Ultimate Guide of Apps to Make Money [150 Apps that Pay]
The best apps to make money online as part time or a full-time side hustle
I’ve got the ultimate list of apps to make money online. Whether you want to ditch your 9-to-5 or just make extra money, I guarantee there are apps in this list that will grow your dough.
I’m breaking down each with the pros and cons and how much you can make.
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Make Money from Home Through Online Apps
There are a variety of apps, both free and paid, that you can download onto your phone for the purpose of making some extra cash. Doing so is easy to learn how to do, and only takes about 15 minutes per day. These online apps are great if you have a job on campus or require flexibility in your work schedule.
There are apps available online that pay you for completing tasks and are great ways to make money. But also remember to only download apps that are free or ones you trust.
This is a great way to earn some extra cash if you’re an undergraduate student looking for work over the summer, part-time in the school year, or even full-time in between classes. If you have internet access on your phone and time to complete tasks when waiting around doing nothing then this job can be very beneficial for you.
Be Careful on Using Online Apps to Make Money
There is a lot of potential money that can be made from using the apps to make money, but there are some risks associated with using online apps. First of all, if you’re going to download any app onto your phone it’s important to read reviews and ratings on them before hand so you know what you’re getting into. In addition, always secure your phone by setting up a password so no one else can have access.
Online apps also have limited work available at specific times throughout the day/week/month so review when their tasks become available so you don’t miss out on the best opportunities.
Be sure to use discretion when choosing which apps to use and how many hours per day they require of you since leaving them open and on for too long can cause your battery to drain.
The bottom line is that there are some pros and cons of using apps to make money, but it’s up to you on which ones you want to use. If you’re looking for the best way to make money online, this might be it!
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How to Make Money on Apps
We live in an age of opportunity. It might not seem like it but there has never been a better time to make money, even without a traditional 9-to-5 jobs. Today I’m going to share with you 150 apps you can use to make money. I’m using an infographic [copied at the end of this article] by TitleMax listing the money-making apps in 24 categories.
I’ll not only walk you through each category, how you can make money, but I’ll also reveal the pros and cons of each.
One last note before I show you these apps, I’m not going to link to all 150 in the article. That would just be madness. But you can find each one with a Google search and you’ll be able to sign up and download the apps within minutes.
Grocery Delivery Apps that Pay
Our first group of apps that
make money are for Grocery Delivery with apps like Instacart, Peapod, Shipt and
Fresh Direct. Some of the apps on the list are going to be for local work while
others you can do from anywhere and these first delivery apps are that local
This is a really fast growing
segment of the side hustle market and apps are available on iPhone or Android.
You’ll need current insurance on your car and a clean driving record but that’s
pretty much it. Some apps require drivers to be 18 while others it’s 21 years
old to deliver.
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Like a lot of these side gig
apps, it pays to learn the best times to work, so when people are more likely
to be ordering groceries. That’s usually weeknights from 5pm to 9pm local time,
when people are tired from work, need something but don’t want to go to the
The pros here are that you can make more money than with other apps. Drivers usually make about $10 to $15 an hour from the app plus tips which can be another $5 an hour or more. On most apps, you just go to the store and pick up the order so no shopping involved. It’s just driving from the store to delivery.
The downside is that you’ll be spending some of that money on gas and need to account for maintenance on your car as well. Make sure you keep all your gas receipts while doing this and all receipts from car repairs to write off as a business expense on your taxes.
Make Money with Ride Share Apps
This next group of money making apps I’m sure
you’ve heard of, ride-sharing apps like Uber, Lyft and Curb. These were some of
the first apps for the gig economy and is just turning your car into a taxi.
With most of these, you’ll need to be 21 years
old and with a four-door car no older than 2001. You’ll need a clean driving
record and current insurance. It usually takes two or three days after applying
to get approved and start driving.
Once you start, the app will show you the
busiest places and best times to drive. It also includes a GPS function for
directions and it will track your earnings. Riders pay a base fee plus a per
minute per mile fee just like with traditional taxis. The rideshare apps
advertise they take about 25% but the reality is closer to 30% or 35% of the
fees go to the rideshare companies.
