9 money making apps that pay out instantly
If you’re anything like us, then your smartphone is pretty much glued to your hands 24/7. Sound familiar? Well, keep reading to find out the nine best apps to help you make money on the go.
Like the sound of making a quick fiver between your lecture and a seminar?
Tasking apps are an easy way to make up to £15 a day when you're out and about, completing straightforward jobs on behalf of big companies.
It might not suit everyone, but if you're:
- Able to get to the shops
- Alright at taking pictures with your phone
- Or looking for a few extra quid
…then it sounds like you’re the perfect candidate.
What are tasking apps?
Tasking apps run on a similar premise to mystery shopping – but most of the time there’s no “shopping” involved (bear with us).
A typical tasking app assignment will involve being asked to go into a supermarket or convenience store and instead of buying something, you just have a snoop around.
You'll be given a few questions to answer questions about items on the shelves (e.g. where they've been placed in store) and sometimes take pictures of a product (like a promotional display or something similar), then in return you’ll earn between £2-£10. Easy money!
There’s usually no need to buy anything to take part, which is why this is a great money-maker if you’re scraping the bottom of your overdraft (unlike mystery shopping, where you're often expected to pay up to make a purchase and be refunded at a later date).
How much can I earn?
The amount you'll pocket will depend entirely on how much time you’re willing to dedicate to using the apps, as well as where you’re located.
If you’re in a city or a larger town, you might find there are jobs available on tasking apps every day, and if you have your own transport (even if it's a bike), your options are even better.
Most jobs pay between £2-£6, but we’ve seen as much as £15 going for just one task before. The major selling point of tasking apps compared to other money making apps is that as soon as your job is accepted (usually takes no more than a few hours) you can cash out straight away. There's also no minimum payout amount that you need to reach – if you make £2, you can withdraw that instantly.
To show you the sort of things these apps will ask you to do, here's an example of a recent job we completed.
The last task we accepted earned us £5 for taking pictures of tomatoes in a supermarket… seriously!
First, we had to take a couple of photos of the whole tomato section.
Then, we had to count the different varieties available (i.e two large tomatoes on the vine, three cherry tomatoes, etc), and then take more detailed photos of the display like this:
The app tells you exactly what to photograph, and all you have to do is take the pictures and answer the questions accurately. All in all it took about 7 or 8 minutes to do, which is pretty good for £5!
How to maximise your earnings
Check the apps frequently
Some of the apps listed below do send push notifications to your phone about upcoming tasks, but a lot of them don’t. Each location usually only requires one 'tasker' for each job, meaning if someone beats you to it by accepting the job you had your eyes on, you’re out of luck.
To maximise your earnings, we recommend checking your tasking apps every morning around 8 or 9am.
Don’t let the clock run out
Once you accept a job on one of these apps, there’s a time limit for when you should have completed the task by.
Of course, you might want to reserve a job so you can do it later, so pay attention to how long the time you have is. If you accept a task with a one hour window just as you’re going into a lecture, you probably won’t be able to do it!
Factor in travel costs
One advantage these apps have compared to mystery shopping is that you don’t usually have to worry about buying anything to complete a job – so the fee you’re given for completing jobs is usually 100% profit. Woohoo!
However, the tasks almost always require you to be at a specific location, so if you’re going out of your way to get there, remember that travel costs are going to eat into the money you make (the apps won't cover it).
Tally up public transport costs if you don’t have a travelcard or bus pass (or petrol and parking if you have your own wheels), then compare them to the payout amount before you agree to take on a task.
Take clear images
Taking a decent pic is one of the most important points to get right when doing a task.
It can be difficult to get a clear full length shot of a shelf when you’re in a busy supermarket, but that’s what you’re being paid to do, so make the effort or you might be wasting your time.
If the app isn’t happy with the pictures they receive, they could refuse to pay you for your task, or ask you to do it again. Annoying!
The downside to tasking
The only real downside to using tasking apps is that the jobs can be really awkward to do sometimes!
For the most part, these jobs are supposed to be completed covertly, without the staff noticing what you’re up to. In larger stores this is easily done, but for some tasks at smaller businesses it seems like it’d almost be impossible to complete without giving the game away.
Sometimes an app will provide you with a letter of authorisation to show disgruntled staff, but some shop owners still might not be happy that you’re taking pictures so it can make for some awkward moments.
Therefore, it’s best to read through the description of the task to work out whether it’s something you’re comfortable doing before you accept it.
BUT often the tasks that seem incredibly awkward to complete are some of the best paid, so sometimes it's a sacrifice you have to make!
Which apps should I get?
Ideally, we'd recommend downloading all of the apps listed below. Often only a few will have jobs available at any one time, so for the maximum chance of making a steady stream of money, download as many of them as you can.
Here's our pick of the best apps to download (in no particular order):
This is the app we use most, but it’s pretty difficult to sign up to, unfortunately. You need to be invited to download the app which is available on Android and iOS.
We got accepted by searching “Roamler invite” on Twitter and asking someone for an invite, so it's not impossible.
There are almost always tasks available and they tend to pay out between £2-£6 each.
Tasks we’ve completed in the past have included taking photos of plant pots in a garden centre and reporting which teas are on sale in the supermarket.
This is an iOS exclusive in the UK, but it’s one of the biggest tasking apps on the market.
You’ll be paid between £2-£8 per task, so it’s not bad going for a few minutes work.
Task variety is pretty wide, with everything from photos and video to offering opinions/feedback on a product.
There aren’t that many jobs available on Streetspotr, but when they do pop up, they tend to be everywhere location-wise and quite highly paid.
This means the app might be good if you live in a small-ish town/city where these kinds of opportunities don't tend to pop up much.
We’ve made about £20 just for shopping a certain German supermarket over a couple of weeks!
Tasks are a lot less frequent on Streetbees but tend to be a fair bit higher paid – we’ve seen a lot of tasks available with a £10+ payout!
Therefore, even if just one job pops up a month, that could be the equivalent of one job per week on some of the other apps.
This is another iOS-exclusive app, so is only a goer if you use apple products (no fair!)
Users report consistent decent earnings with Task360, though, so it’s definitely worth downloading if you have an iPhone.
One of the busier tasking apps out there – both in terms of jobs available and the amount of registered users.
This also means the jobs are quite varied, too. So if you get bored easily, this one's probably a good shout!
We’ve had this app downloaded for a week, and no jobs yet. It’s worth downloading just in case something does pop up though.
We’ve had one job offered to us so far, but it was in France! We’ve seen other people in the UK manage to make money from Yoobic before though!
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Another app that hasn’t offered us any jobs since we’ve downloaded it – but sign up so you don’t miss out if they need taskers for something.
Once you've downloaded all the apps you'll soon know which ones suit you best, and which ones are just clogging up your phone's memory.
Good luck, and happy tasking! Let us know how much you make.