The Best iPhone and iPad Apps That Make You Money
Over the past 8 years, smartphones have seen a rapid rise in popularity. Companies such as Nokia, unable to cope with the rise of handsets such as the iPhone, have seen a steady decrease in sales of traditional cell phones.
Every month, a new handset crashes through into market place promising eager fans an ever increasing slew of features to help make our lives easier. Every vendor has its own app store that allows owners to download the latest, greatest add-ons. But there's a common theme - most of these mobile applications have been created with the sole intention of making its developer money.
So what about you? Have you ever wondered if there was a way to make some easy cash without learning the art of development? If so, then maybe it's time to start looking at apps that can actually make YOU some money. If you're an Android user, take a look at our money making apps for Android. If you're an iPhone user, read on...
1) Earning Perks
Perk is one of the most popular mobile rewards programs available on iOS and Android. The premise is simple - download the free app and then use it to earn points when you shop, search, watch videos and share stuff with your friends. When you have enough points, redeem them for rewards such as cash, gift cards or airline miles.
Perk Shopping is becoming increasingly popular with brands who are looking to market their products to new audiences. The website claims to have more than 3,000 stores listed in the Perk Shopping app and you can shop and find coupons from brands including Target, Macy's, Best Buy, Groupon and more.
And you're not just limited to shopping. You can also download Perk rewards apps for search (Perk Search) and video watching (Perk TV).
2) Become a Field Agent
Want to become the James Bond of field research? Cool. Unholster your iPhone and download the Field Agent App. Once youíve created an account and logged in, you can browse a list of Ďjobsí which need to be completed. To give you an example, a given task might include capturing a photo and the price of a specific item in a nearby store. Unlike Mr Bond, you get the choice of missions and the ĎMap Viewí can be used to ensure you donít have to travel far.
Not up for a little spy work? No problem. If you like something a little more sedate then why not fill out one of the many surveys presented in Field Agent. Easy work accompanied by the clink of pennies in the piggy bank.
Each job you complete pays between $3 and $12 and can be withdrawn via your Paypal account.
One tip: once you accept your task you have two hours to complete it. Get cracking!
3) Get Paid To Shop And Eat
I love food. Really, I do. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about Easy Shift, an app that pays you for, amongst other things, eating.
Like Field Agent, the app creators, a company called Quri, pay money in return for market research. Yes, itís more spy work, but think of it as ensuring prices are kept low. Payments for each 'Shift' you complete vary and, like Field Agent, you can withdraw money through your Paypal account, normally within 48 hours of a task being completed.
The time limits for each piece of work vary. Some may be open for hours, others for far less time. However, there is a reservation limit that prevents you from re-reserving a Shift if you donít complete it in time.
4) Paid-To-Take Surveys
Back in the mists of time, long before smartphones appeared, market research was a drawn out, tedious task. Sure, you got paid for taking part in a survey but the process was far from simple and you normally had to wait what seemed like an age to be paid. Good bye bad old days, hello survey.com.
In the early days, this app was pretty limited but, more recently, there's been an explosion of companies wanting to find out what their customers think of goods and services provided.
There is a payment threshold of $7.50 and you're normally paid within two days of completing a survey. Money is sent via PayPal which makes survey.com a fast and efficient way of making some easy money.
5) Form a Gym Pact
Are you one of those people who is willing to go the extra mile? How about pushing one more rep on the bench press? Maybe youíre more the kind of guy, or gal, who glories in the burn of lactic acid as you pump out one extra squat under a 300lb bar?
Hey, I admire you. I really do. The effort and willpower that goes into forging a pristine physic is amazing. But how about another incentive? Money!
Thatís right, you can get a little extra payoff from your blood, sweat and tears by downloading Pact to your iPhone.
The app works by tracking your time in the gym. You commit a certain amount of money into a huge pot of cash and, if you maintain your agreed schedule, you can up to $5 week from other users who fall by the wayside.
Beautiful idea: get fit, crush the competition and earn some money back.
6) App Trailers
The world has gone crazy! No, really. Paid surveys and a little bit of sleuthing on the side are one thing, but now you have the chance to get cash in return for watching films.
At the heart of App Trailers is a system that rewards you with points in return of watching trailers of Hot Apps and Movies uploaded by users of the application.
Your points can be redeemed as hard currency through your Paypal account or as credits for other services such as buying other apps, Amazon and Starbucks gifts cards. The sky is pretty much the limit here.
But letís not stop there. Thereís an opportunity to make even more cash. Simply upload your own movies, collect Ďlikesí and your account will be credited with corresponding funds.
Gift cards and rewards in return for simply filling out a survey. Itís a tried and tested way of making some extra money that is still popular in the internet age. Swagbucks is a hugely popular app with a thriving community behind the scenes. To date, those users have have earned over $60,000,000 between them.
There are a number of ways to earn what the company calls Swagbucks. Download the app, create an account then simply choose from a number of options such as shop, watch, play and answer. Complete the tasks and your account will be credited. Payouts arenít huge, but there is a huge number of options for redeeming your Swagbucks.
If youíre stuck for ideas about how to spend your earnings why not drop by the site and look at how members use the money? Some great ideas there.
On the next page we look at numbers 8 to 14 of the best iPhone and iPad apps that make you money as well as a list of other money making apps you might want to consider.
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Last update: 14 November 2015
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