That still leaves drivers making between $10
to $15 an hour plus tips. The rideshare apps have been cutting fees to stay
competitive so those tips have become a bigger slice of driver earnings.
Pros of working rideshare apps are setting your own hours. If you have a few hours a day or weekends free, you can easily and quickly supplement your income. Some drivers I know like the social interaction, especially if you work a day job without coworkers.
The cons are the wear and tear on your car, so those repairs and just gas money are going to eat into your earning power. The work is generally safe so that’s not a problem but customers can sometimes be rude. You won’t make as much money with ride-sharing apps as some of the others on the list but overall a great side gig.
Food Delivery Apps to Make Extra Cash
Our third category of apps that pay is restaurant food delivery. Here you’re going to see a lot of the same ideas as the other two delivery apps so you’ve got UberEats, Grub Hub, Eat Street and Door Dash.
You’ll notice throughout the list that not all the apps will be available or have much business in your area but there will usually be one or two you can use to make money.
Americans alone spend more than $75 billion a year in take out and these restaurant deliver apps are on fire. One of my favorite new side gigs, one we’ve talked about on the channel, is meal delivery where you’re cooking and delivering the meals. With these apps, you’re just handling the delivery so it’s even easier.
Customers pay a base fee usually from a dollar
to $10 and then a percentage of the order. The app will either take a
percentage of this or charge the restaurant for delivery and the driver keeps
the rest. Wages reported range from $10 to $20 per hour including tips with
fares per trip from about $13 to $16 depending on the city.
The pros and cons are similar here, you’ll
make a decent amount of money and can set your schedule for those peak hours
when you make the most. You don’t have to put up with customers like with
ridesharing. On the downside are the costs on your car and sometimes waiting
for the order to be ready at the restaurant.
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Other Delivery Apps that Pay
Last for the delivery apps is a catch-all like
Amazon Flex and other package delivery apps like Favor and Roadie. Amazon Flex
is a really interesting one because of the sheer number of packages they need
delivered. You’re basically turning your car into a mini-postal service.
With Amazon Flex, you’ve also got the opportunity of making money through their grocery and meals delivery service with AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants. The service is available in 40 cities now but expanding fast.
You’ll need a car with registration and insurance but don’t necessarily need a spotless record like with the ride-sharing apps. You can pick up multiple packages or deliveries at a time so having a larger car or SUV will help you make more money.
You sign up for shifts of three or six hours
on Amazon Flex. The app will notify you ahead of your shift and show you
available pickups in the area. It will also help find routes so you can pick up
and drop off multiple packages or meals at the same time, helping you make more
money. Drivers get paid twice a week and report making between $18 to $25 an
hour with package delivery on the low end and food delivery on the high end
when including tips.
Pros include the ease of using the Amazon Flex
app and the ability to pick up multiple packages at once. That means better
money and less driving because you’re making one long trip instead of a lot of
smaller ones. The downside is still the fact that a few bucks an hour will need
to be budgeted for expenses and you’ll need to block out those three or
Apps that Pay You for Simple Tasks
Time for a different category, next we have
apps that make money for simple tasks like general cleaning, furniture assembly
and yard work. TaskRabit and Postmates are the largest here but you’ve also got
apps like moonlighting, easy shift and gigwalk.
These task apps are a lot like Craigslist except easier and you make sure you get paid. People post tasks they need done on the app. You create a profile on the website, set your rates and level of experience for task categories. Most apps like TaskRabbit take a 20% fee on the job, you’ll get the rest plus any tips.
You need to be 21 years old and have a clean criminal record to work on TaskRabbit though the age requirement is 18 on other apps. Most taskers charge between $25 to $75 an hour depending on the job and some report making upwards of two grand a week.
Financial website PennyHoarder interviewed two taskers making up to $7,000 a month by working full-time on the app. With these, you don’t necessarily need a car but you’ll need a way to get from job to job.
Pros of using these task apps to make money is
you don’t need a car or at least you don’t have that same wear and tear on your
car as you do the delivery apps. You can also make more money and you get more
freedom to do different things. On the downside, it seems most of the tasks are
for manual labor like handyman and construction-type jobs so you do need skills
to do specific tasks. You might also wait longer to get a task than some of
those delivery apps.
