By Jen M, contributing writer
Looking for a way to make some extra cash? We’ve found 15 mobile apps that will help you make money. From taking photos to answering survey questions or capturing help wanted ads, these apps can help you make money in your spare time.
What can be better than saving money? How about earning money at the same time? And you don’t even have to do anything special – just go shopping!
Ibotta is one of the most popular cash back apps out there and has been featured on Buzzfeed, Good Morning America, Forbes, ABC News, Mashable and TechCrunch.
It allows you to save money and earn cash back on your everyday purchases at retailers like Target, Kroger, Walmart, Whole Foods and hundreds more. Ibotta works in over 300 retail chains, restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, home improvement centers, pet stores, and pharmacies nationwide.
Earn cash when you buy groceries, clothes, order food, use your favorite app – you can even use it to shop online. Ibotta pays you via PayPal, Venmo or gift cards.
Ibotta users have earned over $45 million dollars.
Earn Up To $20 in Bonuses When You Download and Join Ibotta today!
How about an app that pays you just to use your phone? The SlideJoy App is an app that you can download to earn money for unlocking your Android phone.
Here is how you can make the most money:
- Use your phone as you normally would (so there’s no need for you to constantly lock and unlock your phone)
- Actually swipe on the ad (left or right) instead of bypassing the lock screen by pressing the home button
- Refer friends (since the more users we have the more advertisers we would have)
- You sign up through Facebook
You don’t even have to engage with the app to earn money and you can cash out their earnings via Paypal/several gift cards or choose to donate it to charity. There is no minimum amount to cash out and your earnings never expire.
The only thing that some may view as a con to this app is the waiting period. You can cash out three months after you earn your money. So, for example, money earned during January 2017 can be cashed out on April 31st 2017. However, this can also been seen as a plus, as it allows you a higher payout.
Slidejoy is more for supplemental income, as it won’t make you a ton of money, according to my research most users average about $5 a month, but keep in mind that it is still free money for something you are doing anyway. You can download Slidejoy through Google Play.
If you have an Android phone and are interested in earning up to $20 by completing simple and easy tasks than this is one app you need to check out. All you need to do is download the app, find nearby tasks and complete them to earn cash.
Do as few or many tasks as you’d like. Successfully completing tasks builds your status resulting in access to more and higher paying tasks.
Task compensation varies by the complexity of the request. Bonuses will sometimes be given for social actions like sharing a product with friends. Payments are distributed through either a linked GoBank or Paypal account.
- Tasks range in scope and involve all types of information that can be collected on a smartphone (photos, product data, multiple choice questions, etc.)
- Record wait time at restaurant
- Photograph a promotion in-store
- Count the number of products on a shelf
- Rate the quality of customer service at a store
This is definitely one of the more highly reviewed apps out there in terms of ease of use and ability to earn cash quickly and easily, and has a rating of 4.4 stars on the App Store.
Have you ever thought to yourself how nice it would be if you could earn money by doing something that you love? (I know I have).
Well, with Foap, you can. Featured on ABC News, CNN, BBC, in The New York Times and Mashable this is a free app that lets you turn your photos into money!
Every time you sell a photo you get 50% of the commission. Every mission is rewarded with a prize starting with $50.
What are some of the things you can do with Foap?
- Create your own web portfolio for buyers to see your photos
- Get feedback from other Foapers
- Enjoy unlimited uploads that can be down straight through your phone
- Cash out through PayPal
- Sell photos through Foap Missions to brands like Nivea, Bank of America, Volvo Group, Absolut Vodka, Air Aisa and Pepsi.
Foap also distributes your content through partners, such as Getty Images, to help you sell even more of your photos!
There are two types of people in this world: those who have the motivation to exercise, eat healthy and stay in shape and those of us that don’t. But now, there is some good news for those of us who don’t – and it is called Pact.
Pact is an app that does something pretty cool – it pays you cash to work out and stay healthy! And, it holds you accountable if you don’t. According to the Google Play Store: “Earn cash for staying active, paid by members who don’t. Stick with it, and Pact will motivate you to hit your health goals week-to-week!”
So, how does this work? There are 3 different types of Pacts – gym pact, veggie pact, food logging pact – to help you stay in shape, eat more veggies, and log your meals. You can choose to commit to one or all of these Pacts.
Pact is flexible and rewards are based off the number of days committed and completed in your Pact.When you sign up for a pact, you select a certain amount–$5 or $10–that is deducted from your credit card or PayPal account for each day you miss.
If you meet your Pact, you get a cash reward for each day committed, paid for by those who didn’t make it. Rewards have generally been $0.30 to $5 per week, depending on the number of activities committed.
Pact has been featured in The New Yorker, CNN, Shape, Men’s Health and Techcrunch and was featured as an Editor’s Choice item in a PC Mag review.
How about an app that is like having your own personal garage sale in the palm of your hand? Mercari helps you to buy and sell millions of items such as clothes, electronics, fashion, jewelry, handmade items and many more in just seconds! It is fast, free and simple to use. They do not charge any membership or listing fees and offer 24/7 support and peace of mind – The payment is held until the item gets delivered and the buyer verifies that it’s as described. Millions of people are buying and selling on Mercari’s marketplace every day, which means it’s easy and fast to sell almost anything!
- Search or browse our virtual garage sale for new & used items in over 10 categories.
- Famous brands such as Nike, Victoria’s Secret Pink, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Michael Kors.
