With easy access to the Internet, people have derived creative ways to earn money online in India. Many people made it the top of the Internet, claiming the title of Internet Sensation.
However, many are still working out seeking the most productive answer to the much-anticipated question. How to earn money online in India without investment? The answer that turns out to be productive is not yet available.
Why am I writing this Blog?
I am an experienced professional in the vast domain of content marketing. Started back in July 2011, I have worked with multiple companies in Gurugram (Gurgaon), Haryana, India.
I’m a B. Tech(IT) graduate from a college called TERII, affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. After finishing graduation in 2011, I joined a Tech Support company in Gurgaon, as Content Writer.
You got that right! I didn’t get a job in on-campus interviews. I had no job and nothing to do for a living on my own. What’s the worst thing you can imagine occurring in your job interview? Rejection to your face? Never heard back after the interview? I got a callback and they asked for money to hire me.
Before July 2011, I had no idea about the existence of the term Content Writer, though. I started my career to become one.
Since my first job as a content writer, starting salary INR 12K per month, I never said NO to work. As of today, in November 2019, I have worked as Manager – Content Marketing, Lead – Content Writer, Senior Content Writer at India’s biggest companies in their respective domains.
Here, the key takeaway is that you should never say NO to work, especially when you have no other choice. Kickstart your career with whatever option you have. And, if you don’t, this post is for you.
Earn Money Online in India in 2020 without Investment
Table of Contents
- Start Your Journey as a Freelancer
- Serve Your Niche Online
- Become a Consultant in your Domain
- Earn Money from YouTube Channel
- Become Social Media Influencer
- Become a Content Writer
- Start your WordPress Blog
- Affiliate Marketing to Earn Money Online
- Purchase and Sell Domains
- Register as Merchant on Amazon
1. Start Your Journey as a Freelancer
For online income, freelancing is a great career line to get started with, especially when you cannot commit your availability for fixed 8 to 9 hours every day.
If you are a student, housewife, or a professional who wants to make some extra money (believe me, there’s no harm in that), freelancing is your go-to option.
I am talking about freelance content writing jobs for college students and housewives, provided you have good writing skills. If you do, you are just one step away from making money online without investment.
Many content marketing professionals like me run their own blogs or offer content writing services to their clients other than their full-time corporate jobs.
To web designers/developers, I suggest, sticking to your own very domain. Look for relevant freelance projects, as it will help you grow professionally, which is way more important.
On the other hand, if you are an artist or have some special services to offer, such as guitar lessons, foreign language tutorials, etc., you just need to market yourself. Create your Facebook Page, Google Business Account, and distribute pamphlets (brochures) offline in your area to get started.
2. Serve Your Niche Online
As long as you are ready to work and really want to earn money online without investment, the Internet is full of options.
Other than starting your career as a freelance content writer, you can offer your service(s) to people. Register yourself on Fiverr, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) and other such crowdsourcing platforms to offer your services.
Explore a wide variety of services people and corporations are looking for and apply for the ones that interest you.
In India, you also have online platforms like UrbanClap that hire individuals to offer local services across the country. Register for a role that you can serve and you will be surprised to see how you can monetize your skillset.
3. Become a Consultant in your Domain
When you have skills and good knowledge of your domain, why not get started with becoming an online consultant?
To become a consultant, you do not have to be the most approachable go-to guy in your domain. All you need is to be better than your clients/students at what you offer.
I have been into content marketing since 2011 and worked with many start-ups and well-established organizations so far in my career. I have done everything in terms of content – writing, editing, mentoring, and even lead teams at India’s biggest organizations.
Believe me when I say, I have been a top-notch writer in my career.
I have written content, created and implemented content marketing strategies to attain desired goals just with content. Today, what I do is offer content writing services, create content marketing plans, and even advise startups for both short and long-term content strategies.
The best thing a professional can do to earn money online with a little investment is starting their own blog. Select a niche that they have expertise in and start writing engaging content.
As soon as you finish an article, make sure to share it with your friends through Email or WhatsApp and on your social accounts – Facebook, Quora, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Note: No matter what niche you choose to write about, do not expect immediate online income.
4. Earn Money from YouTube Channel
YouTube is a great online platform that serves us nothing but entertainment and knowledge. And, the best thing about YouTube is that it’s Free!!
You may or may not have an idea that people are making Lakhs to Millions of Rupees every year from YouTube. Truth is always shocking, isn’t it?
Now that you know it’s possible to make money from YouTube, you can also do it.
Now, the question is, how to earn money online from YouTube? Here’s your answer…
YouTube is a free online video-streaming website, which allows google account holders to upload their videos. These videos should be genuine (free of copyright issues) and created by you.
Select a niche that you are expert in. For example, if you can paint, sing songs, create music, make people laugh, offer your advice on Tech, or have a passion for cooking, you can get started with your YouTube channel right now.
For example, I like to play Call of Duty Mobile and, therefore, I record my gameplay videos and share the best of videos on my YouTube channel (opens in a new tab/window). I don’t edit these videos as I believe gameplay must be spontaneous.
Believe me when I say that YouTube is not part-time work to earn money. You will have to take it as a full-time job. That’s why I said, choose a niche that you know a lot about and interests you the most.
If you are good at editing videos, that’s great! Otherwise, you will need a person who’s great at video editing. When I say great, I mean it because videos are all about how you present them to your target audience.
