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Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by youngmajor: 11:53am On Feb 15, 2018
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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.

Freelance is an arrangement where you work independently and sell your skills directly to various clients. Unlike regular jobs, with freelance, you’re in charge of everything. Freelance is a business even though it’s also professional in nature. If you treat it that way, the days of worrying about good jobs may just be over. The reason is that the priority of clients is that you make quality deliveries within the stipulated deadline and they will gladly pay you for your time and efforts.

Take a cue from the US

As stated earlier, unemployed (or underemployed) people in developed nations have resorted to freelance rather than crime or staying idle. This is a sharp contrast to what many people do in Nigeria. In fact, Forbes conducted a research on this subject and found out that 35 percent of the U.S. working population are freelancers. That translates to about 55 million Americans! They don’t work under organizations; they don’t have a boss; they don’t complain about the government as we do but they’re earning legitimately! That speaks volumes.

Why freelance will still be relevant in future

One of the concerns of many people is that freelance will fade in a matter of years and they’d be back to square one. Well, if you’re one of them, it’s time to burst your bubble! Freelance will continue to be relevant in future provided there is a demand for various skills. It is this continued demand of skills that determines the continued relevance of freelance.

The next logical question is, “will the demand for skills continue?” The answer is yes. Many start-ups and even companies prefer to give their projects to freelancers because it doesn’t make sense to employ someone to get the job done.

Take for instance, if a company wants to give their website a new look and are in need of a web designer and a content writer, it doesn’t make financial sense to employ people for jobs that’s going to take less than a month at most to complete. So who’s going to keep paying those two individuals if they are hired? Secondly, it’s cheaper to hire a freelancer than employ someone to do some work than increase the number of staff for the same purpose. From both perspectives, freelance is win-win situation for clients and for you too!

3 reasons why Nigerians should start freelancing today

1. Everyone has a skill

We all are blessed with skills through which we express ourselves and earn a living. A painter expresses himself through his arts; a creative writer expresses himself through his stories etc. Some are wired to be geeks and therefore find programming to be fun. Others love languages and seem to be able to learn them effortlessly. All these seem like ordinary abilities but they are actually marketable skills.

No matter the kind of skills you have, you will always find people who are looking to pay for it. So why be so unkind to yourself and not use the skills to earn a living?

2. The income is attractive

Ask any freelancer and they’d tell you there’s no limit to what you can earn from freelance. This is not the regular job scenario where you’d wait for months or years to have a pay rise. If you’re not content with what you’re earning as a freelancer, you can always push up the price by improving the quality you offer or you can pitch your skills to new clients.

What more? In a country like Nigeria where the Naira has refused to appreciate in value, you get to earn way bigger than your real earnings, all thanks to the foreign exchange rates.

3. It works for both the employed and unemployed folks

There are several success stories of people who started freelancing while still working at their regular jobs, but eventually quitted when it was obvious that freelancing fetched them more money than what they earned. Others turned into freelancing because they couldn’t find any offline job to do.

Either case, the point is clear that you can take freelance as a part time business and also a full time business. If you take it as a part time business, you may just have to turn down many jobs and limit yourself to the workload you can finish in your spare time. If you want it full time too, it’s still awesome!

Okay, I know I said 3 reasons but let me add a bonus point:

Flexibility and freedom: Freelancing will give you so much freedom and flexibility than you can imagine. For instance, you can choose your working hours and even when you go on vacations t will. You have the freedom to begin and then hone your skills on the job till you become an expert.

More:
http://www.nigeriaonlinebusiness.com/2018/02/can-freelance-be-answer-to-prayers-of.html

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by itsmeurLady(f): 2:45pm On Feb 15, 2018
First to comment grin grin it feels good actually but it will feel better if one shocks me with a job alongside

OP concerning wat u wrote, freelancing has its restrictions I guess? I mean, can anyone do this? Especially when the person is not a writer, programmer, designer Cs me the only thing I kno how to design is clothes, can freelancing work for me too? Enlighten me please!!! Job hunting is becoming difficult by the day sad
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by efilefun(m): 2:47pm On Feb 15, 2018
Freelancing had been a lifesaver for some people in naija, thou freelancing requires dedication and high level of professionalism if you must excel in it. If you think freelancing can be handled like the normal 9 - 5 thingy then you will be back to square 1 in no time. Just on nairaland i know about 5 people who are living fine with their families with funds from freelancing. Just have good knowledge in ur field and you can hit it big as a freelancer cuz people will surely keep recommending you.

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Nuelcoco(m): 2:47pm On Feb 15, 2018
The only freelance job in Nigeria that pay is yahoo yahoo oh! !!!!
Nigerians am I lying?

