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5 Apps to Help You Earn Extra Money

5 Apps to Help You Earn Extra MoneyMost people think of their cell phone as an expense rather than a source of income, but what if you could turn that perception on its head?

You might be able to actually make money with your phone, provided you download the right apps.

The five apps listed below will allow you to make a bit of extra money on the side with very little effort required on your part.

Letgo

This is an app that makes it easy to sell your old stuff. Most American have too much stuff laying around the house anyway, so why not turn that unwanted stuff into cash?

By using this app, you can simultaneously pad your bank account and clean out your house. You aren’t going to be able to make money on this app forever – you only have so much stuff to sell – but it is handy when you come across something that you simply don’t want anymore.

i-Say

If you like to respond to surveys as a way of making your opinion known, you can get paid for doing so through this app. Once you download the app, you will be able to find out which surveys you qualify for, and you can make money in exchange for your time.

You certainly shouldn’t expect to get rich with this kind of app, but it is a way to turn idle time on your phone into money.

QuickThoughts

This is one of the more interesting apps in the money making space. When you use the QuickThoughts app, you will be sent on ‘missions’ to obtain information about businesses and their performance. Usually, this means taking pictures of specific locations inside of a store.

By using the technology you already have in your pocket, you can make some money in the form of iTunes or Amazon gift cards while running the errands you would be doing anyway. Not only is this a quick way to bring in some revenue, but it might actually be kind of fun.

Lyft

Okay – so this one requires a little more than just downloading an app. However, if you would like to use your car as a money maker, you can download the Lyft app and get started as a driver.

No doubt you have already heard of the ridesharing business, as Lyft – and Uber – have become huge in recent years. You can work when you want, and you can work as much as you want. Don’t expect this kind of work to turn into a six-figure income, but it can certainly supplement your other income sources nicely.

Stash

Most Americans should be better about saving their money. This app can help you do just that. This means it can help you to make money in the long run. Stash is an easy way to get started in investing. It gives you the choice in selecting between a number of portfolio options. By adding a small amount of money to your investments periodically, you can see nice growth over time.

 

Have you ever used any of these apps to make extra money? Which ones are your favorites?

 

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John Schmoll is a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. He's passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can live lives free from the shackles of debt and empowered to make their money work for them. You can check out his other sites: Frugal Rules, for ways to improve your financial literacy; and Sprout Wealth for tips on different ways to make more money. John has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo Finance and US News & World Report and more. If you're wanting to grow your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.

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