Making Money Gone Mobile? Cashing in with Your Cellphone
Smartphones are one of the most popular ways that people stay connected to either each other in addition to quick access to information like e-mail, the Internet and social media sites. So it is no wonder that businesses have found a way for you to make money through the use of your smartphone. After all, you have them where ever you go, you can use them anywhere and they are easy to use. Whether you own an iPhone or an Android, there are apps out there for everyone that are quick, easy and that will pay you money just for performing simple tasks.
The tasks vary in terms of pay—you may only receive a few cents (pennies-per-action) just by clicking on a button or you could earn a few dollars if you download an app or take a picture of a specified object and then upload it to a remote server. This is all a new form of advertising that benefits both you (you will be compensated) and the advertiser who hopes that the picture you take of their product will be dropped into your shopping cart with the intention of purchasing it. Some of the apps require a bit more work, but that also means higher pay. Here are ten smartphone pay opportunities that might be worth a further look:
If you have an iPhone, then Gigwalk is for you. You will be asked to take a picture of a specified location or even make a video of a specific event. These images and videos help companies like TomTom increase their coverage for their GPS devices. Right now, the app is only available in six major cities throughout the United States, but has the potential to grow if it proves to be successful. Gigwalk pay ranges from three dollars up to thirty dollars per task.
Here is an app that pays you to download other apps onto your iPhone. You first need to sign up with Apperang. After that, you will be provided with a list of apps that will pay you for downloading them. After you download the requested app, you need to open it at least one time in order to be eligible to receive payment. A free app will usually pay only twenty-five cents, but paid apps will pay you the price of the app plus some extra. There is coding in the link to the app from Apperang’s interface so that the app developer knows you downloaded the right app and then they will be able to pay you for downloading it. As soon as you hit the one dollar mark in your Apperang account, you can transfer your earnings into your bank account.
The iPhone, iPod Touch and Android work with this app. When you open Checkpoints you will get a product list to scan from your local businesses. Each time you scan the barcode of one of these products on the list you will earn points that accumulate towards a cash reward or gift certificate. Most of the products earn you ten to fifteen points each, but there are some that go as high as fifty points. And if your mobile device cannot scan products, you still can earn points simply by downloading advertisements.
This app can be used on iPhones and Androids. You earn points every time you visit one of the stores that are affiliated with this app. You can earn more points by scanning the barcodes of certain products while you are in the store. Another way to earn points with Shopkick is by scanning ads that are not in the stores or by visiting the stores on Facebook.
The points you earn go towards discounts on your purchases at these stores or towards a gift card. The only glitch with this particular app is that the GPS technology does not always work. Your device is supposed to be recognized through a sensor in the ceiling of the store, but it does not always work properly.
You can use this app with your iPhone, Android or Blackberry. WeReward will deposit money into your PayPal account if you provide them pictures of yourself with a specified product that you purchased. The catch is that you have to first buy the product before you get payment from them. A penny per point is usually the going rate and although it sounds like a small amount, it can add up quickly if you use many of the listed items. The pictures you take can be of you using the product anywhere, any time.
This app is only available for iPhones. In order to earn points, which are turned into cash once you hit a certain amount, you need to review other iPhone apps or download apps from a provided list. Unfortunately, AppRewards does not have much of a list for requested app reviews to get you to the 1750 required points to earn you a five-dollar PayPal deposit. However, you can sign up for their e-mail alerts and you will be notified when new review requests have been added.
7. Field Agent
This is another app that is only available for the iPhone. It is, however, one of the higher paying apps with a pay range of three to ten dollars per task. The only problem is that the assignments are not very easy. For example, you may be asked to visit a specific retailer and take pictures or answer questions as if you were a secret shopper, but the task (once accepted) needs to be completed within a few hours. And do not think about fudging your way through it or submitting a below average report because it will affect your agent rating which means you are way down on the list when it comes to getting access to assignments when they become available. The money you earn for these assignments are deposited into your PayPal account.
This is an interesting app that lets you create ads for services and products and then share them through your social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or YouTube). The endorsement you create can be a video you create, or a sponsored Tumblr post or tweet. A “social score” determines how much money each click or view is worth. This score is calculated by how many “likes” or “retweets” your endorsement gets and how often followers or friends click on it. This app works with either the iPhone or Android and users can take pictures of themselves with their favorite products or check into a location and then endorse those as well.
This app is similar to Field Agent and Gigwalk because it is a mystery shopping app for the iPhone and 3g iPads. The jobs are referred to as missions rather than tasks or assignments. After you log into GoSpotCheck, you will be able to see what missions are available in your location. You can also look at where the missions are on a map. You only have eight hours to complete a mission once you reserve it. If you do not finish it, then someone else can take it. You will be required to answer all the questions pertaining to the mission and provide any pictures that are required. Most of their missions take just minutes to complete.
Signing and logging in with Jingit requires a Facebook account and you need to access it from a computer rather than a mobile device. You also need to be a United States citizen who is at least thirteen years old (minors are required to have parental consent via e-mail). You can use an Android, iPhone or your computer to earn money through JingIt. Here you are required to watch short commercials and then click a button when you are done watching in order to earn cash. Once you log on, click the earn button to see if there are any available videos and you can watch them and then get paid instantly afterwards.
Another aspect of JingIt is their paid check in feature for your mobile device where you can get paid fifty cents for scanning specific bar codes in some stores. Right now, Mio, Planters Peanut Butter and refrigerated Jell-O products for the Kraft Hunger Campaign are the only available items for scanning. Viewing a video can earn you six cents or up to fifty cents for a short commercial. There was an initial earning limit of five dollars without any referrals. However, since Beta testing has ended, the earning limit is now ten dollars per week with the potential of earning fifteen dollars per week by adding referrals.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to earn some extra money without having to do much more than keeping your smartphone handy, these ten apps will certainly be a great way to achieve that goal with minimal effort on your part.
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