08 Jul 2021
Your smartphone isn't just there for taking selfies and scrolling mindlessly through Facebook – you can actually make money using yours. Whether it be a side hustle, a part-time job, investing or just something to do in your spare time, there are dozens of mobile apps out there made for supplemental income. It's all in the palm of your hand!
Here are the best money making apps going into 2021.
When you use ShopBack, you're basically getting paid to shop! It works by giving you back a percentage of your purchase each time you buy something via a partner merchant on the ShopBack website or app. Once you've accumulated enough cash within your ShopBack, you can withdraw it and have yourself some extra spending money. There are over 1300 brands available on ShopBack, including The Iconic, Myer, Target, ASOS and even larger partners including eBay and Amazon. There's also upsized cashbacks – limited time offers that can earn you even more money.
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Do you have a particular trade or skill – or just some spare time – and want to get paid to help someone out? Advertise yourself on Airtasker. You can put your hand up for just about any job on this app, whether it be cleaning services, furniture assembly, marketing and design, or just general handyman jobs around the house. If you're savvy about it, you can earn up to $5,000 a month on Airtasker and better still, payments are secure and Taskers on Airtasker are covered for liability to third parties when it comes to personal injury or property damage, which means you can do your job with peace of mind!
If investment is more your thing, Raiz is a popular micro-investing app that allows you to start investing with as little as $5 in your pocket. Once you have downloaded the app, you can invest into your Raiz account through round-ups, lump sum deposits and recurring investments. The money in your Raiz account goes on to be invested into a range of exchange traded funds (ETFs – and combination of shares or bonds bundled together), which are determined by one of the six Portfolios selected by you. Raiz streamlines investments and allows you to invest spare change automatically through everyday purchases – it's an easy and affordable way to jump into investing.
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Do you have a space that can be rented out to holiday-goers? Then sign up as a host on Airbnb and earn up to $3040 a month by renting out your property. It can be a single room in a home, or it can be the entire home or apartment. In fact, if you live in Hobart, you can make around $3,740 a month! Of course, everywhere in Australia has an appeal, so you can open up your home as an Airbnb no matter where you live. Airbnb allows you to Choose your own schedule, prices, and requirements for guests, so that you are comfortable opening your doors to holiday-makers.
Gumtree is an Australian classic where you sell pretty much anything you want, from unwanted furniture to cars to jewellery and plenty more in between. Gumtree has over 7 million users (affectionately known as "Gummies") and connects buyers and sellers in local communities, with an estimated 80,000 items being posted there every day.
Spaceship is investing made easy for everyone. You can get started in as little as five minutes and with as little as you like, grow your wealth with Spaceship's investment and super accounts, and invest in world-changing portfolios containing the likes of Spotify, Microsoft, Shopify, Amazon and Tesla. You won't pay any fees for your first $5000 invested, and you'll be given a visual guide to how your wealth will grow over time.
Did you know that companies all over the world will pay you cash for filling out surveys? Zap Surveys offers guaranteed surveys every day that tell you the exact dollar amount you are going to earn before you even start to fill out a survey. There are high-paying surveys, logo polls, location-specific survey and heaps more, and once you earn $25 you can cash out your earnings in the form of a PayPal payment, Amazon gift card, or Visa eGift card.
Want to get paid for something you do every day without thinking? Cash For Steps gives you the opportunity to walk your way to some extra cash and also motivates you to get fit in the process. As you walk, you move up a ranking system – make it into the top 200, and you'll have a chance to be paid $1. You can also work on reaching achievements, and each time you earn an achievement with 5 stars, you'll get paid $1. There's a Survey achievement that is unlimited, so you can earn money over and over again. Payout is provided in the form of PayPal payments or Amazon gift cards.
Receipt Jar is an interesting app that allows you to make money from taking photos of your receipts. Based on the type of receipts you photograph, you earn points via the app, which you can later cash out using gift card methods or real cash. Receipt Jar uses your receipts for market research purposes, and since your credit card information is kept anonymous, you don't have to worry about giving away your personal information.
Uber is perhaps the king of money-making apps. Whether you want to earn money as a personal driver or as a delivery driver, Uber has a number of options available. You can choose your own hours, you'll get paid fast, and there's 244/7 support on hand if you need it. You can earn between $35 and $45 per hour, after which Uber will take a 27.5% cut.
Combining the apps mentioned above, you're likely to make a good amount of extra cash and possibly even be your own boss!