How to earn money online in India?

Trust me. I have been into earn money online world since 2012 in India. I wish someone had told me all these when I was a university students.

The ladder to the top was NOT overpopulated those days. And now, gosh, everyone speaks on how to earn money online in India.

So, how did I bash the competition?

"Moving first is a tactic, not a goal," 

Peter Theil, co-founder of PayPal Tweet

says Peter Theil, co-founder of PayPal, in his most influential business book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

Getting started.

Yes, the early bird gets the prey.

I am NOT going to tell you to go to blah blah blah websites to earn money online in India. NO.

I am here to teach you a SECRET FORMULA,

Passion + Usefulness = Success.

Find your passion, and discover how it can solve a common problem.

Inspired from the book “$100 startup” by Chris Guillibeau.

For eg., are you passionate about electronics? Write reviews on good/bad products to help people buy best. Or good at organizing your friend’s resume? Create beautiful resume templates and sell them online, millions of people around the world lack this expertise.

Passion, and the business problem. Decided? 

It’s time to connect with the right stakeholders. How? 

Sign up on the right platforms online.

Step 1: Set up a Great Home Office

Yes, you heard it right.

Do you own adequate devices and pieces of equipment to fulfill freelancing assignments? Clients must see them before they award a project. 

Designate a corner of your home as an office. When video shooting, it looks pretty much like an office.

How to earn money online in India for students

Here is my Home Office setup. 

Doesn’t it look real? I state I didn’t fake it.

Most freelancing clients live in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and the unique way to establish Trust and Authenticity is to show your fabulous Home Office.

I’m NOT telling you to buy all these stuffs to start immediately. Start with whatever you have without investment, and slowly upgrade.

Things to build a Home Office

  1. Savya Comfortable Home Apex Chair
  2. Ebee Store Multipurpose Computer Table
  3. Apple iMac (Only if needed)
  4. Laptop
  5. Oneodio Overhear Headset with Mic
  6. White board
  7. Mouse Pad

ASK YOURSELF

- Do you own adequate devices and pieces of equipment to fulfill freelancing assignments?

- Most freelancing clients live in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and the unique way to establish Trust and Authenticity is to show your fabulous Home Office.

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Step 2: Sign up on the right platforms

 
Here are some I’ve tried personally,
 

Upwork

The world’s biggest companies are here looking for the best talents. Upwork was odesk then when I jumped into freelancing. I was the only Wireframing Specialist. And yes, I was the early bird.

Fiverr

I still remember how I struggled to create a profile on the crappy user interface of Fiverr 9 years ago. SEO knowledge is most required to bring all your gigs to the top of search results.
 
Your clients tip you if they are impressed. Hurrah!

Etsy

The best platform to sell all your creative products, selling digital products is even more comfortable.  Though the commission is high, still the right place to sell.
  

People per hour

UK based platform, expect mostly UK projects. 30% tax is something I felt so high. Creating a profile and applying to projects was more comfortable then. Search the platform, analyze the competition, jump. It is easy!
 

Toptal

Best suits UI/UX designers, IT developers, Testers, and finance professionals. World’s top companies are in there looking for best talents.
 

User testing
Suits all. Do you ever know you can earn $10 an hour to test a website or app? Yes, this is the latest online earning trend. Why not give a try?

Trymyui.com

Suits all.
This website also pays $10 a test – make sure that you take up the qualification tests after registering.

Userzoom.com

Suits all.
It’s been a long time since I used this website, this website rarely sends testing requests via email but don’t underestimate. I’ve heard that this website also pays well.

Zazzle

Suits all.
Publish your designs on thousands of products and set your own royalty rates. For eg., customize a T-shirt, Zazzle prints and ships it to the customers.

You get a royalty for your design. Though earning is small, still a good place to earn money online.

Flyerzone

Suits all.

Customise T-shirt, bags, sandals, notebooks etc., online and earn the royalty for your design.

Printrove
Suits all.

Customise T-shirt, bags, sandals, notebooks etc., and get it printed and shipped anywhere inside India. Very well suits people who have a good taste in design.

You can either set up a shop on Amazon or Flipkart, get an order, and outsource the rest to Printrove.

Amazon + Printrove

Suits all.

Printrove is a Print-on-demand company, they have a set of products like T-shirts, Coasters, Mouse pads. You can either give them your design to print on or choose one from their repository. Then, sell it online via Amazon to reach the market. Interesting isn’t it?

