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10 Surprising Ways You Never Knew You Could Make Money With Your Smartphone

The best ways to ensure you get paid for using your own smartphone


“So what else could you do with your smartphone besides playing Temple Run and going on social media?” I asked a friend recently. “Well, that’s as good as it gets!” he answered. This is precisely the kind of response I’d get from most smartphone users today if I were to do a survey. We’ve transformed our smartphones into entertainment centers where we can now play addictive games to kill off boredom and then later spend the better part of the day on social media. But very few of us have imagined a more productive use of our smartphones beyond our present use – like ways our smartphone activities could make us money. It’s hard to believe that even exists in this scam age but these claims are actually genuine. There are now apps that allow smartphone users make money doing just what they love doing right on their smartphones and getting paid for it. Obviously they aren’t the latest get-rich-quick schemes and they won’t help you attain your dream of financial independence but you can make a few bucks here and there enough to pay a few of your small bills. We’ve therefore decided to run the rule on some of these tested and tried smartphone money making opportunities. Read on for more.

(1) Gigwalk

Gigwalk is a task-oriented mobile crowdsourcing app that allows users earn money by performing “gigs” or tasks that can range from verifying data, mystery shopping, taking photos among other things usually posted by businesses requiring such services. To use Gigwalk, you’ll have to download the app, sign up for an account and fill out your profile. You’ll also need to enter your PayPal account details to receive payment after having completed a “gig”. The app is available on the android and IOS store.

(2) Field Agent

Field agent is another great app for any smart phone user who wants to make a few bucks by the side. This app allows users to earn money carrying out minor tasks at shops you often patronize. Field agent partners with companies like Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Target and others to ensure their products are properly displayed in shelves at major retailers. Your job is to visit these stores taking pictures of products on display and answering questions. Upon completion, you get paid via PayPal. Available on both IOS and Android platforms. Tasks take between 12 to 30 minutes and pays $3 to $5 per job.

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(3) Easy Shift

This app will pay you some extra money if you are willing to do “shifts”, mostly small tasks that can be completed within a few minutes. Chores include price-checking, taking photos of shelves display, completing surveys among others.

Once your shift is submitted and approved payment is made through PayPay within 48 hours. You stand to earn from $2 to $20 per task. Available for IOS and Android devices.

(4) Adme

Adme is one of those apps that would allow you earn money just by getting ads displayed on your lock screen (sounds almost hilarious, I know). You get cash rewards each time you wake up your phone during the day provided you still use your phone normally during the day. You earn about $1 for just signing up and your earnings increases as you interact with more adverts. You can cash your balance via PayPal once it reaches $10. Only available to android devices.

(5) Shopkick

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Are you a shopaholic? Then don’t change that because with Shopkick, you get to earn something for the shopping you already do! Shopkick is an app that rewards you with kicks whenever you walk into stores (Target, Macy’s, Walmart, Best Buy etc.) for shopping. You also get to earn more kicks when you scan featured items in-store and do purchases with your linked credit card. You can then redeem your kicks for gift cards of your choice or payouts through PayPal. Shopkick has been featured on Forbes, The Huffington Post, Oprah, and About.com amongst others. Available on IOS and Android stores.

(6) UserTesting

UserTesting is an app designed to help companies get useful feedback on the usability of newly launched apps and websites to improve users overall experience. You’ll be required to perform simple tasks like visiting a website and verbalizing your reactions while they are being recorded by UserTesting app. Each task takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and you receive $10 for each. Payments are usually made via PayPal.

(7) Viggle

Viggle is an app that allows users (both movie buffs and couch potatoes) to check in when listening to a song or watching shows on TV or on providers like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The app listens and tries to figure what exactly is on like Shazam. Once it verifies that, you earn redeemable points which you can redeem for gift cards and other prizes. Available on both android and IOS stores.

(8) Foap

Are you an amateur photographer or selfie-holic? Do you love taking snapshots of everything in sight with your mobile phone? Then it’s time to put your talents to good use. Foap allows smartphone users to upload and sell the photos they take to the Foap marketplace where they can be bought by popular brands like Nivea, Pespsi, Bank of America, amongst others. Once you upload your photos, they are rated by other foapers on a scale of 1 to 5 and if it gets an average rating of 2.5, your photos are distributed for sale. Your photos can sell for $10 dollar each and you get to keep $5 dollars while Foap keeps the other $5 (sounds like a win-win to me!). You receive that same amount for as many times your photo sells. Payments are made via PayPal. Available to android and IOS users.

(9) Instant Rewards

Instant Rewards is a smartphone app where users can earn points watching app trailers, liking a page on Facebook, taking surveys for points which they can cash out to PayPal or get gift cards. Available on the Itunes and Google store.

(10) GymPact

GymPact is one of those fitness app intended to ensure you use the gym more often to attain your fitness goals week in and week out. Users strike a “Pact” with the app to use the gym on the agreed dates and stand to earn 40 cents for keeping to the routine but on default, you’ll have to pay other members who kept their “Pact”. It’s the carrot or stick approach for you. Your choice!

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