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11 Apps That Will Turn Your Phone Into Your Side Job

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
September 18, 2016 · 4.3k Views

You can always use a little more cash in the bank account, right? But the long hours at work leave you with little time or energy to take on a side gig. What if we were to tell you there are ways to use your phone to make extra money? There are apps that will pay you money and give you gift cards for visiting restaurants and stores, and taking surveys. A huge plus is that it won’t even feel like work because these are things you do in your free time anyways. Here are 11 apps to download that will turn your phone into your side hustle.

A lot of these apps allow you to earn cash back or gift cards from stores that you're probably already familiar with, like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and Starbucks. Visit their coupon pages so you can save even more!


  1. Surveys on the G

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    Users of the Surveys on the Go app make money just by answering some questions. Easy enough, right? This mobile market research tool pays users for their opinions about various topics. You get to choose your survey categories, which include business, politics, news, sports, media, and technology. Payments are made through PayPal.

  2. Mobee

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    If you love to shop, Mobee is the phone hustle app for you. You become a mystery shopper whose mission is to review a nearby Mobee store on a specific area. You’ll be sent 5 to 10 questions to answer once inside the store. Missions are reviewed within 24 hours after completion, and you’ll earn points to use for gift cards, prizes, and cash.

    SEE MORE: 8 Apps Where You Can Sell Previously-Loved Clothes

  3. Snapwire

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    Are you known for having killer phone photography skills? If so, why not make some extra cash from all those photos saved in your library. By using Snapwire, you can create a profile of images, or submit your shots to Snapwire Challenges, which are based on requests made from brands and businesses. Compared to other stock photo sites, Snapwire is more fair-minded – you earn 50 – 70% of sales and keep your copyright.

  4. Apptrailers

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    Does the idea of being paid to watch music videos and movie trailers sound appealing to you? Then check out Apptrailers, which awards you points for watching its online music and movie content. Redeem your reward points for instant gift cards and Free Cash with Money through PayPal.

  5. Swagbucks

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    Swagbucks rewards you with gift cards and cash for everyday online activity like shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, playing games, and deals spotting. Each point-earning category has a different app. To avoid getting caught up in all the activities you can do to earn points, streamline your point earners to fit your daily online habits. Redeem your points for gift cards at Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and Walmart or get paid cash through PayPal.

  6. Perk

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    Perk is very similar to Swagbucks – users earn points by watching videos, taking quizzes, searching the web, playing games, and shopping online. Choose the app for the category that matches what you are already doing online. The points you earn can be redeemed for gift cards to retailers such as Amazon, Target, and Starbucks or for cash through PayPal.

    SEE MORE: Here's How You Can Get Your Money Back on Accidental Purchases in the App Store

  7. Pact

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    Pact is the perfect moneymaking app for those looking to stick with a healthy lifestyle once and for all. You make a weekly pact to exercise more or eat healthier, then set what you will pay others if you don’t reach your goals. Use GPS for gym login and upload photos of food to prove you are nailing weekly goals. Rewards are based on the number of days you meet your pact. We love the idea that people get paid for making the changes needed to achieve their personal health and well-being.

  8. Shopkick

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    Do you consider shopping a forte? If so, check out Shopkick, an app that awards you “kicks” for walking in stores, scanning barcodes of certain items, and buying products. The “kicks” you earn can be redeemed for gift cards from Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Starbucks and more.

  9. Ibotta

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    Ibotta is a shopping app that awards you in 3 ways – submitting a receipt, linking to a loyalty account with a Preferred Partner, or making a mobile in-app purchase. Before shopping, you must complete a couple of simple tasks in order to unlock cash back rewards on products. Ibotta focuses mostly on grocery items. So if you have a good handle on your grocery shopping habits, it’s an easy way to earn cash and gift cards to Amazon, Best Buy, and Starbucks.

  10. Receipt Hog

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    Answer with an enthusiastic “YES!” the next time the cashier asks you, “Would you like a receipt?” Receipt Hog is an app that turns your everyday receipts into cash. Simply take a photo of your receipt to collect points based on how much you spend. You can also earn bonuses by playing a slot game. Redeem your points for cash through PayPal or for an Amazon gift card.

  11. LiketoKnow.it

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    LiketoKnow.it works under rewardStyle, a platform that lets people shop from their favorite Instagrammers. You must apply to become a rewardStyle influencer, and getting the position is not easy. But if you have a strong Instagram game going, why not try making extra money off your great sense of taste and personal style? To learn more about becoming an influencer, visit rewardStyle.



There are numerous opportunities to turn your phone into a moneymaking device. Remember though, when it comes to using your phone for side hustle, be selective. Only choose apps with requirements that are already in sync with your regular shopping habits and online activity. This way it won’t even feel like work.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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