Welcome to a post talking about how you can make money online in Indonesia!
Indonesia is constantly being victim of tons and tons of internet scams. Many people just jump into any program so congratulations for doing research before looking into the program!
Indonesia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is also one of the most populated countries that are out there.
With so many people to target, scammers are being more and more ingenious about scamming you in Indonesia!
In this article, I will go through 10 LEGIT ways that you can make money online from Indonesia. Whether you are looking for some side income or a full time income, this will give you various options to delve into.
Some of the ways don’t require you to work that hard and in return you also get petty cash. Some of the ways are more long term, hard work required, but it also gives you the stability of long term income.
Let’s get started!
Indonesia is an incredible country.
It has an estimated over 17,500 islands!! It has one of the best beaches in the world. It has one of the largest populations in the world. And it boasts hundreds of different ethnic and linguistic groups.
Java is the most populated island in the country of Indonesia.
Because Indonesia lies near the equator, it has pretty even temperature all year around. So if you don’t like extreme weathers, Indonesia might be a great place to go!
With Indonesia being one of the most populated countries in the world, there are so many opportunities to tap into the massive amount of people there.
Agriculture, oil, mining and the automotive industry seems to be the major ways on how the economy runs in Indonesia.
Indonesia is also a very heavy export industry bringing in billions of dollars every year through it.
However, technology is a rapidly growing sector in Indonesia. With more and more people having access to mobile phones and computer, there is a huge boom in the entertainment industry as well.
You can go through this Wikipedia article for further information about the economy of Indonesia.
The internet usage in Indonesia has grown rapidly over the years. In 2009, only 6.9% of the people used the internet. Fast forward to 2019, that number has risen to 47.7%.
And it’s growing faster than ever. Just from 2018 to 2019 there was a jump of almost 10%!
That is a whopping number of over 129 million people!!!
This is huge!
What this means is that there is a huge amount of potential for those that are seeking additional income or a full time income online in Indonesia! You can leverage the massive number of people using the internet already to make profit out of what YOU are passionate about!!
You don’t need to just get one paycheck. You can be your own boss and get an additional income or make full time income in your passion.
Now, let’s get started with 10 ways that you can make money online right now from Indonesia!
When you want an online presence, the first thing you want to have is a website. You simply can’t gain long term trust and authority without a website no matter what your niche is.
You’ll see a few ways here that doesn’t need a website – all of the ways that doesn’t require a website is a short term solution without much option for increasing income.
Capterra is one of those methods where you can get paid easily without needing to put in a lot of hours up front.
The main idea of Capterra is to provide reviews for every day softwares (eg. Google Doc, Paypal, Skype etc.) and in return you get paid $5 – $10. You do need to get verified though to make sure you are a legit person and not just a robot.
Typically once you get verified initially, your reviews get approved pretty quickly and you can start building your cash pile. However the initial review process could take upto 3 weeks so you do need a bit of patience.
The main hurdle with this option though is that there is a very limited income potential. You can earn at most, $100 per month, for giving reviews in Capterra. So, even though it is easy and quick income, it is not long lasting.
I recently did a review on Capterra here on this website so feel free to go there if you want to learn more about this.
Similar to Capterra, being a Clickworker is also a fast way to earn income, but it also is very restricted in your earning potential.
I’ve talked about couple of platforms that you can use to be a Clickworker – mainly Google Opinion Rewards and Clickworker.com – so feel free to go to the main articles and read more directly about how to sign up in them.
Being a Clickworker is slightly different than giving reviews in Capterra. Unlike Capterra, where it could take weeks for you to get verified, you can start earning right away being a Clickworker.
This task requires you to go to nearby restaurants and post a picture or write comments in a website or do some searches for things that are being asked for.
In essence, it’s a pretty straightforward and a simple job that anyone can do. This is also why you get paid so little for this type of online work. You’re looking at getting paid from $0.3-$2 depending on the task that you complete.
With some perseverance, you could make up to $250 if you choose to go this route. Similar to Capterra, this is definitely not something that you can do full time.
Do you have a certain passion? This could be a perfect way for you to make profit out of the thing you love while you enjoy the amazing climate in Indonesia.
You can literally build a website in 30 seconds.
You don’t need to know any coding or any technical stuff. Nowadays, it’s extremely easy and fast to make a website.
You may need to purchase domain and hosting to build you brand later, but you can start out for free while you get started.
Once you have a website, you can use that to sell advertising space, get commission when you feature other people’s items or even just sell your own product/service. There are tons of 7 figure online businesses right now that started off with just a small blog from someone that had passion in what they did.
Arianna Huffington built an empire with Huffington post that is make multi-million dollars yearly.
Some things to note:
Be specific if you want to choose this route.
Big websites like Huffington Post can have topics in every area they want because they have a lot of staff that can help them with it! If you’re just starting out, you want to be as focused as possible so you don’t confuse the reader with what your website is about.
In website term, it’s called a niche. The more specific you are the better. It’s better to start small and then go broad than vice versa.
See how you can leverage your location expertise.