- Communicate with your sellers & buyers right from the app.
- Share your listings to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to tell others about what you’re selling.
- Browse and sell fashion and accessories for men and women, electronics, decor, books, vintage items, and so much more!
- Confirm and track your shipment – The app notifies you when your item has shipped and is delivered.
- Secure transactions – All purchases are securely and digitally processed.
- Open 24/7
- Message sellers directly, check out the item, and buy it before it’s gone.
How many of us would not enjoy getting paid to shop at our local retailers or eat at our favorite restaurants? Mobee is an app that makes it possible for you to earn huge rewards and tons of cash to go to places you already know and love.
Places like McDonald’s, CVS, Starbucks, Chipotle, Staples, Walmart, Target, Walgreens……It is pretty simple. Mobee will connect you to thousands of businesses near you that want to hear your feedback on their stores, and in return you get rewarded with awesome prizes, gifts, and cash. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in rewards have already been given out.
- Complete fun and exciting Missions at places you already shop at.
- Get points to redeem for vacations, gift cards, and shopping sprees!
- Take photos, use timers, scope out the store — you have the power to influence businesses.
- Be your own boss, earn money and have a great time doing it, wherever, whenever.
- Earn extra cash for inviting users!
The missions (what Mobee calls your secret shopping assignments) are based on your location and each one is worth a certain number of points. The map shows you the locations based on distance, the number of points and any requirements for each mission (some do have specific requirements such as taking pictures or locating specific products so make sure you read the instructions completely). Filter options allow you to narrow your options by distance, points of brand.
Once your mission is complete you earn points. Your points can be exchanged for gift cards within the Mobee App rewards section.
Gift cards start at $5 and go up to $100 values. The lower gift cards are available to eBay, Sports Authority, and Staples. You can also exchange points for free Redbox rentals. PayPal is an option but the PayPal gift card starts at $50.
IQ offers a very simple and straightforward premise: get paid to share your opinion. And if there is one thing that all of us have, it is definitely an opinion! But unlike other apps that pay you to complete surveys 1Q is a little bit different: Their surveys only have one question each – and they pay you instantly, via PayPal. Companies pay 1Q $1.00 per response, and they pay you 0.50 of that – not bad for about ten seconds of your time. Of course, you can choose the 0.25 payment to get more questions sent to you, with the lower payment option selected.
But, the description on the Google Store warns, you have to be quick! “The companies sending the questions and offers set their own time limits, and once they have received all the responses they wanted or reach the time limit, the “askvert” (an askvert is just their fancy name for a question or offer) will close. Our app will always show you if you missed any questions and your average response time, though.”
Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credit with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by the Google Surveys team.
This app is for Android users only (I did try to find a similar Apple version but didn’t really find anything) and while this app does not pay in cash it does have some great rewards. Completed surveys are redeemable for Google Play credits, which you can use towards Android apps, Google Music, Books, Magazines, or Movies in the Play Store. By filling out 1 or 2 surveys you may have enough credits for a Google App.
According to one review site: It “seems that high-spending, regularly shopping women get more opportunities for generating rewards with the Google Reward Opinions.” For those who do not fit into that category you can earn more surveys by completing regular shopping trips to well-known stores.
According to the Google Play Store: “Getting started is easy. Download the app and answer basic questions about yourself. We’ll then send you surveys around once a week, although it may be more or less frequent. You’ll get a notification on your phone when a short and relevant survey is ready for you, and can receive up to $1.00 in Play credit for completing it. Questions can range from, “Which logo is best?” and “Which promotion is most compelling?” to “When do you plan on traveling next?”
Keep in mind the credits you earn expire after 12 months.
Try free apps – Get Rewards. What could be easier?
Earn points by downloading free apps on your iPhone or Android device, and trying them for a minute.
Redeem your points for rewards such as: iTunes, Amazon, Starbucks, PayPal cash, and more. You can also use your points to get any paid app from the App Store for free.
You can also earn unlimited points by referring your friends: give them your referral link and you’ll get 50% of the points they earn. Another way to earn extra points is by opting in to surveys.
Available through Google Play. While it is completely free to join, there are a few points to keep in mind. Rewards can vary based on your geographic location and your points can expire from inactivity. If your account shows no activity for sixty (60) days, your points will expire and your account will be reset to zero.
11. Cash Pirate
Rated the number one best paying app for 2016 by The Joe Economy Cash Pirate has been downloaded over one million times. It is free from the Google Play Store (Never fear iPhone users, I did not forget you! There is a partner app called GiftPanda that is available for IOS and is pretty much the same thing). **Use Referral Code: OANTJM if you are going to download the app. You will get a bonus of 500 coins when you input this code.
With Cash Pirate you can get rewarded for trying free apps, completing surveys, watching videos, trying free games, inviting friends (Refer your friends and you will get 10% of all their earnings as well as 5% of all the friends your friends referred and Your referrals will get 500 bonus coins), free product trials, and more. You get coins for every completed task.
Once you have collected enough Pirate Coins you can swap for rewards such as Amazon, iTunes, Steam or PayPal cash!
One thing to note, this app does have a rating of Mature 17+.
When it comes to trying new products I (along with a few million others) like to read customer reviews. And when something has over 200,000 5 star reviews (source: Google Play Store), over a million downloads and a recurring theme of being both popular and highly regarded, chances are something is being done right. And AppKarma is all of the above.
