15 Best Ways to Make Money Online in India

15 Best Ways to Make Money Online in India

Nowadays almost everyone is interested to know how to make money online in India. Earning money has always been associated with ‘offline’ ways,

But, with the rise of the internet not only a person can earn decent money from online sources but some of the people are working fulltime on the internet and earning their living online.

Whether you’re working on your job or in between jobs, a student who’s looking for a side gig or just a fast hustle to make some extra cash, earning money online is a great way to lead your life to financial freedom.

For most people it may sound a pipedream but believe me, it isn’t.

Millions of people have been doing this around the world (including me) and after a few years, working online they were able to quit their jobs to focus on entrepreneurship.

They were able to spend more time with their family, and finally take back control of their time and their lives.

Given below are according to me, some of the best ways to make money online in India:

1. Blogging

Blogging has come a long way, not too long ago most of the bloggers used to write their blogs on free platforms such as Blogspot and it was more about expressing yourself and less about making money.

But now India’s highest-earning blogger Amit Agrawal (labnol.org) make around estimated $60,000/month. That’s around 42 lakhs per month in Indian Rupees.

blogging as a way to make money online in India

Blogging isn’t the easiest way to make money online in India. However, the great thing is that anyone with decent writing skills, can start it and also from the comfort of their home.

To get started with your blog – Follow this step by step guide to start a blog in 30 minutes or less (Including all configurations and tips to choose a perfect niche).

All you need is knowledge about your chosen niche and an interesting way to write it and enough patience and dedication to build traffic and a following.

You can make money through blogging by Affiliate Marketing, Google Adsense, Selling your own product or services, Sponsored Products / Posts, Start a Paid Newsletter/Community, Selling courses, etc.

2. Affiliate marketing

What is Affiliate Marketing?

In simple words, affiliate marketing is when you refer sale of a product/service that’s created and managed by another company/person and earn a commission for it.

If you don’t have your own products or services to sell, affiliate marketing gives you a chance to earn strong commissions buy referring company’s product to their relevant customers. Needless to say, you need strong persuasion and selling skills.

What do you actually have to do as an Affiliate?

Affiliate marketing as a way to make money online in India

Basically, your main goal as an affiliate is to send people (from your website, social media, or email list, etc.) to company webpage through your special link.

You need to keep in mind that you are the problem solver here and to pursue the audience you should solve their problem, fulfil their need, or meet their desire.

You’re basically just sharing information and your affiliate links. If someone decides to buy from your link, you’ll get the commission. If not, you won’t get the commission. It’s as simple as that.

3. Online Freelancing

Probably one of the best ways to make money online in India is to sell your services as a freelancer on the internet.

Freelancing has shown a monumental shift in recent years and numerous people are opting for this because you don’t require any fixed schedule, there is no overburden, and there is flexibility in the work.

Although Freelancing and working at a job are the two sides of the same coin, your indulgence depicts your income in both.

Freelancing as a way to make money online in India

In freelancing, your consistency and sincerity are the pillars of your concrete source of income and improved rate per hour.

Freelancing has a huge scope in India if you are willing to put valiant efforts to overcome your 9-5 job income.

 India contributes millions of dollars in the freelancing market. In fact,  According to Narsi Subramanian, Director Growth, PayPal India, India is the largest freelancer market in the world and poised for more growth. In India the hunt of good freelancers is never-ending. The sky is the limit for freelance as far as India is concerned.

The new startups are coming up, day by day and the need for manpower and resources will increase drastically. Even multiple established firms are looking for good freelancers who can get the job done at minimal rates and in time.

4. YouTube /TikTok

YouTube and now in 2019 TikTok are other platforms that have made it possible for people to earn money online.

There are a ton of YouTube and TikTok channels out there on any topic if you can think of, and most of the people with a huge following are earning millions of dollars in exchange for their videos.

Again, not an easy way to make money, but very much doable for anyone who’s comfortable in facing a camera or make different kinds of videos, record & upload those videos.

Youtube/ tiktok as a way to make money online in India

There are two kinds of people can make successful YouTube or TikTok channels, one who make funny & entertaining videos,

Second, who can make highly informative videos for a niche audience (like teens, men, housewives, tech geeks, gamers, fitness enthusiasts, etc).

If don’t you are not very capable or don’t like the idea of penning down your thoughts through blogs and content writing, you can use this visual medium to communicate your audience.

As you make your YouTube or TikTok channel popular and your number of subscribers grows, so will your earning potential. The payment you get on YouTube is based on per thousand views.

5. DropShipping

Starting a drop-shipping business is currently one of the fastest ways of finding success online if you do it right.

But, that does not mean it’s some get the rich quick formula, you have to put in the work just like any other business venture.

