Monday

Tips and Tricks You Must Apply To Become a Top Freelancer in 2018




The idea of making money online is spreading like wildfire as many people are indicating interest to begin freelance. There are several freelance websites from which interested people can start selling such as Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, PeoplePerHour etc. All of these websites have witnessed increased registration in the last few years due to the realization that people can earn income from it.

Sunday

Truth For The Wise: Don’t Expect More Jobs In The Future




One of the greatest problems confronting governments around the world is that of unemployment. It has been the sole reason why an administration was voted out and why another was elected. Needless to say, one of the shiny promises of the present regime in government during the election period was that it would create 3 million jobs. The Donald Trump’s administration considers lower rate of employment as one of its greatest successes. 

Friday

Top Reasons You Should Make Up Your Mind About Joining Fiverr



 By now, you must have heard or read about Fiverr and how it has made life easy for many people. However, what you may not know is that Fiverr is still an unfamiliar place to many people because they don’t grasp the benefits it brings.

Thursday

An Honest Opinion on The Pros And Cons Of Making Money on Fiverr


The doubts surrounding the reality of making money online is gradually waning in the country. However, the level of doubt for the various models of earning online varies.

Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians?




What do you do when you have skills it took you time, efforts and money to acquire but no organization wants to hire you because the economy is bad or they already have enough staff on their payroll? The answer is pretty straightforward – freelance. The concept of freelance has been used in many developed countries and has successfully curbed unemployment issues to a fairly large extent.

Wednesday

5 Top Mistakes Freelancers Make and How to Avoid Them




Being a freelancer offers lots of freedom and independence that’s impossible to have in a typical office environment. Many freelancers tend to get lost in this freedom that they fail to realize they are making some mistakes. These mistakes mitigate their effectiveness and ultimately make them earn far lesser than they could.

If you’re are a freelancer, chances are that you’re already making some of these mistakes. Very few freelancers get to realize these mistakes and fix them on their own. If you’re an aspiring freelancer, you can avoid these mistakes that are rife in the freelance world.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at these mistakes.

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1. Know your worth

Many freelancers determine their worth based on the default price range of the freelance platform. Others let the client decide for them. This is wrong on many levels because you may never really earn as you should if you don’t take a stand in determining the pricing of your skills and time. 

While some clients know how much their projects should cost, some just don’t know. Either way, both categories would always want to get the lowest budget possible. However, there’s another category that doesn’t care how much the project costs them; they just want huge value for the budget.

Nevertheless, you need to determine your worth. You must ensure you don’t undervalue your skills neither do you place a price tag on them that is way beyond the value you can offer your clients. To help you determine your worth, you need to ask questions like:

  • ·         Did you go to school or took a course to learn the skills you’re offering?
  • ·         How much years of experience do you have on the job?
  • ·         How updated are you as regards the latest trends towards a better service delivery?
  • ·         Are you skills highly sought after?
  • ·         How professional are you? Etc.

These are just a few questions to guide you while you ascertain your worth. 

2. Know when to shut up

The need to earn more makes a lot of freelancers commit severe blunders. Often times, the red flags were visible that the project may not end well, but they ignored it. Was it carelessness or desperation?
When relating with clients, you need to know when it’s pointless pushing if further. For instance, a client who is getting too familiar should be carefully observed. Or did you notice that the client was grumpy and complaining while giving you a brief of the project? It could be a bad omen.



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Sometimes, you don’t need to shut up because of the client; you need to shut up because of you. Most clients are business people who have a target and deadlines to meet. It therefore doesn’t make sense to delay their projects when you’re swamped with orders and you know you can’t deliver within the required time. Doing a shoddy job will not only make you lose a client forever, it also means you get a bad review or even forfeit the budget to the client for poor delivery.

To add under this point, you don’t need to tell the client all about yourself. Learn to be discreet and know what to divulge.

3. Know when to stop


Freelance can be quite demanding and time consuming. Your clientele is increasing and the rate of the orders is coming in a bit too quickly. Your business is booming but you’re also getting pressed from all sides. Does this sound familiar?

Freelance is awesome and gives you the privilege to earn as much as the hours you put in. However, you need to learn to take a break. Don’t get so consumed in your business not to notice that your health is not getting proper attention. 

