What are the 31 ways to make money online in Nigeria 2021? Without a doubt, I will explain to you the best and legit options for making money online here in Nigeria and any part of the world in 2021.

We will be discussing these 31 ways to make money online in Nigeria in this blog post:

  1. Make Money With Fiverr
  2. Get Paid From Online Surveys
  3. Sell Art And Crafts On Etsy
  4. Create An Online Store With Drop Shipping
  5. Launch And Grow A Start-Up
  6. Start A Niche Blog For Affiliate Marketing
  7. Start a YouTube Channel
  8. Start A Successful Podcast
  9. Video Editing
  10. Become a social media influencer
  11. Publish E-booksDesign websites
  12. Sell products online
  13. Sell Ads space and sponsored posts
  14. Ecommerce website
  15. Membership website
  16. Start a podcast
  17. Write for websites
  18. Make money through AdSense
  19. Rent out your car with Uber
  20. Start a product review blog
  21. Graphic design
  22. Sell a video course on Udemy
  23. Sell photos on Shutterstock
  24. Rent your home on Airbnb
  25. Become a proofreader
  26. Create as sell Apps
  27. Teach Online
  28. Co-working space
  29. Dropshipping
  30. And more

31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

Let me assure you that you can make legit money online in Nigeria or elsewhere without doing anything shady in 2021.

I will show you how to do this below.

Just like any human endeavour, if you want to be successful with any online businesses and make money, you have to put in a lot of work, focus, dedication, and passion.

I don’t believe in free money because there is no free money anywhere, even in Freetown. So, to make money with the list I’ll be discussing below, you need to put in a lot of effort.

31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

  1. Make money online with Fiverr

You can start making money online right now on the Fiverr platform if you have any of the top marketable digital skills.

Marketable digital skills are the sought-after digital skills of today such as animation, video editing, graphics, digital marketing, SEO, WordPress designers, programmers, keyword research, etc.

If you have any of these skills, you can start making money in dollars from buyers looking for these service providers on Fiverr.

  1. Get Paid From Online Surveys

You can make money online in Nigeria in 2021 simply by filling online survey forms.

Online surveys are questionnaires that the target audiences can complete over the Internet in a matter of minutes.

Respondents are usually incentivized to complete online surveys by winning prices or money when they successfully complete a task.

These surveys are used by companies to have a better insight and understanding of customers’ preferences, tastes, and opinions.

You can make as much as $1000 (N350,000K) annually just by completing online surveys.

To earn up to this amount, you may juggle more than one online survey platform.

There are many scam websites out there. Ensure you work with only reputable survey platforms.

These are some of the best paid online survey websites 

Check them out!

  1. Start A Successful Podcast

Podcasts present another way to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.

Tell you what, video is the real deal in today’s world. Podcast, however, has its own unique advantages.

You cannot watch videos while driving or working out at the gym, when writing a blog or when doing some other things. That’s where podcasts come useful.

With your podcast, you can listen to valuable information when you are engaged in activities that do not require your mental attention.

The podcast is getting more popular among Nigerians and many Nigerians already their favourite Nigerian podcasts.

If you love to talk and inspire people, why not start your own podcast channel already and start sharing with friends and family?

So, the question you should ask is, ‘how can I make money from the podcast’? It will interest you to know that there are many ways to monetize your successful podcast.

This post on How to Make Money Podcasting explores how to make money online via podcasts.

  1. Sell Art And Crafts On Etsy

Talking of ways to make money online in Nigeria 2021, Esty is a no-brainer.

Etsy is an online marketplace for people who sell and buy handmade art and crafts and vintage items.

Do you love art and crafts or like to make handmade products i.e. fashion items, decoration, etc.?

Then Etsy is where your money is waiting for you this year.

Etsy will pay you once buyers purchase items that you list on their platform and only take 5% for themselves. The rest of the money is yours.

You will be paid in dollars. That means you have the potential of making some cool cash if your items are a fast-moving one off Etsy.

