How to Start Selling Services Online to Make Money

In this guide, I will teach you how you can start selling services online to make money. Just like selling physical products or digital products, you can sell professional services to others and they will pay you.

Selling services online involves helping another person on the internet to achieve one to more goals. Some people call it as freelancing. It’s one of the best ways to make money online.


Who Should Sell Services Online ?

In fact anyone can sell a service online. Its very suitable to job seekers.  I often said, if you have graduated from school, try to do something while you wait for your dream job.  I have some friends who are making huge amount of money from selling services online to other people.  Even myself, I make nothing less than N120,000 every month from services I listed on the hire me page.

Why Should You Start Selling Services Online

There are various advantages of selling services online, these are;

  1. More client base: Internet is huge and you will have access to many clients especially if you have little internet marketing skills
  2. Good payment: Payment is very okay for services rendered online. Most service platforms allows to to charge clients in dollars. This is good when you compared to the domestic exchange rate.
  3. Convenience: selling web services requires you to work from home at your own convenience. All you need is to meet the target in delivery high quality services at a stipulated period of time.

List of Services you can Sell Online

There are so many services you can sell online right at the comfort of your home. Few popular ones are;

  1. Writing and Translations: (very popular) – Articles & Blog Posts, Creative Writing, Translations, Proofreading & Editing, Transcription, Business Copywriting, Resumes & Cover Letters, Research & Summaries, Press Releases, Legal Writing.
  2. Graphic & Designs: These are Cartoons & Caricatures, Logo Design, Illustration, Book Covers & Packaging, Photoshop Editing, Presentation Design, Flyers & Posters, Business Cards & Stationery, Banner Ads, Social Media Design, D & 2D Models,  Web & Mobile Design, Invitations, T-Shirts, Vector Tracing, Infographics
  3.  Digital marketing: These could be – Web Analytics, Domain Research, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Web Traffic, Video Advertising, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, SEM, Local Listings, Influencer Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Advertising
  4. Video and Animation:  these are – Whiteboard & Explainer Videos, Spokespersons & Testimonials, Intros & Animated Logos, Promotional & Brand Videos, Lyric & Music Videos, Editing & Post Production, Video Greetings, Animated Characters & Modeling.
  5. Music and Audio: These could be – Mixing & Mastering, Jingles & Drops, Voice-overs, Sound Effects, Session Musicians, Producers & Composers, Singers & Songwriters
  6. Programming and tech: WordPress, Web Programming, Mobile Apps & Web, Website Builders & CMS, Convert Files, Ecommerce, User Testing, Databases, Desktop applications, Data Analysis & Reports, Support & IT
  7.  Advertising:  Hold Your Sign, Flyers & Handouts, Human Billboards, Pet Models, Outdoor Advertising, Radio, Music Promotion, Banner Advertising.
  8. Business: Business Plans, Career Advice, Market Research, Presentations, Virtual Assistant, Business Tips, Branding Services, Financial Consulting, Legal Consulting.
  9. Lifestyle: Animal Care & Pets, Relationship Advice, Diet & Weight Loss, Health & Fitness, Makeup, Styling & Beauty, Online Private Lessons, Astrology & Fortune Telling, Spiritual & Healing, Cooking Recipes, Parenting Tips, Travel
  10. Gifts: Greeting Cards, Unusual Gifts, Arts & Crafts, Handmade Jewellery, Gifts for Geeks, Postcards, Recycled Crafts.
  11. Fun and Bizarre:  – Your Message On…, Extremely Bizarre, Celebrity Impersonators, Daredevils & Stunts, Pranks, Dancers, Just for Fun

Things you Need to Start Selling Services Online

  1. Knowledge: You will need to have knowledge on any of the service you may want to sell online. Check the list of services above to see which one you can offer. That may bring your next financial breakthrough.
  2. Personal Computer(laptop): Blogging is done on the internet. So you will need a computer. I recommenced you buy cheap laptop from here from Konga and pay on delivery.
  3. Moded/Smartphone: For internet services you need to have a modem. Buy Modem here. Like myself, I am currently using Gionee Elife S Plus >> Buy it here. I connect the internet using hotpot. The browsing speed is super-fast.
  4. Internet Service: It’s very good now that the price of data is cheaper  than before. You can use MTN, Airtel, Glo or Etisalat data bundles to browse. Check the latest data bundles from various service providers and how to subscribe here.
  5. Power Source: You will need a power source like NEPA or generator. See: 5 Best Alternative Power Sources amid Fuel Scarcity in Nigeria.
  6. CMS software: I recommend WordPress, it’s free and easy to use.

