It’s rare to go anywhere these days and not see the majority of the people you run into with their eyes glued to their phones. While I’m sure the majority are posting their lattes on Instagram or thinking their lives sound way may important than they are as they voice the injustice of having to stand in line. The horror! Some, however, may actually have found a few apps that will pay you money for a few seconds of your time.
There are quite a few articles out there sharing how to earn money with apps. Some of the lists are huge, but many of those apps aren’t worth your time. Some take way too much of a time investment to see any return. Or, they just don’t have enough opportunities available.
This list may be shorter, but I’ve handpicked my favorite ways to make money from your phone. Many of these I have tried myself and been impressed with the possibilities or uniqueness. And, there’s a pretty good mix here. You are bound to find something of interest whether you are looking for local task-based work or passive income through investing.
I love Ibotta and was able to earn over $1,200 with the app in 2016. You make money with this app by grocery shopping. It’s kind of like couponing without the clipping. You simply select the available rebates for items on your grocery list and scan your receipt. Money is deposited in your account within 48 hours. You can then get your cash by PayPal. Get $10 for a limited time when you sign up through this link.
Who doesn’t love Swagbucks? This app lets you earn “SB” in so many ways like taking surveys, shopping online or playing games, but many of my readers love racking up SB (Swagbucks) watching videos in their spare time. You can cash out your SB as gift cards to hundreds of merchants or get your cash by PayPal.
Shopkick lets you earn “kicks” that can be redeemed for gift cards and other rewards by completing simple tasks like checking a store for a display or checking a price. In some cases, you may even earn a few “kicks” for just walking into a store. There are even a few online activities that will earn you rewards. Download the app for iOS or Android.
Giving rides to strangers not your thing? No problem! You can still earn with Uber by simply doing deliveries. You set your own schedule, and earn when you want to. You don’t even necessarily need a car – depending on the laws of your city of residence, you may be able to make deliveries using your bike or scooter. Deliver with Uber also lets you make deliveries using a wider variety of cars than permitted with UberX – 2-door and 4-door vehicles are both accepted and just need to be model year 1997 or newer. You still must be over 19, have a valid driver’s license and insurance, and pass background screening. You can deliver packages, flowers, or even food for Uber, and listen to whatever music you wish during the ride! Uber advertises that most deliveries are door-to-door, meaning you’ll walk into the restaurant or other business, pick up the items for delivery, and then take that delivery right up to the customer’s door. Peak times – meaning the best times to make money! – tend to be around lunch (11 AM – 2 PM), dinner (5 PM – 9 PM), and late night (after 12 AM). Fees are calculated based on a pickup fee, drop-off fee, and a per-mile fee. Start your application here.
News flash! I'm pretty lazy. This has only gotten worse since I started working from home 11 years ago. When I pulled my Fitbit out of the drawer recently and found I was only putting in around 1,600 to 3,000 steps per day, I knew things had to change. And not just for a few days. For good! I joined a StepBet which is a step challenge app brought to you by the same folks behind DietBet. I bet $30 that I could meet my step goal for 5 weeks (the first week was a warm-up). These challenges will only net you a few bucks in profits – if you meet your goal – but it's motivation to move. Just what I needed!
Want to start the New Year off on an active foot? I'm hosting my own StepBet starting January 1, 2019. It’s a fun 5-week game where we’ll motivate each other to stay active and win some cash in the process. To join, download the StepBet app and type in game code WORKATHOME.
This is another cash back opportunity that earns me quite a bit over the course of a year. While we traditionally think of Ebates as being a website, they also have an app that provides in-store coupons and allows you to check prices. You can even connect your favorite credit card, or apply for an Ebates card, to earn cash back on in-store purchases. Ebates pays quarterly by check with a $5.01 minimum. For a limited time, get a $10 gift card when you sign up for a free account through this link.
7. Inbox Dollars
Everyone’s got opinions, so why not earn rewards for them? Sign up for Inbox Dollars and you’ll immediately start earning by taking their surveys about products you use and places you visit in your everyday life. You can register at the site with your email address. It’s free to join, and you can take the service mobile by installing their app on your phone. (It’s available for both Apple and Android devices.) Once you’re in, just answer questions! In return for your opinions, you can earn cash via Paypal, gift cards to top brands like Amazon and iTunes, and be entered in their prize draws. Once you sign up, you’ll be asked to take a “getting to know you” survey. Once you’ve earned $30, you can start redeeming your earnings in the form of a check, prepaid Visa or Inbox Dollars eCard which you can use at online retailers like Target and AMC. Get a $5 bonus when you sign up here.
