Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. If there is one thing that we never forget to take with us, it is our smartphone. Every year, we spend thousands of hours on our smartphones. What if I tell you that instead of wasting those countless hours, the smartphone can also help you make some extra money on the side.
Yes, you can earn money from your smartphone while waiting in a queue or riding the bus, or even watching a movie. The methods I am going to discuss below really work, but let me get one thing clear: you will not be making a million dollars doing nothing on your phone. The amount may be substantial for many but probably not enough to quit your day job.
With that aside, let us dive into the various methods I have compiled for you to make money from your smartphone.
Get paid to browse the internet
Being one of the top search engines is the holy grail of the internet. This is why it is not surprising to find that certain websites offer money to people for using their search engines. While many of them are not as refined and mature as Google or Bing, some are pretty similar, or even better.
One of the top search engines that you can use to earn money on your internet browsing is Swagbucks. It is one of the most popular money earning platform that offers you points to redeem as money directly into PayPal, or in the form of cashback. The best thing about Swagbucks is that it is powered by Yahoo, one of the oldest and most prestigious search engines out there.
Similarly, if you use Bing(the search engine by Microsoft) as your primary search engine, you can get paid for your searching, shopping and browsing by simply signing up for Bing Rewards. On top of that, if you want to double your earnings, you can download MobileXpression on your phone. This app tracks your internet activity and gathers data for research. In return, it pays you in the form of free gift cards and other rewards.
Get paid for your opinion
Talking about completing surveys may feel gimmicky to some people. However cliché it may be, at least it works.
The market for research is ever increasing and companies are carrying out all sorts of surveys to gather data about their products. This data in turn helps them improve their products, accelerate their marketing efforts and improve customer satisfaction. The market for surveys has grown so big that even huge giants like Google have also entered the market.
The best thing about completing surveys is that you do not need a lot of time or effort for doing it. You can do it riding the bus, in a queue waiting for the coffee or at home while watching a season on Netflix. The best and legit survey platforms are Survey Junkie, Inbox Dollars, Swagbucks and Google Opinion Rewards and make money from your smartphone easily.
Sell old stuff
Having stuff lying around the house that you no longer need, taking up extra space? Well, the best thing you can do is sell all of it through mobile apps such as Decluttr. All you need to do is to download the app on your phone, make an account and start selling your unwanted stuff.
The best thing about Decluttr is that it allows you to scan the barcodes on your books and old CDs and automatically pulls up the information for the product, taking all the hard work out of listing each item to sell online. Once your item is received, you get fast next day payment as well.
You can also sell other items on Decluttr such as electronics etc. Other platforms you can use to sell your old and unwanted stuff are eBay and Amazon. Google has also started buying books from users for cash which is also worth checking out. You can compare the prices on different platforms to get the best possible deals.
Get refunds on purchases
There are a lot of apps and websites that let you compare prices and save money on shopping. However, there is one app that goes way beyond that. Paribus lets you get discounts on the items that you have already purchased and paid for.
Sometimes when we buy something and then visit the same shop the very next time, we find the same item now on discount. It may be shocking to know but many retailers allow you to avail that discount even after you have purchased that item, for a short period of time. However, it is impossible to visit all the stores all the time to find these discounts, read the fine print, and those lengthy terms and conditions to see which retailers offer such refunds.
With Paribus, you can simply scan your receipts and let it do all the work for you. The app is smart enough to identify which retailers offer these discounts after the purchase and for how long. With the power of internet, it regularly checks the prices on those retailers. By keeping a record of all your purchases, it identifies and processes the refunds to be made directly into your account, making you a little extra from the money that you have already spent. The best part is that the app is absolutely free to use.
Become a secret agent
Admit it or not, we have all fantasized about becoming a secret agent at some time in our lives, hiding in the shadows and taking care of bad guys and saying all those super cheesy punch lines. Well, you may not be shooting any bad guys here but the Field Agent app more or less lets you fulfill that fantasy of becoming a spy.
The Field Agent app pays you to do reconnaissance missions, collecting photos, images and information from stores, shops and other locations. Once you download the app, you can see a list of jobs available with their locations on a map. After viewing all the job details, you can accept that job if it fits your skillset. You are then given 2 hours to complete that job, so make sure to select the job when and where you are able to do it. Once finished, you can get the money transferred to your bank account, or get a prepaid debit card worth the amount of money you have earned. So from these methods, you can make money from your smartphone even at home.