I have been writing about various online jobs and how to make money online in Sri Lanka for quite a while now. I have tried blogging, affiliate marketing, FOREX trading and hundreds of other methods to make money online. So far I’ve had the greatest success with affiliate marketing and FOREX trading. However, what worked for me might not work for you. So below are few online jobs in Sri Lanka that almost anyone can do.
This is not an exhaustive list. These are the ones I’ve tried and had success over the years. But many new opportunities are coming out every day. Always be on the lookout for new opportunities.
The Internet is a place of countless opportunities. Although there are some blockers like PayPal been send only in Sri Lanka, in general, nothing is stopping you from making money doing these online jobs.
Doing Freelance work
A very attractive option especially for university students. When it comes to freelance work in Sri Lanka, it is mostly about designing websites. But if you are good at other programming languages then there are lots of opportunities available for you via the Internet. Check out my article about freelance work in Sri Lanka and where to find freelance jobs to learn about websites that offer freelance work outside Sri Lanka. Make sure you follow the steps about creating a good profile with proper descriptions etc before bidding for optimum chance of getting jobs.
Data Entry work
For people who don’t have the programming skills and designing skills but who have some free time to earn some money then data entry work might be a good choice for you. Keep in mind though that just because you have an Internet connection and some free time you cant do data entry jobs. You have to have some basic English knowledge, satisfactory typing speed and the ability to deliver on time. Most data entry work advertises themselves claiming you can do your work at your leisure but this is not always the case, once you accept a job you have to deliver within a certain time period. Check out my article about Data entry work and where to find free data entry jobs in Sri Lanka.
One of the most profitable methods to make money online but can lead to significant financial losses if done without proper knowledge and experience. This isn’t somethings you can learn in a day and start doing straight away. More than the computer literacy what you need here is a sound understanding of how the currency markets and financial markets work. If you are willing to invest some time to learn the methods this could be a great income source for you. If you are still interested then check out FOREX trading in Sri Lanka.
Article writing is pretty similar to blogging but the key difference here is you don’t have to worry about the tedious tasks of upgrading software, managing hosting, designing layout etc. There are sites out there that offer you all the tools you need to write articles. With those tools, it is very easy to add links, images, and videos to your articles and by maneuvering the blocks you can format the article so it will look much more pleasing to the eye. In each of those articles Adsense, Infolinks and various other affiliate links are shown and you get a share of the earning for writing those articles. For example, a website like Hubpages shares 60% of there advertisement views with you so you can make some decent money through them.Join Hubpages for free.
Another website that I use is Squidoo, they are a bit picky about what you write but if you are writing good relevant articles that are full of useful information then you won’t have a problem with them. The great thing about these article sites is because of there internal linking you get a boost for ranking in search engines which in turns bring your more traffic and more money. Join Squidoo for free.
Along with article writing my best source of income. It is not easy to start a blog write content and build it up to a profitable blog but once you achieve that it is a great source of passive income. You need to learn a bit about search engine optimization, managing hosting etc for you to be successful using this method. If you are looking for some quick money then this is not the thing for you. Although I make well over 200$ per month now during my first month way back in 2007 I made less than 3$ from Adsense. If you are pursuing blogging then you need to be passionate about your blog as well and if you start it only for the money then I doubt you will make much from it.
Another very profitable way to make money online. In very basic terms, affiliate marketing is selling someone else product and making a commission from it. Pretty similar to marketing with the only difference being everything is done online. You do need a way to get traffic to your affiliate link and having a blog helps a lot in that regards. Otherwise, you can choose alternate methods like paying for advertising similar to Google Adwords. There are few affiliate programs especially for Sri Lankans where you have a higher chance of succeeding. E-Soft Affiliate network is one such opportunity. Read this post to learn more about affiliate opportunities especially for Sri Lankans.
PTC and PTR sites
This is popular among Sri Lankans but unless you have lots of referrals then you won’t be earning much. Usually, you get about 0.01$ per click so for you to make at least 1$ you need to click 100 ads or read 100 e-mails. Of course, if you can sign up few more people under you then you can make some money but I wouldn’t recommend using this method unless you can sign up few more people under you. I do not recommend this at all.
After three years of doing various things to make money online, I still haven’t found a survey company that actually have surveys for Sri Lankans. Most of these sites require you to pay some money to join and even the free ones are mostly scams that are notorious for not paying up. I would stay well away from survey sites.
Listed above are some free online jobs and Internet jobs that you can do to make money online. Visit the given links if you want to learn more about each opportunity and to find out websites which you can join for free and some more free resources.
Any other online jobs in Sri Lanka?
These are some jobs I have personally tried over the years. Some of them I still do. If you’re from Sri Lanka and successfully making money online using another method do mention in the comments. I will try to add it if it’s a legit method.
PS – Please don’t leave your mobile phone no or e-mail address in the comments section asking me to find a data entry or similar job for you. If you cant follow this simple instruction then you have very little chance of making money online anyway :-).