Are you looking for a way to make money online in India? If yes, then you're on the right place at the right time.
In this article, I'll share with you 15 ways on how to make money online in India even if you're just starting. So, without wasting any further time, let's dive right into the article.
Can We Really Make Money Online?
Yes, it's one hundred percent real. If you have the skills that set you apart from others, you can definitely make a lot of money online.
Below in the article, I'll tell you some of the ways to earn money online in India which I have tried personally and are working wonders for others as well.
Before we dive into the ways, let's understand what are the differences between starting a business with or without investment.
Ways to Earn Money in India Without Investment vs. With Investment
There are two ways you can make money online.
The first one is you're looking for a free way with zero investment to start earning online. However, you still need to invest your time and energy into mastering a skill that will eventually help you earn online.
On the other side, you have some money to invest and you want to earn more out of it. Here, you can invest that money in learning any skill from the pioneers or you can build a small team that will work under you.
Both ways are excellent and can help you reach your income goals.
Let's now have a closer look into some of the most practical ways to make money online.
15 Legitimate and Practical Ways to Earn Online Money
1) Freelancing (Free)
Freelancing is one of the fastest and stable ways to earn money online.
Freelancing is nothing but you offering services like content writing, logo designing, social media marketing, digital marketing for which you get paid.
You can use sites like Upwork, Freelancer.com, Fiverr and many more to find out freelancing gigs. Fiverr is one of the biggest networks for freelancers to earn money from home.
The catch here is before you can start earning money with freelancing, you need to develop the skill. If you don't know how to design a logo, it's challenging to get paid work from clients.
So, although you don't need to invest any money doing freelancing, you have to invest time in learning a skill before you receive any paid work.
2) Become a VA (Free)
Second, in our list of making money online is becoming a virtual assistant.
Being a virtual assistant requires minimal skills to make money. A VAs job can be anything from maintaining excel sheets, Shopify stores to managing social media handles, writing emails, and the list is endless.
Upwork is a fantastic site to get work as a virtual assistant quickly. You can get anywhere from $6-15/hr depending on your expertise. You can also find a decent VA job on Fiverr, HireMyMom, 123Employee, and MyTasker.
A VA job can be taken by a housewife, student, or a person seeking some work to make a side income.
If you type the keyword “Virtual Assistant” on Fiverr.com there are over 8000 people offering their services. You can be one too.
With consistent work, you can make $500+ every single month as a side income.
3) Dropshipping (Investment)
Dropshipping is one of the hottest online businesses in 2019 to pursue. The business requires some investment.
Dropshipping is nothing but being a middleman between the buyer (customer) and the seller (vendor). You'll make use of the Shopify platform to start your first online store in minutes. No
You have to run an advertisement on Facebook/Instagram and bring orders which later need to be fulfilled by a vendor from AliExpress. In this entire process, you make money as a middleman.
As I mentioned, dropshipping requires some initial budget to start. The starting recommended budget to start your dropshipping store is $500 (the more, the better).
To make money with Dropshipping, you have to be good at selecting the right products which solve a problem. You got to have a strong command over running ads on platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
The best part about this business is, you can find a lot of free resources and helpful videos on the Internet.
Here's a step-by-step process to start Dropshipping:
● Find a problem-solving product. After that, find a trusted vendor from AliExpress.
● Launch your Facebook/Instagram ad campaign. (Video ads works the best for dropshipping compared to image ads).
● Start getting sales and the money will come to your bank account via PayPal.
● With the money you receive, fulfill the orders from AliExpress and the vendor will do the shipping on behalf of you.
● Repeat the entire process and keep making online money.
4) Affiliate Marketing (Free)
Affiliate marketing is estimated to touch 6.8 billion dollars by 2020. It's one of the biggest and the most sustainable industry to make money online.
With affiliate marketing, you don't need to have your product or service. Instead, you promote other people's products and get sales for which you earn a commission. Affiliate marketing is working for years now and will continue to work in the coming years as well.
If you have a blog (more on this later), you can make a full-time income with affiliate marketing alone.
Did you know Amazon Associates is the most prominent affiliate program on the web?
Well, that's correct. Amazon pays you a 4-10% commission if you get a sale for them. Similarly, software businesses like SEMRush and KWFinder give a 30-40% recurring commission for the lifetime of a customer.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make passive money online.