A bit of spare time and a spare room. That’s all you need to get started earning extra income as a host on Airbnb. Whether you want to become an entrepreneur and work for yourself or you already have a full-time job and just hope to make some extra cash in your free time, you can find what you’re looking for on Airbnb. You get to choose when and how often you host. You can share a spare room in your apartment, host your whole home the next time you’re out of town, or create a listing for a vacation house if you have one. Airbnb makes it simple to earn extra money by putting your extra space to work for you. Find out how much you could earn here.
9. Field Agent
Field Agent is very similar to GigWalk. You will be completing tasks locally that typically pay $3 to $12 each. You may be checking store displays or prices or doing consumer surveys. You can get your cash by PayPal with this one.
If you sign up with these apps that will pay you money, I highly recommend making a list of where you have signed up, your login information and how payments are made. You can then check your balances on a monthly basis especially in the case of those you visit infrequently or involve investing. This will help you keep tabs on your earnings and ensure you don’t forget about any money you have available should an emergency arise. And apps are a great way to make money on the side for those!
If you are trying to lose weight – aren't we all – and need some motivation and accountability, check out HealthyWage. This app allows people to place “bets” on their weight loss and earn up to $10,000 for meeting their goals. Additional prizes are available for keeping those pounds off long-term. I don't know about you. But what's a bigger motivator than money? This one offers step challenges as well! Get started here.
You probably have tons of old clothes that you've outgrown or have gone out of style. Those outdated Christmas gifts or bargain bin deals have left your closet overflowing with items you haven't worn in years.
Luckily, apps like Poshmark make it easy to get rid of your things while making some money. Simply take a picture, write a description, add a price and wait for someone to make a purchase. It all takes under a minute.
Similar apps include letgo and Vinted.
Chances are that you have accumulated quite a library over the years. You probably have books you've already read and even more that you will never read. There's no reason to hold on to so many novels when libraries and eBooks exist. Why not free up some space and get some cash instead?
BookScouter allows you to scan barcode numbers and look at buyback prices from retailers. Plenty of bookstores are looking to stock their collection and need your help to do so. I did this recently and found over $40 of unwanted books I have been dusting. Off they go! Check out BookScouter here.
Similarly, CDs and DVDs are becoming obsolete thanks to streaming services and digital downloads. If you've got extra electronics laying around, consider selling some on Decluttr. Sell your old CDs, DVDs, video games, cell phones, tablets, music players, and other things. Plus, shipping is free. All you have to do is print the shipping label, box your items, and send away.
If you have unwanted stuff around the house in other categories, letgo may be able to help you sell it locally. This app has over one million downloads on just Google Play! Unload that old furniture, those Air Jordans, or even your old car. New to the platform is also real estate – both for sale and rent. The possibilities are endless. Check it out here.
You can make a fortune off the stock market these days. Just ask Warren Buffett. But how do you start investing when you don't understand how the market works?
Take a look at the Acorns app. Link to your bank account and it will round up your purchases and put the spare change in stocks. Additionally, the app will give you an extra $10 just for signing up. Maybe you'll get lucky and invest in the next Starbucks.
Stockpile is an app I have been using for a little over a year. It allows you to buy fractional shares of your favorite stocks. You can invest as little as $5 to start. There are no monthly fees. They charge 99 cents per buy/sell. Moving money to and from your bank is free. You can also reinvest your dividends at no charge. You can even open a custodial account for your kids. Get $5 to put towards your first trade here.
All investments involve risk, including the risk of losing money. Before investing, consider your investment objectives, financial resources, experience, risk factors, and investment fees.
17. Wag Walking
Wag is like Uber for dogs. It connects walkers with dog owners. Most dogs need at least half an hour of exercise a day. Bigger breeds like German shepherds and huskies need at least an hour or two each day. Puppies are especially energetic and need to be walked to let some of it loose. However, not everyone has the time or energy to walk their dogs.
That's where Wag comes in. You can book walks simply by clicking a few buttons. You'll earn about $18 for a half hour walk and $21 for a full hour walk, though rates depend on location. Plus, you can earn bonuses for advertising and tips. On top of all that, you get to exercise with your furry friends. Who could resist?
Phones aren't just for calling and texting anymore. Now you can earn a substantial income just by clicking a few buttons on your device. Fill up your free time with useful apps. Get some extra money to pay your bills. You might not get rich off these apps, but you'll certainly have fun getting a bit of money.