If blogging is hard, then blogging for business is harder.
When you have distractions doing something that is already very hard, then it becomes almost impossible.
That is the situation facing a lot of African bloggers.
While I can’t speak for every African blogger, because some African nations are at a more stable position than others, I know quite a few bloggers and online business owners, myself included, that admit blogging or running a business online from Africa is tough.
First, there is the issue of Light. Yup, its 2017 and light, aka, electricity is still an issue.
It is not a case of paying your bills, because paying doesn’t guarantee light. I don’t know if not having 24/7 access to light happens only in Africa [highly unlikely] but in developed countries where electricity doesn’t even cross your mind, it’s a pretty big deal here.
Yes, you can start a blog for only $2.95/month or $35/year, but as an African blogger, you better factor in the cost of a standby generator and fuel.
If you work on your blog 12 hours/day, you can thrive on 5 litres of fuel per day.
5 litres X 30 days = 150 Litres of fuel/month
It does add up. And quite frankly very frustrating
Secondly, there is Internet.
Good ol’ in-ter-net.
I have only read a single income report from foreign bloggers that included the cost of light and internet bills. It’s either I haven’t read a lot of income report [but I have read a whole lotta income report, I even created a Pinterest board just for Income report] or are these bills insignificant??
In Africa [I am Nigerian], fast internet is expensive and you use it judiciously.
Tip: If your target market is in Africa and you are a course creator, you want to make sure your content is available in all format aka PDF. Because watching a one-hour video consumes a lotta data
Another challenge is the inability to participate in several online opportunities simply because your country is not on the list. I am not even referring to country-specific opportunities …
For a fact, most online survey companies don’t even have Nigeria on the list of countries when you try signing up [if you find one, please contact me]
Affiliate opportunities that others can join effortlessly can be a serious problem because you can’t receive money with Paypal in some African countries. Bloggers will usually need to find affiliate opportunities or find JV opportunities with different payout options.
Tip: If you haven’t been able to receive payment for your affiliate earnings or freelance work, you can click here to open a Payoneer account. Payoneer will ship your Mastercard for free so you can easily withdraw funds from any ATM near you. Also, if you use my link, we will both earn $25 when you start using your account to receive payments.
Conversion Rates are sky high. We use software not priced in our currency and conversion rates is at an all time high. All of a sudden, a $50 purchase is a big deal.
And last but definitely not least bit annoying and caused by “who-knows-what-why”, restrictions are placed on how much you can spend for foreign transactions in any given month.
Are you an African blogger? Are you currently travelling around the world and somewhere in Africa? or are you a foreign blogger and can/cannot relate to these challenges?
Perhaps you are a blogger from another continent and have challenges that have not been captured by this post.
I would love to read your thoughts. Please leave a comment below
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