I get this question quite often in my email about how can I make money online without any sort of investment because <ANY REASON>.
To be honest, you don't need an investment at all to get started online. To get started blogging with WordPress using BlueHost it hardly costs 4.95 USD per month. At current elevated Forex Rate is just 300 INR per month or rather 10 Rs per day which I am sure is less than the cost of internet connection which they are using to email me those question.
I am sure anybody who has a computer and an internet connection in India can afford 10 Rs per day expense but being an Indian I can understand that people are more than happy to invest online when they know for sure that it will work rather than experimenting to see if it works or not. So let me share with you how you can make money online without any sort of investment i.e. not even investing a single penny before you make money out of it.
1. Make Money Online Doing Freelancing
Freelancing is something anybody can start without investing a single penny. You can create account in sites like to get started with Freelancing you need to Elance, vWorker or oDesk and get started bidding on Work you are comfortable doing.
I personally use Elance and you can see my profile at Elance to satisfy yourself before you get started. Though Elance is not completely free, you can get started as a free user. Free users will have limited connects per month to bid on projects and if you want to bid for more projects, you may need to either wait for next month to get more free connects or upgrade your membership. To learn more about bidding process on projects read - Top 5 Ways to Turbo Charge Your Freelancing Career
Apart from Elance I have also used vWorker in the past but now I mainly use vWorker as Employer.
2. Product Reviews on Free Blogs
Online freelancing is more or less confined to Programming, Web Design or may be to an extent Admin Support but they are very technology oriented and there are very few freelancing tasks available for other areas of interest like Physics or may be economics or any other subject as such and so online freelancing in sites like Elance, vWorker or oDesk may not work well. Does it mean you cannot get started online without investing money?
I am sure you read books for the subject of your interest and you can write views and reviews about those books on free websites by WordPress.com or hubpages. They offer free site on a subdomain like shabbirbhimani.wordpress.com or shabbirbhimani.hubpages.com.
Now you may have a question on how you can make money out of those views and reviews.
In your review you can drop links to buying those book from Amazon.com or Flipkart.com and you can make money from sales generated from your affiliate links. You can see a working example of my review of Jago Investor Book. It has Flipkart's affiliate links embedded into it.
3. Drop Ship Method of Selling on eBay
You may argue that both the above options are for people who are more into techy things and not for someone who is not very technical at doing things online or rather you may not be very fond of writing. You can still make money online. Let me share with you how.
All you need is have an option to click pictures. Take a picture of a product that is available in shop next-door or market nearby. I live in an area where there is a very big market of shoes. I just need to visit a good shop in the market, click picture of shoes using my mobile phone or camera and then list that product for sale on eBay with the clicked picture.
Once I have made the sale on eBay, I collect the money from the buyer into my account, buy the shoe from my next-door shop or market and ship it. I didn't even need to invest money buying shoes before making a sale 😀
Share your views in comments and finally I have to ask - Can you find any other reason for not getting started making money online? Sound off in comments.