More Odd Job Apps
This next category of apps to make money is
similar to the last but a little more physical, including more of those
construction, moving and yard work jobs. Here you’ve got apps like Dolly, Handy
While some of these are those construction and
carpentry jobs, there are plenty of tasks for moving, cleaning and yard work.
All the apps will do a background check and some require clean criminal
history. All require you to be 18 years or older and have your own
The pay is higher on these tasks and tips can
be really good. Movers on dolly are paid $15 an hour if you don’t have a truck
or $30 an hour if you have a truck you can use. Workers on the Handy app report
making around $25 an hour with several featured making $125 a day and $800 in
her first week.
Most of the apps pay weekly and you’ll get tips on most jobs. You can check the apps anytime you like and work when you want. You’ll need your own tools or cleaning supplies so that will cut into how much you earn. As with all these jobs, you’re a self-employed contractor so keep absolutely all your receipts. You’ll be able to take these expenses off what you make to save on taxes.
Pros of making money with these apps is that the pay tends to be a little better. People just don’t want to do these physical tasks, even if it’s lower skilled yard work so you can charge higher rates. You’ll get some good exercise and even a little fresh air. On the downside is the fact that you’ll need those specific skills like carpentry for some of the tasks. The downside to that great exercise is also going to be sore muscles and knees so be ready with the aspirin.
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Car Rental Apps for Passive Income
Our next group of money making apps isn’t as
popular yet as the ridesharing group but could soon become a huge industry with
car rental and apps like Getaround, Turo and HyreCar.
These apps are like what AirBnB is for houses
but for your car. You list your car on the app set your rental price and days it’s
available. When someone requests to rent it, you can deny the request or
accept, then you schedule a time for them to pick it up. If you’ve ever rented
a car, the process for pickup and drop-off is very similar. You check the
vehicle and the renter’s license. You check the gas and mileage and they’re
Most of these car rental apps provide
liability insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance so you’re covered if anything
happens to your car. Renters drop the car off and you check mileage and the rental
app pays you directly.
Requirements are fairly strict for the cars
that can be rented. Cars have to be registered and usually no more than about
12 years old or less than 130,000 miles. Cars need to have a clean title, so
they can’t have been a salvage or in a total loss accident at some point. They
also usually need to be cars under a certain value, like under $150,000 so
we’re not talking Lamborghinis or Ferraris here.
Cars on the Turo app rent out for around $35
to $65 a day and the owner gets 75% of all fees and mileage charges. The
website advertises that the average car, rented for 15 days out of the month
will earn about $450 a month. Not bad and basically can cover your cost of
ownership for the entire money plus then some.
The pros of renting your car are that making money on something you might not be using anyway. If you’re living in a city, you might not need your car every day. Unlike other apps, you don’t need those background checks and your own driving record so it’s easier to get into with a good car.
The cons probably aren’t what you might think. Since the apps verify renters and provide insurance, you’re not really worried about damage to the car. You do need to save some money out of your earnings for maintenance. A car driven more often is just going to have more issues. You’ll also need to make arrangements, especially in case of emergencies, for getting around without your car on those rental days.
Parking Apps that Pay Fast
This next group of apps that pay is a twist on
the rideshare idea with parking rental and apps like SPOT, Just Park and
SpotHero. This is a big one in the larger cities where it’s impossible
sometimes to find a parking spot.
The idea here is you’ve got that driveway or
your residential parking spot just sitting there while you’re at work or maybe
on vacation, why not make money renting it out? You can use your own driveway,
spot in a parking garage, anywhere you have the exclusive right to park.
If there’s demand in your area and one of the apps available, the whole process is very easy. You sign up and list your space with pictures and when it’s available. You set a rate and can even set different rates for different days or times.
The apps charge customers directly and most take about a 25% fee on each transaction. With daily rates on some apps in Chicago and San Francisco from $15 to $25, that can mean a few hundred a month for renting out your space while you’re at work.