Once your video is ready, upload it and share the live link as much as possible and ask people to subscribe to your YouTube channel for more such videos in the future.
The more the number of channel subscribers the more the number of views, likes, and shares on your videos. The increasing number of views increases the chances of Google ads to your videos, which exactly gives you income after deducting Google’s share.
Note: YouTube ads are displayed at random (subject to YouTube’s algorithm). If you see ads on a video, it does not mean others will also do. Also, the number of ads per video is also random.
5. Become Social Media Influencer
Never underestimate the potential of social media. In fact, social media proves to be your best friend when you are about to kickstart earning money online without investment. Let me tell you how…
There are people out there who are quite well-known for being social media activists who influence people.
Having thousands to millions of followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Social Media Influencers openly accept paid partnerships with individuals and brands in exchange for promoting their services and products online, respectively.
For example, you must have seen Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines), a Delhi-based YouTube creator with millions of followers, has now become a celebrity. He started his YouTube channel with short, double-meaning jokes, where the story revolved around his life with friends and family.
For such people, social media fan following is more of an asset, as they are in the entertainment industry.
There are many fashion and beauty bloggers who have a great fanbase on Instagram. Simply check the followers of The Viral Fever (tvfqtiyapa), Amit Bhadana, and Bhuvan Bam Official and imagine the value these accounts can add to a company’s marketing efforts if they collaborate with them.
6. Become a Content Writer
Did you always have a passion for writing? Do you think people will like to consume the type and quality of content you feed them? You can become a content writer if the answer to both of the questions is YES!
Suggested Read: Content Writing Tips For Beginners
Before July 2011, I never heard of the term Content Writer. Or, I should say I never thought if someone would have been writing content that we always consumed online.
I had always been a student above average. You could actually say that if you had looked at my report cards in school. I never went to an English Medium school but still managed to make it here where I am, today.
The only thing that had always backed me was my writing skills, which used to be average when I started. And the reason why I am here today is that I never quit despite a low salary package back then.
7. Start your WordPress Blog
If you have developed good writing skills, you have two ways to make money:
- Write for someone else’s blog and get paid for your work immediately
- Write for your own blog and earn money online slowly but surely
Here, the difference between working for someone else’s blog and for your own blog is clear. Creating your own blog certainly requires you to put in a lot of effort and time to build a loyal audience. Once you become regular with your blog, you will earn money even when you are asleep.
Do you want to know how? Once your blog is popular and is able to draw good user traffic, other bloggers start approaching you for guest posts. They ask you to feature their article on your blog (serving your audience), give a backlink to theirs. They even offer you money for publishing their content on your website.
Now, the reason why I recommend starting a WordPress blog is that there is no other platform that offers ease and flexibility more than WordPress. It is the best and most user-friendly CMS you will have today.
Starting from the easiest website customization to setting custom URLs, WordPress has everything to offer that you will need.
8. Affiliate Marketing to Earn Money Online
Affiliate marketing is more like recommending the products of one or more retailers on your blog and/or social media. Online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart run affiliate programs that you can join and make a decent amount of money on every purchase through your referral links.
The reason why I am including Affiliate Marketing to this list is that you can start it irrespective of the nature of your online business. People are making money through affiliate marketing without even having a website.
If you don’t have a website/blog, you can start by promoting affiliate links on LinkedIn, Facebook, and online forums like Quora. You can also write their products’ reviews on LinkedIn, Medium, or Quora.
9. Purchase and Sell Domains
Purchasing the right domain name is just a few clicks away if it is available for sale. What if it’s already taken by someone else before even you thought of it? This is a common instance that many people come across when looking to buy a domain name for their business or blog.
Do you know you can still buy a domain even if it is displayed as ‘Taken’? There are people who purchase domain names just to resell them with a much higher price tag to make easy money online.
If the domain name you are looking for is already taken, I suggest you log onto that website and see if it is a functional website. If not, you can contact the original buyer of that domain directly or ask your domain service provider to do it for you.
Similarly, you may also consider listing a domain you have for sale on Flippa.com and other similar platforms, in case you are no longer using it.
I have listed one of my domains as ‘for sale’ on GoDaddy, and I received an offer of $2000 last month. Well, I am not looking to sell it off to someone and planning to keep it for a little longer.
10. Register as Merchant on Amazon
Starting an e-commerce website is a good idea to kickstart your online business with a little investment. You can create a shopping website based on what products you are going to sell online. Once your website is ready, you will have to promote it.
However, it will take a significant amount of time for your business to stand and create its own identity.
E-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart allow you to sell your products on their website and start your business in just one day. Click here to sign up as a merchant on Amazon India. Open this link to know more about how you can get started today.
Similarly, you can create a seller’s account of Flipkart.com to sell your products.
Note: These retail giants have certain terms & conditions that you have to meet in order to get started with uploading your products’ details.
Time to Take an Action!
What do you have to say about getting started and earning money online? Are you feeling sufficiently motivated now? Well, I could share these 10 ways to make money online without capital investment but the only thing that will help is you taking the right action.
Get started with the way that suits you. If you think you have a thing for writing and you can write an article for any niche with a little practice, now is the time.
Simply look for basic content writing tips for beginners online to follow the right path and see how much potential you have. Give your 100% and forget about failure, as thousands of untapped options are still open for you.