Talking about fast-moving goods on Esty, here are some of the top 10 best-selling products on Etsy.

  1. Launch And Grow A Start-Up

If you have the mental capacity, passion, and knowledge, you can launch a start-up and grow it to the point where it starts making money for you.

It’s important to note that most successful start-ups are not driven by profit; they are driven by a passion to solve an important problem.

Running a successful start-up is no get-rich-fast scheme. It requires a whole lot of hard work and tenacity.

If you have a start-up idea, you will need to develop these 13 skills will to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Also, these 9 business blogs in Nigeria are good sources of insights on business and start-up growth.

  1. Start A Niche Blog For Affiliate Marketing

The money is not just in blogging, it’s in niche blogging. A niche blog is a blog that focuses on a particular market segment or audience.

It could be a new mom blog, a black girl’s boss ladies blog, or a fashion blog for men who want to remain boys. Basically, you can choose any niche provided you are knowledgeable or passionate about it.

It is easier for you to attract advertisers with a niche blog.

Advertisers know that you have a defined audience and if their potential customers are in the demography you target, they would want to do business with you.

The biggest icing on the cake is that with a niche blog, you can easily start affiliate marketing start making money by advertising affiliate products and services.

  1. YouTube Channel

Another amazing way to make money online in Nigeria is through running a successful YouTube channel.

What do you have to do? Choose a topic you are interested in or passionate about or both.

Start doing captivating videos on those topics. Your videos must be clean and neat so as to attract the viewers.

No one wants to waste their data watching a lifeless soul on their YouTube, so make it very exciting.

To start with, tell your friends and family to subscribe to your channel so you can start having views.

Also, announce your new videos to your social media to connect and start getting viewers and subscribers gradually.

Once you have enough traffic you can begin to make money through adverts.

Below are links to resources that have helped a lot of successful YouTubers make the best out of YouTube. You may want to check them out:

How to Earn Money on YouTube

7 Easy Steps to Earn Money from YouTube

31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

  1. Video Editing

It’s no longer news that videos are more consumed than other kinds of content. This trend will continue even in 2020 and beyond.

Celebrities, for instance, need the services of video editors to perfect their video before they post them.

You can make side hustle money from video editing skills this time than ever if you have the skill.

We live in a world where you can quickly reach target persons with your message by just tagging or sending a DM.

  1. Become A Social Media Influencer

Social media influencing is now a career path that many young people are embracing. Apart from the part that it could be fun and not too stressful (if you are doing what you love), it is quite lucrative.

There is money to be made from becoming an influencer in Nigeria.

Income sources range from sponsored posts, direct product adverts, brand ambassadorship, etc.

What does becoming a social media influencer entail? How can you become one? I explained it all in this post on how to become a social media influencer in Nigeria

10. Write E-books

Let me tell you this for free. E-books publication is one of the most interesting ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.

If you have sufficient knowledge about anything at all and you feel there are people who will be willing to learn the same, you could cook up your knowledge in the form of a book – an E-book.
You would need to choose a marketable topic and compelling content that can really fly if you want to make money with E-books.

You also need to have strong social media connections that you could bank on to buy your e-book or at least help you tell others about it using their various platforms.

You could also spread your e-book across web platforms where book lovers read the e-book for a token subscription.

The best news is that you don’t have to write it yourself. You could contract it out for a token.

31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

11 Design Websites

This one is a no brainer. We all know that those web designers are some of the most sought-after professionals about this time.

I mean what company or business does not have or want to build a website for their business?

If you have this skill, you can make a lot of money from helping the brand build their websites.

I would easily advise any young person who is looking for an online business to go learn this skill.

This is definitely one of the 31 ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.

12 Buy And Sell Domain Names

This is one of the fastest ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.

If you have some dollars to spare, you could cash out – ‘blow’ as they say – from buying a domain name and then reselling it.Lady providing directory service in Lagos

So this is how it works: You buy a domain name from any of the best domain registrars.

Before you buy a domain name, research names of companies or personal brands – small or big – that do not have a website yet.

