Top Freelancing Websites That Accept and Pay Nigerians in 2018

How Much You Can Make As a Freelancer in Nigeria

I shared an article on freelancing in Nigeria some days back, and interestingly, that came on the heels of me getting published…abi na featured? On techpoint.ng. Well sha, I was really happy to hear your feedback, and honestly, that was all I needed to share more articles with you. You might also want to check out this article on freelancing.

This is one of the most asked questions among Nigerians online, I have been in that position when I just needed a great freelancing website to work with. I have worked with all these freelancing websites and I still work with some, so you might want to take a closer look at them based on their ranking (I ranked them based on ease of use). So, without further ado, let’s get to our list.

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Upwork.com

Top Freelancing Websites That Accept and Pay Nigerians

It’s the first, it’s the biggest and it’s the best. If you need a freelancing website that accepts everyone, you don’t have to look any further. Upwork was formerly Odesk. I started working on this freelancing website part-time in 2015, later that year they changed to Upwork, and ever since the 21st of September 2017, I have been working on this freelancing website fulltime.

Upwork has over 1.5 million clients, do you know what that means? Enough jobs for everyone. On average, a new job is posted every second, which means over 1440 jobs a day. Upwork offers you hourly and fixed rate projects, and that means you all have something for your skill level.

Upwork has one of the strongest anti-spam and anti-crime systems I know of. The company goes as far as conducting video interviews to verify the identity of freelancers, so you had better not even try using images of foreigners. They also request for identification, so you also might be better off using your real credentials.

For Nigerians, Upwork even offers you an option of withdrawing your funds to Nigerian banks, and with payment wahala out of it all, I think 60 percent of your problem is solved.

The problem, though is the other 40 percent. Just as the website boasts of a massive client base, it also boasts of a massive freelancer base. That means that people competing for specific jobs are really many, and that makes it really hard for starters to get jobs. In a future article, I wouldn’t mind sharing tips on how you can earn more using Upwork.

Overall, I will choose this over the others on this list. Feel free though to request for free consultation, I wouldn’t mind helping you if your profile has not been approved.

Fiverr.com

Top Freelancing Websites That Accept and Pay Nigerians

Offering you services in form of gigs, Fiverr reduces the stress of clients by making it easier to hire, freelancers. All clients need to do is buy your gig, and that’s all you ever need. You deliver the gig, they approve and you get paid.

Fiveer pays to your Payoneer card, and that’s a plus for Nigerians. One thing I really hated with Fiverr was the fact that payments take close to two weeks to clear. I remembered selling my online store, then waiting so long for the company to allow me to receive my money, and this was after all the deductions that they had to make.


If you are a newbie, Fiverr may not be the best bet if you need quick money as the website doesn’t really favor first-timers, so you might have to be patient in the long run.

Toptal.com

Top Freelancing Websites That Accept and Pay Nigerians

I have been in the writing field, so I have not been able to try this company because they do not offer jobs for my skillset. They basically cater to top-class freelancers in software developing, designing and finance, and these are all world-class talents.

So if you haven’t tried your hands well in your industry, you might find it best to stay off Toptal.com for the time being.

Toptal boasts of clients who are ONLY there to source top talents, so if you manage to scale through the rigorous screening, you might be having a really big cake seating in front of you.

Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com offers you millions of projects, just like Upwork, but for some reason, I wouldn’t encourage Nigerians to join it. In contrast to Upwork, Freelancer.com charges you to take skill tests, Freelancer.com is also not a place for a newbie to start.

I want to understand that most of you reading this article are complete newbies, but if you’re not, and if you’re confident in your skills and you’re competitive, you might want to give this freelancing website a trial.


The website has a really lackluster control of fraud on its platform as far as I know, and that’s one thing that drove me a mile away, but working on this and improving freelancer satisfaction will make this freelancing website stand out. With your Payoneer account, you will be able to receive your earnings, so nothing beats it.

Guru.com

Guru has been around for as long as I can remember. One of the things that drove me away was the really complicated registration process.

Guru makes it really easy for you to showcase your past work experience, and it offers you daily jobs that match your skills, so you never have to worry about missing jobs that match your skills and experience.

With the Guru Work Room, you’ll find managing your work a breeze, and interestingly, you will be able to receive payments with ease.

99designs.com

Top Freelancing Websites That Accept and Pay Nigerians

99designs.com is targeted at designers mainly, and it has been doing really great underground. 99designs has raised the bar by niching down. Clients looking for designing gigs know where to go, and nothing is better than that.


Feel free to share your questions and challenges using these platforms. I will be happy to get you started on your freelancing journey.

Also, share this post on social media, you might get it in front of other freelancers who are better than I am, you sure need all the help you can get at this point.


