Many Nigerians have expressed their disgust and disappointment at young citizens who have continued to jeopardize life changing opportunities for others by engaging in various forms of internet fraud. Nigeria is, quite unfortunately, regarded by the international community as one of the most notorious countries with the highest number of internet fraudsters.

As a result, many citizens have lost the confidence of foreign nationals on potential life changing opportunities and deals.

This year, the EFCC has recorded some of its biggest raids on suspected fraudsters’ hideouts, while it has successfully prosecuted some of the suspects. These incidents have continuously raised concerns and stirred conversations about the cause and affect of the menace in the society. Some have even argued that the high rate of unemployment in the country is a major factor for cyber crime.

But, we disagree, as there are probably thousands of ways citizens can earn online legitimately. Here are a couple of legitimate, profitable businesses and careers citizens with access to the internet can benefit from:

1. Affiliate Marketing

You can engage in affiliate marketing by building an online community and leaving customer reviews of products and services. Word-of-mouth advertising is still a huge lead generator for many companies, and a lot of businesses are willing to share a portion of their profits with persuasive individuals who will promote their products to the public. This is also known as ‘influencer marketing’ in Nigeria.

2. Social Media Manager

Many businesses in the country are seeking online presence to appeal to more customers but not many of these businesses know how well to pull impressive customer service off. You can leverage on this shortfall by managing social media pages for businesses and even popular individuals if you possess good social skill.

If you’ve got a deep understanding of these social platforms, you can start a social consulting business that focuses on helping businesses take advantage of the millions of users they’re not reaching.

3. Writing And Editing

Many online platforms are looking for writers to write or edit for them. You can find these platforms online or on social media and personally reach out to them with evidence of some of the pieces you’ve written. You can then negotiate what you consider a fair pay when contacted.

4. Online/YouTube Blogging

You can find a niche and start your own online platform by blogging, with the aim of generating revenue from ad clicks or professional businesses willing to advertise on your platform. You can also create a YouTube page where you document topics of interest and generate revenue from ad clicks. For this, you’ll need to build a community of subscribers who find value in your content.

5. Programming/Developer

Mobile applications are more popular than ever, and people are willing to pay good money for ways to manage their lives from their smartphones. If you have a great idea and happen to know coding, you can run with it and create your app yourself. If you just have an idea and don’t know the ins and outs of how to turn it into a reality, there are plenty of software developers looking to collaborate with people on app creation.

There you have it, these are some of many ways you can legitimately earn online without engaging in internet fraud and attracting undue attention from the EFCC.