Smartphones have become an integral part of modern life. We’ve come to depend on our phones for communicating, playing games, taking photos, and using apps. But in addition to those things, it has also become possible to earn money using your mobile phone.
In this blog post, I’ll be sharing five ways for you to earn on your smartphone. You won’t become rich through these methods. But they are great ways to augment your regular income. And since your mobile phone is most likely always with you, it’ll be easy to use these earning methods during your free time. That means you can use these earning methods on top of your regular work. Want to learn more about these earning methods? Read on!
Take Stock Photos
I used to think taking stock photos was reserved for people with fancy camera gear. While it’s true that to become a full-time photographer you will need professional gear, smartphones have gotten better. My current camera phone has over 12 megapixels, which is a pretty astounding spec. That’s good enough to take stock photos. And certain stock photo-selling sites allow members to sell photos taken using mobile phones, provided the image meets certain requirements (for example, 6 megapixels, and no graininess). If you want to give this a try, check out Shutterstock.
Let an App Monitor Your Internet Usage
I mentioned a while ago that it’s super-easy to use your mobile phone to earn. This method is the easiest way, since you literally don’t have to do anything. There are apps that you can install
on your phone or mobile device, and… that’s it. You don’t have to do anything. No tasks, no jobs, nothing. Just keep it running in the background, and you get paid after a certain period of time. These apps monitor your internet usage, and send the data back to research companies. This information is valuable, because companies want to know what people like to view and respond to online. If you’re concerned about privacy, don’t worry. These apps won’t capture your passwords, and all information is anonymized. That means your identity won’t be linked to the data the company receives. Check out Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel Review for more info on this earning method.
Answering surveys is one of my favorite ways to earn using my mobile phone. I’m a pretty opinionated person – I already like answering surveys on social media. I like the idea that I can actually get paid for sharing my opinions. A rewards site like ZoomBucks will provide its members with surveys to answer. Whenever a member completes answering one, they earn points. These points can then be converted to cash or gift cards when they’ve earned at least 3,000 points (worth $3). ZoomBucks is a new rewards site, but opinions on the site seem to be positive. Check out this thread on EarnThatBuck, a community of people dedicated to finding ways to earn via side hustles.
This is another earning method you can do on ZoomBucks. Like answering surveys, watching videos is already something I enjoy doing. So why not get paid in the process, right? ZoomBucks has several video channels, which range from tech, lifestyle, and other interests. You can always switch between channels of course. When you finish watching a video, you earn points. Your earnings from watching videos won’t be as big as answering surveys, but that’s okay. I consider watching videos a passive way of earning, since you don’t have to do anything once the video is playing. In fact, you can keep videos playing on your office desk, or while you do chores around the house.
Do Cashback Shopping
This isn’t an earning method per se, but it’s worth adding here. Cashback shopping is basically a rebate program. When you shop at a particular establishment, you will get part of the money you paid back (hence the term “cashback”). There are apps that compile cashback offers, and you can pick and choose which ones to use. My favorite cashback shopping app is Ibotta, but the EarnThatBuck community also has a forum dedicated to cashback shopping. This is a great resource for cashback shopping – and all sorts of earning methods, too.
One of my favorite things about cashback shopping is that it encourages me to use shops and establishments that I don’t usually check out. When a great deal comes up on the app, I’ll give it a try. And this has led me to discover lots of new shops I would have otherwise not found out about. But take note that some cashback apps will require you to scan or photograph your receipt, to become eligible to receive the cashback amount. But overall this is an easy requirement to fulfill.