Pros to using spot rental apps to make money
is it’s space you’re probably not using anyway. If you’ve got parking at work,
you don’t need your driveway during the days. The downside is that it can be a
little odd having a stranger park at your house. Even though you’ll get extra
money if they stay over the scheduled time, it can be a pain coming home and
still having a car parked in your way.
How to Make Money on Tutoring Apps
Our next group of money earning apps is the
largest and most traditional with 15 apps here to help you make money tutoring
from big companies like Kaplan and Tutor.com to smaller websites like preply
You can tutor locally or online through many
of the apps. They work in much the same way as other apps on our list where
you’ll create a profile of your skills in a subject and any tutoring
experience. Parents or someone needing a tutor will browse the site and select
someone to which you can either accept or deny.
Some apps will allow you to set your own rates while others will have a standard per hour rate charged students. The fixed fee sites are usually the ones where everything is done online while most local tutoring apps will let you set your rates. Either way, tutors usually report earning between $10 to $30 an hour with local, live tutoring paying more. For example, Chegg pays $20 an hour based on the number of minutes worked and pays each week on PayPal.
Requirements are going to vary slightly
depending on the app and what you’re tutoring but generally it’s a bachelor’s
degree or higher in any field, at least one year teaching or tutoring
experience and a fluent level of English. Some of the apps will take tutors
that are enrolled in a four-year college program.
The pros of tutoring apps include that social interaction you get and the strategy of turning it into a self-published book or other freelancing. You’ll build up a lot of great skills in teaching and knowledge in the subject area. Cons include travel for local tutoring and the reverse of that social interaction, having to put up with frustrated parents and kids that maybe don’t want to learn.
Best Pet Sitting Apps for Extra Money
This next group of apps seems like a fun one
though we’ve never tried it, pet sitting apps like Rover, Tailsters and
Just because you have a pet doesn’t mean you
never want to travel. That’s created the $332 million industry that serviced
over 720,000 households last year according to Pet Sitters International.
After signing up on apps like Rover, you’ll be
connected to people that need pet sitting, boarding and walking. Some people
will want you to watch their pet in your home while others will want you to
watch in their home, so like pet-sitting and house-sitting combined. It’s not
just dogs and cats either. The rover app has arranged sitting for turtles,
goats, lizards and other reptiles.
Requirements are pretty strict as you’d expect
someone caring for a pet or someone’s kids. You’ll have to pass background
checks and will usually have an interview with the staff at the app and then
with pet owners when they call. Rover offers insurance and 24/7 vet
consultation for pet sitters.
Money is really good for this one, especially
considering you can watch multiple pets at a time. You set your own rates when
you sign up with $25 a night about the average for watching someone’s pet in
your home. That means watching two or three pets for just two weeks each month
can turn into an extra grand a month.
The upside on this one is that many people
will enjoy the four-legged companionship so it might not even be so much like
work. You’ll make good money and basically just need to keep the pets
comfortable and fed. The downside compared to some of the money making apps is this
is a living, breathing thing you’re caring for and that can mean problems. Dogs
bark and cats get moody. There’s also the meetups you’ll have to go through
before working for a family watching their pet.
Best Apps to Sell Your Stuff Online
Your probably more familiar with the apps in our next group for selling your stuff online. Older apps like eBay along with newer ones like PoshMark, Decluttr and Dealo.
Some of these are item specific like PoshMark
where you sell your used clothes like others are more of a catch-all like
CraigsList and the Facebook Marketplace. Some are auction-based so people bid
on your item while you’ll set your price on others.
You can go a couple different routes here. You can make a quick buck by just selling all that crap around the house you don’t use anymore. I’m looking at that treadmill in the corner. You can also make it a part-time side hustle by finding inexpensive items from local consignment shop and then reselling online through some of these apps.
These apps have the advantage of no
requirements or background checks like the other apps. You’re just selling your
stuff so unless you get lots of complaints on your sales, you’re pretty much in
the clear to keep selling. Here you’re not making money by the hour but how
much you’re selling and this can easily be a six-figure selling business.
The pros on this one are that you don’t have
to apply or get approved on most of these apps. You just create an account and
start selling your stuff. It’s a great way to make a little extra on stuff
you’re not using or make it a business. The downside is you’ll need stuff to
sell and this is a business that can take some work getting to know.
