Smartphone Side Hustles – Make $500/Month With These Simple Smartphone Apps

by Chris Durst       June 27, 2017

Love your smartphone? Love money? Well, hey now… this post is for you!

If you’re looking for a convenient way to make money on the side, you’ll want to check out these “smartphone side hustle” apps! (Our list also includes some screened affiliate links, which help us keep the computers running. Thanks!) 

Field Agent
Field Agent tasks usually pay $3-$12 each, says the company. A typical job might be going to a local store, taking a pic of a product, and answering questions about its price or placement. The app also offers paid consumer surveys. Payment is by PayPal or Dwolla.

Get a $10 welcome bonus and rapid cash rebates from your Walmart, Target, and other purchases at over 300 retail locations. It’s free. Cash via PayPal, Venmo, or gift card (your preference) usually within 24 hours. Food Assistance Program purchases are eligible, too.

The gigs for “Gigwalkers” pay $3 to $100 or more, says Gigwalk. User reviews suggest that most gigs range from $5-$20, though that may depend on location. A gig could be taking a product pic at a local store, or making sure that a marketing event is done on time. Didn’t see any recent mentions of $100 gigs, though that doesn’t mean they aren’t available. Payment is by PayPal.

The Swagbucks mobile app has many ways to make money, including surveys on products and businesses.

They pay in Swagbucks, generally 100 = $1, which you can convert into PayPal cash or gift cards. The easiest way to make money is probably by referring friends and getting a 10% commission on what they earn (for life). You can also earn points by using their search engine — currently, it’s Yahoo doing the actual searches in the background — and by adding their “SwagButton” to your browser. The button tells you how much cash back you’ll get when you buy something online from Walmart (right now, 5%), Groupon (7%) or other sites you land on. There are thousands, the company says.

Swagbucks also gives promos and other quick ways to grab extra Swagbucks during the day. (For example, earn 1500 Swagbucks for posting a Swagbucks reference and link on Twitter.)

Like other online rewards programs, Swagbucks won’t produce a big income, but is a way to get money on the side for extras or to help make ends meet.

Like Gigwalk and Field Agent, gigs may involve “audits” (checking an item in a store), scavenger hunts (finding a specific product in a local store), or taking a photo of a storefront. Users report gigs averaging $2-$5 with time commitments of 10-20 minutes, though again this will depend on location. And as with Gigwalk and Field Agent, you’ll want to maximize your return by already being out of the house when you take a gig. Payment by PayPal.

“For each mobile device you register you will receive up to $50 a year,” the company says. For consumer trend data, the TV and radio ratings company will pay you to install an undetectable app on your smartphone, computer or tablet. The app follows your web use. Your name is separated from the data, and devices run as usual. User IDs and passwords are not collected, the company adds.

PineCone Research
Get paid $3 for surveys that typically take 15-20 minutes. PineCone also sometimes sends you products to test.

Surveys on the Go
Get paid for taking surveys on your smartphone. You can cash out once your account reaches at least $10. Payment via PayPal.

Earn cash back when you purchase alcohol and scan receipts. Save money at any bar, restaurant or grocery store with discount shopping coupons. Try new drinks with local deals and other rewards.

Find offers, make your purchase, upload your receipt. Once approved, your account will be credited. You can cash out with as little as $1.

When you buy something and the price drops, this app automatically gets you money back. Also if Amazon or Walmart deliveries are late. Paribus gets a fee of up to 25%, you keep the rest.

This app places content on your phone’s lock screen. This could include trending articles, flash sales, coupons, etc. Swipe left if it’s of interest, and earn 750 points. Swipe right if you are not interested, and still earn 50 points. Accumulate points and redeem rewards for cash or gift cards from your favorite retailers.

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