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Like most of us, I absolutely love my smartphone. But what if I told you that there was a much more productive way to spend killing time with your smartphones than checking social media or playing games? You could be making money instead! Here are my recommendations of the 10 best phone apps to make you money.
10 Best Phone Apps To Make You Money
When Out and About
I particularly love my smartphone when I am waiting for a bus or train. Its such a useful thing to have when killing time. These apps are great for if you are out and about.
With the Jobspotter app, you get points for noticing and snapping job advertisements that you see in the street. For instance, if your local takeaway has a hiring sign in the window for a new delivery driver, you take 2 photos. One of the advert, and one of the shop front with the advert on show.
Jobspotter allocate reward points for your submission and send you a gift card (Amazon) after so many points. Small businesses signs count higher than large corporations, and local signs score more points than are asking for nationwide applications.
You can quickly build up points to redeem for vouchers. And finally, you can verify other photographs to earn extra points. A great way to spend 10 minutes waiting.
With Roamler, you earn money by doing simple tasks in your area, providing information for various companies. You do this by taking photographs of shop shelves, and providing information on whether items are sold out or being presented well.
It is an invite only app, so it is worth going onto a Facebook group to find an invitation code. You also need to complete some training tasks (for which you earn no money) before you are allowed to go out to make money. It is easy to pick up how to do these tasks though, and rewards can be very good. You get paid into your PayPal account.
By keeping the location services on at all times, you can allow Roamler to push notifications of tasks in your area, and they may be snapped up by other Roamlers, so do be quick! You usually have 2 hours to complete a task once you have accepted.
There are a lot of phone apps to make you money whilst doing surveys out there. You can then do online surveys whilst out and about or if you have a free moment indoors. Actually I’ve found a lot of them (Such as Pocket Bounty and Toluna) either do not accept me onto the surveys (due to my demographic) or take a lot of time to build up points. But one that I do like is
3. Swagbucks Answer
You answer surveys to earn Swagbucks points. An average survey is 10-15 minutes and earns you 50 points
You can then choose to redeem your points for a voucher. And you can choose vouchers from Paypal, Amazon, Marks and Spencer, Steam, Argos and more. A £10 M&S voucher at time of writing is 1360 SB points. Not a great return, but still, if you are regularly killing time it is better than playing a game.
If you regularly read my blog you will realise that I am a huge fan of decluttering. And some of what you declutter is worth some money, the following apps are great for making cash from your clutter.
This app is always top of my list for seeing how much things will sell for. Do read my post on eBay selling. You get paid via PayPal, which you can choose to withdraw or can go towards future purchases.
5. Music Magpie
Decluttering to me invariably means getting rid of books, games and DVDs. I always have too many of these. Some books I know that I will only read once, and if they are recent/new you will get hardly anything for them at a car boot. So why not try selling them to Music Magpie? They even pay for you to post them. And you will get a little bit back. They don’t take every book, game or DVD though, so it is worth knowing about…
Like Music Magpie, Ziffit takes books games and DVDs. But sometimes an item will be rejected by Music Magpie and accepted by Ziffit. Or vice versa. Sweet.
Finally, if you do have older items to sell you could sell your vintage clutter on Etsy.
If you are already shopping on the go then why not earn money whilst you shop?
8. Top Cashback
This app gives you money back on nearly all online shopping. And also in stores. Choosing to shop with over 5000 retailers, you earn cash back at a current percentage rate. You can even get cash back buying gift cards for others at places like Argos, Debenhams, Tesco and so many more.
There is NO fee for joining. No minimum threshold payment. Payout is by a FREE bank transfer, PayPal or a gift voucher/code to spend. No fee for getting your money.
So there really is no reason why you should not be using this app! Join below.
The sister app to the Swagbucks Answer App, this app also can give you cash back, or earn you SwagBucks points. So is definitely worth downloading. Just as a for instance – at the time of writing, Top Cashback gives no cash back for Next purchases, but SwagBucks is giving up to 2% cash back. Always good to have a comparison in my opinion. Get the best deal out there!
And last of my top 10 Phone Apps To Make You Money is a loyalty card app. But you can link it to your eBay account to collect points as you spend on there AND it has other offers and incentives to earn extra points just by having the app. So it is a real winner in my book.
10. Nectar App
The humble nectar card has been around for many years. But did you know that there was a corresponding app? So you can always have your card with you on your phone. And can be earning points in lots more ways than just at a Sainsbury’s. At the moment you can even earn points for donated your unwanted clothes to Oxfam, you earn 10 points per £1 your items raise (up to 1000 points) so you can declutter AND earn! Win-win!
Do remember, if you do earn a certain amount with some of these apps, you will need to declare this money to the tax man. If you are making a fair amount of cash from any of these sources, do consult someone over how you need to declare this income.
I hope you have found this post useful. Hopefully you will be able to use one of these phone apps to make you money. Do tell me if you think I’ve missed a vital app that you love. Or if you have had a massive success with any or all of these. I love to hear your stories. Contract me by writing in the comments below, or on social media.
Enjoyed this? Why not read Making Money After You’ve Stopped Working?
or about my mission to clear my house of clutter in A Year To Clear?