App-based earning is the future.
Everyone has a smartphone, and we’ve all got a little bit of free time that we could use more efficiently.
Why not download some apps that can make you money in your free time?
You’re losing nothing, and some apps actually allow you to make a tidy profit.
Here are the best apps out there right now.
1. Pinecone Research
Pinecone Research is a corporate survey site that you can do in your own free time, using any device you have the app installed on.
Why is Pinecone good? Fixed rewards. A lot of apps have variable reward schemes which tend to run pretty feast or famine.
By that we mean that you might get one or two awesome surveys that pay big, followed by a bunch of tiny ones that barely give you anything back, but you have to complete them for your reputation.
Instead of that, Pinecone pays a fixed rate of $3 per survey completed, and each survey should take around the same amount of time to complete, generally between 10 and 15 minutes.
That means, when you get your surveys through, you can put a time limit on them, and know what your rough hourly rate is, and how much you might bring in at the end of the month.
As survey sites go, it’s one of the best, if not maybe the best.
2. Inbox Dollars
Compared to survey sites, Inbox Dollars is something a little different.
It’s almost like a gig economy sign up app. You get emailed tiny little tasks, which might include taking surveys (of course) reading emails, watching videos and signing up for offers.
Each task has a monetary value attached to it, and you can happily pick and choose what type of work lands in your inbox.
You’ll notice we said credits earlier. That’s because, unlike some sites, Swagbucks doesn’t pay in cash. Instead, you spend your credits on gift vouchers for certain brands, which are then sent to you to be used.
Swagbucks is also available on Android and Apple devices, so no matter what framework you’re running, you can earn them dollars.
A new player in the field, Drop attaches itself to your card transactions, so it can see what you’re buying and when.
Then, Drop compares the stuff you’ve just bought with its list of offers, which update [WHEN] and if you could have got money off somewhere else, or lost out on an offer, Drop negotiates that for you, and makes up the difference.
If you’re constantly using your card for purchases, there’s little to no reason not to sign up and see how much you can save off your normal routine.
We’re not going to lie, when you first hear about it, Trim sounds way too good to be true, especially when you weigh it against the other highest paying apps.
Basically, when you sign up you provide it with the relevant details, then Trim goes through your financial services including your car and home insurance, your monthly bills, phone costs, internet fees and more.
If it works out that you can save money, then it automatically amends the subscriptions, saving you cash without you having to lift a finger.
Considering how crafty some of these companies can be, and how they can change your tariffs at a moments notice, it feels good to get your own back, and save some cash into the bargain.
A straight cashback app that can give you up to 7% returns on anything that you buy online, TopCashBack are partnered with literally thousands of retailers, and by using their sales portal you could potentially save that money on everything that you buy.
They guarantee the highest payouts, including a payout bonus for certain cashback values, and unlike some apps there’s no minimum threshold, so you can always take out what you’ve earned.
When you add it up, that means you could be saving a huge amount of money. What’s 7% of everything you spend? Plus, if you sign up today, there’s a $10 sign up bonus!
Putting all this together, it soon becomes obvious why TopCashBack has over a quarter million active users, which is only growing!
An automated voucher program, Dosh is another fire and forget app that does all the hard work in the background.
Basically, you link it to your cards, then whenever you make a purchase, Dosh searches their database for any offers or vouchers that match what you have, and apply them to your bill automatically.
The savings are deposited into your Dosh account, ready to be removed and spent at a later date. It’s as easy as that!
The best thing is, lots of high ticket places work alongside Dosh. Restaurants, large shopping brands, and even hotels. That last one is a biggie, too. The first time you book a hotel after using Dosh, you’ll get a sweet little $25 kickback on top of the money Dosh saves you. So if you like to travel, Dosh could be an awesome way to save some cash.
Plus, Dosh has an awesome little referral program built in. You earn $5 per person you get to sign up, and if you’ve got a business, or you know someone who does and they sign up, you earn 20% of the businesses fees for the next two years. That’s huge.
So if you travel a lot, or even if you don’t you should seriously consider downloading Dosh. After all, it’s absolutely passive income, and you’re just gonna save money on things you already do.
In terms of earning potential, VIPKid stands head and shoulders above the rest of the list, but that’s because you actually need a certified skill to earn anything.
It’s an English teaching app, which hooks you up with foreign students and lets you teach as and when you’re free.
The good thing, you can earn upwards of $20 per hour if you’re good at teaching English and get the right contracts.
The downside is that you need to have specific qualifications, including:
- A Bachelor’s degree of some description
- You have to be legal to work in the USA and Canada
- 1 semester’s experience in some form of teaching or mentoring, or something equivalent
However, if you meet these requirements and you’ve got a passion for the subject, you can easily make some proper money working from anywhere with this app.