Making Money Online with Survey Apps
These next money making apps are controversial and I know there are a lot of haters out there. These online survey apps might not be passive income but are legit ways to make money with sites like Swagbucks and Survey Junkie.
Like the sell your stuff apps, survey sites
are great for no requirements and an easy application. You sign up to the apps
with information about yourself to give companies an idea of background. This
is important because these surveys are looking for the opinion from certain
groups or how different types of people think about their product.
For each survey, you’ll usually answer a
couple of questions to see if you’re qualified for the full survey. That’s
usually that you fall in the group the company or survey is looking for.
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The payout on these ranges from cash per
survey to free products and rewards you can use to buy products. The cash
compensated surveys pay between a dollar to $15 though most are in that $1 to
$5 range. They’ll take less than ten minutes if you’re in their target market
and you can do a few an hour.
The pros of online surveys is that you can do
it right from your phone and each survey might only take a couple of minutes at
the most. You can do a lot of these during commercial breaks or while cooking,
basically while you’re not doing anything anyway. The downside is that you’re
probably only making about $5 an hour for these so it’s not something that’s
going to make you rich.
Apps to Rent Your Stuff
This next category only shows the one app but
I have a feeling there are a lot more to follow because it’s a really
interesting idea, renting your stuff.
With apps like Rentah, you can rent out your stuff instead of selling it on eBay. The app is a little less organized than some of the other apps but it’s a good way to make some extra cash on your tech gear and other higher-ticket items. The renter puts in their credit card number so you’re covered in case they break your stuff or don’t return it.
The pros of renting your stuff is that you
still get to use it instead of selling it outright. Who knows when you’ll want
to use that prom dress again. The downside is that this is still a very new
market so there aren’t a lot of opportunities for stuff you can rent.
Best Baby Sitting Apps for a Side Hustle
Our next group of apps is another traditional
job with babysitting apps like Care.com, Sitting Around and Sitter City.
A lot of these apps aren’t just for your
traditional baby-sitting job though and include errand running or other odd jobs
for families or the elderly. You can get paid directly by the family in cash or
through credit cards on the app.
As you can imagine, the requirements and
process is more strict than on other apps in our list. You’ll be invited into
someone’s house, entrusted with their kids and often without supervision.
You’ll have to pass a background check with a clean criminal record. Age
requirements are less strict with minimum of 14 years old allowed on most of
the baby sitting apps. You’ll have an interview with staff from the app as well
as with each family before you begin work.
You’ll fill out a profile on the site,
detailing any experience you have and will probably need to take first aid and
CPR courses. Getting clients will mean going beyond with activities with the
kids and doing well enough to get referrals from other parents. You’ll also set
your rate with most baby sitters charging between $10 to $20 an hour depending
on the area and experience. This chart by SitterCity shows the average hourly
for sitters and nannies by city with an average just under $15 for the U.S.
That means an easy hundred a week on just five
or six hours including tips though this work can be stressful depending on who
you’re watching. Pros include the range of tasks you can get paid for on these
apps as well as the social interaction with families you help. The downsides
often depend on the families as well. Find a good family and the work is as
easy as pie. Find a kid from hell and you’ll work for every penny.
My Favorite Investing Apps
Our next category of apps, apps for investing,
I’m not sure is the same thing as the other websites in the list. Investing
your money is different than making more but I guess it’s a legit way to grow
To this short list, I’d also add apps like M1 Finance and Robinhood. I prefer M1 because besides also being a no cost investing app but it also offers the option to open retirement accounts which will save you on taxes. I’m using M1 for our 2019 Stock Market Challenge portfolio, up over 24% so far this year and nearly double the market portfolio.
I’ve highlighted the Lending Club investing app a few times on the channel including one video sharing the loan filter I use for double-digit returns and lower defaults. I’ll link to that video in the description below.
It takes less than three minutes to open an
account on these investing apps, just requires your contact information and
connecting your bank account. Verifying your account will take a couple of days
but then you’ll be able to invest in stocks and peer-to-peer loans.
