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4 Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Earn Money

4 Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Earn Money

Want to know a secret? You can use your smartphone to make money. I’m not talking about selling your old smartphone, though you can sometimes make extra cash when upgrading to a new device.

Whether you’re on an iPhone or Android, you can use your mobile device to earn cash and gift cards. This is not a get rich quick scheme, and you won’t be able to live off of the money that you earn from the various tasks.

Most users like getting a bit of extra money on the side to be able to splurge on the weekends. In this article, we’ll look at how to earn money with your smartphone and provide tips for getting started.

Let’s dive in!


1. Become a Virtual Assistant

How many of you use social media on a daily basis?

One of the tasks that a virtual assistant does is update a business’s social media accounts (and get paid to do so). Virtual assistants do more than just social media. They can also transcribe, provide data entry, arrange travel, research, write/edit, and more.

virtual assistant 2


A lot of this can be done from your smartphone so that you can make extra money in your free time.

Here are some tips for securing a position as a virtual assistant:

Build a network of potential clients by staying active on social media. Choose 2-3 social media platforms to focus on. Provide useful information to your readers to keep them coming back.

Set up a blog where you can share useful articles. Blogging software like WordPress can be managed from your smartphone so that you can work on the go.
Work for a Virtual Assistant company. These companies match an assistant with a client for a share of the fees.

Want to know more about becoming a virtual assistant?

Amy Lynn Andrews published a great write-up on becoming a virtual assistant if you’d like some additional information.


2. Sell Items You Don’t Need

Do you have items just sitting around that you no longer use? You can use your smartphone to take photos of unwanted items and post them online to sell.


Here are some tips for selling items online to make some extra cash with your smartphone:

Take high-quality photos. Most smartphones have high-resolution cameras that allow you to take professional looking pictures of your items. Take pictures from multiple angles, and make sure that you have a well lit, clutter-free area to photograph the object.

Research past prices. One thing to understand is that you may not get full retail for your items. Lower prices help to sell items quicker. You can check websites such as eBay to see similar items that have sold in the past so that you can gauge what to list your item for.

Concise item description. What information will the buyer find useful? If there are any accessories missing or other details, you can list them in the description.

eBay is one of the largest websites for buying and selling items. If you need some additional tips on using your smartphone to sell items online, take a look at their seller tips.


3. Take Surveys On Your Phone

You may be asking yourself, is this a scam?

Businesses spend millions of dollars each year gathering marketing data so that they can adjust their business plan.

One of the easiest ways for businesses to get insight into their customers is to utilize surveys.

One thing to note with most of the survey programs, you usually get points towards being able to get various gift cards rather than straight cash, but this can still be an excellent option to get some side money.


Here are some tips that can help you get started with taking surveys:

  • Sign up with multiple companies to maximize earnings. Most survey companies have limits on how much you can make per month.
  • Set up a separate email address for your surveys. You can receive thousands of emails from companies that can overwhelm your primary email account.
  • Create a Paypal account. While many companies offer gift cards, there are companies that will pay cash and Paypal is usually the method of payment.

For additional information and tips on taking surveys on your smartphone, Chris Guthrie did an excellent article on this with some extra tips.


4. User Testing/Reviews

Companies that release new apps or updates to their websites want to know how well customers will receive them.

They’ll pay for people to go onto the websites and perform a set of everyday tasks so that they can see how you interact with them.

user testing

You usually type up a review, or with some companies they have you record the feedback by voice. Here are some tips for being a successful user tester:

Be honest. The company doesn’t want to hear “everything looks good” feedback. Honest feedback provides valuable information.

When narrating/writing up your feedback, be as detailed as possible. If you say that you had trouble finding a map on the website, what steps did you take? Where did you look? This information can be valuable to the company.


5. (Extra Tips)

Peer to Peer Lending

You can invest in loans through peer to peer lending and earn some extra money. Peer lending platforms like Lending Club, Prosper Marketplace etc match people who require loans with those who have some money to lend. As a lender you profit from the interest paid on the loans.

peer-to-peer lending


Get a Payday Loan Online

While not a method of making money, sometimes you need a way of getting money fast for a financial emergency.

When used responsibly, a payday loan like one from ElcLoans can help take care of an unexpected bill, or emergency repair.

That way you can get the cash you need without waiting for the next payday.


Final Thoughts

Can this be true?

I know that I asked these same questions when researching the different ways to make money with my smartphone, and wanted to share my findings with you.

I’m always looking for the newest way of making money on the side to buy new products or save for a weekend trip.

Which of the four tips did you enjoy the most? Please leave your comments below and let me know if there are any tips that I missed.

About The Author

Simon Elstad

Simon is a freelance writer, content marketer & digital entrepreneur. He writes on business, tech, marketing, etc. He works closely with entrepreneurs helping them build thriving businesses. Can be found at: SimonElstad.Com or Contact and connect on Twitter & LinkedIn

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