Today’s powerful smartphones are capable of doing virtually everything. But we bet you didn’t know they can make you money, too. That’s right; there are a bunch of apps you can use today that can put money in your pocket.
In this article, we’ll take a look at apps that can help you save money on your daily purchases, earn money for completing basic tasks, and so much more.
Google Opinion Rewards
Earning money from your phone can be done in less than 20 seconds thanks to Google Opinion Rewards. The app uses your Google search activity as well as your location history via Google Maps to send you relevant surveys. Each survey takes less than 20 seconds to complete and will reward you with up to $1 upon completion. Once you’re done, the credit will be instantly transferred to your Google account — no waiting necessary. Do note that you’re rewarded in Google Play credits so it can only be used on Google services like the books, movies, and apps on the Google Play Store, or as a method of payment with Google Pay.
From the makers of Cash App comes Make Money. This is a great all-in-one option when it comes to methods of making money from your smartphone. From watching videos and sharing posts on social media to using their affiliate offers, there are many ways to make money with the app. After you’ve accumulated enough credits, you can exchange them for a PayPal Payout and spend it however you like. The user interface is easy to follow, and you can complete most of the tasks with just a few taps!
Similar to Ibotta, Rakuten awards you with up to 40% cash back on items you would normally buy. There are more than 2,500 participating stores — including Walmart, Amazon, Groupon, and Expedia — and you can set the app to notify you when there are new coupons available. If you choose a specific item you want to purchase, Rakuten will also show you which stores are selling that item and how much cash back you would receive from each store. Moreover, Rakuten is currently offering a $10 Welcome Bonus after you make your first purchase on the app!
What’s better than having money? What about turning that money into more money? Investing is a popular way to grow your wealth, especially over a long period of time, but many people don’t invest because there are barriers to entry. For starters, investing can be daunting, given the jargon and numbers used, and while you can invest through an investment management group, managers do charge fees. Robinhood clears at least some of these hurdles, offering users a free platform to buy and sell stocks (and cryptocurrencies, if you’re into that sort of thing). It’s also easy to set up your account and get to work. That can be a double-edged sword, however. Although Robinhood offers general stats and charts for stocks, as well as links to news stories about companies, it doesn’t teach you the intricacies of the stock market, or how to parse that data. If you want to make informed decisions, you’ll need to do your own research. If you’re looking to slowly grow your coffers for retirement years down the line, a more traditional approach to investing might be safer. If you want to play the stock market from your phone, without having to think about fees, Robinhood gives you the tools to do so.
Why not get money back for your everyday purchases? The Ibotta app helps you save money while shopping. All you do is check the app before you head out to shop, travel, or dine out, and add those cash-back deals to your phone. When you’re finished shopping, simply snap a pic of your receipt within the app and Ibotta will award you with cash back. The app works with your favorite retailers, too, including Best Buy, Lowes, Safeway, eBay, and many more.
Think of Shopkick like a game, one that awards you gift cards as you earn points, aka “kicks.” To earn them, you accomplish daily challenges, which might require you to walk into a nearby store or scan products in a scavenger hunt. Like Ibotta, you can also earn extra points by taking a picture of your receipt. Then, you just cash in those “kicks” for gift cards to Starbucks, Walmart, Target, Amazon, or one of the many other participating vendors.
Bored on a Sunday afternoon and want to do something more than just watch Netflix? Field Agent pays you for completing small jobs as you’re doing what you’re already doing, whether that’s shopping in stores, running errands, or even simply hanging around your house. The app asks you to take photos, answer questions, express opinions, or complete other small tasks. Each job generally pays somewhere between $2 and $12, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Let’s be real, no one really likes working out, but what if you were rewarded for doing it? With DietBet, you bet on yourself to lose weight with a group of other players. You choose one of two game types, Kickstarter, which challenges you to lose 4% of your weight in four weeks, or Transformer, which tasks you with losing 10% of your weight in six months. If you meet your weight-loss goal by the end of the game, you split the pot with the other players. DietBet claims that 96% of its players have lost weight and winners take home an average of $58.
StepBet pays you to do what you do every day: Take steps. Like DietBet, you place a bet on yourself, and if you accomplish your goal, you will split the pot with others in the game. You don’t have to move more or longer than the others in the game, just simply hit your goals and cash out. StepBet uses a signature algorithm to provide each player with daily step goals, and it will automatically count your steps using a variety of devices, including those from Apple, Fitbit, and Garmin. All you have to do is walk, climb, or even dance, anything to get your steps in and hit your goal.
The No. 1 app in health and fitness for the iPhone, Sweatcoin, converts your outdoor steps into gadgets, fitness kits, services, and experiences. You can also donate your Sweatcoins to partnering charities. Once downloaded, the app tracks and verifies your steps using your phone’s accelerometers and GPS location, before converting those steps into Sweatcoins. Every 1,000 steps you take outside converts into 0.95 Sweatcoin. It’s that simple.
Foap is a way to turn your photos directly into dollars. The app lets you upload your photo collection and sell it to well-known brands, including Bank of America, Air Asia, and Pepsi, among others. Foap also distributes your photos through partners like Getty Images, to help you sell even more photos. With Foap, you can upload as many photos as you want, and you’ll receive 50% of the commission every time you sell a photo. The feedback aspect of the app, which allows you to receive input from a growing international community of photographers, is just a plus.
Ever unlock your phone, only to forget why you were on it in the first place? Slidejoy is an app that lets you make money just by checking promotions or the latest headlines. Once registered, you will receive a card with news, or an advertisement, every time you unlock your phone. Slide up to see more news, right to access your home screen, left to see more information, and down to access your notifications. You don’t have to slide left to make money — just use your phone as you normally would.
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