11 of the best apps to make some extra money

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11 of the best apps to make some extra money

You will not make enough to retire on but there are plenty of apps out there which can help get you some extra cash.

Some are more time-consuming than others but simply taking a few photos and completing surveys could earn you a little extra pocket money.

Many of these apps can be used whenever you have a few spare minutes but you will need to be in it for the long game to make any significant cash.

Other apps will use a point system which will reward you with vouchers for the likes of Amazon and high street stores.

But bear in mind you will need a Paypal account for quite a few of them.

Job Spotter

You can earn cash using the Jobspotter phone app
You can earn cash using the Jobspotter phone app

Job Spotter pays users to take photos of job adverts in windows and submit them to the app’s creators, indeed.com. Jobseekers can then view these adverts online.

Those taking part will receive between five and 150 points per advert, depending on its originality. This is calculated by an algorithm within the app which decides how ‘valuable’ the advert is.

A unique advert for a small business is worth more points than a generic job advert for a large company.

Job Spotter is easy to use. Simply open the app, press a button to load the camera, snap the advert and the store’s name, then submit. This will only take seconds.

Each point earned can be exchanged for an Amazon voucher and you could earn enough points to be worth around £50 in a month.

Roamler

This app pays you for performing small mystery shopping tasks around the city and is slightly more involved than some other money-making apps.

App users are usually asked to take photos of stock in shops or supermarkets and answer some questions about product availability.

Each task tends to take no longer than a few minutes. The more complicated missions tend to offer better rewards.

The problem with Roamler is that it is by invitation only, so you’ll need to track down an invite code from an existing user. You can go on to the Roamler UK Facebook page to seek a code.

New users will also have to complete a series of unpaid tasks before getting any opportunities to earn cash to provide training and ensure you are committed.

With each task completed, you’ll earn experience points which eventually allow you to ‘level up’. Higher-level users are offered more paid tasks.

When offered a task you need to be quick otherwise another Roamler user will beat you to it.

Again, if you use the app properly and are committed you could earn awards worth around £40 to £50.

Toluna

You can earn cash using the Toluna phone app
You can earn cash using the Toluna phone app

Toluna pays you for taking surveys. You can earn 2,000 points for taking part in major surveys, which typically take 15-20 minutes to complete, or 15 points by completing one-question surveys.

You can also create your own short surveys, or gather opinions on a topic you’re interested in.

There is an impressive range of gift cards, rewards or sweepstake entries for you to spend your points on.   

But you will need to earn a lot of points to make it worthwhile.

A £5 Starbucks voucher costs 25,000 points. A £20 Amazon voucher costs 107,000 points. A £35 Paypal payment costs 185,000 points.

These points can be exchanged for gift vouchers at Amazon, Debenhams or Marks & Spencer, or for Paypal payments.

Fronto

Fronto places adverts on your phone’s lock screen and pays points for unlocking your phone.

These points can be exchanged for gift vouchers at Amazon, Debenhams or Marks & Spencer, or for Paypal payments.

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If you click through to the websites advertised, you can earn more points. Fronto will not use up much of your data.

To make it worthwhile you will need to be in it for the long game and keep Fronto adverts on your screen for around a year.

PocketBounty

This app allows you to earn coins by taking surveys, downloading apps, entering competitions and even watching videos.

These coins can be exchanged for vouchers at Amazon or Google Play, as well as PayPal payments. 

This is not the most efficient app for making cash as you can waste a lot of time filling out demographic information only to be told you’re not suitable to take part in a survey.

Downloading apps and watching videos for points can also be time-consuming and frustrating as you may have to deal with pop-ups and watch extra videos.

Receipt Hog

The app pays you to take photos of your receipts. Each one from grocery or health and beauty stores earns you between five and 20 coins depending on the size of the purchase.  The maximum amount of coins you can earn from submitting receipts is capped at 100 per week.  

Receipts from other types of retailers, including clothes, electronics and home improvement stores, earn you one spin on the ‘Hog Slots’. This slot machine game pays out between 0 and 2,000 coins per spin.

Each receipt submitted earns you one entry to the monthly sweepstakes, where huge coin bonuses are handed out.  

It costs 1,000 coins to buy a £3 Amazon voucher but it will take a minimum of ten weeks to earn this just from scanning receipts, although big wins on the Hog Slots can speed up your earning potential.

Voxpopme

The app pays you for offering your opinion on a range of subjects. Simply upload a one-minute video of you talking about the subjects offered to you. You’ll earn 25p for each video. 

The app offers Paypal payments, but you have to earn a minimum of £10 before you can cash out and it can take a few months to earn such an amount.

Citizenme

You can earn cash using the Citizenme phone app
You can earn cash using the Citizenme phone app

The app works on the idea that you should be rewarded for sharing your data which we do every day on Facebook, Twitter and other networks.

The idea behind the app is that we can choose to sell our data directly to businesses who want it.

There are different kinds of task available, which are all colour coded with green for paid tasks, dark blue for ‘insights’ and light blue for ‘fun’ (unpaid) surveys.

The insights are short surveys which analyse your data and give you feedback.

There are also surveys you can take for charity.

The surveys are multiple choice and quick and easy to fill out but paid surveys can be few and far between.

Surveys can earn you just a few pence or as a much as a pound and payment is sent to your PayPal account instantly as soon as you finish a paid survey.

Swagbucks

This app pays users for completing tasks they would likely already be doing on the internet anyway.

You can earn points – or Swagbucks – by making web searches, watching videos or completing surveys.

The best way of making any cash is by completing surveys rather than watching videos or making web searches.

There are plug-ins available that make it almost effortless to earn Swagbucks from your desktop computer but it is far more arduous using the app. It can take a lot of work to make little cash.

Curious Cat

This is another survey-based app with the advantage being you can cash out after earning just £1.

It’s a quick and easy process to download the app and get it set up. And you can start earning straight away even just for filling in your basic details.

Each survey is paid in points with one point equalling 1p. Most surveys are between 40 to 60 points.

At the moment, the only way to receive your payment is by PayPal, so you’ll have to set up a free PayPal account if you don’t already have one.

However, like many survey apps, you can get booted out depending on your answers, often relating to your vocation. This can prove very frustrating.

Ziffit

This app is perfect if you have piles of unwanted books, games, DVDs and CDs lying about.

Download the app and use the in-app barcode scanner to get an instant price.

Once you’re ready to sell, Ziffit will generate a free postage label to send your goods off and you’ll be paid a few weeks later.

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