How to Start Selling Services Online

Now you have everything in place, the next thing is “TAKING ACTION”. Just like selling physical products, you can decide to either create your own service business website or partner with already existing freelancing websites.

1. Sell Service Online on your Own Website

You will need to create a website for your services. Note that this is where your potential clients will see your service offers. Make sure your website is very attractive and have a professional look to attract the customers. I wrote a lesson on how to create a business website. If you don’t know how to create a website you can hire me to do it for you.

2. Sell Service Online on Existing Freelance Websites

As I said earlier, you can start selling services on already existing freelance services. Few ones are;

  1. sell services on
  2. sell services on Freelancer
  3. sell services on Upwork
  4. sell services on Elance
  5. sell services on Toptal
  6. sell services on Craigslist
  7. sell services on Guru
  8. sell services on 99designs
  9. sell services on peopleperhour
  10. sell services on Freelance Writing Gigs
  11. sell services on SimplyHired

Also, there are websites that hire freelance workers on daily basis to perform routine tasks. A typical example is one of my blog If you want to apply visit

The advantage is that many of them accept workers from Africa and Asia and they pay via Payoneer if you don’t have PayPal account.

Your Thoughts!

The economy is hard but only lazy people complains about it. You can renders services online and make serious money from it. This might be a nice online business idea, what do you think?

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About the Author

Ifiokobong Ibanga is a life coach, a mentor and an inspirational speaker. He like testing ideas to find out what works. Sure, he has made substantial income online, so he's knowledgeable enough to teach you. Chat Ifiokobong Ibanga on Twitter here: Follow @IfiokobongR Join me on Facebook Chat!

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  1. Fattkay says:

    Nice one. Always enjoy your piece.

  2. Chibuike says:

    Amazing. Another freelancing is I have made money, selling articles. Minimum of $30-$100 per article. Thank you for more information you listed. I will register in the one you listed above.
    I want to let you know that, you inspired me. I opened a blog because of all your teaching on blogging and it was done on me, that since I can write, that means I can use the advantage to start blogging and build myself for the future. I promise, you, one day I will share my success story with you. God bless you.

  3. Chibuike says:

    Less I forget. I need you to help me with, how to rewrite trending news that is happening in the world. So that I can blog on that for my website. Thank you

  4. joseph theophilus adukanya says:

    Earnestly,can you help me in details how to be skilfull on web design,graphics,in short every,every.

  5. ola says:

    thanks, sir great efiok(u ar a greatman) , i want to know to upload my national id card on payoneer reg, pls urgently sir cos i dont have scaner, or can i use my java jpg phone pic of my i d card,? thanks

  6. ola says:


  7. vivian says:

    hy gud day sir, am inspired by ur teaching.and i want to start blog,pls help me.

  8. Ademola says:

    Thanks sir for your life changing articles,I need your help on clues for forming tags for gig creation on fiver,I’ve been hooked on this for days,couldn’t progress, thanks alot as I expect your response

    • Ifiokobong says:

      Creating tags is not difficult at all. It’s all about choosing a related keywords for your gig.

  9. Timothy says:

    Hello Ifiokobong, Its been nice knowing you so far..
    I found this post exactly what my consumers need for a platform i’m working on.
    Hire-on-Net :

    I really love the idea of people working on their own especially our youth. My platform is similar to the ones listed above but I’m also integrating Skill-Learning etc..

    Would like to discuss with you better on this post.

  10. Abiodun says:

    Hmmm! Did is a veri great idea, nd I rilli appreciate ur concern towards us here, thanks a lot. sir I will be so glad if u can impact sm of d skills u mention on me

    • Ifiokobong says:

      Yes all you need to do is to start something based on the recommendations I made in the article. Success!

  11. johnmark says:

    sir am interested in d offer

  12. amechi says:

    Hello sir please cloud you help me out…. I want to go into affiliate programmes… Please help with what works for you… Thanks a lot.

    • Ifiokobong says:

      Just pick any product you think people will like to buy online an promote. Example is web hosting affiliate

      • amechi says:

        I wanted to try clickbank but im having issues… Cause Nigeria has been red flaged…. Pls any thing that can help me earn from clickbank from here…. And then if you have any other alternatives…. Please help me out…. Thanks a lot.

  13. amechi says:

    Ok sir…. Thanks a lot…. One money thing are you using Nigeria address with it and is it through payoneer you are being paid or some other means?

  14. amechi says:

    Ok… With Nigerian address?

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