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15 Comments

  1. Hi. Well, I registered on Upwork last year but never got accepted for any of my proposals and Upwork eventually suspended my account because I ‘submitted too many job bids without getting hired’. Friends of mine have convinced me that using s foreign account is better than using a real one, and they’re making money off those. I’ve tried opening new accounts but they keep rejecting them. Please could you put me through on how to open an acceptable account? Thanks.

    1. Upwork is seriously cracking down on new accounts as they are now trying to create a balance between sellers and buyers… Basic economics. But Kindly share your profile URL. I might have one or two suggestions. Thanks

  2. Hello, pls i just signed up to join Upwork and being aware about their security measures and other measures they are taking to prevent fraudsters from using their platform, I used all my original details and information to register but my request was denied in an email i received from them. Pls can you help me with me tips on how to successfully join Upwork??

  3. Hey guys, for those having issues with Upwork, here are some tips to get your account up and running.
    1. Try to acquire some special skillsets, Upwork have enough Data entry, copywriting freelancers and other general and basic skills. If you open an account with General skillsets, your account will be rejected in most cases (90%).

    2. Add your credit card info and subscribe to Plus membership during the registration process.. This shows your seriousness and also increases your Trust level during the verification process. Don’t wait for your account to be approved before you do this.

    3. When placing bid on contracts as a newbie.
    1. Submit bids on newly posted projects only.
    2. Don’t submit generic proposals. (Very important). Ask questions, discuss how you will complete the project (contract) etc.

    By the way:I agree that Upwork is the best starting point for newbies but Freelancer.com is great too.
    I’ve got an account on both Upwork and Freelancer.com but I work full time on Freelancer.com because it’s better…. Wayyyy better than Upwork. Here are some tips.
    1. They charge 10%

    1. Hello ,honestly i am glad i read this article.I am a stay home mom ,with little kids and i want to work from home so badly because i really do need the cash and i still have to look after my growing kids.Unfortunately, I’m making no success in this career path and it very very very frustrating right now.I got rejected on upwork, on fiverrr no clients is asking for my services, on freelancer.com I bid on jobs like my life depend on it, yet not one client has accepted my bid. I won’t lie to you my migraine is starting to build up by the day , because of frustration from no headway on my life as a freelancer. Some platform ask for money to teach me the robes of this business,i won’t lie to you i really don’t have a dime.Anyone who is willing to help me out of their good heart in order to end this struggle, i will forever remain indebted to such one.

  4. Reasons why Freelancer.com is better than Upwork.com
    1. They accept your application easily and you have access to their Professional Membership plan for the first 30 days.
    2. They charge you 10% on projects unlike Upwork (20%).
    3. Once you hit 30 reviews and have great feedback/review from your first 30 projects, you can submit an application to get accepted into their Recruiter system.. and that’s where you really want to be. You will be given access to HIGH-END projects. (Special projects for special freelancers). Your account will need to be verified before you can have access to the Recruiter system, if you submit wrong info.. your account is going down.. you will be removed from the platform.. so, ensure you are using the right info from onset..
    4. Unlike Upwork with limited daily projects, Projects posted on freelancer.com daily are UNLIMITED. if you give the platform 100% attention, you will surely get a project.
    5. You have access to your fund once the employer releases the payment. On Upwork, you’ve got to wait for good 5 days or more for hourly projects before the money will be released to you.
    6. They have great Support system, you can initiate live chat with their customer care, submit tickets and so on.. On Upwork, Their support is nothing to write home about.

    Please note; Freelancer.com is VERY VERY VERY competitive, they have over 25 million registered users ( both freelancers and employer’s) and obviously, the percentage of Freelancers will be more and this is a major issue for newbies.

    At the end of the day, both platforms are great, You just need to be focused and give em 100% attention as a newbie. You literally can’t shuffle btw jobs as a newbie.. If you are glued to your PC for just one week.. (8 hours a day non stop) you will definitely find a job.
    Don’t expect you will just open an account and get a project immediately. The competition is high and as an employer, I will prefer to award my project to someone with proven profile/feedback/reviews from previous projects to someone who is just starting out..

    You can check up my profile on freelancer.com here

    https://www.freelancer.com/u/topenze.html
    My Upwork username is Topenze.. can’t recall the link.
    Hope this piece is helpful. Cheers.

    1. Hi. Great tips there. I have an account with upwork and freeelancer. Upwork rejected ymy account but i didn’t have that problem with freelancer. I was contacted to do some jobs on freelancer but then I was asked to pay before doing the job. I kind of lkost interest after that. Do you have any tips that can help me find some jobs that I can do that doesn’t necessarily involve me spending money? Or does one really need to pay for the jobs before doing it?

      1. Hello, I actually feel fiverr is a better choice. You might be able to actually get on fiverr easily and make a decent income out of it.

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