The pros of these kinds of apps is the
low-cost investing option and both M1 and Lending Club have automated investing
features to put any available cash to work. It makes it a great way to invest
without the work of picking stocks. The downside compared to the other apps in
our list of course is that you need money to invest. I average returns of 10%
on Lending Club but it’s on money I had to make first.
Apps to Make Money from Home
These next apps are some of the most popular
and it’s not just AirBnB but apps like Homeaway and VRBO are available everywhere
to make money from home.
AirBnB reports the average host makes $924 a
month though this varies greatly by city and by person. Rates charged tend to
be slightly under the rate charged on nice hotels in the city. Some people even
buy apartments to rent out on the site though you’ll need to check to make sure
its allowable for your building. Renting out your entire home while you’re away
or renting a vacation home on apps like Homeaway can make even more money.
Being a host, you first need to figure out
what level of service you’re offering. The majority on AirBnB offer only the
room, a separate bathroom and WiFi but others offer breakfast and other
amenities for a higher fee.
AirBnB requires an ID from guests but does no
background check on hosts. That’s come under public pressure for some bad
incidents so it might change in the future. As it is, it takes less than 10
minutes to list your room on the site. AirBnb collects the payment from guests
and pays you when the check in.
The upside to home rentals is that, if you’re not using the space, it’s basically money for nothing. It’s a little more stressing if you’ve got longer-stay guests but most will only be there for a couple of nights. They’re in and out and you won’t even notice. You might even enjoy the friendship and conversations with travelers as they come and go.
The downside is getting used to having strangers in your home. Many hosts I know have installed separate entry doors to their AirBnb rooms or at least a keyed door to the main living area.
Passive Income Apps for Self-Publishing
This next group of apps is my favorite for making passive income self-publishing with sites like Kindle Direct, Smashwords and Nook.
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While the details of self-publishing are how
you’ll make money, the basic process of uploading a book to these apps is easy.
Most will upload from several formats including Microsoft Word and pdf. After
uploading your book, you’ll create your book page on Amazon and the other apps.
Your research to develop the book will show you enough of these pages on other
books that you’ll be able to do this for your book.
Pros of self-publishing is that it can be passive income, just upload your book and drive a few sales from a blog each month and your books will stay ranked to make money. You can upload your book to several of these apps just as easily as you do one and make hundreds a month on each book. If you’ve already got a blog or YouTube channel, you’re already creating the content so why not put it together and format for a book?
The downside is that it takes a couple of months to write a book and you’ll need to research for the topic. No single book is probably going to make you rich but write a few and you’ll have a steady paycheck each month.
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Freelance Writing Apps to Find Work
Our next group of work from home apps is for freelance writing and to find jobs on apps like problogger, listverse and mental floss.
My first online jobs were writing for other
blogs and I got those jobs on the Problogger job board. Sure, you can get
writing jobs on sites like Upwork and Freelancer that we’ll talk about later
but it helps to go straight to the websites specifically for writing. It’s the
difference between legit jobs ready to hire versus sifting through all the
lower-pay jobs that might not even be ready to go.
Some of these sites may charge a subscription
to see job postings though I’d start with a few free ones to get the feel for
it and see if you like it. You’ll apply to each job individually and handle all
the details with each contract. That’s in contrast with a lot of the apps on
the list where you deal only with the app which acts as a go-between to handle
payments and other details.
Most freelance writers, even newbies should be
able to charge from $0.10 a word though experienced writers will raise their
rates quickly. I was charging about $0.50 a word by the time I stopped working
freelance and I know some that charge as much as a dollar a word.
Pros of these types of apps are that they filter the jobs for legit opportunities in writing so you usually won’t have to put up with all the stuff you find on other sites. The pay is higher and you’ll spend less time chasing people down for payment.
The downside is that you’ll have to do everything yourself from finding jobs, contracting with people and collecting payment. Almost every freelance writer has a horror story of a bad client or not getting paid.
Apps for Selling Crafts and Homemade Items
Another big category here, in fact the largest
with 18 money making apps listed, is selling art, design and crafts on sites
like Etsy and Amazon Handmade.
This is a really broad category but there’s also a lot of opportunity here. These are unique hand-made crafts and services so you can charge a premium. The apps make it really easy to set up a shop and start selling. In fact, that’s what you’re doing. You’re setting up a store just like a traditional craft store but it’s all online.