Dropshipping as a way to make money online in India

It takes someone willing to learn and apply those learning on their online store and grow as an e-commerce entrepreneur to become successful at drop shipping. This takes patience and commitment.

The formula is fairly simple for DropShipping: you purchase your initial inventory, create a brand, and advertise your products online through paid ads and by other means.

The key thing to be successful in DropShipping business you’ll want to do is focus on one specific niche and be a speciality store that just caters to that market, don’t try to sell all thing everything like Flipkart and Amazon.

6. App development

There are two ways to make money online in India by developing android or iOS apps.

First, as a freelancer, where people are earning ranging from Rs. 10k per month to as high as Rs. 3-4 lakhs per month.

But keep that in mind, as a freelancer one has to put more effort to interact with the clients and structure the task.

Sometimes the tasks are not well-defined and may change time to time. Such things have to be taken into consideration before bidding on a project. 

Freelancer – Hire & Find Jobs and Upwork, the world’s largest online workplace are good places to start. Bidding low as a beginner and getting a good rating helps in getting high paying projects.

app dev. as a way to make money online in India

Second, one can earn money from the app development by selling the app for free on Google PlayStore and displaying ads or by selling the app.

It’s important to note here that the app must be marketed well to make it popular. Even if the app developed is innovative and designed well, if not marketed properly won’t earn any returns.

 If you are not good at sales and marketing it would be better for you to join hands with someone who has some experience in marketing apps.

7. Content Writing

Writing is another great way to make money online in India. Off course, one should be able to write different types of content.

You can write articles for blogs, companies, institutions, individual people etc. You can also write content for social media accounts, YouTube channels, email marketers and you can also write product descriptions for catalogues etc.

content writing as a way to make money online in India

Different types of writers get paid differently, but normally people get paid $5 to $20+ for writing 500 words content.

Also, check – 25 All-time must-read books for an entrepreneur

If you don’t have writing skills and you want to develop it then you must download my free ebook (given below) and become a pro content writer.

If you think you have what it takes to become a good content writer you must visit the websites like UpWork, iWriter, WriterBay, FreelanceWriting, TextBroker, ExpressWriters, FreelanceWritingGigs to find the content writing jobs.

8. Online Courses

I think in today’s world creating an online course and ability to sell that course to thousands of people is the quickest way to get rich in India. Why?

As of 2018, the online coaching industry worldwide is huge, it’s estimated to be valued at over $2.4B and growing very rapidly.

online teaching  training and consulting

You’ll be able to find online coaches in every imaginable industry such as life coaches, business coaches, and fitness coaches and so on.

Though it appears that the industry may be crowded and there are lots of coaches out there that are making big impacts. However, there are also lots of them that don’t know what they’re doing. And there is always room at the top.

You can start online coaching by creating a video course or ppt video course and putting it on platforms like Udemy, Unacademy, Khan Academy, Embibe, toppr, learnpedia, etc. and then eventually you can put your content on your own website or an app.

9. PTC (Paid to click) sites

There are millions of people who make good money online in India through PTC sites (Get Paid to click websites).

But only a fraction of people is earning good money from these PTC sites, due to the fact that most of the websites are scam PTC sites. Not all of these sites are genuine, and you need to be careful before joining.

But don’t worry as I have tested plenty of sites & after doing our research & receiving payments from some of the sites, I’m in a position to recommend you to these PTC sites for extra earnings.

I will recommend you only those PTC sites that pay regularly to their member and give better rates for clicking ads.

My top 5 PTC sites are the following:

#1 ClixSense

#2 NeoBux

#3 PrizeRebel

#4 Paidverts 

#5 Familyclix

10. Ecommerce website seller

Ecommerce selling is not like traditional selling which is mostly local or for nearby places.

When you sell your products locally you don’t have much scope of selling your items outside your local market but in online selling, you can sell your product all over the country or even worldwide.

eCommerce seller

There are 2 ways to sell anything online.

Either, you can create your own website and sell your products from your website, which is a very competitive market and it will take a lot more effort to increase the visibility of your product and website.

Or become a seller on any shopping portal like Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, Snapdeal etc.  As you may already know that websites like Amazon and Flipkart don’t have their own inventory they sell products of other sellers.

The second option is much better because you will get existing customers of these popular portals and don’t worry much about the delivery and service of the product.    

11. Sell Domain Names

Though personally, I’m not a big fan of this method to make money online in India due to the uncertainty and high investment it requires but buying and selling is another high-profit business you can do online.

I would say, you must be an expert and you should have detailed knowledge before you start this business.

Here is how it works – when companies don’t find the right domain of their choice, they contact the domain owner for the deal. And then domain owner and buyer negotiate on the price.