This is not Indonesia specific – it can be relevant for anyone, living anywhere. But, since I’m assuming you living in Indonesia or are Indonesian, tap into that source of knowledge that many people don’t have.
Even though you have a global audience, you can leverage your local knowledge to provide some things in your website specific just to that location. This will allow you to be trusted in that location very quickly at least, before you can get authority from all over the world.
Think of helping people!
You want to find what people want and align it with your passion. As I said above, you can leverage your location expertise to really know what people want.
If you are helping people, you will be able to have trust and authenticity. And locals will especially fall in love with you. There is a high rise in internet usage in the country, but not as many people that are actively looking to make money online.
This is a big advantage you have to really get an upper hand!
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Believe it or not, selling advertising space has always been one of the top ways to rack up money seen ages. It used to be in billboards and then once TV started to get popular, it was TV ads.
Now, it’s ads on the internet. Advertising space can be an easy way to earn income without having to sell any products.
Your earnings will depend on how many viewers see the ad displayed on your platform. It can be in any platform that you like whether it’s a website, YouTube channel, Instagram page, Facebook page or any other platform where you have a good traffic flowing.
The negative side of this option of earning income is that you may need 100,000s of viewers before you can make a full time revenue just using this option.
This is where location expertise could be useful because you could amass a big crowd by providing people what they need in that targeted niche.
If you have products or already own a business in Indonesia, this might be a great way to reach more customers as your items can be sold anywhere in the world.
As Greece doesn’t have it’s own Amazon store, there were rumors about how Greece wasn’t allowed to participate in the Amazon Seller Central. But, this is completely untrue and as of 2020, anyone living in Greece can sell products anywhere in the world.
The easiest one for shipping purposes would be to select one of the stores in Europe. They have 6 marketplaces in Europe – all of which Greece is eligible for. They are:
However, if you’re a resident of Greece, you are also eligible for the Amazon store in the US. You may have higher shipping costs if your products are in Greece to ship to the US, but this could be an option if you feel US is a good target market for you.
The best part is, there are a lot more people in Greece that are buying off Amazon now! So, you could make a good amount of income just selling items within your shores.
A downside with this option is that it requires a physical product for you to earn income. If you don’t have that, you simply can’t sell anything on Amazon.
YouTube is the #2 most visited website in the world after Google. More than a billion hours of watch time is spent on YouTube worldwide daily!
YouTube is a goldmine if you are really looking to generate traffic and earn a full time living. If you live in Indonesia, you could probably attract tons and tons of viewers by just going around and recording what you see day to day in Indonesia.
Indonesia is such a beautiful country and a lot of people in the world don’t have the means to travel so you showing them Indonesia would add a lot of value in their lives.
But, nowadays, there are a lot of travel videos so pick a niche that interests you.
If you need help figuring out how and what type of YouTube channel you should have, check out the series above. It gives you a good, easy to follow method for you to leverage the platform.
Because Indonesia is gaining traction with the amount of watch time it gets from its local residents, you could even start a channel that is just solely based in Indonesia! Something that only a local would be interested in.
It’s a huge opportunity!
If you love to take pictures, this could be a solid option for you.
You could make a good chunk of money with this option if you are diligent and build your reputation. Some of the popular and easy ones to get paid from are:
- iStock Photo
- Getty Images
- Adobe Stock
Like with anything that can last long term, it’s not a get paid quick kind of thing. If you really want to make money full time with this, you need to put in the initial hours of proving that you can take good photos.
You might even be asked to showcase some photos that you have already taken or maybe even asked to go take a photo of some of the things that they ask for. Once you pass the test is when you can start getting good clients and higher pay.
Some things to note:
Watermark your photos
People will steal your photos if you don’t have it labeled as yours. Unless it’s sold and you’ve gotten paid, you want to hang all of your photos online with your watermark.
The last thing you want to do is to have people download your hard earned work without paying your for it.
Use a high quality camera
This would be a given but just wanted to highlight it here so you don’t forget. Yes, nowadays phones are just as intricate as many advanced cameras out there.
But, phones still have limited functions. If you are serious about making money this route, you need to take your camera seriously too.
Edit your photos
One of the best ways to make your pictures stand out is by adding a little effect. You can use softwares like Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or Skylum Luminar to make your photos look better.
Editing photos is part of a photographers job where you make a great photo look stunning by just touching it up.
This method is perfect for those of you that don’t have their own products, don’t have much of a budget and don’t have a lot of followers/online presence already. It sounds impossible right!? I was shocked when I first heard about it.
Personally, this is the method I used to get started online.
If you’ve ever used Uber, you might have noticed how you can earn some cash for your next ride whenever you invite someone into Uber from the link they give you.
This is exactly the concept of promoting other people’s products. In internet term, it’s called Affiliate Marketing. The idea is to promote a product that you don’t own and you get a commission every time someone buys that product.
A popular and an easy way to start is by going to platforms like Wealthy Affiliate which not only teaches you how to start selling products but also gives you the tools to take action if you wish to proceed with this route.
