Internet access and a digital device can open a world of opportunities for you. It is also possible to make money online that does not require you to have a specific qualification requirement or experience.
However, make sure you verify the authenticity of the website before you enter any kind of agreement. Also, while these may seem like easy ways to earn the extra buck, it requires consitency and dedication, like any other job, for it to give any significant results.
Paid-to-click (PTC) is an online business model where one can make money by clicking on and reading advertisements for around 30 seconds and receive payment for doing so.
These PTC websites act as middlemen between the viewers and the advertisers. It charges the advertisers for driving online traffic and with the same revenue pays the clickers for their time.
The payments are made in the form of money or gift cards.
The service may be extended to completing surveys, playing games, etc where you will be required to provide your feedback on a company's product (like the game) or take a survey being conducted by the company.
Note: There are multiple fraudulent websites that claim to offer these service. Make sure to verify the authenticity.
Google AdSense is an advertisement service whereby publishers of content get a chance to make money by placing ads on their website. These ads are managed, sorted and administered by Google.
However, making money from AdSense is not as easy as the PTC site. You can either start a website, or a blog (using Google's blogger) or a YouTube channel (also a Google product) wherein you create content and drive traffic to your work.
The money is driven by the number of people that visit your website or channel. You will be paid for the number of viewers that see the ads or click on it.
To earn a higher income, you need to make content that drives greater traffic to the website, blog or videos.
If you have the skill of making handicraft or any product that can be shipped to customers, you can open an online store and start selling.
Apart from dedicating a website for your product, you can tie up with large online retailers like Amazon, Flipkart, Zomato or Swiggy to help connect you with potential buyers and help you with making the delivery.
If you can make products like a mugs, rugs, designer wear, etc, you can sell these on Amazon or Flipkart. You need not make these products, you could even be a dealer who buys from producers.
Online selling is also big for chefs and cooks that lack an infrastructure for a restaurant or would like to drive higher sales than usual. Food delivery apps like Zomato and Swiggy enable order pick up and drop for food-makers.
Services by these brands are highly reliable and help you save on dedicating time and money towards marketing and delivery. You will, however, have to invest in packaging expenses as expected by the online retailer's standards.
There are online website services that connect users with clients looking for freelancing jobs. These are popular among writers, graphic designers and software developers who have the freedom to work for Indian as well as international clients and sometimes earn in dollars.
If you do not wish to engage with a middleman, some content websites also connect directly with writers, graphic designers and software developers to create work that is paid on project basis.
These jobs not only allow the freelancers to work within the comfort of their home but gives them the opportunity to work as and when they can. It is also ideal for those looking to build their work portfolio at the early stages of their career.
5. Online market trading
There are multiple stock brokerage companies that allow you trade in equities, commodities or any investment instrument of your liking using just an app on your phone. However, stock trading comes with a great amount of unpredictability where you can stand to lose your money.
You will have to keep yourself updated with news in the business and political world and study the complex aspects of financial market on a regular basis.
With an internet connection, you have a plethora of websites and videos to read news and learn how to invest in the stock markets.