“I wish it weren’t so easy to rake in extra cash,” said no one ever. Whether you’ve got a full-time job or not, making extramoney is always a good thing—the only problem is figuring out how to actually do it. Here, 10 apps to help boost your bank account (as if you needed another reason to love your smartphone).
If you took an honest look at your wardrobe, you’d probably realize there are things you barely touched for all of 2015. It’s a new year, the “I’ll totally wear this someday!” jig is up, and you might as well make money while cleaning out your closet.Poshmark, which is available for free on iOS and Google Play, lets you open a virtual shop full of items you no longer want. The influx of cash will make parting with them easier than you’d think.
Given that college textbooks can seem almost as expensive as a year’s tuition, it’s worth it to earn some of that money back whenever possible. Thanks to BookScouter, you can sell the titles that are collecting dust on your shelves. Snag the app for free on iOS and Google Play.
3. Surveys On The Go
Instead of scrolling through Instagram when you’re waiting for a friend to show up for dinner, fill out a few quick surveys for money. Major brands, companies, and research firms use apps like Surveys On The Go to collect feedback about their products and campaigns. While the surveys typically pay around $1 each, according to reviews they usually only take a few minutes to complete, meaning you can reach the $10 minimum to cash out on PayPal pretty easily. You can try it for free on iOS and Google Play.
If you’re such a pro at handling your own to-do list that you want to cross things off other people’s, TaskRabbit, a free app on iOS and Google Play, can help. After applying online to become a Tasker, you get to set hourly rates for running various errands like organizing people’s closets, helping them with research, or even waiting in line for concert tickets.
Much like TaskRabbit, GigWalk pays you for jobs. The main difference is that while TaskRabbit’s assignments are usually from other people, Gigwalk’s are from brands and retailers who want to know things like how their products are displayed in stores or make sure their marketing events are going off without a hitch. You can get between $3 to $300 for taking on their assignments and sending photos as proof, and the app is free on iOS and Google Play.
Getting paid to live healthily sounds like a dream, but it’s possible. When you sign up for Pact, which you can download for free on iOS and Google Play, you make weekly promises to exercise more, eat more vegetables, or log your meals. If you fulfill your goal, you get up to $5 per week. And if you don’t? You’ll be paying other members who do, so it’s a good way to stay motivated.
If deep down all you’ve ever wanted is to be a spy, mystery shopping is an easy way to make it happen without doing something time-consuming like actually signing up for the CIA. When you join Mobee, which is free on iOS and Google Play, you get rewards for reviewing certain stores and restaurants on the sly. Each time you complete a “mission,” (see, you practically are a real spy) you get points you can eventually redeem, sometimes for gift cards and sometimes for cash.
You can rack up Swagbucks (or SB, as the app likes to call them) for taking surveys, watching videos, performing specific online searches, and playing online games. Depending on how many SB you get, you can trade them for gift cards and money. Check it out for free on iOS and Google Play.
Frequent shoppers, this one’s for you. Shopkick, free on iOS and Google Play, rewards you for simply walking through the doors of participating stores like Best Buy and Target. You get points called “kicks” each time you enter a store that’s partnered with the app, and you can score them even faster by completing challenges like scanning certain barcodes. Sometimes you even get kicks for making a purchase. Once you have enough, you can cash out for gift cards to places like Starbucks and Sephora.
10. Snap By Groupon
After downloading the app, which is free on iOS and Google Play, you can browse through various grocery items that are available for cashback rebates. Once you buy one of the products and submit a photo of your receipt, the app puts money in your Snap By Groupon account. After earning $20, you get a check basically paying you for shopping, which means you’re living the dream.