about something.

Once you have your blog going, this could provide for a multiple stream of income. Some which are advertising, affiliate marketing, and info-products on your blog.


Podcasting is one of the best freelance online jobs for students.

The job requires you doing some audio recordings or talking about topics that interests you. Just like having a blog, selling advertisements or sponsorships for brands on your podcast is another means through which you can earn.

You can make podcasting your fulltime or part time job, depending on your goal. All you have to do is to put up an interesting idea, plan well, step to the microphone and grow your audience.

As online jobs come in almost all human endeavours, podcasting is an interesting platform to get personal with your audience and impact their life.


Vlogging is otherwise known as video blogging. A popular platform is to create video contents is YouTube. Through YouTube, you are able to create video contents based on your niche or what you like. In blogging, you write out content and people read it. With podcasting, people listen to your voice and your contents. With blogging, people would both see and hear you.

With YouTube, Vlogging becomes one of the most sought-after online jobs for freelancers. In Nigeria, we have the likes of Emmanuella, Blessing as YouTube stars. The opportunity in Vlogging includes gaining millions of subscribers and sponsorship endorsements by brands. You don’t need to have an over the top skill. You’d be surprised, but some people subscribe to see people drink water.

Membership Site operation

Membership site operation is a very lucrative online job where you lock your content and give access to only those who subscribe. If you have a very large subscriber base, this job will fetch you a lot of money.

Depending on your ambition, your membership site may be paid, free or both.

Through this, you are able to collate the data of your subscribers and use it for marketing purposes . You can target them with relevant marketing campaigns including the ones coming from third-party advertisers. This online Job is lucrative especially if you have a website.

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Virtual assistant

Many businesses need an assistant in carrying out some specific administrative tasks and this is where you come in. You are able to offer your assistance online for simple tasks such as sending emails. You would be a personal assistant, only better. You don’t have to be there physically. You can sit down in your home, all comfortable and work.

Leads generation

Lead generation is all about helping companies generate leads to their business channels, either through a website or other platforms. To do this, you need an active social media account. In some cases, you might need to create a new account or manage an existing account for your clients.

E-Book author

Being an E-book author is a job you can do if you are really good and enthusiastic about writing. You write short books and publish them online. If you are passionate or interested in starting, Lulu or Canva can be used for designing your eBooks and once you are done, it can be sold in Amazon.

Proof reading

Proofreading is an online job you can do that does not take as much time as other freelancing job do. This is an especially good job you can do as a student. You can build a business or start a career as a proof reader, editor or critic for individual authors or corporate entities online.

Writing resumes

A simple task that can be done by students to  write resumes, CV applications or cover letter samples for various job seekers, all depending on your niche.

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Researcher work

You can offer your service to writers who need someone to carry out a field or online research work for them. This service could be rendered to students also who needs their projects or research assignments done. Research work is a good online Job for people who are into Academic writing.

Web copywriting

You can get a contract of creating content for a business that wants to fill its website or sales and marketing channels with great content. You get people to buy products with your content.

Business coaching

Just like a life coach, you can start offering professional training service to clients live or using Skype or video chat apps on strategies to start or improve their businesses. It is an excellent online job that could in turn turn into a career choice. But, might need to take a few courses.

Content writing

Woman working at home office hands on keyboard

If you’re a creative writer but not ready to have your own website or blog, instead of keeping your ideas to yourself, you can start writing for bloggers as a freelancer. Content writers would always be needed. If there’s no content, there is no internet. Due to this, the demand for content writers is very high. Platforms like Fiverr and Upwork would connect you to prospecting clients.

Online jobs involving tech.

In this category, you need to gather and provide resources that can solve some tech or ICT related problems. This includes providing solutions to issues in computer, software, hardware, programming, web designing, domain registration, web hosting, configurations and gadget repairs. They include:

Virtual tech support

 Being a visual Tech support, you provide solutions remotely to people. Solutions associated with  computer related problems and offer hardware and software solutions to your audience online. Once again, you don’t have to be there. You make videos online and deliver customer services concerning problems on tech.

Web designer

Website designing is a very good and lucrative skill to have. If you are an expert in website designing, you can start offering services to people on WordPress installation, domain registration, web hosting and so on online.

Web developer

As a web developer,  you get paid a lot of money to develop websites for other people. This is a skill that has to be learnt. You help people with their site development issues related to Java, HTML, CSS and so on.

App developer

Just like a web developer, If you have the technical knowledge about mobile apps, you can start building apps for people or companies or sell your products online directly.

Digital marketing

Digital Marketing is a very lucrative job one can involve oneself in. With being a digital marketer, you  use digital marketing strategies to help companies market their products or services and make direct sales.

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is completely a model for selling other people’s products or services. You don’t need to have your own product to sell. Find different affiliate networks you can register with and you are good to go.

SEO consultant

 SEO consulting is another online job with several opportunities. An SEO consultant  helps people to optimize their business websites for traffic and a large online presence on your website. If you are vast in search engine optimization, you can work for many clients right from the corners of your home.

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Multimedia online Jobs

Woman taking photo of pumpkin soup with smartphone

The multimedia industry is another industry where photo, video, and graphic illustration makers can establish themselves and build a career online. There is now a high demand for visual works to complement marketing contents like brand logos and graphics works. Some of the online jobs for the multimedia industry are:

Graphic designer

With the right skills, you can make it big as a graphics designer. There is a high demand for this type of job. Every website owner and every marketing content needs a great graphic or visual work to communicate and create brand affinity with customers.


Another great way to turn your hobby of into a business is through photography if you have flair for it. Go out there, take pictures of nature, scenery, kids, families, relics, artifacts, great buildings, historical events, or whatever you are interested in. There are actually companies and sites that pay for photos. They just have to be of good quality.

Video ad creator

Become a specialized video maker and start creating short videos for companies to use them on YouTube or social media to promote their brand and business.

With any of these online job opportunities, you can build a career for yourself on the internet. Many of these jobs do not require any special training, skill or certification.

You can just take your time to master the one you eventually chose and publicize yourself using social media or any other related channel. These are some of many you can indulge yourself with and earn some cash.

Good luck!

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Morountodun Oke Lawal

I am currently a full-time Psychology student studying at Obafemi Awolowo university while freelancing as a writer. I enjoy writing poems and articles. During my leisure time, I enjoy drawing, dancing and photograph.

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