Once you get your research right, buy the name as your domain name.Nigerian making money online in 2021

Sooner or later, those companies or personal brands would want to build a website for their work and they will find out that their names have been taken and the only option is to buy it back.

You may buy a domain name for as little as £0.99 and resell for a 5 digits amount. Yes, it’s that profitable.a girl receive alert on her phone

To hit your jackpot, you have to be very smart and fast; there are some real hustlers in this industry. Lol

13. Sell Products Online Across Lots of Platforms

Now, I want you to pay attention to this one if you really want to know ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.Student makes money online in Nigeria in 2021

One of the best ways to make money online this year is to have your goods sold across many online marketplaces.

Jumia and Konga are the leading e-commerce websites in Nigeria, do you have your products in their warehouse and on their websites? Why not?

Other platforms are also available. You could also use social media, especially Instagram to display your products to a wide range of targeted audiences.

14. Sell Ad Space and Sponsored Posts

If you have an already existing blog, a good way to start earning from online is to start selling Ad space and sponsored content on your blog space.Man is making money online in Nigeria in 2021

Let me tell you this, Bloggers who earn the most in Nigeria mostly make their money through selling Ad spaces and sponsored posts.

This is no easy feat however as there are hundreds of bloggers out looking to sell Ad space and sponsored posts.

To gain advertisers, do your homework first. Niche blogs work better so that brands find it easy to identify if their audience is on your blog.

Content is still king, your content must speak for itself. Your blog must also be relatively popular to convince advertisers.

Once you get the above-mentioned right, Start sending proposals out to small and medium companies first.

Here is a sample of a proposal for Advert I sent out some time ago you may want to follow this pattern:

Hello, Esteemed Shoe Maker

Hope you are doing well.

You guys are doing an amazing job at The Foot Academy (TFA) and we find it really commendable especially as you are impacting the lives of Nigerian youths. Thumbs up!

My name is Bukki and I am the team lead at Idealane Africa.

I thought to introduce our web platform, https://ideaslane.com/ to you so that you could see another opportunity to spread your message to youths who are interested in learning shoemaking and becoming financially independent.

Ideaslane.com is a media platform that provides resources, information, and opportunities for students and young Nigerians who want to think, grow, and fulfill their potentials. We are also committed to telling their inspiring success stories.

We have monthly unique visitors of over 100,000 young Nigerians between the ages of 15 – 35.

We believe you can reach your target audience through our platform. And the best part of the deal is that our advert rates are unbelievably affordable!

Please find attached our advert rates and contact information.


Do not start with a company that is big already. You may not even get a response from them at the very least and could be discouraging.

15. DropShipping

Dropshipping is the new way people make money online in Nigeria now without spending a dime!

Dropshipping simply put, is a business model where instead of purchasing a large amount of inventory (goods or products), you simply partner with a drop shipping supplier (manufacturer) and list their merchandise for sale online i.e. websites, Instagram or Facebook.

Once you receive an order you forward it to the supplier for fulfillment (supply to the customer), the supplier will ship (or transport) the product directly from their warehouse to your customer, and charge you only for the price of the shipped item.

You send your drop shipper the orders that come in, paying the wholesale price for each order.

Whatever prize you sold for the customers will be deducted from the wholesale price and that’s your profit.

Assuming customer orders a tuxedo suit that you sell at N50,000 and the wholesale prize from the drop shipper is N28,000, your profit is N22,000. The merchant will charge you shipping fees though which is just a token compared to what you’ll make.

16. Ecommerce Website

Ecommerce is a very competitive and highly capital-intensive industry. But the truth is, e-Commerce is being embraced by more online users in Nigeria by the day.

So the future is bright for e-commerce in Nigeria. You could jump into this internet penetration rate and make some cool cash off e-commerce. This surely one of the legit ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.

17. Membership Site

If you are an expert in your industry in Nigeria, (whatever your industry is) you could start a membership site.