AppKarma lets you earn PayPal Cash and Gift Cards when you complete offers (play with apps, watch videos, invite friends, etc …). You can redeem your points and receive your gift cards right inside the app.
How can you earn rewards with this app?
- Basic Rewards – Install and play with apps to earn rewards
- Karma Plays – Earn Karma Plays and you can get daily rewards for playing with apps you’ve downloaded.
- Karma Quizzes – Earn rewards when you answer Karma Quizzes correctly.
- Achievement Badges – Earn bonuses for your achievements (install 20 apps, invite a friend, etc …)
- Invite Rewards – Invite your friends, and you will get 30% of what they earn from app install offers.
What are some of the reward choices?
- Amazon.com Gift Card – Available in $1, $3 or $5
- PayPal Cash – $3, $5, $10
- Google Play Gift Voucher – $10
- iTunes Voucher – $5, $10
- Xbox Live Gift Card – $5, $10
- Playstation Gift Card – $10
- Starbucks Gift Voucher – $5
- Facebook Voucher – $10
- Steam Voucher – $20
There is also something special just for YouTubers called the AppKarma VIP Referral Program
According to their website:
- AppKarma will pay you to promote them on your YouTube channel. You should have a minimum of 1000 subscribers on your channel or can generate a lot of views when you post a video.
- You will earn 40% – 50% of what your referrals earn from completing app offers.
- Specific reward terms are determined during the approval process (we evaluate based on view count data obtained from Socialblade)
- You will also receive an upgraded referrer code so your referrals will get a larger starting bonus if they use your invite link / referrer code.
- You could earn ~$1000 USD if your video generates between 100k ~ 160k views. The top YouTuber has earned nearly $10k USD.
I must admit, reading about “viggling” on the website made me feel like I was watching a children’s tv show and would soon be expected to get up to dance and viggle (I know all of you with young kids understand) ) but viggling is what one does when using the Viggle app, which is described on their website as an “ innovative Rewards platform for entertainment enthusiasts.” Ok, so what, exactly, does that mean? Well, they go on to explain:
“Viggling starts when you simply check into your favorite shows or movies on TV or streaming. Not sure what to watch? Use the Bonus Shows section to discover new shows and find the best bonus point opportunities.”
“After you’ve checked into your TV program, look out for the 4X, 6X, or 10X Bonus Perk Point Badges. You can also earn more Perk Points by playing along with Viggle LIVE or participating in Quests and Streaks.”
“From the Menu, you can Invite A Friend to Viggle from Facebook, Twitter, and your address book.”
“Finally, make sure you follow Viggle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We often have secret Viggle LIVE bonus point opportunities that we announce only through social media.”
And what about the rewards?
You can redeem your Perk Points on your Viggle App for over 800+ Gift Card options, Prizes, or exchange your Points for cash with their powerful prepaid debit card, Perk Plastik. You can also Use Perk Points to enter sweepstakes for a chance to win Gift Cards or donate to over 1,000 charities including Autism Speaks, Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society and more.
It definitely sounds like they have all the bases covered with this one. Google Play users have rated Viggle 4 stars (with 122,782 total reviews) while Apple users (only 109 of those) have only rated it 2. My opinion? It definitely sounds like fun and worth a try……..so, come on and start Viggling!
“Be Rewarded. Anytime. Anywhere” That is the catch phrase on this app that is open to Android users worldwide (according to the website, an IOS version is currently being developed). The developers describe Tapporo as having a very simple main idea:
“If brands pay for ads and app discovery – the user that sees the ad and downloads the app should also be rewarded for his time and efforts! It just makes it beneficial for both sides! We want to allow people to get the things that they really want and need – for FREE! Anyone will be able to enjoy Tapporo!”
So, how does it work?
From the website:
“You earn ORO Coins by watching videos, installing apps and completing other offers.
You can then use your ORO Coins to purchase different prizes at the Tapporo Store.
Prizes range from PayPal and Amazon.com gift cards to Facebook Credits and even accessories for your phone!
We have cases, cables and other accessories available for major brands and models.
Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola – we got it all!
Tapporo will even automatically fit the accessories to your device! If you don’t see what you want to get – send us an email, we will add it!
New prizes are added every week, according to wishes of our users!
You can also enter Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes – and the chances are GREAT!
You can even earn ORO Coins just by inviting your friends to join! And when they will earn – you will also earn!”
The “About Us” section also goes on to say that what is import to them is:
- Best user experience
- Guaranteed payment
- Connection with our users
The 20,204 people that have reviewed Tapporo on the Google Play Store rate this app 4 stars, with over half (12,708 to be exact) of them giving it a 5 star rating. Tapporo was also featured in a 2015 review by Moneyjojo who named it #5 out of the Top 5 Money Making Apps of 2015. More recently it was also featured in the The Best Android Apps to Make Money and was rated #9 in the 20 Best Smartphone Apps That Pay You 2017.
It sounds like this one my be worth a shot.
15. Job Spotter
If you are looking to earn cold, hard cash then this is not the app for you. But, if you are an Amazon shopper (which I am) then this is a pretty easy way to earn Amazon gift cards. Plus, it is a great way to help local businesses. So what do you have to do? It is pretty simple, actually. You walk (or drive) around your local neighborhood and take pictures of Help Wanted or Now Hiring Signs. You then submit a picture of the sign (and the storefront), earn points and then redeem them for Amazon gift cards. According to my research, you earn $1 in the form of an Amazon gift card for every 100 points. According to Job Spotter they typically award 10 to 100 points per submission. And smaller businesses garner more points than chains. You can download this app through iTunes or through the Google Play Store.