Etsy alone has over 29 million active buyers
every month and you can set up stores on several sites. I’d recommend starting
on at least Etsy and Amazon Handmade before expanding to other apps.
Don’t overcomplicate your store, just get
started. You’ll need products and some professionally-looking pictures. You’ll
need a logo and a store name. It also helps to have a small budget for listings
and promoting your store. Etsy charges a $0.20 per item listing fee plus 3.5%
each time you make a sale. For payment processing, it charges 3% of the price
plus a $0.25 per item fee.
So this is one where you’ll have to go into it
with a little bit of money first. You’ll need to produce those first few
products to get an idea of how much each costs to make and the time. Then
you’ll want to budget in for the listing fee and promoting your store. Another
important tip is you need a plan for delivering on big orders. You might be
able to produce a dozen or so a week but what happens when you get a rush order
for a few dozen?
Besides paid promotions on Etsy, you can
promote on social media and do guest posts on blogs to help get the word out
about your store.
Pros of setting up on crafts apps is that you’re building a business that goes well beyond per hour or task work. You might get to a point that you’re hiring out extra production to make more money. These craft apps already have millions of people visiting the sites every month so it’s a ready-made audience of buyers.
The downside is the money you need to start, from buying supplies to the listing fees. You’ll also need to work hard to promote your store, especially at first when you don’t have much word of mouth.
Proof-Reading Apps to Make Money
A few more app categories left and this one is
going to be an easy money-maker for anyone with a grasp on their native
language, making money on proof-reading apps like Scribendi, Gramlee and
There are two types of jobs you’ll find on these
apps, proofreading and editing. Proofreaders are normally tasked with catching
grammar and spelling problems as well as syntax. Editors are more concerned
with the organization and readability of the material, how it’s put together
for information and entertainment. You can do both these tasks but it’s
important to understand the different roles and skills you’ll need for each.
The application process to these apps is
fairly quick but you’ll have to submit a writing sample. Formal education isn’t
necessary but experience is. Once on the platforms, you’ll be able to pick
assignments or be assigned when something needs proofing.
Gramlee charges clients $0.03 per word and
pays editors from $12 to $20 an hour depending on your speed. Another app,
Kibin reports proofreaders make between $15 to $25 an hour.
Pros to working on proofreading apps is that
there are no upfront costs or equipment. All you need is your internet
connection and knowledge of the language. You can take as many or as few projects
as you want and the pay is really good compared to some on the list. The
downside is that it is that per hour work so you’ll always be limited to your
time available. You’ll also have to deal with revisions on work that might not
be compensated and most people will start out at the lower end of the pay scale.
Photography Apps that Pay
This next set of apps to make money online is
another one we’ve talked about on the channel, selling photographs on sites
like Shutterstock, Getty Images and Alamy.
Despite what a lot of people think, you don’t
necessarily have to be Annie Lebowitz or a gifted photographer to sell on these
sites. Bloggers like me are constantly looking for generic shots to use as
background for video thumbnails and in blog posts. You can look on one of these
sites and see that most of the photos are just a setup of items, some even that
you can create on your computer but none are any kind of masterpiece
The way it works is you create an account and
upload your images. Now understand that they have to be good resolution and
some of these sites will reject as many as half of your images so it’s a
numbers game here. When someone downloads your photo for use, the site splits
the fee with creators so you’ll usually make from $0.50 to a few bucks each
You want to upload your photos to more than
one website, I would recommend at least five or six to give yourself the best
chance of making constant sales.
Now there’s a lot of competition on these
sites so you might only make a few sales per photo each month. Like I said,
this is definitely a numbers game but it’s one that progressively builds your
income each month. If you’ve got 200 images uploaded to five sites and get even
150 sales per site, so even if not all your photos get a sale each month, you
can still make over a grand a month.
That might take you a few months to take those
hundreds of photos but it’s all passive income after that. Every group of
photos you upload will make sales every month and continue to produce that cash
Pros to selling on stock photo apps is that it
is mostly passive income after uploading the images and your income grows with
each set of images uploaded. Getting good at using the camera can also turn
into a full-blown career. Cons are that you’ll need to buy the camera and
lighting equipment to get started. You’ll also need to study up on basic
photography and art.
