Ways to Make Money Online in Africa
How to Make Money Online And Be Self-Employed In Africa
Making money in Africa is now easier and more affordable than you ever thought. Aside the conventional ways of graduating from college and applying for jobs, technology now offers quite an easy way out and this brings to us divers opportunities from which we can make money for ourselves.
Technology has presented us with several ways of making money when the standard traditional ways fail us. Most people are using technology in the most part for the right reasons, that is in connecting with people. However, social media, the internet, and technological tools that are available to us today can be used to generate income.
Various studies have revealed that a lot of Africans are now using the internet for varied reasons; shopping, watching videos, searching and browsing, and for educational purposes.
What this means to us is that more opportunities of leveraging the internet for income have been presented to us.
We use facebook, instagram, twitter, and whatsapp mainly for the social benefits they bring, and we use search engines for searching for information, but what if these same channels could be used as sources of money?
With the right skill, the right mindset, and the right tools making money online is now easier and rewarding.
Here are two ways to make money online
1. Open an online shop
Currently in Africa, we have the opportunity to shop online at our convenience and have goods and services delivered to us right at our door steps. The thriving of online shops such as Jumia, Kikiuu, and zoobashop among others in Africa tells us that a lot of Africans are patronizing online shops and that it is also a good place to invest money to start a business.
The one great thing about making genuine money is that it renders help to the consumer while generating income for the producer. If you want to create a convenient, comfortable, safe, and easy shopping experience for your consumers then you have similar goals as many of these online platforms.
The good news is that they require no money to set-up. With the right product and service, you can easily set up an account and start selling anything from fashion to appliances to generate income.
In order to get started, you have to determine the product you are going to sell. Finding the right product is very essential since you must determine whether market exists for that product or not. You need to research on the product to determine whether it is the best in solving the need you hope to address or not. This can help you make modifications and bring out the best product.
Next, you need to ask yourself how the product is going to be designed. Would it be designed by you or someone else? When this is established then you can move on to research about your competitors and then get ready to compete with them at the same level or even at a higher level.
Like all other businesses, it demands consistency, dedication, and resilience. Be patient and keep your focus even when things are not going great at the beginning.
The reward will be worth more than the wait.
2. Start a Blog
With the rise in internet searches, with over 4 billion internet users in the world according to research and Africa contributing a great percentage to these searches, a blog offers promising rewards for anyone willing to write great content that satisfies everyday queries.
A lot of the searches done online seek for answers to problems people are facing, and blogs are channels through which these answers are provided.
The great news is that blogs are becoming more and popular which quite a number of successful bloggers we can learn from.
Blogging involves producing content (well-researched, accurate, and relevant) to a target group of people called a niche. With a niche, you write and design contents (articles, videos, audios, pictures) to provide information to answer their queries.
Due to the myriads of queries on the internet, blogs usually have a specific niche or audience in mind that they want to reach. This helps to maintain and sustain focus which are good energy for consistency. For example, you could start a parenting blog with the niche as parents in general.
If your niche is geared particularly towards Africans, then you have to research more on what Africans are searching for on the internet and then provide answers to their queries.
A blog could be on several topics including fashion, beauty, lifestyle, personal finance, inspiration and personal development, and pets.
Depending on your passion, you could choose a topic consistent with your skills, experience, and passion and start writing.
Blogs make money through several ways, the most popular ones including:
Adds are a great way to make passive income from your blog. After finding a topic to write on, and a blogging platform to use, the next thing will be to find the ways of monetizing the website.
You can sign-up with Google Ads for them to display ads on your website. You get paid anytime someone visits your website and clicks on the link.
While ads are great ways of monetizing your site, it usually brings the most reward when you have a lot of website visitors.
- Affiliate marketing
This offers another great way to make passive income on your blog. In affiliate marketing, you sell someone else's product and you get a commission anytime a visitor from your site purchases that product or service.
When you have finished setting up your blog, you can sign up with Affiliate marketing sites such as Amazon and eBay and sell their products.
When you sell products that are targeted and beneficial to your niche, you could make some good money.
- Selling your own product
This is another great way to make income from your blog. This channel does not only bring great rewards but also stir up the genius in you. Designing your own product helps you to stir up the creativity in you to address people's problems.
Products could be physical products, and /or digital products such as ebooks, courses, and magazines.
Use your presence on social media, friends and networks to promote your products.
Blogging, like any other business requires consistency, dedication, and adaptability.
The internet is one unstable entity, and for bloggers to survive its many changes, you need to constantly learn and add to your pool of knowledge. Always seek information about the topic you are writing on and learn the best practices associated with it.
Even when you are not seeing the results at the beginning, don't give up, keep pressing on and soon you will enjoy the rewards. The reward is truly worth more than the wait.
Blogging is truly a rewarding venture.
Which of the two do you prefer?
Having found out about these two ways of making money online, you have to sit down and evaluate your skills and abilities to determine the more suitable one for you.
Make sure you are doing something you are passionate about, and not just for the rewards. When you do something you are passionate about, it becomes easier and more enjoyable.
Before all this, it is important to approach this with the right mindset and attitude. Have a mindset and a will that will defy all setbacks and have an attitude that sees the good in every situation.
Now in Africa, with the high influx of technology, making money online is easy and convenient.
Now that you know, go and make your way prosperous and don't forget to share this article with friends.
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© 2019 Mercy Berchie