By: Holly Melton, contributing writer
You’ve probably heard a lot about the wealth of opportunities to work from home and make money by doing gigs or freelance projects. There are more options out there than we can possibly list here, but they include things like driving for Uber, working as a virtual assistant, or taking freelancing jobs doing graphic design, web development, or just about anything else you can think of. But to survive, and thrive, in this type of work is sometimes easier said than done.
Here are a few tips for anyone looking to make online freelancing their full time job:
1. Find Some Jobs (plural!)
At some point, you’ve surely heard the old adage, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Working as a freelancer, this phrase takes on a whole new meaning. With any freelance or gig-based job, you’re likely to find an ebb and flow to the amount of work available at any given time. Some weeks there may be more jobs available than the workforce can reasonably handle, but equally, there are likely to be times when work is more scarce. Sometimes you might even find yourself wondering if the jobs are drying up permanently.
As a personal shopper, you might find a lot of work during the holiday season, but it’s likely to taper off significantly come January. Likewise, if you’re helping people with their bookkeeping, the weeks leading up to tax day are likely to be much more busy than the rest of the year. And of course, your bills will continue to come in, even if the jobs don’t. Because of this natural cycle, it’s a good idea to spread your work around.
Make sure you aren’t too reliant on one particular gig site for all of your work, because if they change their terms or fall out of fashion, you could find yourself jobless. If possible, you should build your profiles on a variety of sites, and include work from more than one skill set if you can. This way, when one revenue source is slow, you can look to another to maintain your income. Need some ideas? Check out our post on Ways to Make Money.
2. Make Space
Nothing can mess up your work/life balance quite like working from home. When you don’t physically “get away” from your office, it’s easy to begin to feel like you are at work 24/7. Of course, this is not a healthy way to live, especially long term. It can lead to increased job stress, insomnia, and a host of other problems that you would be best to simply avoid.
But how do you get away from the office when you live there?
Of course, the easiest option is to set up a home office in an otherwise seldom-used room. Maybe it’s time to convert that spare bedroom? The added benefit for this option is that if the space is truly only used for work, you can use it to gain extra deductions on your income tax. But not everyone has an extra, empty room to make use of.
Another option is to make your workspace something you can “close up” at the end of the day. For some, this can be as small as closing your laptop and putting it away in a drawer, or something larger like hiding your desk behind a curtain or screen. Others find it helpful to “get dressed for work” in clothes that are only worn during working hours, and then change out of them when work is done. Even if you’re still sitting in the same room, the change of wardrobe can help your body switch modes more completely.
Get creative with this, but make sure you find a way to mark the difference between “work” and “home”, even if in reality they are the same place.
3. Dedicated Work Time
Just like it’s important to separate your work space from your home space (however abstractly), it’s also vital to separate work time from personal time.
Many freelancers and telecommuters have fallen into the trap of allowing personal stuff to intrude on their work and vice versa. This is an easy trap because often when friends, neighbors, and relatives find out you’re at home all day, they think it’s okay to call or stop by, even though you’re working. Make sure you set boundaries to keep personal phone calls, emails, and even Facebook browsing from eating up all of your work time. You don’t have to work a traditional 9 to 5, but for the time that you are “on the clock” so to speak, make sure you’re focused on work-related concerns, and ignoring or blocking out distractions that may derail you.
Likewise, it’s easy as a freelancer to let work take over your life. You’ll need to be a bit flexible in order to meet client needs, but that doesn’t mean you have to make yourself available to them 24/7. If you’ve made plans with friends, feel free to let that call go to voicemail. You can answer it at a later time when you can give the client and their project your full attention.
4. Don’t Forget About Taxes
Benjamin Franklin famously said “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This phrase is just as true now as it was then, but the complexity of these certainties have only grown.
Most of us are used to taxes being withheld from our paychecks by our employer. It’s a simple system: they take a certain percentage out each time you’re paid, and at the end of the year you file your tax returns and settle up for the difference. Most often, come April 15th, you’ll end up getting a bit of your withheld money back, or at the very least, you’ll have already paid most of your annual income tax bill.
This is not so with freelancing. If you’re a freelancer, or an independent contractor, or any number of other titles that basically mean you’re not an employee, you are responsible for paying your taxes without the benefit of withholding. Not only that, you’re classified as “self-employed” which can have some fairly broad effects on your tax returns.
It’s best to use a tax service like Turbotax or find a CPA to help you navigate these complicated waters so that you won’t find yourself in a bind come April, and services like Quickbooks Self-Employed can help you keep track of your expenses and profit. Make sure to get started on this early on, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.
5. Don’t Isolate Yourself
One problem many work-from-home first-timers run into is an increasing feeling of isolation. You’ll need to find ways to connect with others outside of the normal water cooler or break room chitchat. For some, taking your laptop to your local coffeehouse a few hours a week can make all the difference. Others find networking with other freelancers via online chat, social media, or forums to be helpful.
Getting out of the house on a regular basis can help you feel more balanced and better connected to the world around you. Schedule lunch with friends, spend your lunch break at your favorite local eatery, or take a class at your local community college. Whatever you do, don’t wall yourself into a life with no interaction. Human beings are social animals and we are only at our best when we interact with others regularly.