A membership website is a site that offers ‘specific information’ to an audience usually for a fee that is paid monthly.

With your membership site, you can continue to generate monthly income even while you are sleeping. A lot of hard work is required to be successful with the type of website.

18. Start A Successful Podcast

You have a passion for inspiring people or you really love to talk? Why not start a podcast and start making money from it online?

The podcast is just like an online radio where you have a particular focus that you address. It could be anything from celebrity interviews to book reviews, inspirational talks, etc.

Podcasts are not as common in Nigeria as the US and some other countries yet but trust me, a podcast is going to get really big here soon.

The earlier you started a podcast the better your chances of gaining listeners and of course attracting advertisers.

19. Write for website

Companies and bloggers are always looking for professionals to write for their websites and blogs in exchange for some money.

If you love to write, why not start taking advantage of this demand.

You do not have to be the best writer in the world to start offering writing services. With a burning passion for writing, you can always learn on the job.

Also, there are lots of tools available these days to make writing easy. Grammarly, for example, is one tool I find very useful when it comes to writing error-free articles.

You could consult Google for a list of tools that can help you write better.

31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

20. Blogging AdSense/direct Advert

Don’t get it twisted, blogging is still one of the fastest and coolest ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021.

But the mistake lots of new bloggers make is to target Google AdSense as their top or only revenue source for their websites and blogs.dollars in a wrap

The blatant truth is that it is extremely difficult and frustrating to make money from Google AdSense if you don’t drive crazy traffic to your website.

In fact, to get approved by Google AdSense is often very challenging for a lot of people. If you follow these guidelines, you will get Google approval to place ads on your platform.

But then making actual returns from Google AdSense is tough. I’ll advise you to focus on other ways of making money blogging like direct advert and sponsors.

21. Rent Out Your Car with Uber

Yeah. I categorize this as one of the online businesses to do in 2020 because of the mode of operating this business – which is through the internet.

If you have a car that is Uber-fit, you could be making some money to foot some of your plenty of bills.

Uber car owners get money weekly from Uber drivers who use the car. You could make anything from 25-50k weekly or more if you have a modest and hardworking driver.

Now, that’s about 200k monthly additional money.

22. Start A Product Review Blog and Get Paid To Review Gadgets

So, I talked about blogging earlier as one of the online businesses that pay here. I also mentioned some ways to make money blogging.

Apart from making money from Google AdSense, you could also make money by setting up a review blog.

Depending on the type of products you review on your blog i.e. mobile phones, natural hair and body products, makeup brands, etc., you could make money from brands that pay you to review their products.

23. Graphic Design

Graphic design is one of the fastest ways to make money online in 2021 in Nigeria.

These guys are some of the most sought-after professionals these days.

Large companies and small to medium businesses alike need the services of graphic designers.

You may want to learn graphic design so you too could earn some cool cash designing stuff for brands.

24. Sell A Video Course on Udemy

Udemy is the world’s largest online learning platform. Millions of online learners visit Udemy to buy online courses in content like PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and YouTube videos.

If you have any skills or knowledge that you feel people will want to learn, you could teach such skills in a series of videos and sell on Udemy or other online learning platforms like it.

When people buy your courses, you get loads of $dollars in turn.

This resource from the learning revolution will help you learn the basic knowledge about the Platforms to Create and Sell Online Courses.

You can also see: How to Create an Online Course a Step-by-Step Guide

10 Steps to Creating A Wildly Successful Online Course

25. Sell Photos on Shutterstock And iStockphoto

Do you love taking photos? You could earn money online here in Nigeria from selling your beautiful pictures to photo platforms like Shutterstock and iStockphoto?

I have personally observed that there is an inadequate supply of Nigerian photos on top online photo platforms where one can download good quality pictures.

Any photographer who can find a way of filling this gap is ready to make money in this line of online business.

26. Rent Your Home on AirBnB

If you have a well-built serviced apartment that you can rent out, you could start making your money from renting it to travellers looking to enjoy a ‘home’ experience outside of the home.

