So who's a fan of money? Unless you prefer living off the land as a hermit, you'd probably smile at the sight of a dollar bill fan in your hands. Now, say you have an income, but you feel a little guilty spending that income on frivolous goodies.
Y'know, goodies such as a pair of movie tickets, a spa day, a vacation, new shoes, a video game, or homemade chocolates.
Alas, you may feel reluctant to spend your hard-earned cash on these items. So why not rely on a little extra income funded by mobile apps? There's a vast world of mobile apps waiting for you that will provide you with the extra income you desire. Here are our top mobile apps that will help earn you some extra money.
Apps That Make You Money
Swagbucks is one of the most well-known and reliable apps out there. While Swagbucks can be accessed via a browser, you can also use the official mobile app to earn some Swagbucks. You won't earn a lot of money quickly with Swagbucks, but it's still nice to earn a little cash on the side. 100 Swagbucks is equal to $1, so it will certainly take awhile to rack up those points, which can be used to cash out on gift cards.
Swagbucks has so far awarded its members $172,606,208, and it has been featured on sites like Buzzfeed, TechCrunch, ABC, TIME, and FOX.
What in the world is ShopTracker? ShopTracker, which is brought to you by the Harris Poll Online Panel, exists in order to help the panel "develop a richer understanding of the internet marketplace, allowing for greater insight into how people are using their computers or mobile devices to purchases throughout the United States."
The TL;DR version: to understand the trends of internet shoppers.
You must be at least 18 years old and be authorized to download the ShopTracker app to your computer or smartphone. All you need to do is share your Amazon.com purchase history as well as certain information regarding your purchase history with the ShopTracker App. ShopTracker will automatically remove your name, shipping address, and any personal payment information before your purchase history is shared. Furthermore, the app does not have access to your credit card info.
What in the world is Stash? This app, which has been featured on BuzzFeed News, FOX 5 New York, AP, Yahoo Finance, Refinery 29, and CNN Money, allows you to become an investor with an investment as low as $5. You'll be able to build a portfolio by choosing investments that reflect your interests, beliefs, and goals. You'll only need to pay $1 per month (no additional commissions or trading fees required), and your first three months are free. However, Portfolios of $5000 and over are charged 0.25% per year, which is quite a low and enticing fee.
Imagine that $5 growing into something more… much more.
Security is also tight with Stash. You'll receive bank-grade security that includes 256-bit encryption. Furthermore, Stash is a Registered Investment Advisor, and securities are offered through Apex Clearing, which just happens to be a member of FINRA, NYSE, and SIPC. Securities in your account are automatically protected for up to $500,000.
So what is InboxDollars? Like Swagbucks, InboxDollars pays you in pennies for watching TV, taking surveys, playing games, and shopping. You can even receive a free $5 bonus for signing up. Brands pay InboxDollars for consumer input, and InboxDollars recruit people and have them do online activities for cash.
You can even take part in location-based promotions. Over $50 million has been paid to members.
According to the official MobileXpression site, MobileXpression "is an elite market research community dedicated to improving the mobile internet." How this works is that mobile users join the panel and share your mobile surfing activity. You can check your eligibility by filling out a form. MobileXpression also heavily expresses that everyone wins!
Overall, you must be at least 18 years of age and capable of entering into a binding agreement.
Ibotta, which is quite the catchy name, is a Colorado-based mobile tech company that allows users to earn cash back on in-store and mobile purchases, as long as the user presents a receipt or another type of purchase verification. The service also claims that it is better than coupons, but just how much better?
Well, you'll find cashback deals that are tailored just for you, and you can earn cash back on items you generally buy, such as milk, bread, eggs, juice, and more. Ibotta not only applies to groceries but also to apparel, cosmetics, and even mobile apps. You won't even be paid in points but in cold hard cash, distributed from PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards.
At the time of this writing, Ibotta has so far paid out $173,002,575 to its members.
7. Field Agent
So let's talk Field Agent for a moment. Via iPhone or Android, you can download Field Agent, which allows you to complete small jobs for cash. The service has already paid over $6 million to thousands of "Agents." Within Field Agent, you'll receive small tasks that you can complete in mundane locations, such as the local grocery store or your living room.
You could become a field agent, but I don't think you'll need the shades.
Here's how it works:
You download the app, create an account, and complete a short profile. From there, you can browse jobs in the Find Jobs tab. After you confirm a job, you can complete said job within the timeline. You then submit your work and receive your pay. That simple! The pay typically ranges between $2 and $12 for each task. Most jobs are also first come, first serve.