You can do affiliate marketing in two ways:
Some of the free methods are earning money from affiliate marketing from a blog, email list, social media following, or a huge Facebook group.
You need to have some sort of traffic source to get free leads and sales.
On the other side, with paid marketing, you get sales by advertising on platforms like Google Adwords, Facebook, and Instagram by borrowing their existing traffic.
In the next way to make money online, which is blogging, I'll share with you how you can make thousands of dollars with affiliate marketing with a blog.
5) Blogging (Free)
If you love writing and sharing your thoughts, you can share it on your blog which will help you make money online.
The first step before you start a blog is to find a category aka niche in which you're interested in writing. It can be anything from pets, cooking, internet marketing, etc.
Next, you need to set up a WordPress blog. You can read this detailed guide from Themeisle to set up your first WordPress site.
It's time to write some useful articles and publish them so that you start receiving traffic on your site. Once you start getting free organic traffic from Google, you can promote products via Affiliate Marketing or Google Adsense.
Apart from that, if you have a high traffic site, you can also sell direct advertising space on your site or do a sponsored post and earn money.
Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is making over $100k every single month from blogging.
Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income has touched over $300k/mo from his blog through affiliate marketing.
The only downside of blogging is, it takes time to get consistent traffic and these days people are impatient and give up too early. If you have the zeal to stick with blogging for at least a year or two without earning money, I'm sure you'll make decent money with blogging in the upcoming years.
6) Run A YouTube Channel (Free)
A study from Wordstream says that 59% of executives agree that if both text and video are available on the same topic, they are more likely to choose video.
YouTube is the biggest video platform on the web. Millions of people hang out of YouTube every day. Where there's traffic, there's money to be made.
Big YouTubers like Unbox Therapy, BB ki Vines, and Pewdiepie charge thousands of dollars for brand promotions.
As a YouTuber, you can make money from a lot of ways. Firstly, you earn a commission from YouTube ads, brand promotions, video description promotions, merchandise, subscription fees, affiliate marketing, and more.
You see, with YouTube, you're not only dependent on one income source. You have a ton of options to make easy money. All you have to do is find a category that you're passionate about and start creating wonderful videos around it.
You'll get free traffic from day one as YouTube is vast as a platform and you can grow fast if you consistently make videos.
Just like blogging, this isn't a get-rich-scheme. You need to work initially even if you don't earn money at first and understand that it will eventually come in.
7) Run A Social Media Marketing Agency (Free)
Another free method for online earning in India is starting your social media agency.
Today, starting a business is super easy as you don't need a physical office for employees. Every task can be done sitting at home.
A social media marketing agency is all about providing services to clients. You can provide services like – lead generation, SEO, email marketing, online advertising, Instagram marketing, video creation, handling of social media accounts, and more.
You can club multiple of these services and charge a premium amount to your clients.
Remember, to make your marketing agency a success; you always need to focus on acquiring recurring clients. The best part of having a marketing agency is that you can start making money starting from today.
To acquire a new client, you must show them the results and make them believe that your agency can bring in new leads and customers for them.
Starting a marketing agency is one of the easiest and the most stable way to earn money online that too at your comfort.
8) Buy & Flip Domain Names (Investment)
Domain name investment is a skill that can only be mastered with a lot of practice. It requires the investment of buying domain names.
If you don't have the right skills to select a good and brandable domain name, chances are you might lose your money.
Now, I'm not demotivating you but investing your hard-earned money into domain names can be tricky at times.
Before getting buying and selling of domain names, I highly recommend you watch some videos and read articles to understand why and what type of domain names people buy.
Did you know LasVegas.com sold for 90 million dollars? Similarly, Voice.com sold for $30 million and 360.com for 17 million dollars – Source .
At first, you need to buy domain names and later list them on marketplaces like Flippa, Brandpa to sell them at 10x to 100x from the original price.
I have seen people buying domain names at a nominal fee of $7/yr and selling them at $4000+. It all boils down to how you select the names.
Domain name investing requires you to invest anywhere from $500-$1000 in buying 50-100 good domain names.
9) Start Teaching People & Earn Money (Investment)
The online e-learning market is expected to reach 325 billion dollars by 2025, as reported by Forbes.
Every one of us has some unique skills that we can teach others. For instance, I'm good at writing articles and blog posts – that way, I can teach people how to write stellar content in less than an hour and charge $197 for that.
