App Store Rating: 4.8/5 — 102,200+ reviews
Postmates allows you to earn money by delivering groceries, carry-out orders, drinks and more. You can deliver on foot, bike or car, and you can work as little or as much as you want — whether that’s a couple of deliveries in your downtime or a full workday.
One of the best aspects of working as a Postmates courier is that you can get your earnings deposited instantly for a nominal fee. That means you can work for a few hours and have money in your bank account the same day.
App Store Rating: 4.5/5 — 41,000+ reviews
DoorDash allows you to earn extra money by delivering restaurant take out orders. You’ll need a car, a driver’s license and valid insurance to become a Dasher.
With DoorDash, you do have to sign up for shifts (called dashes), and then stay online for a certain amount of time within that period. That means you’ll have less scheduling flexibility than with Postmates, but it also means you’ll usually have a more consistent flow of orders (because there are fewer drivers working at any given moment).
App Store Rating: 4.8/5 — 442,400+ reviews
If you have a second home or even a spare room, you should seriously consider renting out your unused space.
I was surprised to learn that Airbnb estimates I can earn $750 per month simply by renting out an extra room at 50% occupancy in my home.
Not sure if it’s worth it to list your place on Airbnb? Check out Airbnb’s monthly earning potential calculator to see how much you can make.
Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 — 66,000+ reviews
Branded as “the loyalty program for gamers,” Mistplay rewards you with points for playing video games on your Android smartphone (an iOS version is in development). Your points can be cashed in for gift cards to major retailers like Amazon, Starbucks and the Nintendo store.
App Store Rating: 4.7/5 — 521,900+ reviews
Acorns is an app that allows you to automate your investing. It does this in a couple of different ways:
- By investing your spare change. One of Acorns’ main features is called Round Ups. Say you make a purchase for $17.20 (at any store). Acorns will then set aside 80 cents from your checking account and automatically invest that money into a mutual fund. It’s a way of helping you save, while also building up an investment portfolio a little bit at a time.
- Through “Found Money.” Acorns has also partnered with hundreds of retailers to allow you to earn money any time you shop at a specific store. For example, say you spend $100 at Walmart. Acorns calculates a percentage of that $100 (which can be up to 10% for some retailers) and adds it to your investment account. This isn’t a “round up” — it’s free money.
You can build up a nice portfolio just by using Found Money and investing your spare change. Eventually, that portfolio could go toward your retirement or earn you a nice side income.
Acorns now has over 4 million users and is one of the fastest-growing financial apps around.
App Store Rating: 4.7/5 — 477,500+ reviews
The ridesharing market is a big one, and it’s not slowing down any time soon. Uber freelancers have earned millions of dollars taking riders on short trips around town, and the company finally introduced the long-awaited ability for riders to tip their drivers.
There’s a reason why many people who are in need of money quickly turn to ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft: because it works.
You can work whenever you want (there are no schedules or minimum time commitments), and you have the ability to cash out instantly via a special (free) Visa debit card.
And if you’re more of an introvert, you can also deliver food via UberEats.
Google Play Rating: 3.3/5 — 22,700+ reviews
S’more, which is available only for Android devices, is one of the most popular lock screen apps in existence (another is Slidejoy).
With S’more, you can earn free gift cards by allowing ads to appear on your phone’s home screen. If you like what you see, you can swipe to learn more. If not, just open up your phone as usual. Either way, you’re getting rewarded.
While not the most exciting way to earn free money, you can score gift cards to major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Starbucks and Target — just for using your phone the same way you always do.
App Store Rating: 4.5/5 – 9,900+ reviews
Foap allows you to make money by selling pictures you take with your phone. What’s nice is that one photo can sell multiple times, which allows you to generate a source of passive income.
The best way to earn is through “missions,” in which Foap teams up with a specific brand to show how everyday people like you use their product.
Foap pays you once per month via PayPal.
App Store Rating: 4.8/5 — 9,900+ reviews
Like to work out and live a healthy lifestyle? Or perhaps you need some motivation to kickstart progress toward your fitness goals? The HealthyWage app allows you to earn money by betting on your ability to lose weight.
Here’s a quick summary of how it works:
- Start at the HealthyWage Prize Calculator and enter the amount of weight you want to lose, when you want to lose it by, and how much you want to bet per month.
- Based on what you enter, The HealthyWage Prize Calculator will determine how much you can earn.
- After registering, you’ll start the challenge with a video-recorded weigh-in.
- The challenge ends with another video recorded weigh-in at a set date in the future.
App Store Rating: Rating: 3.9/5 — 280+ reviews
A popular app among book lovers, Bookscouter allows you to sell used books. How it works is you enter or scan your books’ ISBN number and Bookscouter provides you a list of companies looking to purchase those titles (and how much they’re willing to pay).
Those who earn the most know where to find used books for cheap (garage sales, library book sales, etc.), and use the app on-the-spot to find the ones that will fetch the highest profit margins.