Freelancing in Nigeria: The Pros and Cons

Freelancing came to Nigeria with a facade that it has no downside and was greeted with a reception that wore a veil of doubt. People, Nigerians, have fallen victim to too many scams that believing that earning off a physical job has become a subject of doubt. However, freelancing has stayed and has begun to mastermind a swift journey towards the peak.
While freelancing has been largely perceived as ‘easy money’, there are more to it than this our judgement of the book by its cover. As such, we would briefly discuss some of the pros and cons of freelancing in Nigeria.

Finally, some extra income: for so many people freelancing in Nigeria, mostly students and early career seekers, freelancing offers a diverse source of income away from their existing sources of income. With freelancing, people are saving up capital to start businesses and as such, freelancing has become a boost for entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

Skills are now useful: Before freelancing came to Nigeria, people with some certain skills like writing, painting, graphic design and other non-physical skills considered their skills to be irrelevant as most Nigerians do not pay for experience or soft skills. However, freelancing has shown people that they can earn from their various skills and has even projected the fame of soft skills.

Jobs of choice: another great advantage of freelancing is the ability of the freelancer to choose the type of job he wishes to do. Unlike the traditional 9-5 jobs where workers must work in accordance with a structured work schedule, freelancers have the flexibility of picking their own jobs and creating work schedules that vary from time to time.

Office on the Go: like in other countries, freelancing in Nigeria allows the freelancer to work anywhere once he has his laptop available with him. This is a significant pro as the situation in Nigeria demand that a freelancer must be able to move around a lot as we would see when discussing the cons of freelancing in Nigeria. Working in the interior of an office can become boring and monotonous, being to carry your office with you means you can choose any place to work. Places like parks, resorts and even a garden.

Higher Income Rate: Statistics show that freelancers globally earn an average of $19 per hour and Nigerians are not left out. Nigerians working on freelancing platforms such as earn more than the traditional 9-5 worker.

Erratic Power Supply: Finding a stable power supply for working can be a major challenge for freelancers in Nigeria and most freelancers end up fueling a generator for them to work effectively. This is one major reason while working on the go is of great advantage to a Nigerian freelancer as most they can take their laptop to places where they could get power supply while they work.

Cost and Efficiency of Internet: another major downside to freelancing in Nigeria is the cost of internet data subscription. Not only is data expensive, it is often unreliable. The unreliability of data connections is another reason while working on the go is a great advantage as freelancers can change locations in search for better and improved network connections.

Trust: Nigerians do not like to employ the service of freelancers as a result of the traditional believes that internet businesses are mostly scam. It is an impression built from experience. However, with the level of education and awareness in the country, things are beginning to change.
For Nigerians working on foreign freelancing platforms, getting clients as a Nigerian freelancer can be quite difficult, especially with skills such as writing. It is a challenge that has seen most Nigerian freelancers evolve to deploy pseudo name and profile on these platforms, all in the name of landing a good paying job.

Acceptance: Freelancing has not experienced a total acceptance in Nigeria. Often times, freelancers have been victimized by the policemen as they are perceived as internet fraudsters. For youth trying to begin a career in freelancing, most parents do not consider a job that involves sitting at home as a lucrative job and as such are in constant demand for them to take up a traditional 9-5 job.

Having examined the pros and cons of freelancing in Nigeria, it suffices to stay that freelancing has continued to grow in Nigeria as most freelancers have looked beyond the downside.

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