11 Practical Ways to make money online in India [No spam/surveys]
Recently Kylie Jenner (20) became the youngest self-made billionaire by harnessing her online following. She has over +113 million followers on Instagram. Of course, the family background (Kardishans) and networking of Kylie did play a role in helping her become one of the youngest billionaires. However, a big portion of the credit goes to her online fame and marketing skills.
In this post, we are going to discuss 11 actual methods to make money online in India.
Quick Note: There might be a few more methods to make money online in India that I might miss in this post. This may be because I never used that method or maybe because it’s not popular enough. Nevertheless, the make money online in India methods discussed below are proven strategies. And it doesn’t require spamming or writing useless online reviews or surveys.
11 Simple Ways to make money online in India
1. Become a Freelancer.
You can harness your talent and make money online by becoming a freelancer. There are dozens of popular websites where people are actively looking for the freelancers to get their job done. Moreover, you can register of these sites for free. For examples of where you can get work as the freelancers are- freelance.com, fiverr etc.
If you are good in any skill or even if you’re learning, you can find a potential customer to earn money online on these sites. For example, if you are good in app development, website development, graphics design, logo design, poster design, SEO-expert, digital marketing or anything, you can use these platforms to earn money.
Blogging is one of the lowest investment and high return ways to make money online in India. You can buy a domain (like money24hr.com, tradebrains.in, google.com etc) as cheap as Rs 99 per year. Further, you’ll also require a web hosting which may cost somewhere between Rs 200-400. Overall, with an investment of under Rs 5,000 a year, you can start your online business.
Further, I’m telling this from experience- You can make a lot of online by starting your blog. Many successful investors are making over 6 figure monthly income from their blog while they are sitting on a beach or traveling the world. Even blogging helped me to quit my damn 9 to 5 job and focus on my startup.
Overall, if you are ready to put little investment, time and efforts, blogging is one of the best ways to make money online in India.
3. Youtube channel
I started a youtube channel in July 2016 – on which I worked for just 3 weeks making and uploading videos about cars. The channel has hardly 20 videos. Still, it has got me over 4,900 subscribers and 1.2+ million views. This helps me generate a consistent passive income for the last two years through advertisements- without even doing anything. I haven’t even logged in to that youtube channel for over 6 months and yet it is making my money online.
The channel is named- Car Shuffle. You can check it out here.
My second youtube channel- Trade Brains, has over +2,500 subscribers. And it is helping me to bring a lot of traffic and traction to my blog.
Moreover, the best part is that starting a youtube channel is totally free. It’s a zero investment make money online medium. All you need to do here is to put some time and efforts.
Besides, it doesn’t take too much effort or pieces of equipment to make videos. I never used any professional camera. Either, I have recorded the videos using my phone camera or I’ve used free screen capturing tools on my laptop to record videos. That’s all. No DSLR, no digital camera, no voice recording headphones, absolute nothing!!
For my first channel, car shuffle, I just used the powerpoint presentations and royalty free background music to make videos. I never even showed my face once on the camera. Still, it’s getting over thousands of views (and a couple of dollars earnings) per day.
If you haven’t started your youtube channel yet, you are missing out. Videos are the future of marketing and certainly a straightforward way to make money online in India.
4. Online Tutoring
When I was in college, I used to make money online by simply tutoring school and college kids online. There are a number of popular websites like Chegg, Coursehero etc where you can make as high as $20 per month. Don’t believe me? Check out the websites yourself.
While tutoring, you have to choose the subject in which you have enough knowledge. There are tons of students who need help in basic courses like laws of motion or finding area/volume or a few simple mathematics questions. You can help these students in understanding the concepts, writing their assignments and help them prepare for the exams.
The best part of teaching online is that you can also google the answers and the students will never find out. I got paid for a number of questions whose answers were already present online. However, those rich kids didn’t even care to google the same question even once.
In short, if you are ready to spend some time in actively teaching the kids, then online tutoring can help you a lot to make money online in India.
4. Social Media Marketing
This is a relatively new way to make money online in India and these methods to make money were not available even 10 years ago. Why? Because social media like FB, Twitter, Instagram etc got fame only after the internet boom.
In this method to make money online, first, you have to start making a social following on different platforms like FB/TWITTER/ Instagram/Reddit etc. Then, either you can reach out to the companies or the people will reach out to pay you to share their content on your profile. This is called sponsored content/posts.
You can easily make as much as $5-15 for sharing a simple content/ post on your facebook page if you have made a lot of followers. This is how famous Youtubers or Instagramers make huge money. Many of them even get sponsorship from popular brands like Nike, Puma, Adidas etc.
Anyways, if you an account on FB or Instagram with a huge following, then where to find the people who will pay?
Simple, Go to Fiverr and make an account there. Else another such website is Viral9.
5. Affiliate Marketing.
This is my favorite way to make money online in India. Why? Because you can make this income totally passive if you are ready to put some serious effort in the beginning.
How does affiliate marketing work?
Suppose your friend wants to buy a good sports shoe and you recommended an Adidas shoe for your friend. The shoe is amazing and worth Rs 2000 and he bought it. How will you feel if I say that you can get a commission of Rs 240 just because your friend bought this shoe?
This is called affiliate marketing. Here you get commission be selling someone else product just be recommending or referring them.
How to make money online in India by Affiliate marketing?
You can become an affiliate marketer partner on Amazon and recommend your friends/followers for products that are being sold on the Amazon website. If they purchase the product (by opening the link that you give/share to them)- you will earn a commission.
