In the world of smartphones, there is only one thing that’s for sure: they cost you money. You either buy them at full price, or at a discounted price, and get trapped in a contract with a telecom operator. Either way, smartphones will cause your money to leave your pockets at a constant pace. If only there was a way to make it work for you – help you pay the phone bill, or round up your monthly budget otherwise. The good news is that there are more than one ways in which you can use your smartphone to make money for you. Here are some of the most interesting options.
Play a game
Real money online games have been around for decades, and in the last few years they have found their way into the world of smartphones as well. Gaming destinations offer their players extensive mobile game libraries accessible from any device, no matter the OS. All games at the website can be played for fun – and they are a lot of fun, too – but their true nature is to be played for real money. Meaning that for real money wagers players can win real money prizes.
While not all games at this website are moneymakers – slot machines, for example, tend to be money pits in the long run – there are some that can be profitable in the long run. Don’t expect them to make you a millionaire overnight (it doesn’t happen too often), but playing the right games can offer you entertainment and a constant trickle of revenue at the same time.
Run an errand
Smartphones have turned money-making into a very flexible task. Today you can download an app, be informed about available tasks based on your location, and get paid electronically for completing it. Services like Gigwalk offer their users a way to make an extra buck using their smartphone. The tasks they need to complete vary from simply taking a photo of a product’s placement in a shop to complex tasks that involve multiple hours of work. And the rewards they offer are equally variable – from a few bucks to $100 or even more. The service is currently only available in the US and Canada.
Scan a receipt
Shopping is a thing we do everyday, right? Why not turn it into a source for some extra cash? Enter Receipt Hog, the novel way to make some extra cents simply by shopping.
Receipt Hog users can take pictures of the receipts they receive when shopping at various locations – supermarkets, grocery stores, and so on – and upload them to the service. In return, they get bonus points, that can be turned into gift cards or cold, hard cash. The service turns the data collected through the app into anonymous market research reports, that companies can use – and will gladly pay for.
Receipt Hog is currently only available in the United States and the United Kingdom.