It fascinates me that people still think online earning in Pakistan is a myth or a scam – sigh, they’re still living in a cave. On the positive side, there are thousands of people who are actively searching on how to earn money online in Pakistan.
You must be one of them, that’s why you’re here, correct?
What This Guide is NOT About
Before I talk about how to earn money online in Pakistan, let me tell you this guide is not about those get-rich-quick schemes, PTC sites, surveys, pyramid schemes, or any other dubious way to make money online in Pakistan that immediately raises a red flag.
I’ve seen hundreds of websites that promise you’d become an overnight millionaire, which saddens me. Unfortunately, many Pakistani users fall for this trap. They pay upfront money, hoping they’d earn some quick bucks, which isn’t the case.
With that said, there are legit ways through which you can earn money online in Pakistan. Even if you’re not from Pakistan, you can still reap the benefits from this blog post.
One of the easiest ways to make money online is through freelancing. It has recently become popular in Pakistan and thousands of people are actively doing freelancing work on the internet.
In a nutshell, freelancing allows you to work from anywhere, at any time, without any restrictions. Consider yourself self-employed.
If you’re good at writing content, become a content writer. If you’re good at designing logos, become a logo designer. The possibilities are endless.
Below are some of the categories which are extremely high in demand:
- Logo designing
- Content writing
- Voiceover artist
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
- Social media marketing (SMM)
For beginners, freelancing is the easiest way to make money. You don’t even need a capital. How cool is that?
Registration on freelancing websites such as Fiverr, Upwork is free.
Dropshipping is one of my favorite ways to make money online. It is not very popular in Pakistan, but a huge hit in different parts of the world.
The reason why it’s not a well-known online business model in Pakistan is that it requires capital.
You have to spend money in order to make money if you’re dropshipping.
So, what’s dropshipping?
Dropshipping allows you to sell products without even having to stock them. You’re basically the middle-man.
You don’t need a fancy warehouse to start a dropshipping business. You only need a supplier.
This diagram will help you understand the dropshipping model:
Let’s say you’re selling a cat necklace for $10, and buying it for $2 from a supplier. Your profit after selling the cat necklace will be $8. That’s dropshipping in a nutshell.
AliExpress has the largest number of suppliers with millions of products. If you’re looking for dropshipping suppliers, AliExpress should be on the top of your list. It is the arguably the favorite website of dropshippers, including me.
How to Start a Dropshipping Business in Pakistan
You also need a payment gateway such as 2Checkout, and a few products from AliExpress that you’d list on your store.
Once you have setup your store, you need to find customers who’d come to your store and make a purchase. Let me briefly explain how you can drive traffic to your store:
- Facebook Ads – An extremely powerful platform to acquire customers. If you have money to spend and aren’t afraid of losing a few hundred dollars, you must try Facebook Ads.
- Instagram Influencers – One of the easiest ways to making sales on your store is Instagram influencers. Find related Instagram pages to your product(s), purchase shoutouts from them for a couple of dollars, and you’ll immediately see results.
- SEO – Search engine optimization takes time. You need to write content, build backlinks, and wait a few months before you start seeing organic traffic coming to your store.
I have done a detailed post on how to use Shopify in Pakistan. Be sure to check it out if you’re interested in starting a dropshipping business in Pakistan.
Affiliate marketing is how I began my online journey back when I was in school.
In a way, the business model of affiliate marketing is quite similar to that of dropshipping. However, you don’t need a supplier or a store to make money through affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing allows you to make money by promoting other people’s products. It’s also called performance-based marketing.
You pick a product you like, promote it on your website or social media, and earn a commission whenever you make a sale.
How to Find Affiliate Programs
To earn commissions from affiliate marketing, you have to join affiliate networks that list products and allow affiliates to promote them.
- ClickBank – One of the leading affiliate networks. It mainly focuses on physical products, such as eBooks and subscriptions.
- MaxBounty – Another highly reputed affiliate network that promotes cost-per-acquisition (CPA) and cost-per-sale (CPS) business models. You’ll find many physical, as well as lead generation offers to promote.
- Amazon Associates Program – One of the oldest and largest affiliate networks in the world. Amazon is a globally trusted brand, which is why it is extremely easy to refer customers to Amazon.
How to Promote Affiliate Offers
Once you’ve joined an affiliate network, it’s time to promote affiliate offers and bring home the bacon.
Let’s say you’re promoting the Red Tea Detox program from ClickBank. How do you drive customers to the advertiser’s website?
You can either start a free blog or a premium one, the choice is yours. If you’re tight on budget, create a free blog on WordPress.com.
But if you have some money to spend, invest in a domain name and web hosting. Set up a professional looking blog and drive traffic.
Once you have set up a website, write content related to the red tea detox program. Get some keywords ideas from Google AdWords Keyword Planner and write content based on the keywords you have selected.
You can even ask the vendor on ClickBank to provide you a review copy. Some vendors will be happy to give you a review copy of their product(s), others won’t.
This is the old-school SEO approach to affiliate marketing. It takes time, some money, and patience to start getting organic traffic from search engines to your website.
Another way to promote affiliate offers is YouTube.
If the vendor gives you a review copy, you can do a video review on YouTube. Wait…but what if you’re camera shy?
The answer is; Fiverr. Hire someone else to do the work for you. Outsource the video testimonial project to a Fiverr seller and they will record a video for usually under $10.
Are These Online Business Models Sustainable in the Long Run?
There are thousands of freelancers, affiliate marketers, and dropshippers like me who are working full time online.
What I have outlined in this blog post is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other online marketing strategies through which you can earn money online in Pakistan.
All of the strategies I have discussed are not one-hit wonders. They work in the long run – they have been working extremely well for me.
Remember, when you’re starting out, stick your guns to one business model. Don’t just go all over the place and start freelancing, affiliate marketing, and dropshipping altogether. This is, without a doubt, the most common reason why many people quit in the middle.
Learn to take baby steps, devote time, have patience, and a positive mindset. Be an optimist!
Questions? I’m sure yes. Feel free to ask your questions in the comment section below and I will get back to you. 🙂