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Great Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Make Money

If your new year’s resolution was to get a bit smarter with your money, then why not use your smartphone to net you some extra cash whenever you find yourself with a little bit of free time on your hands during the day. Use the fifteen-minute bus ride to work, the wait outside the doctors’ room, or that odd bit of time before you need to pick the kids up from school to start making a little bit extra on the side. Use the tips below to get your smartphone working for you!

Survey and Shopping Sites

Sites offering paid surveys are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s no surprise why: sign up to a site such as Swagbucks, and you can immediately begin answering surveys, shopping online, playing games, and watching videos, for example, to earn either gift cards or cash. The beauty of these platforms is that users are often rewarded for doing the tasks or enjoying the content that they would have in any case.

It may be worth signing up to several sites to reap the biggest benefits: be aware, however, that many sites require you to have accrued a minimum amount in your account before you can withdraw these funds.

Upload Your Videos to Youtube

If you’ve got creative flair and enjoy creating videos that you think could capture the public’s imagination, then you could consider creating a Youtube channel and regularly uploading this content. Once your subscriber numbers reach a certain level, you will have the opportunity to monetize your operation by allowing Youtube to display ads on the videos you post.

To help create successful content, be sure to make your videos as unique and engaging as possible. For budding filmmakers, why not include some stock footage to widen the scope of your video and enhance its professionalism. Choose a royalty-free option to help keep costs down as you get started. You could also upload video lessons, how-to guides, and handy tutorials to tempt in the viewers.

Flipping For Profit

The practice of flipping relates to where something is acquired for free, or for a discounted amount of money, and then sold at a profit – and your smartphone can make this a quick and easy process to bring in some funds.

Pick up items on auction sites, at thrift stores, or car boot sales that you think could be profitable, give them a clean up (if necessary/appropriate), and then snap a quick couple of photos on your phone and list online – and hopefully watch the dollars roll in as a result.

Cashback Sites

Signing up to a cashback site or two is one of the easiest ways to make money using your smartphone that there is. Once you’re signed up, every time you want to buy a product or service online, check the platform first to see if the retailer or supplier is listed there. If they are, then simply visit the site via the platform, conduct the transaction as normal, and you’re done! Cashback sites usually work by giving you either a percentage of your total spend back or a fixed amount – and once the money is available in your account, it can be transferred directly into your bank account.

Using these sites for high-value purchases, such as for jewelry, electronics, or holidays, can prove to be very rewarding indeed, and for almost zero effort, too.

Micro Tasks

There are apps on the Internet that will pay you real-life cash in exchange for you to do various micro-tasks like watching ads, doing surveys, transcribing speech to text, etc. The tasks may vary depending on the app, their partners, and so on. In recent years the gig economy has become extremely popular since it allows people to make money on their terms and from the comfort of their own homes. Some of these money-making apps even have an option to payout in crypto.

For example, JumpTask is a newly released Defi platform, which is fueled by a cryptocurrency called JumpToken. But in order to find what works best for you, you will need to do your own research and learn about money-making apps.

Monetize Your Side Hustle

Whether you’ve got some carpentry skills or some writing chops, why not sign up for a freelance platform to connect you to the people that are willing to pay for your abilities. Next time you’re waiting outside the changing room for your children’s swimming lesson to end, or killing time during a train journey, then use those moments to put together your profile and list your hourly rate.

Most freelance sites have a downloadable app, so as well as being able to create and update your profile on the go, you can also apply for jobs that have been posted by employers looking to hire freelancers and respond to messages from potential new connections, too.

Sell Your Photos

If you’re good behind a lens, then this could pull in some extra pennies, too! There are several sites (such as Shutterstock) that allow members to add a photo and will subsequently pay each time someone downloads the shot. If you’ve got an eye for a great photo, then why not turn your hobby into a money-making enterprise? This is a great way to earn passive income: once you’ve uploaded your collection of pictures, there’s nothing else to do!

Making Your Smartphone Pay

The tips above represent some of the easiest and most accessible ways to start making money with just your smartphone and a few free moments throughout the day. There are plenty of other ideas, too: from mystery shopping or renting your car parking space out, to receipt scanning, with the help of just your phone, there’s the potential to generate income simply and consistently to help you achieve a healthy cash flow in 2022.

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis is a Eurogamer reporter who is interested in streaming, people and communities, and providing marginalized individuals a voice.
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