On Sunday the 29th of March, after months of being silent, the Nigerian President finally addressed the nation. Starting from 11 pm yesterday, there will be a ban on movement in Lagos from 11 pm. The ban will last for the next 2 weeks.
This post will look at 5 ways to make money during the lockdown in Nigeria. Due to the restriction on movement, these methods have to of necessity be methods of making money online.
The criteria for the selection of these methods are based on my personal belief that they can be set up within the period of the lockdown.
So if today, you started work on any of the 5 methods, by the end of the lockdown, you should have made money online even if you haven’t done so before.
If you have a skill, the easiest way to monetize that skill right now is to offer one on one classes with your students.
This will involve agreeing on a time with your students and meeting up with them at that time.
To avoid them missing classes, you as a teacher must define your method of communication with your students beforehand and send reminders before the classes start.
Technology: WhatsApp Video, Zoom.
If you have a skill, you can make money in this period by working online as a freelancer.
There a number of skills in demand. The key here is to look for the skill or talent that you are most passionate about start with that.
Passion cannot be overlooked here because you will be competing with people from all over the world.
Freelancing Marketplaces: Fiverr, Upwork.
Write and Publish an eBook
You can write an publish an eBook for sale in 2 weeks if you would cut out all distractions and focus.
It would be hard because writing is hard but at the end of the period, you would have a book to your name.
Once you finish writing, you can sell the books in an online marketplace.
Online Marketplaces: Amazon, Okadabooks.
Create and Sell Online Courses
In this case, you are automating your virtual classes to operate without your presence.
Online courses consist mainly of videos so you would have to find a means to create them.
If you have a very good smartphone camera, that could suffice if you wanted to show your face. If you decide not to, you could use screencasting software to record your screen as you work through your content.
Technology for Video Production: Open Broadcast Software, Movavi.
Sell Graphics Design
This story should inspire you on what is possible with the creation of digital designs.
If you can design items that people can print at home, you can make this happen for you.
Technology for Selling: Etsy, Shopify.
This period of lockdown will be a time unprecedented in the history of our country.
Do make the most of it by assessing where you are and realigning yourself to meet your goals.
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