6. Buying and selling domains (Domain flipping)
Although domain flipping is a good make money online in India method, however, it requires a decent experience before you actually start making money from it. You need to have some good idea to find domains that will be appealing for the buyers.
Here, you can make money online by buying a good domain frGoDaddyddy at Rs 99 or 149 for a year and later selling it on Flippa for $80-100. If the name of the domain is attractive, rememberable- people will be willing to pay you for that. This domain flipping work can help you make an easy money of thousands of dollars if you just research the domains properly.
Here, the best approach is to keep an eye on the expired domains. Everyday thousands of domains get expired. Just keep looking and if you find a good one- buy it. Later, sell that domain on flippa at a higher cost. Simple, Right?
7. Website purchasing and selling:
Similar to domain flipping, you can do the same thing with websites. Here, you can start by purchasing a bad website on flippa or empireflippers. Then, spend some time in improving the layout, add useful contents, customize and improve the website. Later, sell that website on the same flippa/empireflippers at a higher price.
Moreover, if you think that you can make the website/blog profitable, why not to keep it for yourself? It will help you to avoid the trouble to start your blog from scratch. And through your blog, you can always earn thousands of rupees in the future.
8. Content Writing
This is also a very simple way to make money online in India. And you know what, I pay thousands of rupees monthly to the content writers to write good articles for my blog.
Moreover, content writing is not a difficult work. Even if you do not have a good idea of the topic- you can still research it on the internet and write an excellent article based on your study. Simply search the topic on google and go through the top 5-6 links. Once you have a good understanding and knowledge of that topic, write a better article which can outperform those contents.
Besides, there are multiple domains like fashion, food, book review, technology review etc which you can easily understand within hours and write a good article. Think this work like a simple article writing question during your high-school English exams.
But how to find clients. Where can you find people who will pay you to write contents?
Simple- Join Facebook groups of Content Writers (Search ‘content writers’ on facebook to find these groups).
There are many Facebook groups of content writers with over 10,000 members where the employers regularly post their requirements. Many entrepreneurs, blog owners, marketing team etc consistently keep posting their requirements- like blog niche in which they need the article, different article topics, word count and how much they are willing to pay. Just reply on the posts on these people and write for them. (Btw, you can also check for the content writing job on freelancing websites like fiverr or freelancer.com).
The best part- If you write a good article, you can easily earn up to Rs 500 for a thousand words article.
9. Kindle publishing:
Kindle publishing is another excellent way to make money online in India. And no, you do not need to be a great writer or have to write hundreds of pages to publish your first book.
My first kindle book consisted only of 22 pages and I used to sell it at Rs 49 per book online on Kindle. However, the value that I provided through the book was way above the price. I was getting at least 4-5 purchases per day (some days it was as high as 10-12). The reason why I was able to generate so many sale because there was very less competition in my niche. There were very few good books on Indian stock market written by Indian authors.
Sadly, later I’ve to remove the book from the Kindle store because I also used that ebook as a lead magnet on my blog (which helped me to build a massive email list of 18,000+ subscribers). Further, there were some copyright issues because I’ve already published similar content on my blog. In the end, I had to remove the ebook from kindle. (Nevertheless, I’m working to publish a new book on kindle soon.)
In short, you do not need to write hundreds of pages to sell on Kindle. Just write a really useful 30-40 page ebook on a topic which people want to read. And you know what, when you have published 5-6 such small ebooks, you can earn a lot of passive income and make money online by simply sitting on your couch.
10. Take photos and sell online
Here, you might need a little skill to take good photographs. But, hey it’s free to take photos!! Besides, if you have some good or unique older photos, you can always sell them online and get some additional income. Few popular websites where you can sell your photos and earn are shutter stock, fotolia, iStockPhoto, photobucket etc.
11. Teach on Udemy
You know how to play guitar, then make a short online course on ‘How to play guitar?’ and sell it on udemy. Or you know how to code, then make a coding course. You can literally make a course to teach any skill like cooking, swimming, coding, driving, foreign language and almost everything that you can think of. Moreover, lakhs of people buy these information products (courses) daily to enhance their skill.
Besides, you can charge a high premium price compared to the ebooks by selling courses on Udemy. (You can sell online courses as much as for Rs 1000 per course. However, for the ebook- the average price is generally between Rs 200-400).
Here are three more ways to make money online in India which I want to discuss in this post.
12. Starting Shopify stores, E-commerce websites or Drop-shipping:
I recently launched my Shopify store and I am trying to increase sales now. However, I haven’t made a big money online using Shopify stores yet (I will keep you guys updated on my progress).
Still, there are thousands of people who make tons of money from their Shopify stores. If you are looking for some new ways to make money online in India, then you should definitely try it out. Here’s a video on how to start a Shopify store in India—
13. Virtual assistance—
This is an active way to make money online. However, the work and timing hours can be flexible when you work as a virtual assistant from home. Here are a few websites where you can find a work as a virtual assistant- Hiremymom. Mytaskers, Zirtual. Uassistme, 123employee
14. Selling your old stuff on Olx/Quickr –
This way to make money online in India is kind of obvious but most people do not do it. You can earn a good money online by selling your old stuff on online selling platforms like Olx, Quickr or eBay. If you have any things that you have not used for years, why not to just to sell it. Earning few extra bucks on un-used products will do no harm you, right?
That’s all for this post. I hope it was helpful to you.