6. Never Work for Free
Something you’re almost certain to run into time and time again as a freelancer is people asking you to work for free. Variations include the ubiquitous “for exposure” or offering pay based on the performance of your work after the fact. I’ve even run into those who ask you to do “the first one free” with a very vague promise of possible future work. Don’t fall for it!
On the surface, these offers can seem appealing, especially when you’re first starting out. If you accept this kind of work, in effect, you’re undervaluing your time and your brand. It’s important to stand your ground and remember that your time and your work is worthwhile. If it wasn’t, they’d just do it themselves.
Similarly, if you don’t require payment up front for your work, make sure to get credit references to make sure the client who is hiring you is not likely to leave you high and dry once the product has been delivered.
7. Treat Yourself!
In a normal office job, you’d have access to benefits like paid vacation time, and possibly company picnics or holiday parties. As a freelancer, it’s easy to forget that we all need a break now and then. Many fall into the trap of never taking time off because time away from your work is time for which you’re not being paid. Others will go on vacation, but drag their work along with them. Spending time on the beach staring at your laptop or working from your hotel in some exotic location is not really getting away.
You may find it useful to “pay yourself” vacation hours by putting away a little money each week until you have some saved up, and then withdrawing it as if it were your wages for the time you’re away. In advance of your time off, you should make sure you let clients know you will be unavailable and when you will return. Make sure you wrap up all of your projects before you leave. And don’t forget to set a vacation message on your email and work phone number.
Then, just walk away. Don’t check email. Don’t check voicemail. Avoid all things work and enjoy some time with your family or on your own. You work hard. You deserve it!
Whether you’re looking to earn a few extra bucks for spending money, or need more income to pay the bills, there are plenty of options out there. And many of them don’t even require you to leave the comfort of your own home! These tried and tested ways to make money online are sure to put some extra green in your wallet.
If you like to take high quality photos, or create graphics or videos, you can sell your work through Adobe Stock. Upload your images, videos, vectors, or illustrations and they’ll be available to purchase directly through Adobe’s Creative Suite or through the Adobe Stock website. You’ll earn royalties for your sales and be able to track them in real time through your dashboard.
Have some extra space in your place? Apply today to become an Airbnb host. Whether you’re looking to rent out a spare room, a vacation property, or maybe your whole house while you’re away, Airbnb is the place to list it. And if you don’t have space to hose, you can host experiences instead, sharing your favorite local sites with travelers visiting your area. Sign up to be a host.
Bookkeeper Business Launch
Ben Robinson has been teaching people to start their own bookkeeping business for over a decade, and now you can join in too. Just visit Bookkeeper Business Launch and sign up for the free three-class course and find out how you can earn up to $60/hour helping businesses keep track of their finances. Learn more.
Are those old college textbooks still gathering dust in the attic, basement, or garage? Swap them out for some cash! Bookscouter.com offers a quick and easy search engine to tell you who will give you the best possible price for your textbooks. And while you’re at it, check out the pricing on other used books too. You could have a treasure sitting on your shelves. Learn more about Bookscouter.
You probably spend plenty of time chatting already, but what if I told you that you can earn money for doing just that? Plenty of people around the world seek to learn English or improve their skills. In some countries this can mean the difference between a high paying job and barely scraping by. But they need somebody to practice with. Enter Cambly tutors. You can get paid $0.17/minute (that’s more than $10/hour) just for chatting with foreign speakers around the world. And in addition to earning some extra cash, you’ll meet interesting people and have the chance to learn about foreign cultures and customs! Learn more about Cambly.
Shopping around for a new checking account? Try Chase’s Total Checking and you’ll get $200 when you open the account and set up a direct deposit. Combine that with a Chase Savings account (with at least $10,000 in deposits) and you’ll get an extra $150 for a total of $350! Sign up for a Chase account.
We all know about grocery store coupons and how they can save you some cash on your every day purchases. But with Checkout51, you can get rebates on the items you buy every day too! You’ll find savings on food, personal care items, magazines, and more. And all you have to do is scan the items you bought and snap a picture of your receipt. You’ll have your cash before you know it! Learn more about Checkout51.
Most of us have plenty of old cd’s, dvd’s, books, games, and tech lying around. Decluttr makes it easy to swap that out for some cash! Just scan barcodes into their app and they’ll tell you what your stuff is worth. Then send it to them and you’ll get paid the same day it arrives. They’ll even pay for your shipping! Learn more about Decluttr.
Are you a super crafty person? Or maybe you have an eye (and a great source) for vintage items? Selling on Etsy might just be a great way to make some money from these hobbies. They offer low sellers fees, powerful site tools, and plenty of support for Etsy shops. And with over 24 million buyers around the world, you’ll find a built in audience for your creations or vintage finds. Sign up to sell on Etsy.
Are you the type of person who is good at just getting things done? You might be a good fit to work as a virtual assistant for Fancy Hands. They offer services like making reservations, transcription, personal shopper services, and all kinds of other tasks, and they’re always looking for competent and friendly people to help. Plus, as an independent contractor, you can work as little or as much as you like! Sign up for a job at Fancy Hands.
There are lots of freelance marketplaces out there, and Fiverr.com is probably one of the top. As a seller on Fiverr, you can offer your services to individuals and companies around the world. Price your gig anywhere from $5 to $10k, and accept or decline work as you see fit. Some popular gigs include design, development, writing, video editing, music and voiceovers, web analysis, and just about anything else you can think of! Learn more about Fiverr.
