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Very useful ways to make money online from apps
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Very useful ways to make money online from apps


Times are rough and everyone can use a couple of extra bucks for the holidays. Fear not though, tech has come to save you with apps that let you earn real money from an Android or iOS device. There is certainly no shortage to choose from, but many do not have the glowing reviews you would want, given the investment of time required and some seem to be an outright scam. There are a lot of problems and shied away from apps that require you to endlessly watch video ads or fill out long surveys to earn cash, though there are those too, if that is your thing.

Bitwalking

Bitwalking is a new app that lets you earn Bitwalking dollars (BW$) simply for going about your daily routine. Once you get in, all you have to do is keep moving to start earning. You will need to do rather a lot of walking though – somewhere around 10,000 steps for 1 BW$. At launch, the company said you’d be able to redeem your earnings against items offered through its own store, or transfer the cash to your bank account. The service is still being tested though, so could be subject to change in the future.

Slidejoy

Slidejoy is an Android-only app that certainly isn’t going to make you rich, but nor do you really have to do anything to eventually get a payout from the service easier. In a nutshell, it puts ads and news on your lockscreen, and in exchange you earn ‘Carats’ that can be exchanged for real money and checked into your PayPal account. The number of Carats you get each day can vary, so it might be slow going but if you can tolerate ads on your lockscreen, it’s free money. You don’t get any additional Carats for interacting with the ads either, so there’s no incentive to click if you’re not interested in what’s on offer.

Pact

Pact is one of the more unusual money-making apps in the list in that it focuses on getting you to stick to your exercise regime. You sign up to the commitment you’re comfortable with (based around food intake, how often you plan to work out etc.) and then pledge an amount that you’ll pay if you miss those goals. If you make them, you’re paid rewards directly from members who failed to achieve their targets. The company says the average reward is between $0.30 and $5 per week, depending on the number of activities you commit to. The amount that you stake on your own activity has no bearing on your payout.

Google Opinion Rewards

This is one that most certainly falls into the never going to make you much cash category, but for Android users it’s a bit of a no-brainer. In short, once you have installed the app, it will pop up a survey every now and again. In exchange for answering a few questions as they are never more than a few questions, and it tells you how many are in each survey – you get a small amount of credit added directly to your Google Play balance, where it can be redeemed across movies, games, apps and anything else for sale there. The amount that you get is small, but each survey takes such a short time that filling it in is worthwhile, provided you’re happy sharing the data. It’s worth pointing out that not all the surveys have a payout, but the majority do.

ezyShot

ezyshot is touting itself as a social network that lets you earn money simply by having people access your updates – whether that’s photos, ‘behind the scenes’ tours of your life, imparting specialist knowledge or anything else. Ezyshot says that its users are a mix of celebrities, musicians, models, sports stars, entertainers, the girl/guy next door and you. However, realistically, unless you’re an attractive or semi-notable figure, you’re not likely to make a whole lot of cash from the platform. There’s no harm in trying though if you have expertise to share that someone else might pay for. You get to set how many ezyCoins it costs for people to view your updates and send you messages. It is just for Android devices for now, but the company says an iOS version is on the way.

Foap

Foap is a well-known app for turning your photos into cash, so we’ll keep this introduction brief. All you need to do is upload your photos and sell them through the Foap market – and to keep things simple. The creators get half of each sale, and the cash can then be transferred into your bank account. What makes Foap attractive is its simplicity and ability to upload shots directly from your phone from other photography apps like Instagram, Flickr and EyeEm.

Mobee

This is one just for users in the US, but if you’re willing to do a few mystery shopper tasks like going into stores and checking stock levels of a specific item, timing how long customer service takes, taking photos etc. The app displays Missions on a map view for you to find a nearby assignment. Once you have completed it, the team manually checks the submission and then credits you the points, which can be exchanged for gift cards, cash or other rewards.

Snapwire

Snapwire is another image-based money-making app in this list, but it’s not quite the same as any of the others in this list as it puts the emphasis on the photographer, rather than just the photographs. This is not so much an app for the everyday snapper as for the semi-pro/professional photographer. There are two options for selling your photos: requests and challenges, or in a more conventional marketplace – though Snapwire hand-curates your best snaps, making them searchable and including them in the stock image database. The requests and challenges route requires you to start as an ‘Explorer’ by submitting images to Snapwire Challenges to earn points. Once you have leveled up, you’ll be able to take part in paid buyer Requests or take direct commissions from clients. The photographers keep 70 percent of earnings through the marketplace route.

MiPic

MiPic bills itself as a social marketplace for your photographs, a little like Foap, except that your images can be printed onto a whole range of things and purchased by other users directly through the platform. There is an iOS app but no native Android version – though you can still use the Web interface via your phone. The items that have been bought are then made and shipped (internationally) from the UK.  While it is a similar idea to Foap, integrating the manufacturing of the products into the platform was a smart move that helps differentiate it from other image marketplaces.

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