You won't believe it, but people buy online courses to enhance their knowledge. The best part about this business is, it is 100% passive. You need to create the course content once and you get recurring sales at 100% profit margins.
Brain Dean from Backlinko.com makes a living out of selling his advanced SEO training. Shockingly, he makes over $300k just by selling his online course.
Teaching is the ultimate thing for making money online that too on autopilot.
Everyone on this planet can create an online course because people these days are hungry to learn new things and happy to pay for it.
10) Sell Photos Online (Free)
Selling photos online won't help make money for each one of you. However, people who are already into photography (be it any kind) can easily monetize their talent by selling their unique photographs for a premium price.
You can directly sell photos on Etsy, Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, 500px and for other sites, you can check out this article.
Also, be sure that you don't need to be a professional while taking photos. You can use your phone and click pictures in it. Later, make use of any app to edit the photo.
Photography is a big business online and there's a lot of money to be made here.
11) Flip Websites & Earn Commissions (Investment)
Just like a domain name, you can make money from flipping other people's website and earn commissions out of it.
You must choose the website that can be sold for a higher price for what you buy it for.
Always remember to check some of the key metrics before you buy any website like – site traffic, earnings, content quality, backlinks, email list, and social media handles.
All the stats should be for the last six months. If the site has a strong foundation with social media channels and email list (which rarely anyone has these days), you can buy it at a valuation of 15-20x and flip it for 25-30x.
This business model can be profitable if you know how to take the right websites at a lower price and sell it for a much higher price. However, you need a lot of money to buy a decent website.
If you don't have the money to buy a website just yet, I recommend using other techniques from this article and collect the money first to get into this business.
To be honest, I have people in my contact, making a full-time living out the website flipping business. If they can do it, you can do it too.
12) Become A Consultant (Free)
Online consultants are one of the highest paying ways of making money online. Although being a consultant isn't as easy as it sounds. However, once you have mastered any skill, you can offer consultation to other people or businesses and charge them money.
Experts in their niche charge over $300-500/hr to consult. Can you imagine the level of experience it requires before you can charge that kind of money from anyone?
A consultant can be in any niche from dating, leadership, business, marketing, health and the list never ends.
The fact is, you need to invest a lot of your time and energy in mastering one skill so that you can give valuable advice to others. It takes years of practice and efforts to get to that point.
No doubt it's a zero investment skill to make money online; nonetheless, no matter what you have to invest your time in it.
13) Became An Influencer (Free)
Brands, these days, are looking for influencers on social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and Twitter to promote their product/service.
If you build your Instagram page following starting today, you can make money with sponsored posts, stories, and direct brand promotions with as low as 5k followers.
Instagram has all sorts of pages. You name it, and it's there. So, to start making money with Influencer marketing, you must work upon building your social credibility. Also, keep in mind that you only focus on building an engaged audience and not get into the trap of buying fake followers.
Once you have more than 15-20k followers, you can also earn via affiliate marketing. The same rules can be applied to YouTube & Twitter influencers.
14) Sell on Amazon (Free)
Did you know you can make money from Amazon selling physical products that too for free?
That's correct! Amazon gives you a platform to directly sell any physical products on their platform and you get free traffic.
Amazon charges 30% from each sale you receive. So for instance, if you sell a product for $100, Amazon will cut $30 from it.
I know they are charging a big margin but it's still worth it and trust me you can make a lot of money here.
Amazon, as a brand, converts so well that you can make hundreds of sales every day if you rank number one for your target keywords.
To learn how to list products on Amazon, get it ranked, write a stellar product description and more read this detailed guide on Amazon FBA by Wordstream.
15) Build Your Android App & Earn Money Through AdMob
The last one of the most effective ways to make money online fast is to build your online application and publish it on the Play Store.
Google Play has an app in all categories. You don't need to hire a professional developer or code the application on your own. Make use of app builders like Appy Builder or Thunkable and create your app in less than 3 hrs.
Once done with building your application, it's time to apply for Google Admob which is an advertising platform for app published on Google Play.
After you get the approval, insert the code in the app builder, and you're all set to monetize your application.
Whenever someone installs your app and start using it, Admob will automatically show ads to them and in return, you can easily make money on autopilot.
The top 200 apps on Android generate on an average of 82,500 daily as reported SurveyMonkey on Medium.com.
From this alone, you can see how powerful it can be to make money online from an android app.
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