The domain owner can also put his domains on auction so that people can buy directly at your desired price.

People also sell their domains on marketplaces like Flippa, Sedo, Godaddy, Namecheap, Enom, etc.

12. Online surveys

An increasingly popular way for people to make money online in India is to fill out online surveys in their spare time.

Research companies are always recruiting new members throughout the world to answer surveys and test new products.

For a few minutes of form filling, you can make around $1 to $20, depending on the length of the survey, your profile & the country you are living in.

online surveys

But be careful! Many aren’t legit and will never pay you.

I’ve reviewed the best survey websites that will pay you for your views.

A few good ones to try are – Swagbucks, Toluna, LifePoints, InboxPounds, Onepoll, i-Say, Opinion Outpost, Panel Opinion, The Opinion Panel, YouGov, Pinecone, SurveyBods, Hiving, Panel Base, Prolific, Valued Opinions, Survey Junkie, New Vista.

Although you’re won’t be able to probably make a full-time income taking surveys but it is a realistic way to make a couple of hundred extra dollars a month.

13. Sell photography

If you think you’re good at taking creative shots, try uploading your photographs for free to stock websites.

It may seem hard to make it when every other guy with a Smartphone calls themselves a “photographer.” But success, for most creators, comes down to three things:

  1. Finding your niche.
  2. Building an audience.
  3. Creating several streams of income.

Take high-quality images through smartphones or DSLRs of nature, places, people, things, food, etc. & sell them online.

To start, here are some stock photography websites to sell images and license your photos online:

Getty Images, Shutterstock, iStock, 500px, Stocksy, Adobe Stock, Fotolia, Depositphotos, Dreamstime, GL Stock Images, EyeEm, Image Vortex, Crestock, 123RF, Foap.

Whenever someone wants to purchase your photos, you will get paid as per the price you fix.

14. Virtual Assistant

An assistant who works for someone without being physically present is called a virtual assistant.

In every business, there is a ton of work to do, but not all companies can hire a person for every task.

virtual assistant

Startups usually don’t have enough money to hire full-time employees, so they often outsource some of their work to these “virtual” assistants. which makes being a virtual assistant to these firm one of the best way to make money online in India.

A virtual assistant does a variety of tasks such as taking care of phone calls, schedule meetings, manage websites, writing & proofreading, publishing content, marketing, research etc.

You can look for a virtual assistant job and signup for virtual assistant work on:

eaHELP, Virtual Staff Finder, Fancy Hands, Upwork, PeoplePerHour, Freelancer, FlexJobs, VirtualAssistantJobs.com

15. Website flipping

Like selling domain names, website flipping is also one of the hot businesses to earn money online in India. Here you deal with websites in place of domain names.

What is flipping?

It is basically buying a product, repairing or refurbishing it and selling it at a higher price. It’s a term usually used in Real-estate business.

So, what’s website flipping?

You buy an existing website which is dormant due to various reasons, work on it for 3-6 months or more so that you improve its overall aspects of it’s, as its design and optimizing the website to various search engines which then improves the traffic on the website.

After generating considerable traffic and we sell the website at a much higher price than we bought it for. That’s how website flipping basically works.

You can put that site for auction on Flippa.com, BuySellWebsite.com, Forums.DigitalPoint.com, InternetCompanyForSale.com, WebsiteBroker.com, WebsiteAcquire.com, empireflippers.com etc.

Most of the time one can easily get 15-20 times the price of the monthly earning from that website.

Remember, it’s much easier to grow a mature website than creating a new site and then grow that new website.

The Bottom Line:

There are a ridiculous number of ways to make money online in India and the ones I’ve covered here are just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s not very hard to make money online in India, but then again it’s also not so easy. You need patience, focus, discipline and most importantly have faith in the process. Believe me, the patience is bitter, but its fruits are very sweet.

As the Internet continues to evolve, opportunities to earn supplementary and full-time online income will eventually grow.

The very definition of work in an information-based economy is in itself evolving, with traditional full-time jobs disappearing in favour of different arrangements (e.g. Work from home, flexible schedules, self-employment and changing skill sets).

You should give it a try can open up new career and business options.

If you have moderate writing skills, I would suggest you start writing a blog because it’s the best place to start.

Also, do check my blog on – 25+ Killer future business ideas for a super successful startup by 2020 in India.

To make money online in India one also requires to develop some high paying skills check – High-Income skills in India that can help you make a fortune

If you have any queries you can contact me or comment below I will reply as soon as possible

Thanks for reading. Ciao!



Founder and CEO of MarkBuzz LLP, Digital Marketer, Investor, Youtuber, Podcaster and Author.