All you have to do is list your serviced property on apartment booking platforms like AirBnb.

Once someone books your apartment from their platform, you get paid based on the amount you charge on the space.

Serviced apartments are more expensive than hotels and lots of Nigerians are capitalizing on the profitability earn from this online business.

27. Become a proofread

Most writers find it difficult to proofread their works by themselves.

They may write thousands of words in a few hours, but when it comes to proofreading, it becomes quite a task.

Many writers will rather hire a proofreader who will edit their works for them.

If you like to read a lot, you may be able to do render this service for writers and make your cool cash while enjoying what you do at the same time.

31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

28. Create An App

The year 2021 will see the entrance of more Apps into the App market. This is because this is one of the fastest ways to make money online in Nigeria now.

You may want to create a unique and useful App for a specific audience.

Apps can make you money through in-built adverts and other methods.

29. Become A SEO Expert

SEO (Search engine optimization) experts are some of the most sought-after professionals in today’s web and digital world.

Businesses and bloggers want their websites to rank for their various keywords; top search engines, and attract users to click so as to take intended action which will lead to sales or advert click.

Most companies, small businesses, and bloggers alike employ SEO experts to handle this very crucial part of their digital presence.

If you have SEO expertise, you can offer to render your services to bloggers and small businesses who want their websites to attract more traffic.

You can earn a good salary from rendering SEO services to businesses.

30. Online Education

Online universities are here to stay. With the current trend in online learning, other forms of education will be transferred through the web.

This is a trend that will disrupt the education sector if you have a business-oriented person; this is an opportunity to tap into. It promises to be big in the future.

31. Use Your Office For Co-Working Space

Co-working spaces is becoming the ideal working spaces for a lot of soloprenuers and entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

It’s a great idea for start-ups, and even more, established companies who want to explore other environments.

For most people who opt for co-working, it’s not just about saving money; it’s a good way to network and meet other people exploring the same opportunities from other industries.

If you have a serene, neat, and presentable office space with an internet facility, you could make it available for other entrepreneurs to co-work there at a token monthly or daily charges fee.

WRAPPING UP: 31 Ways to Make Money Online in Nigeria 2021

There you go with the best ways to make money online in Nigeria in 2021. This list also represents some of the fastest ways to make legit money online here in Nigeria.

As I said earlier, with lots of focus, dedication, hard work, and passion, you can start any of these online businesses and be successful at it.

Now, below are some FAQ about how to make money online in Nigeria 2021.

What business can I do online in Nigeria?

There are lots of businesses you can do online in Nigeria. Some are: publish books online, sell designs and creatives, online, list on property websites, start a blog or a vlog, sell on e-commerce websites, affiliate marketing, virtual tutor, and many other businesses that you can do online in Nigeria.

Where can I make money online in Nigeria?

You can make money online through Fiverr, Etsy, Survey Websites, Google AdSense, affiliate marketing, digital marketing, SEO specialists, animation video, programming, graphics designing, Apps development, content writing, copywriting, translation, dropshipping, E-book publishing, etc. These are where you can make money online.

How can you make money online with 1000 Naira?

You can make money online with 1000 naira through Fiverr, Survey websites, dropshipping, E-book publishing, social media management, digital marketing experts, proofreading, cv writing, copywriting, data analyst, SEO, content writer, blogging, and other ways of making money online with 1000 naira.

That’s it! Now, feel free to let me know how you feel about this write-up. I’ll be expecting your comment.


  1. I want to give a very big Thumbs up to the entire ideaslane team for a well detailed article. it is really educative. I have earned over $20,000 online through affiliate marketing and I used a very wonderful system to achieve this. You can get that secret system almost for free. Click on my name Ukaegbu Richard and it will take you directly to the place where you will get this system.

  2. Ideaslane at it again! This blog is known for sharing some of the best MMO guides for Nigerians. Good Job. Let me just add that Webpreneurs need to learn how to patiently keep on grinding until they achieve the desired result.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here