Some things to note:
This method definitely can be lucrative but it requires some patience. It’s easy for people to make even 6-7 figure income with this method once you get the ground running though.
So don’t come in thinking you can make quick cash like Capterra or Clickworker. But, you can also expect a good full time income if you put in good solid 6 months to a year of hard work.
May need to be approved
Not all products will allow you to promote their products. If you are only starting out, you may get rejected if you don’t use the right strategy and description.
It’s important you get the right training before you jump in so you don’t make any errors or mistakes. Some of the highly lucrative products that could give you good commission can ban you for life if you don’t ask for approval correctly.
If you are already a teacher or have expert skills, this could be a good way for you to earn. A lot of people are using the internet daily and asking for help online from Indonesia.
This number is rising rapidly as you read this. So, what you teach may not even need to target people outside Indonesia.
Think about what you exactly want to teach and then use one of the following platforms to sort out all the logistics for the course that you build:
You can literally teach anything you’d like. Anything that can have an audience and interest in learning. One of my friends used the same strategy to rack up $40 in just one night.
Some things to note:
Have a website first to show credibility
Look, if you want people to buy your training/courses, they need to trust that you are authentic, genuine and someone that knows what he’s talking about. The best and easiest way to do that is by building a website and laying out your work there.
Have some social media pages
Social media is by far the best way to connect with your audience. If they see that you are a real person just like them, they will believe you and know that you are not just after their money.
My suggestion is to stick with one social media to begin with before branching out to a bunch of them.
Know your stuff
Your content needs to be legit if you’re going to have good reviews from your potential clients. Yes, they need to pay to get your course or training that you’re providing.
But guess what, they also have social media and they also have friends they can share their experience with. If they find out that what they got wasn’t worth it, they will just write a bad review and tell their friends not to sign up.
You may have heard of the phrase ‘flipping houses’. This is similar where instead of houses, you flip domain names!!
What does this mean?
Think about domain names as a real estate. Each name has a different value to the other. If you can buy a domain name is the market needs or may need in the future, your domain name will have a high value.
People will be looking for you to buy that domain name off your hands because it’s so valuable.
You can go to popular domain sites like GoDaddy, Hostinger or Wealthy Affiliate to check what domain names are available and buy them if you feel it could have good value.
Some things to note:
It requires patience
A lot of times selling a domain for a higher price requires time. If a domain name was already valuable, it would have been bought already. So, it could take a few months or even years before you can resell that domain name for a higher price.
Pay attention to the news
Nowadays, so many domains are taken already. It would be very rare for people to not already have a domain name bought if it was popular.
How can you combat this? Well, if you are aware of daily events and the news, you could forecast what could occur in the future. This knowledge can be leveraged for some valuable domains.
Use local knowledge
Sometimes thinking local is the way to go. You are an expert where you live because you are aware of day to day events there.
Take advantage of that. If you’re in Indonesia, take advantage of the little insights you know already about there and buy domain names that you think might be valuable.
Big money is not certain
With domain flipping, you can’t guarantee your paycheck. You will definitely earn money but you don’t know when that will come in. There is a level on uncertainty here that might not be wise for those that are risk averse.
In addition, some domains may not do well at all so you profit margin may be very low anyways. Unlike some of the other options in the list that can guarantee full time income if you put in the work, this method is not like one of them.
Look, I think Indonesia is one of the best places for you to make a living online from! With so many people in the country and the internet usage at an all time high, you can absolutely be making very good money working online full time!
You can really get a big scoop of this pie as it’s still an untapped resource..
You don’t need to start off wanting a full time income if you already have a full time job. Use it as something that you can make side income with.
If you’re a student, this is a perfect opportunity. I wish I had known about the secrets to make money online when I was a student.
If you are serious about making money online, not only can you make money, you can absolutely 6-7 figures from Indonesia! With Indonesia being a relatively cheaper country to live in, imagine the amount of savings you could have and use it to really alter your future!
Go through the options that give you full time income options and be committed to it. You will see the results.
If you are lost or unsure where to start, start where I did. It’s simple, free, easy and I will be there to support you.
Don’t fall into the trap of believing making money online isn’t possible for you! It absolutely IS possible for you!
Look, here’s the bottom line.
Do you just want a side hustle or do you want to make a full time living online? Answer this question and you’ll have an easier time making the decision.
One program that I would recommend for you would be a program called wealthy affiliate. It has one of the most helpful communities with a solid training that nothing can beat it for long term success.
For me it was a no brainer because I wanted to get out of that 9-5 rat race and the office politics that I absolutely hated. You make your choice. If you’re serious about it, take action.
It’s free to join for you to check it out. If you don’t like it, you can always leave.
I’ll also attach the successes that I’ve personally seen from the platform so that you can get inspiration from them too.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop them down below.
Parmi is a young entrepreneur who started GetPaidWorkingOnline website to help folks from every corner of the world make a living online. Parmi is a trained affiliate from Wealthy Affiliate, which is a community designed to help anyone make an online business with zero experience! Read his story here.