Why wouldn’t a person want to have a little extra money in his or her bank account? I think most people would probably be happy to have that extra money and the subsequent financial security this would provide. Having a little savings is stress relief. A person can pay down debt or save for something like a new vehicle or home.
Whether it’s starting your own business or working a part-time job, here are 30 best ways you can earn extra money in India.
If you love capturing moments, there’s no better side job than photography. However, instead of attempting to be a jack-of-all-trades, you should focus on a specific area, such as weddings or capturing landscapes or taking pictures of models for a clothing catalog.
You can also earn extra money by selling your pictures to sites such as Shutterstock.
2. Cash in on Your Vehicle
If you want to keep your keys, then you can become a driver for Uber or Ola. One final option would be to register your car as an airport shuttle service vehicle and take people to and from the airport. One UberCabs driver mentioned that he earns around INR 90,000 per month easily with only ten hours of duty for one car.
3. Sell Used Items Online
One of the easiest ways you can make money on the side is by selling the stuff that you already own. You know that stuff that is choking you by clogging up your garage and closets. Thanks to sites such as Quikr, OLX and eBay, you can sell those items taking up space in your home without having to visit a pawnshop.
But what happens when you run out of things to sell? You could offer to sell other people’s junk, but it’s only fair that you give them a cut. So you may not make that much money going that route.
4. Rent Things Out
If you don’t want to part with any of your items, you can rent them out instead. Rentongo is a site through which you can rent out anything from furniture and adventure gears to video-game consoles when they’re not being used by you.
Besides the items floating around your house, you can also rent out your garage, parking space, or driveway–especially if parking is an issue because of a high-profile event. And don’t forget to list your home or spare room on Airbnb
Blogging is an excellent way of sharing your views and passion about any topic. Incidentally, it is also a wonderful means of making money online.There are many leading Indian bloggers who are making lakhs of rupees from blogging. So if you have a blog and have not monetized it yet, now is the time to act!
So start a blog today, write at least 2-3 posts about a niche topic every week. Become an expert in it, remember you are not going to make any money for the next 6 months through blogging or maybe an year. Make a Facebook page to support the blog and Twitter, connect with other experts.
6. YouTube Videos
The two best options to make money online, blogging is usually number one, followed closely by monetizing YouTube videos.
Create a YouTube account and upload a video about a trip you took or a video about how you made masala dosa in the morning. People have uploaded a wide-variety of videos and found success out of nowhere.
Usually for every 1000 views you will end up making around 5$ if most of your views are from India. And remember no money for first 12 months, but ship a video every 15 days.
7. Create Crafts
India has an incredible history and culture of arts and handicrafts. Every region in India has a particular craft as its specialty – from Rajasthan miniatures to Kalighat in Bengal.
Are you a creative individual who has the talent to design and create jewelry, clothing, furniture, or accessories? If so, then you could sell you works on CraftsVilla and make a decent amount of money on the side.
8. Event Planning
Are you organized, detailed, and actually enjoy planning out activities? Then why not give event planning a try? As an event planner, it would be your duty to find a venue, caterer, and entertainment for everything ranging from birthday parties to office parties and networking events.
You might want to consider making one type of event planning your specialty–such as wedding planning, which would probably be a full-time job on it’s own.
9. Writing Service
You make some extra money by writing content for other people, or to be more precise other people’s blog, because all they want is more and more content on some keywords depending on their business.
For starters you will get paid around 3$ for an article, as your progress and increase your ratings it increases to 15%. Some regular contributors make 30-40k per month through the the same. If you are not the one with delayed Gratification and want to see hard cash instantly, head to
10. Graphic Design
A graphic designer can best be defined as “someone who visually communicates the intended message of a project.”
In most cases, this is achieved through brand identity, which includes everything from designing logos, brochures, business cards, letterheads, catalogs, and packaging. Graphic design is in every part of business, and therefore it is in great demand. 99designs and DesignCrowd are some of the best websites to get started.
Do you posses a specific skill-set? It could be anything from sharing legal advice, informing businesses on how to become more eco-friendly, or assisting startups on how to get off the ground.
Consulting can be a lucrative side business since it’s easy and affordable to start, since you already have the knowledge and experience. And you can build your own schedule so that you can offer your consulting services whenever you have the free time.
Another flexible side job that doesn’t require long-term commitments is becoming a freelancer.
This could be anything from writing content or designing a logo to filming a product ad or becoming a virtual assistant, it just depends on your interests and talents. Freelancer.in and Upwork are some of the best portal to kick start freelancing. There are several websites and job boards to land one of the thousands of freelancing jobs available.
Do you want to build software, apps, or websites? Then take that interest and turn it into a profitable side job.
Of course, you first need to have an understanding of computer programming and coding, and settle on a specific programming niche. Once you do, you’ll be on your way to joining a fast growing industry that allows you to work whenever and wherever you want.
14. Affiliate Marketing
Some individuals have made a comfortable living through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, for those who don’t know, is where you plug a product or service on your website.
You’ll place a link with a unique code on your site and if a visitor clicks that link and makes a purchase, you’ll get compensated.
15. Direct Sell
Another tried and true method of earning cash on the side is through direct selling. Think Tupperware, Amway and Avon.
However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies that offer direct-selling opportunities that range from cosmetics to vitamins to pet accessories.
16. E-Book Publishing
Let’s say you have years of street photography experience and have maintained a blog that has shared needed advice.
You can put together your top blog posts and put together an e-book, such as The Ultimate Street Photography Guide, and sell it on your website or Amazon. If you don’t have any experience that you want to cash in on but have a knack for writing, say, sci-fi stories, then you can author and publish your novel on Amazon as well.
17. Tutor/Teach Lessons
Believe it or not, everyone has something they can teach to someone else. It could be anything from guitar lessons to how to speak English to a workout regimen at the local gym.
In some cases, you may be able to do this from the comfort of your home, but you can also do it at a local business, such as a music shop, or remotely through sites like Tutor.com.
If you’re skilled at, and have a passion for, cooking, then catering or baking is an excellent way to bring in additional income. This is a tough business to get into, but you should be able to easily cater or bake for smaller events like birthday and graduation parties, as well as weddings, baby showers, and local office parties.
If you decide to cater or bake on the side, stick with the items you’re best at. For example, if you can make top-notch cinnamon rolls, then stick with that instead of trying to bake something that you’re not as skilled at.
19. Technical Assistance
Can you repair a computer, a light switch that won’t turn on, or fix electronic gadgets? If you’re a handy individual and have the right skills and tools, then you can start your own repair business on the side. I know several people who started out small, with repairs for hire, and eventually have made a really good living out of it.
20. Part-Time Side Jobs
This may sound vague, but there are more than enough businesses looking for part-time help. For example, your local pizzeria could be in need a delivery person on the weekends. It may pay minimum wage, but with the inclusion of tips, you could easily make several hundred dollars a month.
Check out the classifieds in your neighborhood and see if there are any businesses looking for part-time help.
21. Hustle at Your Current Job
This may not be an actual side job, but there are several ways that you can earn extra money at your full-time job. They include: working overtime, referring new employees or customers, and offering to work on the projects no one else wants to do.