When you look at your phone, you probably think about spending money rather than making it. Your handset almost certainly cost you a pretty penny, whether in up-front cost or on-going monthly payments. Thankfully there are plenty of apps to be found in the Google Play store which can help you recoup some of the costs. This is how to make money with Android apps.
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Google Opinion Rewards
It may come as little surprise to learn that Google has an app of its own that you can use to make money. With Google Opinion Rewards you earn Google Play credit by completing surveys. You'll receive a notification whenever a new survey is available, and you just need to spend a few moments answering a series of questions – nothing too taxing.
Once you've completed a survey, you earn Google Play Store credit that you can use to buy apps, music and other things. Many of the surveys have a deadline for completion, so make sure you don’t wait too long to complete them.
Use PiniOn to earn money with photos, opinions about services, brands and products and research. The application offers tasks that are quick and easy to perform. You may have to leave the house, but it does not have to be bad.
You can narrow your tasks to a set address, participate virtually or book missions. The more you participate, the more missions you receive and, therefore, more money can earn. You can request redemption of your money to your bank account or a PayPal account.
Surveys on the Go
Complete the survey, get the money. Unlike Google Opinion Rewards, this one pays out in cash. However, there are only a few surveys available during any given month, so don't expect to get rich quick. But it's fine for earning a few extra bucks now and then. The app is easy enough to use, so it's some beer/snack money for very little effort.
If getting paid to test out apps seems like a great way to spend your time, AppCasher will be right up your alley. You can earn credit for installing and launching apps, and these credits can then be converted into gift cards that you can use to buy things from Amazon or iTunes. You can opt to have cash transferred to your PayPal account instead.
You can also refer your friends to the app and, providing they use your special code, you'll earn extra credit for each person who signs up.
CashPirate is an application that turns points into cash. The registered users can test applications, participate in surveys, play games and invite other friends to join. 1000 points correspond to $1, which can be converted to buy items in the Play Store or be transferred to a PayPal account.
eBay's website probably needs no introduction, but did you know its Android app can be even more useful for those of us who live on mobile? eBay allows you to sell almost anything and is how a lot of people get their start in online sales.
Chances are you have old clothes, electronics, appliances, toys or furniture that's worth money to someone out there. eBay will help you find that special someone.
After eBay, the next stop for the enterprising seller is naturally Amazon. Amazon's seller app allows you to join of one of the world's largest retailers through your smartphone.
Just like with eBay, this is a great way to turn your old stuff into useful cash, and can be the jumping-off point to a successful business.
Registration to be an Amazon seller is free, but you do have to pay $0.99 for every item sold. For really successful sellers, you might want opt instead for the $39.99 monthly subscription rather than the $0.99 charge.
Artists, makers and other artisans may find themselves more comfortable with Etsy. Designed for selling various arts and crafts, shoppers come to Etsy looking for special handmade goods, although honestly, shop owners can actually sell whatever they want.
You can manage your shop via the app, called Sell on Etsy. It lets you manage your shop, your orders, and your listings, as well as chat to potential buyers. If Amazon is too corporate for you and eBay too cluttered, try selling your arts and crafts on Etsy.
Employers have projects and freelancers makes proposals on execution time and the value of their services. In the end, the freelancer is hired if their proposals match customer needs.
This one's for the animal lovers. Pawshake puts pet owners in touch with people who can take care of their pets while they're on vacation or too busy with work to say, walk the dogs or feed the cats during the day.
Prospective pet-sitters register on the company's website, but bookings and handled via the app. You can offer a variety of services from just a simple walk or topping up of the food bowl to taking the animals into your own home or grooming/training them.
Compensation varies per activity, and Pawshake initially recommends certain rates (and takes their cut), but popular sitters can end up making a comfortable amount of cash.
Have you discovered any other apps that you can use to earn money? What do you think is the best Android app for making money? Tell us in the comments.