Are you constantly snapping pictures with your iPhone or Android? Here’s good news – you can turn that obsession into a profit! With Foap, you can sell your pictures as stock photos and earn $5 each. And best of all, you can sell the same photo over and over and get $5 each time. You’ll even find Foap Missions where top brands offer Foapers bigger rewards to use their photos in upcoming marketing campaigns. Learn more about Foap.
Get a Slogan
Are you good with words? Join GetaSlogan and put your creativity to good use. You’ll compete with other writers to provide slogans to businesses in the process of building or rebranding their corporate identity. Think you could come up with the next “Just do it” or “Have a Coke and a smile”? Try your hand at slogan writing and you’ll get paid if your submission is chosen. Plus, it’ll feel great when you hear your writing in a television ad or see it in your favorite magazine! Sign up to be a writer at Get a Slogan.
Great VirtualWorks is a virtual contact center company that hires independent business owners (that’s you!) to handle a variety of task types. You’ll find opportunities like inbound sales, paralegal work, or nutritional professional opportunities. And unlike some other platforms, you can work for more than one of their business partners at a time, so you’ll have a broader business portfolio and more work opportunities. Become an agent at Great VirtualWorks.
Many people want to lose a few pounds or more, but motivation can be difficult when we’re surrounded by bad food choices and fighting to overcome poor exercise habits. Enter HealthyWage. They will actually pay you to meet your weight loss goals! You set a wager for how much you want to lose, how long it will take, and how much you want to bet. If you hit your goals you could win up to $10,000! Plus, they offer team challenges where groups of 5 compete for the top dollars. This is a great way to improve your finances and your health! Learn more at HealthyWage.
HubPages offers a platform to be paid for creating original content and publishing it online. You can write about topics from gardening to tattoos to video game advice, and everything in between. And unlike publishing your own blog or website, you can write about a variety of topics that interest you, whether they’re related or not! The site will split the revenue with you from ads strategically placed in the pages you create, so you can have an ongoing revenue source as long as your content is still getting visitors. They also regularly host contests worth $10-$500. Find out more about HubPages.
With ibotta, you can earn cash back for shopping at all of your favorite stores. They have rebates on grocery items, apparel, cosmetics, mobile apps, and all kinds of other categories. And when you cash out, you get real money deposited to your PayPal or Venmo account, or you can choose gift cards to some of the hottest restaurants and stores around. Learn more at iBotta.com or use our code LKDKTES when you sign up to get an extra $10.
Inbox Dollars will pay you for watching videos, taking surveys, or shopping online. You may also get up to three paid emails per day, just click the confirmation link and your account will be credited. You can also earn money when you refer friends. Sign up for Inbox Dollars.
Have you spent time living overseas? Do you have some amazing travel stories? International Living is looking for fun, happy cultural experiences and tales of the joys of life lived abroad. Share your stories for their “Daily Postcards” feature, and they’ll pay you $75 for each accepted submission, including any photos you choose to include. Sign up to write for International Living.
Do you run a successful blog? Or maybe you have a lot of engaged followers on Instagram, YouTube, or other social sites? Izea pays online content creators to engage with brands like Kraft, ebay, Wendy’s, Rolling Stone, and Levi’s. You can get paid to make sponsored posts, create custom content for brands, share branded content, and more! Become a creator at Izea.
Kindle Direct Publishing
It used to be that getting a book published was a long and arduous process. It usually required a literary agent willing to sell your work to potential publishers, and rounds and rounds of rejections before you could make a single dime. Today, the self publishing industry has emerged and is flourishing. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s self publishing platform for eBooks and paperbacks. They allow starting authors to publish their work and market it through the Amazon store or Kindle store (or both!). Unlike the pennies earned by new authors using the traditional publishing route, you’ll keep up to 70% of the sales of your content, and you can also earn through submitting your book to Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Apply to be a Kindle Direct Publisher.
Become an agent with Leapforce, and you’ll enjoy flexible hours, guaranteed hourly pay, and exciting work conducting in-depth internet-based research for companies around the world. The work is search engine evaluation, to help improve the algorithms used by Google and the other big search engines and provide better results every time you search. You’ll have to pass an exam to get accepted in, and the hours available may vary depending on the company’s need, but overall this is a great way to earn money from home! Become a Leapforce agent.
Lionbridge is another great work from home opportunity. Their available jobs involve business services, content and media, categorization, and data management. If you have a strong work ethic and are great with attention to detail, this may be the opportunity for you! Learn more about working for Lionbridge.
Do you dream of being a writer? Maybe you won’t ever be the next Hemingway, but you can get a lot of practice and get paid for it too. Check out Listverse. They pay $100 per accepted article. What’s the catch? You need to come up with an original list of 10 or more items. What items? Well that’s up to you. Share 10 links within a theme, and write a couple of paragraphs about each (1,500 words total, minimum). Submit your entry and if the editors at Listverse think their readers will like it, they’ll deposit $100 to your PayPal account. It’s that simple! Get paid to write for Listverse.
Are you an empathetic person who loves to help others with their problems? Do you have a good phone manner and enjoy chatting with a wide range of customers on a day-to-day basis? LiveOps might be just the place for you. They offer work from home jobs in topics like inbound sales, insurance sales, insurance claims, healthcare, roadside service, and customer service too. The best part is that you aren’t locked into a fixed schedule, so you can tailor your work day around your personal needs. You’ll earn based on the amount of time you spend actually talking on the phone, and can also get some great performance-based incentives for a job well done! Join Liveops.
