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How to Earn Money From GitHub?

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 09 Oct, 2021

GitHub really is an amazing web-based platform helping more than 60 million developers, programmers, or users shape their future in an open-source manner. And when it comes to making a business open-source, then it means a freemium model is there which can satisfy the hunger of many clients and tech-organizations located across the GLOBE just by sharing thoughts in terms of codes or writing solutions like blogs, articles, and guest posts. But have you ever thought that this freemium business model is comprised of ample opportunities which you can use as an earning machine in your side hustles with much confidence?


Exactly, after you create your GitHub repository by Signing up on the official site, you will come across a lot of ways by virtue of which you can feasibly earn in dollars just by working for fewer hours. But the condition is that the solutions you are proposing to the clients like developers, programmers, or other members of a company must save their time as well as money. Let’s take a look at the ways listed below helping you earn from GitHub without forcing you to make compromises like leaving your current job, borrowing 10 or 20 thousand for learning a new skill, or any other.

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1. Monetize your GitHub Repository

Monetization of your GitHub Repository, if done well, opens up a couple of doors through which developers, companies, or clients connected with GitHub will understand the value you will provide through your projects. Such a value is very important and will pay you dollars for creating, managing the projects of users, developers, and possibly companies. Perhaps, you have a software library whose potential you don’t know but the same is exactly known to the developers or the companies ruling the current market. Or some tool is created by you which can minimize the code complexity. Therefore, if your GitHub account is monetized, you will get the love and support of community members comprising of testers, developers, or company owners and they will purchase the same since, with your tool or software library, their businesses can give good returns and hence, they are now dependent on your tool/library. Having the curiosity to know the steps of GitHub monetization!! Take a look below: –

  • Open the Settings option after you Sign In successfully.
  • Scroll Down and Click Sponsorships from the features section. Then, you should hit the Set up Sponsor button to enable your sponsorship.
  • Review the Funding mechanisms available and make changes if required.
  • Hit Commit New File and you are all set to get sponsored for your projects at prices of 100 dollars or more.

2. Open Source Projects

GitHub has been entertaining open-source projects for a few years. Mainly, they are related to coding but if you have a passion for writing on trending technologies like Symphony, Android, Flutter, Python, JavaScript, and so on, then also you may get started with earning money. Curious to know what the process would be to work on any of those open-source projects!! After you create your GitHub account by signing up successfully, you will be browsing a marketplace where clients that may either be a developer or coder pay the amount after you complete the tasks assigned to you in the form of GitHub pull requests. Here, your coding skills will matter a lot and through them, as soon as you answer the requests with appropriate solutions, the same will be reviewed by the team of community members keeping an eye on every request processed in a sequence of GitHub repositories. Later, you will be paid (just like Abi Noda earning up to 4K Dollars per month with his PULL REMINDER tool helping a lot of development teams make their code review process better than before) as soon as the solutions you have offered start solving the queries proposed by the clients. 

3. Local Events

GitHub entertains many Local Events mainly in the form of workshops. Additionally, you may also discover that talk shows, chat shows, or quiz shows are entertained by the worldly-renowned Internet-Hosting provider none other than GitHub either on trending development tools or ideas related to opening a startup or running an open-source project successfully keeping in mind the existing market conditions. But there is a condition (before any of the Local Events may occur) and it is – the person leading any of those events may participate one-time and that too, in a duration of six months. Furthermore, his/her designation would be GitHub Campus Expert, and to run the event successfully, GitHub will be paying $1000 to every ambassador representing GitHub either in a college, university, or a school. Anticipating if anybody can take part in the process of earning an active source of income!! See, the point is the opportunity is mainly for the students or teachers trying harder to enlarge the space where their skills and expertise combine together and brings out the best version of outcomes in the forms of accomplished GitHub projects running either in a School, College, or University. Let’s know now the steps of enrolling as a GitHub Campus expert: –

  • Browse 
  • Hit Start your Application box filled with blue color. 
  • Fill in all your info. carefully and submit the application at the end.
  • Wait for February 2022 as the next batch will start then, not before…….  

4. Find GitHub Repositories and Solve the Issues

A GitHub Repository is a place where all your project’s information like files (.yml, .md, .txt) and folders (for instance somefolder – it is an alias name of the folder and you can change it in accordance with your requirements) are centrally and securely stored. Deeply involved with thinking about its benefits!! So, a repository of yours and others as well let the companies, clients, developers, programmers, or other advanced-level tech-people know that if any issue arises related to coding or any technological upgrade, you can solve any of them better than the competitors standing next to you with their repositories. Indeed, making perfect and on-time contributions in the form of solutions to any of the tech-related issues faced by the clients or companies is a bigger challenge. The reason is that there are other GitHub Repositories and you don’t even know how proficient they are with their current project skills and the related expertise. So, you should be handy, in terms of negotiation, with the repository manager. This will help the manager recognize the actual worth of your contributions while solving the issues in accordance with the requirements of the companies or clients. Willing to take a step ahead and offer your key contribution!! Do read the listed below steps and apply for creating your GitHub repository: –

  • Search for 
  • Type well the repository name. Then, add a description of the project.
  • Choose/Select the circle before Public. 
  • Now, initialize your currently-created repository with README.
  • In the end, hit light-green colored CREATE REPOSITORY. That’s all and now, you can use it.

5. Bug-Bounties

I am pretty sure you are aware of what BOUNTY means actually? If not, then you simply relate it with an amount of money say $548 or even more that is paid to you generously or non-generously by the person encouraging you to get his/her work done at the time he/she needs the same. Now, the term bug-bounty means a bug is there in front of your computer, phone’s screen and you will be paid some good amount after you solve it. There are various types of bugs like functional, syntactical, logical, unit-level, or performance-related and every developer/programmer is neither proficient in solving them nor able to find the time many times to remove them completely. GitHub here comes to rescue them with its bug-bounty initiative (powered by HackerOne) giving a hat of money and comfort to many developers, researchers for finding the critical or mid-level vulnerabilities related to the security of the software(s) either of third-party people or bigger tech-ventures. Meditating if they are paid only a few dollars say 1500 or even less!! 

Of course not, because the bounty hunters (those participating actively in GitHub’s bounty programs and paid beyond $20000 as per the average response time) are helping in bug identification and resolving any of the bug-type before a user identifies the same. All this is returning profits to those companies or third-party people in longer terms as they are able to save time and efforts in reporting the bugs having extreme difficulties and resolving them. Let’s know a bit about how you can also enroll in such in-demand bug-bounty programs: –

  • Visit
  • After the FAQs option, click at the top on Submit a Vulnerability.
  • Wait till you are directed to the HackerOne page. 
  • Kudos!! The option of Submit Report is there and now, no one can stop you from being on the list of top 10 bounty hunters.

So, with the above-mentioned points, you can potentially earn a lot through GitHub and the repositories with which you are enrolled. Besides, there are other programs released by GitHub for instance GitHub Stars Program, Careers Section which let you contribute the contributions various community members are looking for. And the interesting fact is that you can’t shout out loud and say,” I am a GitHub Star”. To become the same, you need support in the form of nominations and all this will be pre-checked thoroughly by the GitHub team in a maximum span of 90 days. Then, the time of receiving extra perks like SWAGS and other GOODIES from the team won’t be that far and you can show off those perks amongst your friends or coworkers for better recognition. 

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