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Re: Nigerian Freelancers

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Olabode O Member Since: Nov 24, 2019
I am a freelancer from Nigeria, from Lagos to be exact. I have been finding it very hard to land my first job on upwork. I have written 6 proposals and none have been replied. Some has even asked me to fill Google forms where I will be given a proofreading job and editing job, after doing those jobs, I was still not picked. I found out I was just used.

I really have a lot of talent for writing, and I had a lot of expectations but everything is going up in smoke. I need help, I need to know how to get jobs or be referred to a job.
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Tonia I Member Since: Nov 16, 2016

Hello Akin,


I can understand with you on the challenges you are facing but I still refuse to tie it down to my nationality. Perhaps because I am open-minded. In any race, tenacity is key. 


I have joined upwork since November 2016 and I have not been given one project (job). As a matter of fact, about 80% of my applications were declined by the clients. As per all interview invites where I was contacted directly to accept interview invites, 100% of all the clients declined without notice or reason. They simply kept silent. But that does not stop me. 


It would be a good idea to connect with the community discuss your challenges and still keep doing what you do. Perhaps there are areas where you require improvement. My profile has long been approved. Yet I still have challenges getting the first job in upwork. Let us continue while keeping an open mind.


I hope this helps.


Tonia Imasuen

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michael o Member Since: Mar 16, 2017

Hi everyone


am new to this platform. i need help on how to go about W-8BEN tax as a Nigerian

Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014

Hi michael,


Please enter your full name and other required details in the form in order to enable withdrawals on your Upwork account.

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michael o Member Since: Mar 16, 2017

Thanks Vladimir,


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Femi O Member Since: May 2, 2019
Hi Vladmir,

I've been having difficulties with getting my profile approved here on Upwork despite having a 100% profile completeness. I've even taken the Upwork readiness test along with other test to prove my skills. Could you kindly review my profile and advise on what could be wrong or what I could change. Thanks
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Akinbode A Member Since: Nov 1, 2016

Hi Michael,


Kindly fill the form accordingly with your


- Legal Name (usually the name on any of your government issued identification, maybe Birth certificate, Drivers License, PVC or International Passport).


- Residential Address (just as you write it)


- Federal Tax Classification should be Non-US. This is because you are not a US resident.



I hope this helps. Happy Freelancing.


Best Regards,

Akinbode A.

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Bukola O Member Since: Dec 23, 2016

I agree with Tonia. It's not easy being Nigerian here thanks to our scam artist brothers in Lagos and Owerri. It hard to convince clients of your skills and integrity. The best you can do is land the interview and ace it. Write a killer proposal. Try to be among the first five to submit. It helps. 

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michael o Member Since: Mar 16, 2017

Thanks Akinbode A,

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Tari E Member Since: Aug 17, 2018
Hi, Akinbode

Please help! I currently do not have a government issued ID asides my LGA and birth certificates. And I would like to change my name from the short form Tari to the full form of my name - Itari. I am also worried about being mandated to provide an ID sometime soon and receiving the penalty for not having any.

I only recently started the registration for my PVC and national ID, and we all know how long the process takes here in Nigeria! So my question is, are temporary national IDs and voters cards are acceptable? And if not, what about birth certificates.

Thank you for taking out the time to read this