Almost everyone wants to earn more money, and a good lot of people are looking to get fitter and healthier.
If this is you, and you want both of these things too, then HealthyWage could be the way forward. It’s an app that potentially pays out a huge amount of cash if you can meet and stick to your goals.
It works on a challenge system. You essentially set your weight loss goal, then bet against your own ability to meet that goal. Often, what keeps people from meeting their goals is a personal stake, so this could be exactly what you need in order to finally lose that weight you’ve been wanting to shift.
It’s not just a gimmick either. It’s actually supported by the Government, and HealthyWage has been featured by BIG names, including CNN the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. This is probably why it’s been used by multiple large corporations to keep their workforce healthy and motivated.
If it works for them, it’ll work for you, so why not give it a try.
Another app where you’re gambling against your own goals, StepBet instead works on the amount of steps you take.
This makes StepBet ideal for people who love a scenic walk, on top of people who are looking to get healthier. If you’re already taking a lot of steps per week, say if you’ve got a step tracker and you know what your weekly steps are, then there’s literally almost zero risk.
It works like this.
You pick an active game which has a certain number of steps as a goal. Each game has multiple people involved, all trying to hit the same goal.
You pay into the pot, and so does everyone else.
You get a step goal which you have to hit both weekly, and by the end time limit of the game.
If you make all your goals, you get your original stake back, plus a tidy profit.
So again, if you’re already active and you know your weekly activity, you’re pretty much risking nothing.
If you’re looking to get more active, this could be just the thing you need to give you the drive and impetus.
Either way, give it a try. Games generally run around $40 per time, so trying it once isn’t that much of a problem, even if you don’t manage to hit your goals.
The best way to make money, is to make your money work for you.
That might be a truism, but it’s a truism because it’s true. If you’re investing even the tiniest portion of your income into something that grows, then compound insurance will take care of the rest.
Acorns works by taking the excess change from purchases you make with your cards and investing it in stocks and bonds, with a decent spread of risk, so unless the market absolutely tanks, you’ll only make profit.
Unless you’re absolutely broke, you’re not likely to notice a few cents here and there, and by the end of the month you could have invested a few dollars that you otherwise wouldn’t. Over the months and years, this can add up, and quickly become a nice little pot that you otherwise wouldn’t have.
There’s a few reasons we love Acorns more than this, though. First off, when you sign up, they plant a tree, so you can feel good about participating in environmentalism whilst you save. Second, it’s normally $1 a month, but for college students, (who need every dollar they can get) it’s free.
Lastly, if you refer a friend, you both get $5 added to your accounts. How many friends do you have who want to save money? That’s right. Just talk to a few of them about this, get them to sign up and you could all have a pretty tidy little investment pot after a couple months.
Almost everyone has so much stuff just sitting around their houses, and you could quite easily be sitting on a little nest egg, especially if you barely use half of what you own.
Decluttr takes old electronics, phones, music and DVDs, and is the simple way to get rid of stuff you don’t use, and make some money into the bargain.
You start by either adding barcodes manually, or using the app and scanning everything in.
Once everything’s uploaded, Decluttr gives you an instant valuation, which you can choose to accept.
Once you’ve accepted, they send you a welcome pack, which contains everything you need to pack up and ship your stuff to them.
As soon as it arrives, they check it over to make sure everything’s in order, then you get paid. Just like that.
So if you’ve got a load of old electronics and DVDs that never see use, why not at least check how much they’re worth. Who knows. You could have a family holiday sitting in the spare room right now!
Instacart is an awesome app that pays you for doing something that you already know how to do, can easily fit around your schedule and pays you for the privilege.
Basically, Instacart is a crowdsourced shopping cart delivery service.
Instead of going and picking up your groceries yourself, you put your list on Instacart and let someone else do it for you.
That’s where you would come in. You can grab that list, do the shopping for them then drop it at their property, getting paid a pretty reasonable sum into the bargain. Especially if you take on larger orders, as there’s a 40c surcharge for every item on the orders you complete. So large orders = far more money.
Getting started is incredibly simple. Signing up is easy, and getting confirmed takes a few days. Once that’s done, Instacart sends you a debit card that you use to purchase customer’s groceries, which should only take a couple more days to arrive.
After that, just grab the orders and get started. You can easily make $10 to $20 per hour, plus tips, if you do it right.
Alternatively, you could pick up one or two orders a week and complete them when you do your own groceries. That way, you’re saving time and making a few dollars, basically for nothing.
Whilst none of these apps will ever make you super rich, there’s definite earning potential here.
By taking on a couple of the highest paying apps and dedicating yourself to them, you can easily earn a few hundred dollars here and there, over what you’d normally make.
There’s nothing stopping you from being smart and saving that money, and who knows how much you could earn or where it could go. All you’ve got to do is start. So good luck!
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