Now, I don’t mean to sound like your grandpa, but people do spend a ton of time on their phones today. I get it, I like Subway Surfers as much as the next guy. But, if you’re going to be staring at your phone anyway, wouldn’t you rather be making money while you’re doing it?
That’s right. These days, you can make money right from that iPhone in your pocket with one of these 7 awesome apps I’m going to tell you about. For one of them, all you have to do is give your opinion, and for another, you literally just have to walk! How easy is that?
Here are the 7 best apps to make money from your phone in 2021. Let’s go!
This one is for all you amateur photographers out there that think you take better pictures than your friends. Sure, you’re not a professional by any means, but when you get the right lighting and that perfect angle on your iPhone camera, you take some stunning pics! Well, why not put your talents to work?
With Foap, you can upload all your beautiful photos and videos to an online portfolio. Then, your work becomes publicly for sale. If a brand, agency, or other Foap user decides to purchase your photo, then you get paid!
Unfortunately, you have to split the proceeds with Foap 50/50. But hey, if you’re going to be taking a ton of pictures anyway, it’s better to make some money than none. Plus, a photo can sell more than once, so you could get paid off that one stunning photo over and over and over. You can even submit a photo to a specific project, which are called “Missions,” and potentially earn up to $100 for a single photo!
Who said you’re not a professional photographer? You’re taking great pictures and getting paid for them. What do you call that?
This next app isn’t for photographers, but for another type of artist, the shopaholic.
If you find yourself spending countless hours online shopping, you absolutely have to download this app. Honestly, I can’t think of a reason everyone shouldn’t have Rakuten on their home screen. There’s literally no downside.
Formerly known as Ebates, the Rakuten app provides you with coupons that you can use in a ton of different online stores, it lets you compare items before you purchase them so you can get the best possible price, and best of all, you get cashback!
That’s right, you’re looking at cashback rewards from over 2,500 online stores. Unless you’re looking to buy some rare gem or some exotic pet fish, you’re probably going to find anything you’re looking for in one of those 2,500 stores, which means you’re earning cashback pretty much every time you make a purchase. And some of these stores offer as much as 40% back!
You can choose to either redeem your rewards through the app, which will send your money via PayPal or check, or you can link up a credit or debit card and earn in-store credit. I’d probably go with the cold hard PayPal cash, but the choice is yours.
Everyone’s got to buy stuff once in a while, but you know what you’re always doing? Thinking, I hope. Well, guess what? You could be getting paid for your thoughts and opinions with this next app!
#3: Google Opinion Rewards
Alright, alright, I know, survey apps are stupid. Most of the time, you spend hours taking boring surveys, only to earn $1 in like six months. I agree, there are far better ways to spend your time. But, if you’re going to use a survey-based money-making app, it might as well be from a reputable company like Google!
That’s right, you may have heard of Swagbucks, or iPoll, or Money App, but did you know that Google has its own money-making survey app? And it’s by far the most legit out of all of them. You can take short surveys while you’re on the subway, on the toilet, waiting for your girlfriend to get ready, anytime you have some time to kill, and you’ll be earning cold hard cash.
No, you’re not going to get filthy rich, but the nice thing about Google Opinion Rewards is that all your earnings can be redeemed as either Google Play credit or via PayPal. That means you can use your money to buy movies, apps, games, and ebooks, or just put it straight in your bank account. You’re usually looking at between one cent and $1 per survey, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s better than most survey apps, and it adds up quickly!
While you’re probably not going to get rich from taking money-making surveys, this next app could actually make you some serious dough. We’re taking it to Wall Street with this one, baby!
If you know anything about investing, you know that having idle cash sitting around and not invested is money missed out on. Go smash that piggy bank right now and download Acorns! This app rounds all of your purchases up to the next dollar and automatically puts the difference into a portfolio of ETFs, which are diversified across over 7,000 stocks and bonds.
Basically, all that loose change that you lose in the crevices of your car or under your couch is getting invested into the market and is almost guaranteed to grow in the long run. You can also set up automatic monthly transfers to Acorns, so you can just sit back and watch your money grow.
If you have trouble saving money, use your credit card a lot, and want to do some hands-off investing, Acorns is your go-to. The base-level investment plan costs $1 per month. But don’t worry, that’s nothing compared to what you’ll make using this app.
This next app is a great way to get some money in your pocket and clean out your closet while you’re at it.
Look around the room that you’re sitting in right now. I can almost guarantee you there’s at least one item that you don’t need. Wouldn’t you rather have some extra cash in your pocket than that old gaming console? Your fifth pair of Nikes? That remote control car you got for like your 7th birthday?
I get it, it’s hard to give stuff up. But with OfferUp, it gets a little easier. You can snap a picture of the items you want to sell with your phone, and list them instantly on OfferUp’s marketplace. You can chat with potential buyers right through the app, and when you’ve sold your item and it’s time to ship, OfferUp will send you a shipping label, so all you have to do is box up whatever it is you’re selling and leave it for the postman. Super easy!
Not only is OfferUp a great way to make some money off your old junk, but people have also made some serious cash selling other people’s stuff as well. You can go to garage sales, look on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or hit some thrift stores. Then you list all that stuff you got on OfferUp and flip it for a profit! The sky’s the limit with how much money you could make on this app.
Selling stuff on OfferUp is so easy that you won’t have to break a sweat, but this next app, well, sweat is what it’s all about.
First of all, full disclosure, this app is never going to make you rich, but it might make you ripped. And just like my mom says, “Your health is your wealth.” Basically, the Sweatcoin app pays you for every step you take. That’s right, leave your phone on in your pocket and you’ll be getting paid as you walk around doing your daily routine.
Want to make some more money? Get on the track and start running laps. Motivating yourself to exercise is always a difficult thing, but you might find it gets a whole lot easier when someone is literally paying you.
Sweatcoin pays you in a digital cryptocurrency which is called, you guessed it, Sweatcoin. And while unfortunately it can’t be redeemed for cash, you can use it for yoga classes, a new iPhone, an Apple Watch, or even a Carribean vacation! Unfortunately, it’s probably going to take you several years to afford any of those rewards since the pay rates on Sweatcoin are pretty low. But still, when you can get rewarded for literally just walking. There’s no reason not to download this app.
Now, most people can walk, but you’re special, and you have special talents. And I think you should be getting paid for them! Well, do I have some good news for you!
Most people have probably heard of Fiverr. But, if you’re unaware, it’s a marketplace for freelancers to offer their services, whatever those services might be. And you can pretty much offer whatever. There are some seriously random things that people do on Fiverr. Just looking through the website, I saw celebrity impersonators, writing little intro jingles for cartoons and podcasts and stuff, handing out flyers, and even a guy who will apparently say anything as a gangster. I guess someone was willing to pay him for that…
Anyway, Fiverr is one of the best places on the internet to start your side hustle. Basically, you just have to create a profile that details your skills and experience, and then you can start listing services that people can pay you for.
The more gigs you complete, the more new gigs you’ll get. And who knows? Maybe you go from having a side hustle on Fiverr to being a full-time freelancer! So, if you have some skills that you think people will pay you for, get on your phone and fire up that Fiverr profile!