There are already many ways you can earn extra cash right from your phone or computer. Here are 10 popular options.
1. Field Agent
Field Agent is a unique app that can earn you extra cash by performing small tasks within your community.
As a 'field agent,' someone will hire you to do activities like going to the store and checking the price of an item, filling out surveys, etc. Most jobs can be completed within 2 hours, and pay between $2 and $12. You can then transfer your earnings to PayPal.
Similar to Field Agent, EasyShift will pay you to go to nearby stores, check prices and take photos of store displays.
But the fun part is that the more assignments you complete, the more tasks become available -- often with a higher pay rate. Payments can be sent to your PayPal within 48 hours.
3. App Trailers
Probably one of the most passive ways to earn extra cash -- App Trailers will pay you to watch advertisements. Get points each time you watch a trailer for apps, films and games, which you can then cash out via PayPal, transfer to a gift card, or use other options. 500 points equals about 50 cents.
If you're a big shopper and like to follow the latest trends, then Shopkick is a great app to help you earn extra cash. Check out what shopping places are participating, and earn "kicks" every time you walk in the store and/or make a purchase. Use the kicks to redeem rewards.
Like taking photos?
With Iconzoomer, you can earn money by snapping a photo of whatever you're assigned -- your lunch, your handbag, your shoes, etc. Share a comment about the snapshot, offering your feedback about it, and then get paid.
Each assignment you complete earns you money via PayPal. You can also exchange your earnings for free merchandise or donate it to a charity through Unicef.
If money is your main motivator, this app can seriously help you get fit. With Pact, you can exercise at the gym and earn money at the same time. Just make a week-long pact on the app and start getting paid for each day you go.
But here's the kicker: You have to pay for each day you skip!
So everyone who makes it to the gym claims the money of those who don't. You get between 50 and 75 cents per workout of at least 30 minutes. Follow whatever exercise routine works for you, stay healthy, and earn money.
If you're like many of us, you probably have at least a few books on your shelf that you'll never pick up again. But if you want to earn some extra cash, then Bookscouter is the app for you. All you have to do is scan or enter your book's ISBN, and Bookscouter will find sites where people want to buy it. The app will even compare prices, ensuring you get the best deal.
Then you just select a buyer, tell them how to send payment, and send out the book in the mail with a prepaid shipping label they provide.
8. Receipt Hog
No matter where you shop, you can earn extra money with each purchase. All you have to do is take a picture of your receipt with Receipt Hog. This earns you coins, which then translate into money -- about 1,000 coins equals $5.
You can cash out your rewards through PayPal or redeem them as gift cards.
Receipt Hog can be pretty addicting, because the more receipts you submit, the more options you have for getting coins, like taking small surveys.
Use this app to earn 'Swagbucks,' virtual dollars you accumulate by participating in a wide range of activities, such as:
- Watching videos
- Surfing the web
- Inputting swag codes
Ibotta is a must-have app for fans of couponing. Before heading out to shop, use Ibotta to unlock daily rebates by either answering trivia questions or posting to social media.
After that, just head to the store and collect the items on rebate. After you check out, hit the "redeem" button on Ibotta to take a picture of your receipt. This will confirm your purchase. Once you have at least $10 in your account you can use Venmo or PayPal to cash out.
Now you see that making money from mobile apps is really a two-way thing. You could go the route of developing an app and monetizing it – or you could download some of these apps and use them to make some money on the side. So whether you're an app maker or an app user, there's an opportunity to earn from the effort and value you create.