There are many ways to make money online of which Freelancing is one of them. A lot of Nigerians do freelance jobs online for local and international clients and it’s a source of income and means of earning a living for many of them. The most freelance jobs Nigerians perform include Writing, Graphic Designing, Photography, Audio and Video editing, Web designing, program development etc. and they are usually very skilled in their fields. When it comes to payment, it’s more easy to be paid by local clients than international clients because the later are outside the country.
Local Clients can easily pay by depositing or transferring money to your bank account, or if the client is really close, you can receive the money in cash directly from him or her. For international clients, it is not so and it may seem hectic if you don’t know how to go about it. If you are a Nigerian freelancer (especially those new to the Freelancing business) and you are wondering how your international clients can pay you or if it is even possible; well, it is and listed below are the best ways to make that happen;
1. International Money Transfer Services
This is one of the ways by which a lot of Nigerian freelancers get paid by their international clients. There are a number of International Money Transfer Services available that one can make use of and the good thing about them is that they are free of charge; you receive your money in full. The most popular ones used are Western Union and MoneyGram as they are available in a lot of countries. Using international money transfer services to receive money is easy and simple; using Western Union as an example, your client goes to a Western union office in their country to pay the money or he/she pays online on the Western Union website with their bank card. After that, they get a Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) which they send to you. To receive the money, you have to visit any Western Union agent location here in Nigeria which almost all commercial banks are. There you fill a form where you input the MTCN and other details; you will as well provide any Government issued ID for verification or you use your BVN. once, all details are confirmed, you will be paid, if it is your bank, you can transfer the money directly to your bank account.
You can receive your money using any of the software many E-wallet platforms available for Nigerians. The popular ones being Payoneer, Neteller and Skrill; you cannot make use of PayPal because PayPal does not allow Nigerians to receive funds, you can only send. For your client to pay you, he/she must have also have account with the E-wallet you are using. When you receive the money in your wallet, you can withdraw the money directly to your bank account if the E-wallet allows it. Otherwise, you can sell it to E-currency exchangers who pays you the equivalent though at their own fixed rate.
Though not commonly used, your international clients can as well pay you with cryptocurrency of which Bitcoin is the most preferred. If your clients agree to this method, all you need to do is to provide them with your Crypto Wallet address and they transfer the bitcoin equivalent of your money to you. Crypto wallets you can make use of include Blockchain, Luno, Coinbase and a lot more. You can sell your bitcoin immediately or keep it till it appreciates a bit so you make additional profit.