How to start earning money online in Pakistan? That’s the question everyone is searching on the internet these days. When I started working online in 2010, nobody would believe me. However, people now ultimately find in Pakistan that they can make money online, but they don’t know how to do it. I’m here to share the steps with you.
Who can make money online in Pakistan?
The answer is clear and simple. Anyone with the skills and understanding of the process can make money online in Pakistan.
You might be wondering what specific skills are needed for this process. My answer would be any skill that can be used online.
A few examples would be:
- Content Writing
- Graphic designing
- English teaching
- Mathematics teaching
- Web development
- Mobile apps
- Counseling (any topic)
- Consultancy (any topic)
- Advisory (any topic)
- Making videos (any topic)
I have listed just a few examples. There are thousands of topics. In simple words, you can make money online if you have any demanding skill.
Best Ways to Make Money Online in Pakistan?
There are many ways one can start earning money online. I’ll list all of the popular methods here. You may find something interesting and then just jump into it. Time is money, if you have time then start learning today.
1. Make Money with Blogging
Blogging is a popular method to make money online in Pakistan. In this method, you have to create a blog/website on WordPress or Blogspot and then start publishing articles. You can create your blog on any topic. For example, you can create a blog on travel or medical or fashion.
If you are unsure about which topic to select then simply click here and you will find the complete list of hobbies for anyone. You can just find out which hobby is best suited to you and then just start working on that.
For starting a blog on WordPress, you will need to buy web hosting and domain name which will cost you around $50 USD per year. I recommend buying from a reputed company. I personally use these three companies and I will suggest these to you too for creating your new blog.
You can make money with your blog when you receive visitors from search engines like Google and Social Media Networks such as Facebook and Twitter. You can earn by applying for Google Adsense, which is an ad network pays publisher for displaying ads.
You can also use affiliate marketing to make money with your blog. Amazon.com, Commission Junction and ShareASale are a few examples of affiliate marketing sites where you just need to create an account and start promoting related products on your blog. You will get a commission for each sale you make for these sites.
You can also sell your course or any other product on your blog. But the main thing is the traffic. If you receive visitors on your blog then converting traffic to money is not a problem.
2. Making Money with YouTube
Another popular method these days is YouTube. For YouTube, you don’t need to invest anything. You can create your YouTube account within a few seconds. However, you will need to select a niche/topic for your channel and then make videos regularly for your targeted audience.
I have created a complete course on YouTube in Urdu which you can watch and also can read the article I have written on this topic. If you read that YouTube series then you won’t need anything else to understand that method. You can watch my course right here if you understand Urdu and Hindi.
3. Making Money with Freelancing
Now, this is very interesting. Pakistan is the 3rd largest market for freelancing. You can also try your luck in this field because as far as I know, it has great potential. Freelancing is a type of work that you can do from home and you will get paid for small projects.
Fiverr.com is a website where freelancers offer their services to clients worldwide. You can start your service with $5 USD and can go up to $5000 for different services. I would suggest you visit this website and check the categories on their home page and you will see a lot of topics. You can select the topics in which you have the expertise and then create gigs for that.
Upwork.com is another platform for freelancing and this is great because you will find solid customers from top-paying countries like the USA, Canada, UK, and European Union. I’m personally working on Fiverr and Upwork and I like Upwork more because the service is very high quality.
There are many freelancing platforms but you can start initially with Fiverr and Upwork and then you can expand. 99design.com is specific to designing and peopleperhour.com is also a great place to offer your services.
4. Making Money with eCommerce
Now, this thing is very awesome. People are making tons of money using eCommerce in Pakistan. If you listen to my advice, then I would say that selling online is the best thing to do today and tomorrow.
eCommerce is simply creating a store and selling something online. You can set up a local store to sell only in Pakistan or you can sell to international customers from the same store. However, if you create an eCommerce store then it will cost you a lot of money for the website and its maintenance.
Now, what solutions are there? the first solution is Amazon.com. You can become a seller on Amazon and start selling your products on Amazon. Amazon doesn’t support Pakistan for seller accounts, but you can use your friend or relative abroad who can set up an account for you.
People in Pakistan are doing this way and you can also create a US company on your name and then start selling on Amazon using your company name. I will suggest you join this Facebook Group for learning about Amazon in Pakistan.
If this option doesn’t work for you then you can simply create a store on Shopify.com and do drop-shipping. In this business, you will either get products from Amazon or Aliexpress and then sell to your customers directly. Your customer will order on your site and you will order amazon or aliexpress and will send the product to your customer directly.
If you can’t do eCommerce at the start for international clients then I will suggest starting a local eCommerce store and sell only in Pakistan. When you have experience then you can expand your business.
5. Making Money with Facebook
You can make tons of money on Facebook. How do you do that? simply by posting videos and photos on your Facebook page and attracting more & more people. When you reach 30,000 engagements on your videos and photos, you will be able to apply for Facebook ad-breaks.
The Facebook monetization is similar to YouTube monetization but Pakistan is currently not supported by Facebook Monetization. However, as every problem has a solution, you can simply make someone as admin to your page form a country that is supported by Facebook monetization and you will be able to apply for Facebook Monetization and earn from it.
You can also earn from Facebook using instant articles but for that, you need a website/blog which you can use to apply for instant articles. Instant articles is a way when visitors visit your site/blog from Facebook and they see Facebook ads on your articles. You get paid via bank transfer. Many people are doing it and you can do it too.
6. Make Money with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a little bit advanced technique to make money online but still one can do it if they learn how to master it. There are many affiliate networks that you can use to generate a huge income online.
List of Affiliate Networks:
- Commission Junction
These are just a few names. There are thousands of affiliate networks. What you need to do is to create a campaign for a specific product, find the target audience for that product, and then run your campaign.
You can create a niche blog for a specific product and then display the affiliate link in the content. When visitors buy the product using your link, you get a commission for that. People also use Google ads, Facebook ads, and other methods to drive sales to affiliate links and get huge commissions.
7. Making Money with Airbnb/Agoda
This method is unique. If you have a room or empty house, then you can put that for rent on Airbnb or Agoda, and you can make a lot of monthly cash. What you need to do is just hire a person who can clean and make up that room for guests, and you will manage the sales online.
If you have a room in big cities like Lahore/Karachi/Islamabad etc then you can simply make $500 to $800 a month on Airbnb (This estimate was given to me by Airbnb). You can also put the same property on both Agoda, Airbnb, and booking.com too. I’m not sure why people aren’t making money using this simple method.
How will you receive the payments?
People in Pakistan think, how will we receive the payment if we work online? well, earning money online is difficult but receiving the payment is not. Most of the companies you work with will pay you through bank transfer or Payoneer card which works in Pakistan.
Google Adsense pays via Western Union which is available in Pakistan. A few companies in the affiliate marketing will pay you using Paypal but that’s a very small percentage and you can easily make a Paypal account in Pakistan with the help of a friend. I will write a separate article about how to make a Paypal account in Pakistan legally.
But again, most of the companies will pay you through bank transfer, Payoneer, and Western Union so you don’t need to worry about payment.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding making money online in Pakistan or any confusion on this topic as I’m making money online since 2010 and I have created this blog to share my experience.