Online money making has come a long way from when I started. Back in the day, myself and the many unskilled people that found themselves in this world were restricted to a selection of low-paying opportunities from a handful of companies. As time went on and I got more skilled up, more things opened up for those with just fundamental computer skills to earn a little extra. Now we all have the chance to go this from our phones.
Below I’ll go through my favourite UK mobile apps to make money. While I haven’t used all of them (as some of them don’t suit me) all of them are ones that have been used and loved in my household (as my partner’s in this game too).
Most people probably enter their online money making journeys through surveys, so it’s only right that I kick off with the best apps of that strain on the market today.
Should you want to, you can spend your weekends travelling around your nearest city completing a range of tasks. Mystery shopping and market research on the go, taking you to pubs, restaurants and supermarkets, and rewarding you for your time and effort.
Spare5: Got a spare five minutes? Want to make that time pay. You’ve found just the app for you. iPhone.
Task 360: Get on the high street and make money by snapping stock levels and all sorts. iPhone.
BeeMyEye: Pretend you’re a spy. And you get rewarded straight after your market research mission is complete. Android.
I don’t quite know how to classify these ones, but they’re asking a little more than the surveys and not asking you to leave your home like the outdoor tasks, but they pay for your actions.
VoxPopMe: Essentially a survey app, but they want video responses instead. iPhone. Android.
Now we’re creeping into creepy territory. There are some apps that want pretty intimate knowledge of your mobile usage habits, and ensure that they break you off some cash (or gift cards) in return for your generosity.
MobileXpression: Set it up on your phone, sit back and earn points by the week. Sign up online.
Some great ones have come and gone over the years, but these are the go-to apps that give you something for getting your muscles to work. If it’s an incentive to get you out and about, you need them in your life.
Market research agencies up and down the country are desperate to find out what everyday people are buying on their weekly shops. This is your chance to let them know, and (sort of) get what you deserve for it.
My blog began with some weighty posts about this very topic, so you better know that all of these apps have been on my phone from the point they created them. These are all scanner apps that simplify the process to find out whether you can trade your media (CDs, DVDs, games and books) for cash.
Music Magpie: Trade in most of the above (CDs, DVDs and games) plus some electronics. iPhone. Android.
Do you have influence on any scale? Provided that you’ve built up a solid following on Instagram, there are a few apps out there