With the cost of living rising and household budgets feeling the pinch, you may have been wondering about ways to bring in a little extra cash that can fit in around your job, kids, or other commitments.
Believe it or not, your smartphone could be the only thing you need to start a few little side hustles that will bring in some money and even have fun while doing so. Here are the top six ways to get your phone earning, so you can start making money today!
If you spend time every day commuting on the bus or train or have a ten-minute afternoon coffee break that you currently spend scrolling through your phone, then this time could be put to use earning some money!
There are lots of online survey sites that pay their members money simply for filling in questionnaires about a wide range of subjects, from details regarding their general lifestyle to opinions on certain products. The amount of cash that you can expect to receive per survey is typically nominal, but if you can whiz through a multitude of them every day during time that’s going spare anyway, the money can add up to a tidy little sum.
Have a look online to find the survey site – or sites – that best suit you. Some offer payments directly to your bank account (although you may have to reach a minimum threshold before you’ll be able to make a transfer), while others pay in vouchers for popular platforms, such as Amazon.
Sell Your Snaps
If you’ve been told that you’ve got an eye for taking a great photograph, then this smartphone side hustle could be perfect for you! There are a number of popular platforms available online that allow you to sign-up, up, and then upload your snaps. Visitors can then view your gallery of photographs; every time one sells, you’ll receive a cut. Who knows, if your images are popular, this could turn into something more than a way to generate a bit of extra cash
You’ll need a high-quality camera on your phone for the best chance of making this work; if it’s time for a new handset, have a look here for information on the top phone companies to get started.
Or Sell Your Old Stuff
Another great way to sell money on your smartphone during your spare time is to sell some of your old stuff that you don’t use anymore.
Have a sort out by rummaging through your wardrobe or clearing out that cupboard where you stick stuff that you’re not sure what to do with…and it languishes there for years. Be ruthless: if you don’t like it anymore or you don’t use it (and know, in your heart, that you’re never going to), then snap a few quick pics of the item on your phone. When you next get a spare minute or two – perhaps when sitting in a waiting room or on your lunch break – list what you want to sell on the platform of your choice.
You may be surprised by just how much extra cash you can bring in by regularly listing your old stuff – committing to listing just one item a day could generate a substantial amount of money by the end of a month.
Get Micro Tasking
It’s not just online surveys that will pay – you can also undertake a range of micro tasks to bring in some extra cash. Platforms offer members the opportunity to generate income by, for example, watching a video, playing a game, visiting a certain website, or even simply browsing the web!
Many tasks take just minutes to complete, so they’re the perfect way to monetize your spare time in a way that hardly feels like work at all. Most sites work by awarding points for each mission completed which can be exchanged for vouchers or cash, depending on the platform you choose.
Sell Your Data
Not everyone will be comfortable with this option, but it offers an easy way to make money with your phone. Customer behavior data is gold dust to many companies, and they’re willing to pay a substantial sum for it. Be careful before signing up to make sure that the platform you’re thinking about using is legitimate. If you’re satisfied that it is, then you’ll usually be asked to simply install an app on your phone that will track your searches and what you purchase online.
Some platforms will pay you $50 just to sign up!
Become a Product Tester
And finally, use your phone to sign up to a product testing site – you’ll usually need to complete a survey first that will ask you a range of lifestyle questions so that you’ll be matched with the most relevant products to test.
This is a fun way to bring in some extra cash: you’ll be sent items to test and then asked to complete an online survey at the end of the test period to give your honest opinion about the products. As well as getting paid to do this, you’ll also regularly receive some free stuff, making it one of the most perfect ways to make money from your phone!