Now it's time to talk about Clink. Clink allows you to save with as little as $1. Think of Clink like a bank. You create an account and make your first deposit with absolutely no transaction fees. Clink uses what is known as a "Set it and forget it" approach; it sets aside a fixed percentage of recreational expenses by tracking credit card transactions. However, you will determine how much money you would like to contribute and how often. You can pick the days when you would like to add money to your Clink account. You can also have Clink manage your portfolio based on how aggressive or cautious you would like to be about your investments. The money that you decide to place into your account is shifted into a portfolio of ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds).
I think you'll be safe with security that is stronger than this.
Clink also provides bank-grade security. It also applies a sophisticated low-risk portfolio that is based on the "Modern Portfolio Theory."
Mainly, Clink is for those who want to build a more financially secured future. It's also much more streamlined and simple compared to other investment options.
iPoll is one of the most well-known survey mobile apps around. You'll be able to take surveys wherever and (almost) whenever you'd like with this app. This app, which is available for Android and iPhone, pays you for answering questions about the products and services you use on a daily basis. You can participate in the surveys at the grocery store, airport, or wherever there is a connection available.
iPoll members must be 17 years and older, but if you sign up, you'll receive a $5 bonus. Overall, you'll be able to earn cash, which can be deposited into PayPal or transformed into gift cards. The payout minimum for iPoll is $10, but you'll only be eligible for magazine subscriptions. However, at $20, you'll be able to access gift cards. At $50, you'll be to cash out directly via PayPal or a Prepaid Visa. Unfortunately, you'll be charged a 3 percent fee to cash out with PayPal.
Looking to get fit while earning cash? Pact may be the app for you! If anything, Pact is a motivational app for one major reason: you're investing money. Investing? Wha?
Pact places your cash at stake to help you achieve your fitness goals on a weekly basis. You make a weekly Pact to either exercise more or eat healthier. You then set what you'll pay other Pact members if you don't reach your goal.
If you don't want to pay out, you'd better commit to something like this.
You must then meet your goals or you'll lose money. On the flipside, you'll earn cash paid by those who cannot commit to their goals. There are three types of Pacts to make - a gym pact, a veggie pact, and a food logging pact.
The food log pact helps you commit to tracking what you eat. You can log your food with MyFitnessPal. With the veggie pact, you must commit to eating more fruits and veggies within the week. You can also snap a picture to have it verified with the Pact Community. Finally, the gym pact will motivate you more to maintain your exercise goals. Any gym workout, run, or bike ride over 30 minutes, or 10,000 steps a day, counts towards your Pact.
With AppTrailers, you can watch trailers of apps and earn reward points for doing so. All you need to do is watch trailers of hot apps, collect reward points, and redeem your points for gift cards towards stores like Amazon, Sephora, Footlocker, and iTunes. You can also redeem your points for PayPal cash.
It's also important to note that this app features Nielsen's proprietary measurement software which will allow you to contribute to market research, like Nielsen's TV Ratings.
Ebates is one of the oldest online coupons and cash back services available. Having been founded in 1998, it's still going strong, thanks to its transition to mobile. Ebates also provides you with one of the best sign-up bonuses available: either a $10 Walmart Gift Card or a $10 Ebates Cash Bonus. There are so many ways to earn cash back that it's mind-blowing.
13. Google Opinion Rewards
This is personally one of my favorite apps. Google Opinion Rewards pays you in Google Play Credits to answer surveys. You will earn a few pennies for every survey you participate in, no matter how you answer. However, make sure that your location is turned on if you want to reap as many surveys as you possibly can. However, do keep in mind that it's not a good idea to lie on the app. You will be tested occasionally with particularly clever questions, and if you lie, you will (almost guaranteed) feel ashamed for doing so.
Google Opinion Rewards is available exclusively for Android.
Feel like selling your photographs? While you can sell images with many services online, you can do so straight from your phone with Foap. All you need to do is to download the app, which is free of charge, and upload your first photo. You can then make them available for purchase on the Foap Market. For each photo you sell, you will earn $5, and you can sell the same photo an unlimited number of times. So if you're photography savvy, then perhaps you should consider becoming a Foaper.
So what in the world is Mobee? Well, Mobee is a mystery shopping app, meaning you can earn money while you spend money! According to Mobee, it takes less than five minutes to earn a free coffee.
Here's how it works:
First, you find missions that are located near you. Each Mobee store features a set of missions that focus on one area for you to review the business on.
Second, once you're in the store, you begin your mission. You will be asked between five and ten questions that will take a few minutes to answer. The stores will use your data to improve the overall customer service experience and operations.
Finally, after you've completed your mission, the Mobee team will check your mission within 24 hours. If approved, you'll receive points, which can be used for gift cards, other prizes, or cash.