Quite a number of freelancers have broken down at various points and were forced to take a lengthy leave from the online business. Except you have a routine that gives you time to exercise and have some “me-time”, a break is too important to your health for you to ignore.

Furthermore, you need to also learn to give time to your social life. Don’t forget your friends, remember your family and take that break! Doing so will make you alive to each day and enhance your effectiveness.

4. Know the importance of branding

Freelance is moving beyond the sphere of just having skills to the stage of building a brand. Branding in business is crucial that global companies pump millions of dollars every year to create or sustain their brand. Many times, the difference between a small company is not in the quality of products but in the branding. 

It’s not too different when it comes to freelance. You need to create a brand rather than just focus your energy on trying to earn. This will make you take several steps towards influencing the way clients perceive you in the market. It will alter the level of professionalism and communication you need to exhibit.

The concept of branding in freelance is crucial and is quite extensive. For this reason, we will be putting up a post soon about branding in freelancing.

5. Know your job better than anyone else

This mistake seems self-explanatory. Too many times, many freelancers are content with the way they are because they are earning. All that counts to them is that the Benjamins are coming in. However, they fail to take into cognizance that skills get obsolete easily if not updated. 

While you try to earn as much as you can, always remember to invest in yourself. If you really want to be at the top of your game, we recommend that you set aside 5 percent of your income to get updated in your field. It would pay off in the long term.



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However, if you’re an aspiring freelancer, you need to get the right knowledge to succeed. Freelance on all platforms is getting tough and the times of “stumbling into freelance” are long gone. To succeed, be prepared to learn as much as you can so you can have a great beginning.





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Tuesday

10 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Freelancing




While the word freelance is thrown around frequently, very few people know what it really means. So we have many people who are familiar with the term freelancing but have no real knowledge of what it’s about.

Recession: See How Smart People Are Bypassing It



In the last quarter of 2017, news filtered in that Nigeria had finally exited recession. The news was greeted with suspicions, doubts and widespread debate over the veracity of the report. Can you blame Nigerians? Despite the said exit, prices of goods have refused to drop to reflect the news. 

Monday

5 Dangerous Mindsets No Serious Nigerian Should Have in 2018




The word “mindset” is a combination of the words “mind” and “set”. A layman yet effective definition of mindset from that combination would be “the way/manner the human mind is conditioned (set)”. While ownership of a mind is a privilege bestowed on all humans by Supreme Intelligence which ensures equality, the use of that mind has made segregated humanity and now determines who succeeds or fails. 

Unsatisfied With Your Income? Here’s How You Can Improve it




A saying goes like this “employees work just enough not to get fired and employers pay just enough so workers don’t quit.” Any employee in Nigeria knows that statement is true.


Sunday

Valentine: 10 Categories of Guys You Will See and How They Will Behave



The annual celebration of love is here again! The season of red and white is one of the anticipated commemorations of love for those in relationships. However, based on a research by Nigeria Online Business, this year’s celebration will spring up many surprises.

Saturday

Guys, 7 Things We Need to Stop Doing This Year




At Nigeria Online Business, we have been sharing opportunities that Nigerian youths can exploit to becoming financially free. We are taking a break this weekend because as the saying goes, “all work without play makes jack a dull boy.” 

Friday

10 Genuine Websites You Can Write For and Get Paid Instantly




 Can you write articles that readers would want to read? Are you looking for a way to get paid without delay for writing articles? Do you have problems finding clients that can pay you an amount that’s commensurate to your efforts? 

Thursday

How to Make Money Selling Your Photos Online

Many Nigerians take photos to catch fun and capture memories. Most of these pictures are ultimately uploaded on the social media for comments and likes.

However, the internet has evolved such that while some people are catching fun, others are earning big time. Who says you can’t do both? In this article, you will learn how to start making money from your photos and the websites that are interested in helping you sell.

Why You Have No Excuse To Be Broke!




Lately, we’ve been seeing receiving mails in our inbox and reading comments by Nigerians on forums and blogs stating that they are broke and how sad they are about it. The aim of this article is to speak to those who are dissatisfied with their financial situation. When it comes to money issues, a lot of people tend to sugar-coat words, but brace up because this is a frank talk.