How To Make Money With Your Smartphone
I just recently got a new iPhone4, it is a big improvement from my iPhone 3g that I’ve had since 2008. I was able to convert the old iPhone into an iPod touch for my daughter Zoe to use. The problem with iPhones is that they are so expensive to own, luckily there are quite a few apps that you can earn cash and gift cards from to offset the costs. I have already reviewed several of my favorite apps that pay you, such as Checkpoints and Field Agent in previous posts, but I have downloaded and tested several more. Here is another list of apps that will come in handy for anyone who wants a to make little bit of extra money with their smartphone. All of these apps are free to download and pay you instead of you paying them.
WeReward is an app from Izea that is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. This app has several ways to earn points which are converted to cash at the rate of .01 cents per point. You can take pictures of products you have purchased, download apps, and even take pictures in local stores to earn points. There is a referral program that pays you 10% of what your referrals make. You need to have a minimum of $10.00 earned in order to cash out. So far I have cashed out a total of $15.05 that went directly to my Paypal. I like getting paid to download and try apps. The biggest reward I received was 10.00 for signing up to Nielson Digital Rewards. Here is my referral link, thanks in advance for using it.
SurveyApp – msw loop is an app that pays you for answering surveys on your iPhone. I like that you are paid for filling out your profile questions at the rate of $.01 per question, there is a limit to how many profile questions you can answer each day, which I thought was a little strange. For paid surveys you receive $.10 per question. There is a referral program that pays you $1.00 per referral that reaches the $10.00 minimum to cash out. I have been paid once, directly to Paypal, by SurveyApp so far. I thought it was interesting that my payment was generated when I reached $6.63 rather than their stated minimum of $10.00, I’m not going to complain about that. Here is the link:
Shopkick is an app for iPhone and Android that pays you for checking in to stores and scanning products. I like this app as a supplement to Checkpoints but it does not earn nearly as fast. There are several different prizes available such as Target, Best Buy or iTunes gift cards, I did email support to request Amazon and Paypal cards but they do not offer them at this time. I was able to accumulate 3750 points for a $15.00 iTunes gift card within about 3 months of opening the app everyday and clicking for points, scanning only a few times a month. You do not have to actually go into the stores to receive points from them but you get more points for walking into select stores. One nice thing about Shopkick is the special discounts for Shopkick users from some of their main partners like Best Buy and Target. There is a referral program that pays 50 Kickbucks for each referral (referrals get a matching 50 points) which I think should be a lot higher for this kind of program. Here is the link: Shopkick
Gigwalk is an iPhone app that pays you to do small mystery shopping jobs at local businesses just like Field agent. This app looks really good and there are tons of jobs available to people who live in large metro areas. Most jobs appear to pay at least $4.00 each and I have seen jobs that pay as much as $20.00. There is no minimum payout and they pay you through Paypal. Unfortunately they do not have any jobs available in Spokane yet. I will definitely be trying this out the next time I happen to be in Seattle.There is no referral program at this time. Here is the link:
Cash4Books is a unique way to earn money with your iPhone or Android. The way this app works is you go around to places where used books are being sold. Some examples are garage sales, flea markets, and used book stores. You scan the barcode to check it against their database and if the price is lower to buy it than they will pay you for it you will make a profit buy selling the book to them. Within days after they receive the books, you can choose to be paid by either check or PayPal.They do have certain quality expectations and the books must have been published within the last 5 years. The books they are buying as well as the price they pay varies by market conditions.They pay for shipping when you make an agreement to sell them a specific book. I have not used this app to sell them any books at this time but I have scanned a few books I had around the house just to test them. I was surprised by the depth of the database, they even had Zoe’s Diego sticker book on file but they weren’t buying it at the time. There is a referral program that pays $5 for every one you refer to sign up that sells a book. I found this quote from their website to be absolutely hilarious: “Finally, we have absolutely no affiliation with that other “Cash4″ company (the end of their name rhymes with mold). ;-)”
I hope everybody enjoys these and I will continue to be on the look out for even more apps that pay you in the future. Here is my new post about protecting your iPhone.
For even more information about apps that pay you, check out AppsThatPayYou.com.
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