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Shamsointegrity(m): 2:47pm On Feb 15, 2018
The lady above me tho
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by MisterSols(m): 2:47pm On Feb 15, 2018
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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Onechancearmy(m): 2:48pm On Feb 15, 2018
grin
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Nobody: 2:48pm On Feb 15, 2018
How does one get started?
What are the required marketable skills?
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Pentools(m): 2:48pm On Feb 15, 2018
itsmeurLady:
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What's that? undecided
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Nobody: 2:48pm On Feb 15, 2018
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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by saintftm(m): 2:48pm On Feb 15, 2018
yes nah! Go to Lagos ,Abuja or PH
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by tonyeb2k(m): 2:49pm On Feb 15, 2018
NICE WRITE UP
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Nobody: 2:49pm On Feb 15, 2018
if you put your heart to it, you can sure make it as a freelancer, I'm a living witness to it. upwork, fiverr, and freelancer. come are a good place to start

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by seunawo1(m): 2:51pm On Feb 15, 2018
Why out please not to much grammar.
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Yameater(m): 2:51pm On Feb 15, 2018
This is very good
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by utenwuson: 2:55pm On Feb 15, 2018
what is freelance? how I get started? please here in naija
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by itsmeurLady(f): 2:56pm On Feb 15, 2018
Pentools:



What's that? undecided

Pentools tongue I meant to write pentools. What's pentools by the way??
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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by henrixx(m): 2:57pm On Feb 15, 2018
At the beginning op said

What do you do when no one wants to hire you because of bad economy and having enough staff

How do you think you can make it as a freelancer when no one is hiring?

It's easy to write write and write. There is a stark difference between what is on the paper and reality

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by flakkybaby: 3:00pm On Feb 15, 2018
please I need know how to go about doing the freelancing job, can you please teach me? my whatsapp no 08036224122 thank you.
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by youngmajor: 3:00pm On Feb 15, 2018
itsmeurLady:
First to comment grin grin it feels good actually but it will feel better if one shocks me with a job alongside

OP concerning wat u wrote, freelancing has its restrictions I guess? I mean, can anyone do this? Especially when the person is not a writer, programmer, designer Cs me the only thing I kno how to design is clothes, can freelancing work for me too? Enlighten me please!!! Job hunting is becoming difficult by the day sad

bro today, the limit of what you can do today depends on what you know not the skill you have. while some skills in freelancing are easy to do, others require softwares some of which are mostly free. the limit is often limited by your imagination. today, arbitrage is becoming more popular in the world of freelancing. by arbitrage i simply mean buying services affordably and reselling at a better price.
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Oluwaseyi456(m): 3:00pm On Feb 15, 2018
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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by Oluwaseyi456(m): 3:01pm On Feb 15, 2018
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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by youngmajor: 3:01pm On Feb 15, 2018
flakkybaby:
please I need know how to go about doing the freelancing job, can you please teach me? my whatsapp no 08036224122 thank you.

hi, kindly read the post from the source. it is already their http://www.nigeriaonlinebusiness.com/2018/02/can-freelance-be-answer-to-prayers-of.html
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by MissOpe(f): 3:03pm On Feb 15, 2018
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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by youngmajor: 3:05pm On Feb 15, 2018
princeking2:
How does one get started?
What are the required marketable skills?


the skills are endless. they can range from writing of different kinds to singing, dancing, transcribing audio to text, translation, graphic design, web design, typing, data entry, data scraping etc. many of the skills, if you are properly informed you can learn them within a day or so. to get started read the complete article http://www.nigeriaonlinebusiness.com/2018/02/can-freelance-be-answer-to-prayers-of.html

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by ClumsyFlimsy: 3:06pm On Feb 15, 2018
henrixx:
At the beginning op said

What do you do when no one wants to hire you because of bad economy and having enough staff

How do you think you can make it as a freelancer when no one is hiring?

It's easy to write write and write. There is a stark difference between what is on the paper and reality
Don't mind the op


Freelancing is good


But without someone that requires your services it will be useless and a total waste of time

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Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by EDonHappen: 3:07pm On Feb 15, 2018
Put this in your diary,

Ni-lance is a freelance website in Nigeria, they are currently having a technical problem with their website, but they will be back soon as promised. They are actually reliable.

www.ni-lance.com
Re: Can Freelance Be The Answer To The Prayers Of Unemployed Nigerians? by youngmajor: 3:11pm On Feb 15, 2018
utenwuson:
what is freelance? how I get started? please here in naija



freelancing simply means rendering different services to different client from across the globe and usually from the comfort of your home or office. the services you can render range from writing of different kinds to singing, dancing, transcribing audio to text, translation, graphic design, web design, typing, data entry, data scraping etc. many of the skills, if you are properly informed you can learn them within a day or so. to get started read the complete article http://www.nigeriaonlinebusiness.com/2018/02/can-freelance-be-answer-to-prayers-of.html

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