Video Apps to Make Extra Money
This next group of apps for making money are
more like websites but it’s video platforms like YouTube, Twitch and
I started devoting ten hours a week to my
YouTube channel in January of 2018 with just 20 subscribers. Just over a year
later and I’ve got 69,000 in the community and have made over $23,000 on ads
That’s not including nearly $8,500 in sponsorships and affiliate commissions. I now average $3,500 a month in YouTube ads and another thousand or two in sponsorships and that number is growing every month.
Put in the time to really engage with your
community and put out some solid content. This isn’t something that’s going to
be quick and easy. In fact, it will probably take more work than some of the
other apps but will turn into a long-term business.
Your biggest hurdle to making money on YouTube is just getting started. I know for a lot of people it can be intimidating to put yourself out there, create a video and post it online. You need to get over that and just get started. Spend a week learning how to create and grow a YouTube channel but set a firm deadline for uploading your first video.
Pros of starting a video channel are that this can become a long-term business you make a lot of money on. Most of the apps on the list pay per hour or per task, limiting your earnings to that continuous work.
Cons include just putting you out there on camera and the commitment needed to produce a video consistently every week. You’ll also need to learn the business of video and making money on a channel. That’s different from a lot of these apps which are pretty quick to get started and making money.
Apps for Voice Acting Work
The next group of apps is really interesting
with voice work on sites like Voice Bunny, Voice 123 and Snap Recordings.
This is a cool one and I guarantee more people
can do it than they think. Everyone thinks their voice sounds bad on a recording
but it’s usually not as bad as you think. I’ve narrated all my own audiobooks
and have never had complaints on my voice.
You’ll set up an account on the voice-over
apps and upload a sample of your reading so people have an idea of how your
voice sounds. You can set up a simple studio at home but best is to find an
inexpensive sound studio you can use by the hour.
You set your rates on the apps but there are
basic guidelines. There’s a hundred dollar minimum per job on Voices.com and
different rates guides depending on whether the recording will be broadcast or
not. You can easily get $100 for a 15-second recording, $250 for a one-minute
commercial and up to $3,000 for reading an audiobook.
Voices charges a project fee of 20% on the
rate or you can have a project manager help you for a $300 fee plus the
Pros of doing voice work are that you don’t have to be on camera. Producing the projects is pretty quick, just practicing and reading through the scripts. A few hundred dollars for less than an hour’s worth of work makes these some of the best paying apps on the list.
The downside is that you’ll need to rent a sound studio or spend some money to create one from home. If you do it yourself, you’ll also need to learn basic sound production and recording.
Other Apps to Make Money Online
Our final category of money making apps is a catch-all, apps to find work we haven’t talked about yet and includes freelancers apps like Fiverr and Upwork, assistant apps like Fancy Hands and IT apps like HelloTech and Spare5.
These are mostly broad freelancing apps that
cover many categories of work from creative jobs like writing and graphic
design to technical work in analysis and IT development. You’ll create a
profile on the app and a page listing your skills. You’ll then compete for
available tasks by offering a bid and writing up an application.
These can be tough sites to make money. The
tasks go out all over the world and you’ll be competing with freelancers
willing to do the work for much less. You’ll have to demonstrate that the
quality of your work is worth premium pricing. Another hurdle for new
freelancers is you’ll have to build up references and rankings on the platform.
Breaking through these hurdles though and this can be a full-time job and a
It’s difficult to pin down pros and cons on this group of freelancer apps. Most include lots of different categories so you can potentially work in different tasks and get some experience in a lot of different fields. That means less time spent trying to find work in just one category.
The downside is that many are not well reviewed so many of the jobs available may go nowhere. You’ll also have more competition from freelancers willing to price their services way below a reasonable wage.
It’s a long list but I guarantee there are some apps for making money that are perfect for you. You might not get rich with most of these but you can easily make a solid income and you can set your own schedule. Look for the link to the full list in the video description below as well as links to some of my favorite videos and apps for earning money.
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