You’re likely familiar with Uber, but may not have heard of their competitor, Lyft. You can drive part time, and they indicate that you may earn up to $35 per hour in your own car. You can sign up here and earn a $250 bonus after you complete 100 rides.
M3 Global Research
M3 Global Research does paid medical research studies for healthcare industry partners around the world. You can get paid for simply giving your opinions on products or services online, take part in focus groups and medical community discussions, or participate in larger research studies that involve face-to-face interaction. If you’ve ever thought about doing paid medical studies, M3 is a great place to start! Learn more about M3 Global Research.
There are plenty of companies across the country and around the world who pay for Medical Test Subjects for Clinical Trials. Generally, you’ll need to be over the age of 18, and local (or willing to travel) to the area where the study will be conducted. For some studies they may be looking for participants who have specific conditions, but others need healthy adults to participate. Make sure you read all of the fine print as some of these studies may be long term or may require a specific schedule of doctor’s visits or check ins, but if you’re up for the rish, there is a potential for earning hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, while helping bring to market new medicines and solutions.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) offers “Artificial Artificial Intelligence” to businesses and developers all over the world. What does that mean? Well, there are some things that humans do better than computers. mTurk calls these Human Intelligence Tasks (or HITs). These can involve things like transcribing short audio or video clips, describing images, translating text between languages, simple internet research, or categorizing websites and pages. Typically, HITs are quick and easy tasks that only pay a few cents, but bigger or more complex tasks pay more. As a worker, you choose the tasks you want to work on and there’s no obligation to work beyond what you’re comfortable with. You can get paid in Amazon credit or transfer it right to your bank account using the Amazon Payments platform. Learn more about mTurk.
Major retailers and smaller companies often use “mystery shoppers” to test the performance of their employees. In addition, third party marketers and watchdog groups use mystery shoppers to evaluate and compare stores and services from a shopper’s perspective. As a mystery shopper, you may be paid to ask questions about a certain product or service, purchase items, or simply evaluate the behavior of employees in a store. Afterward, you’ll be required to report back with detailed information about your experience including specifics about interactions with employees, or more general descriptions of the cleanliness of the store or whether you were greeted on entry or offered an upsell. If you’re new to the industry and not sure where to start, MSPA (The Trade Organization for Mystery Shopping Providers) offers a free membership with access to forums, job listings, and the opportunity to purchase training or take part in regional conferences. Sign up to be a MSPA contractor.
Entrepreneurs start up new businesses online and in local markets every day, but just because they have a great idea for a new business or an idea for a restaurant, store, or service, doesn’t mean they know what to call it. Rather than using something generic (Joe’s Diner or Smith Electrical), many turn to Naming Force. They submit a rough description of their business and the target market they want to reach, and then thousands of participants online suggest names and the person who suggested the chosen name is paid $100 or more for their contribution. And since there are often many contests running at a time, you can enter as often as you like, or just when inspiration hits! Learn more about Naming Force.
Interested in tutoring Chinese ESL students? You can do that without leaving the comfort of your living room with NiceTalk. Just install their app on your Android or iPhone, record a short interview video by following the instructions on the app, and you could be on your way to becoming an international English tutor. Then, be friendly, and engage in video chats with students from China who are looking to improve their mastery of the English language. Tutors get paid for each full minute completed, at a rate of $10/hour. Earnings are deposited to your Paypal weekly, once you’ve accumulated at least $20 (2 hours). Get more information about NiceTalk.
There are so many sites out there that promise to pay you to take surveys, but only a handful of them are actually worth the time and effort. Opinion Outpost is a survey company with integrity. They’ve been around for over a decade. It’s free to join, and members can cash out via PayPal, Amazon, iTunes, or donations to the American Red Cross. You’ll find interactive surveys on a variety of topics, often with the opportunity to win extra points or sweepstakes entries. And there’s a great referral program too! Learn more about Opinion Outpost. Sign up for Opinion Outpost here.
Did you know that some of your favorite stores may owe you money? Many retailers have a policy that if an item drops in price after you purchase it, they’ll refund you the difference. But who has time to keep track of all that? Paribus does. Just sign up and they’ll automatically monitor your email for purchases, then track the prices of the items you bought. If a price drops at one of their supported merchants, they’ll automatically initiate the refund request on your behalf. Sign up for Paribus.
People per Hour
People per Hour offers jobs in design, development, content creation, promotion, and more. Just browse their job board and submit a proposal for a task that interests you, or post your skills and let businesses contact you. You’ll find jobs that pay by the hour as well as fixed rate tasks, and you control what work you accept and when you choose to do it. Learn more about People per Hour.
The QuickThoughts app is a great way to turn your opinions into gift card codes. Just install the app, fill out your profile, and start taking surveys. You’ll earn for each one you complete and incentives are based on the length, difficulty, and subject of each survey. Once you accumulate $10 in your account, you can redeem it for a gift code, which will be emailed to you. Sign up for QuickThoughts.
SavvyConnect from Survey Savvy pays you to surf the web. Just install their program on your Windows computer, Android, or iOS device, and you’ll start earning. They track your internet usage to help determine patterns and aggregate data across a large number of accounts. And if you don’t want your activity tracked while you do certain things, just switch to incognito mode and they won’t see your activity until you get back to normal browsing. Keep the program active and you’ll continue to earn. Sign up for SavvyConnect.