Flipkart + Printrove

Suits all.
Pick a predefined T-shirt design from Printrove, set up a shop on Flipkart, get the online order, submit it to Printrove.

They print, ship on your behalf.

Instamojo
Suits all.
An ambitious woman who holds a bachelor degree in agriculture had mind-blowing organic food products but she never knew how to take this to the market.

Somehow she contacted me for the idea, the solution was simple
Instamojo + Zepo couriers = business

 Etsy + Printful

Suits all.
Customise T-shirt, bags, sandals, notebooks etc., and get it printed and shipped anywhere in the world. Very well suits people who have a good taste in design.

Creative market

Suits who have a good creative sense.
Are you good at creating logos, WordPress plugins, themes, photoshop files etc.,? The best place to sell your creative digital goods.

Flippa

Suits all.

Make money flipping websites.

Skillshare
Suits all.
Interested in tutoring? Try this.

iWriter
Have good writing skills? Write product reviews, articles, essays, summaries to make money online.

Step 3: Profile Picture should be YOUR photo.

Be proud to show your face!!

Clients want to see who you are before they commit. They crave to work with a real person than any bot, and they desire to confirm it.

Here is an example.

How to earn money online in India

Be proud to show your face!!

Clients want to see who you are before they commit. They crave to work with a real person than any bot, and they desire to confirm it.

Step 4: Hold a Compelling Linkedin Profile

Hold compelling LinkedIn profile, and have it linked on your freelancing profile. 99% of clients look upon LinkedIn to verify your identity.

How to earn money online in india

 Most of my freelancing clients  looked upon my linkedin profile before awarding me a project. 

And if you have a great linkedin profile, freelancing assignments assured.

Step 5: Take up the tests, add your badge.

It means a lot. Here is an example.

Showing your test badges builds trust and confidence to your clients. It clearly states that you are really very serious about the online job.

how to earn money online in india

Step 6: Good English is a must.

Communication is the key. You’ve to understand your client’s requirements, and must be as expressive as possible to expedite your project.

Not confident?

board, school, blackboard

I picked up the conversational art from the following English movies,

  • Pursuit of Happyness
  • Hitch
  • Blood Diamond
  • Body of Lies

E-mail draft or Pitch writeup or blog post, my master guidance is always ‘Grammarly.’ Writing like a pro. Guaranteed.

Here’ s an example from Grammarly, and it’s FREE.

The plugin automatically corrects my grammatical mistakes and punctuations. This way, my freelancing clients won’t doubt my writing skills.

FREE Grammarly plugin which corrects my English mistakes

Best HACKS to improve communication

Watch English movies (no dubbed ones please). You must listen to the English talks and negotiations very precisely. Start with the subtitles on.

E-mail draft or Pitch writeup or blog post, my master guidance is always use FREE ‘Grammarly.’ Writing like a pro. Guaranteed.

Step 7: Respect Freelancing Website’s Policy

Few of my clients requested me to drop out of freelancing platforms to build a business, although I denied. Why? I respect the platform’s policy. 

shield, security, protection

Freelancing platforms make extensive security checks to onboard an employer. Think about their financial investments! Throwing them away just like that is not good karma. If found guilty, your whole ecosystem is gone.

Step 8: Use licensed software, please.

Let’s do some good karma.

Software development involves tremendous efforts, try not to acquire software illegally. Let’s not be happy on somebody else’s cost. Invest in licensed softwares; it gives you enormous credibility.

software, cd, dvd

No cracked versions of softwares, please.

Let’s not be happy on somebody else’s cost. Invest in licensed softwares; it gives you enormous credibility.

Software development involves tremendous efforts, try not to acquire software illegally.

Highlight all the licensed software in your profile, clients will love you.

Step 9: Go with verified clients.

I’ve been into online business since 2012.

Lovable clients. Long-term clients. Runaway clients. Fraudulent clients. I’ve seen them all.

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One lesson I wish I had known before as a beginner: Work with verified clients. Go through the employer’s profile in detail, and see how fellow freelancers reviewed him. Should you work with him? Mistakes do happen, don’t worry!

My first earning was $25 from oDesk (now Upwork). I underquoted a massive project for $25 which I realized very late.

I knew I’m going to be overused. If I terminate the project, my new profile may get a black mark. But if I finish this project considerably, there is a chance of a high rating. I chose to finish with great commitment. Result? 5-star rating.

When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade out of it. I mean it.

So, what’s your next move? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below.

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