7 ways to make money from your phone

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We all have downtime while waiting in line at the store or sitting in the doctor’s office. What if you could make money from your phone during this time?

Earning a little extra money off your phone could be a better use of your time than simply checking Facebook or scrolling through Twitter.

Here are several ways to make money from your phone.

1. Take surveys

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You can earn extra money by sharing your opinion. Apps like Google Opinion Rewards let you share your thoughts and get rewarded for it. Depending on the app, you might get points or credits for answering questions about merchants or even taking opinion polls.

Rewards vary by survey, but it’s common for you to earn rewards of up to $1 for each short survey. Other apps like Branded Surveys offer more redemption options, but you earn points for each survey and must have a set number of points that can be redeemed for cash or gift cards.

2. Earn cashback with shopping apps

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Several apps help you earn cashback if you shop regularly. Go to the grocery store and you can earn different amounts depending on what you buy and when you go to the store. Many of these apps will scan your receipts and give you points and cashback based on the brands involved and other factors.

In some cases, you can even stack your rewards. For example, you can receive cashback from Ibotta while earning rewards from the Fetch Rewards app. However, it is important to only buy what you have planned.

3. Sell your old stuff

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Use your phone to sell old stuff. Use apps like eBay to list items for sale. Once you have the pictures, you can make a list as you ride the bus.

Another option is to use an app like Decluttr to sell DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, and electronics. Download the app and scan the barcodes of the items you want to sell. You will be offered an amount and given a shipping label. Once the items are received, you will receive cash via PayPal or bank transfer.

When I used Decluttr, I got anywhere from $0.50 to $10 for each DVD and Blu-ray.

4. Sell photos

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If you take great photos with your phone, you can sell them online. Sites like Shutterstock allow you to license your work to others. Every time someone downloads a photo that you offer on the site, you will receive a small payment. You can even use the app to take and submit photos and track your downloads and earnings.

Another app is Foap that focuses on brands and agencies.

5. Test products and services

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If you are at home and bored, you might be able to make money from home by being a user tester. UserTesting requires you to spend at least 20 minutes on video, but you can use your phone to complete the items. You may be paid up to $10 per 20 minute video.

How much user testing you do depends on your profile and the needs of the customers.

6. Walk around with your phone

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If you walk a lot, you can get paid for every step. Sweatcoin offers an opportunity to earn “Sweatcoins” daily based on how many steps you take. You can then redeem your coins for products.

Another app, Evidation, gives you points for performing any number of activities aimed at providing health data. You can redeem points for cash and products, with 10,000 points redeeming approximately $10 in cash.

7. Investment Apps

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Use your phone to invest with an app like Acorns. Download the app and set it up for summaries based on your spend. Every purchase you make increases your investment. Besides, it is also possible to use the feature to get extra money for investments when shopping on certain websites.

Over time, the money you invest through Acorns adds up thanks to the power to compound returns.