These days, when people want to learn a new skill or fine tune their abilities, they often turn to online courses. With SkillShare, you can become an online teacher and create classes on just about any topic you like. Then, you’ll earn royalties each time a student takes your class, or whenever you bring in new premium members for the platform. All classes are pre-recorded, and most are a total of 30-40 minutes in length. They also should include class projects for students to practice their new skills as they learn. The average SkillShare teacher earns about $3,000 a year, but top teachers take home up to $40,000 annually! Find out more about SKillShare.
Skimlinks is a program that allows you to earn more money from your blogs by automatically creating links to affiliate programs, and offering other tools. It’s free to sign up and they have relationships with thousands of merchants and retailers, so no matter what you write about you can earn commissions if people click through your links and make a purchase. Sign up for Skimlinks here.
Slogan Slingers offers businesses catchy slogans and taglines. These slogan contests pay out up to $999! Just create an account, suggest a slogan, and you could be on your way to a hefty payout if your idea is chosen. Register for Slogan Slingers.
Smart Panel from Data Decisions Group is another great opportunity to get paid for completing surveys. You’ll have the opportunity to have your opinions heard by companies from a variety of industries, and you’ll earn PayPal cash, gift cards, or prizes like TVs and appliances. Join the panel and start earning today! Learn more about Smart Panel.
If you have a good ear and fast typing speed, you can earn good money transcribing audio files. One company to look at is SpeakWrite. Their average typists make $300+ per month, with top earners bringing in ten times that! You need to type at least 60wpm and have 90% accuracy or better, but if you can meet their requirements this one is a great way to earn from home! Get started with SpeakWrite.
SquadHelp makes crowdsourcing easy and fun. They run contests constantly for businesses looking for naming, logo design, taglines, SEO, web design and web development. As a contestant, you’ll do your best creative work, then submit it for consideration. If your work is chosen, you get paid! Most contests pay $100 or more, and they’ll send the money right to your Paypal account. Learn more about SquadHelp.
Swagbucks offers a multitude of fun ways to earn a few extra dollars in your spare time. You can earn from surveys, win points from using their search engine, earn for watching videos on your desktop, laptop or phone, or get points for trying out special offers from a wide variety of partners. And they have a vibrant community with fun team challenges and other contests and games to participate in. When you’ve stacked up a few bucks worth of swagbucks, cash out for Paypal, gift cards, or even prepaid Visa cards, and enjoy! Sign up for Swagbucks.
If you have a bunch of old clothes, toys, and baby items lying around the house or taking up space in storage, you need to check out swap.com. Order a prepaid label or inbound shipping box on their site, then load it up with all of your goodies and ship them off. Swap will review your items and sell them for you on their site. When your items are purchased, you get paid. And if they don’t sell, you can choose to get them back, or donate them to a good cause. Learn more about Swap.com.
Are you good at getting things done? Maybe you should become a tasker with Task Rabbit! Here’s how it works. People submit tasks they need doing on the site. Task Rabbit then sends the tasks out to taskers in the area. Taskers pick the work they want to do, complete the job, and get paid. Tasks include things like furniture assembly, moving heavy objects, yard work and housecleaning. You might choose to deliver someone’s groceries one day and hang pictures the next. It’s completely up to you! Sign up to become a Tasker.
A ThreadUp Clean Out Kit will help you make some room in your closet and make some money at the same time. Just pack up and send off your gently used clothing. The hottest items will be paid out immediately, and the rest will be paid when they sell. You can donate your earnings to a good cause, choose store credit on ThreadUp, or transfer cash to PayPal. Learn more about ThredUp.
Do you love to teach, but you’re not sure a traditional classroom is your cup of tea? Why not become a tutor? You can tutor students in subjects like math, reading, computer science, nursing, or business law. And you’ll earn extra income teaching children K-12 or adult learners online. They offer flexible scheduling, and you can choose to work from 5 to 29 hours per week, depending on your needs and schedule. And rather than having to rely on payments from potentially unreliable clients, you’ll get a set hourly rate directly from tutor.com, so you can count on your payments coming in on a regular schedule. Apply to be a Tutor.
Uber is the taxi service for a new generation. Become an Uber driver and you can earn in your spare time or make it your full time gig. You set your own schedule and work when and where you want to. Of course, you’ll need to have a valid license and registration, as well as a clean driving record and the ability to pass a background screening, but the whole signup process only takes about 4 minutes and you could be on the road in just a few days! Sign up to drive for Uber.
If you’ve ever thought of becoming a freelancer, but aren’t quite sure where to start, Upwork may be the place for you. You’ll find a wide variety of jobs posted in categories like software development, writing, translation, IT and networking, customer service, sales, legal, and much more. And their handy system will help highlight the best jobs for you based on your personal profile. You can choose to work on jobs that pay hourly or fixed price jobs. And since you choose the jobs you want to take on, you can work as much or as little as you like! Sign up to be a freelancer via Upwork.
Want to get paid to try out new apps and websites? UserTesting offers $10 for each 20 minute test you complete. You’ll need to download their testing software and use a microphone to give audio feedback as you test. You’ll get your pay via PayPal one week after you complete each test. Become a user tester.
If you know a lot of people who are either looking for work, or would be happy to find a better job, you might check out WiseStep. Anyone can become a Recruiter Partner on their platform by referring their friends for open jobs. They’ve handed out over $5 million dollars in referral rewards and there’s plenty more where that came from. Plus, you’re helping others advance their careers with billion dollar companies and making money while doing it! Sign up for WiseStep.
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