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Get Paid to Walk: 18 Ways to Earn Easy Cash

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Whether you walk for exercise or need a little incentive to boost your step count for the day, did you know that there are ways to get paid to walk?

Usually, as long as you have a smartphone that can download apps, either from the Google Play or iTunes store, then it is 100% possible!

Now, you’re not going to get rich in doing so, but hey, if you can make an extra $10+ for the month to do what you may already be doing, then why not?

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the many ways you can get paid to walk, and I promise, it’s 100% true and non-scammy!  I don’t work like that here.  Whether it’s a get paid to walk app or a way to get paid to walk dogs, I try to cover it all.

Basically, if you like to walk and love cash, then I highly encourage you to keep on reading to see which app may work for you.

Let’s begin!

Get Paid to Walk


I wanted to include HealthyWage here as you can technically get paid to walk, but it isn’t the sole focus.

HealthyWage works much like a betting system, wherein you will tell the website how many pounds you want to lose and how long you need to reach the goal.  You will also need to bet a certain amount to win a cash prize.

Then, as you check in daily and keep up with your goals, you can eventually win the challenge, splitting the prize pot with others who win as well.

More of a betting app, per se, it technically pays you to lose weight, so if a lot of your weight comes off from walking, then you’re technically getting paid as long as you stick with the plan.

To learn more about the program and how you can bet, be sure to check out my HealthyWage review.


Rover is much different than most of the companies/apps I’m about to list on here, but it’s going to be the highest paying walking gig if you’re able to find a job.

And if you’re unfamiliar with Rover, let me explain how it works.

In short, Rover is a search engine pet owners use to find pet boarding opportunities, people who can visit their homes and even those who can walk their dog.

So, basically, if you’re a fan of dogs and don’t mind walking them around, it’s one to consider since you’re essentially getting paid to walk.

Now, while you’re going to have to create a profile, market yourself and create a schedule with your customers, this is, by far, the best way to make money walking as some dog walkers can easily make $20+ per hour.  Simply create a profile on the website and wait for inquiries and/or market yourself.

I don’t know much about dog walking in general, but I do know that Rover is a great place to start as they have one of the largest networks.   I also recommend a few of these highly rated eBooks/books if you want to learn more about the industry and how to make good money doing it.


Most people associate Uber with picking up people and a car.

Well, did you know that you can deliver food on foot?

Before you get excited, let it be known that this is only limited to select number of markets, usually your bigger cities such as L.A. and New York City.

Nonetheless, if you live near a bigger city and don’t mind the idea of walking food from a restaurant to someone’s door, it may be something to consider.  If you sign up as a walker and it’s available in your area, you can select the walker option and only receive short deliveries while on the clock.


The 100% free Achievement app is used by more than 1.5 million members, rewarding you to do more than just walk since the app also rewards you to log your food, sleep, meditate, tweet, answer surveys and so much more.

And, yes, I know it sounds too good to be true.  It sounded that way me as well, but I promise it’s 100% legitimate.

Let me explain how it works.

With the Achievement app, you can connect more than 30+ third-party fitness apps that you may already have on your phone to your Achievement account.  Some of the apps they work with, for example, include MyFitnessPal, Apple Health, Samsung Health, Garmin and many more.  You can see a full list once you create an account.

Simply connect them and forget about it.

Then, after you connect your apps to your account and start to use them as you normally do, the company will reward you a certain amount of points, in which you can then cash out via PayPal.  Every 10,000 points are worth $10 to give you an idea as to how much you can earn.

For example, according to the company’s FAQ page, you can earn up to 80 points for each type of tracked activity with a connected app and/or six points per day for the daily activities you’re already doing, such as meditating, weighing yourself or tracking your sleep.  Bonus points through the company’s “Offers” tab are available as well.

As of this review, the app has a solid 4.5/5 rating on the Google Play store is 100% free to use.

Website:  Achievement

Charity Miles

Charity Miles doesn’t put money in your pocket, per se, but it will put money in your favorite charity’s account, making it just as good.  Who doesn’t want to help a charity in need?

Download the free app and just make sure it’s active anytime you’re on the go, whether it’s walking, running, jogging or even riding your bike.

Then, as you walk, the charity you choose will earn cash for every step you take.

As of this review, the company works with more than 40+ charities, including the Habitat for Humanity, ALS Associate, Autism Speaks and so many more.  You can see a full list on the company’s official Google Play store description.

Again, you won’t make money, but a cause that relies on your donation will.  To me, this is a win-win.


The sad thing about many of these websites/apps I list here won’t pay you much.

So, if you’re looking for something that could actually pay you upwards of $100 a day, I wanted to share a little secret that I didn’t really see mentioned anywhere else.

It relies on the Craigslist ads, particularly in the “Gigs” section.

This section is great for a variety of reasons.

For one, most of these jobs are temporary, often lasting just for the day.  From what I saw, most jobs revolved around walking around while holding a promotional sign or placing leaflets in doors.

Secondly, they pay cash, making it easy to have cash in hand at the end of the day.

Search the gigs section, but when doing so, just make sure you use the keywords “walking” or something related to see what kind of jobs you may find.

For example, when I did, I found a few jobs related to being an LED human billboard or sign holders.

All cities vary, but regardless, check out your area to see what may be available for the day.


Unlike a lot of these apps that pay you some sort of currency for every step you take, Earthmiles will reward you; however, you won’t receive gift cards or prizes, per se.  Instead, as you earn “earthmiles,” you can redeem it for exclusive offers.

Basically, in short, the company allows you to redeem your currency for special deals.

For instance, when I was looking at the app, you could get a discounted “taster pack” from a retailer, about 20% off.  You still have to pay for the items, but it’s more of an app that can get you deals instead of a tangible item and/or gift card.

I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite on this list, but as always, I try to include as many options as possible, letting you figure out which one works for your situation.


I only recommend the GymPact app if you have a gym membership because you will need to check into your gym in order to receive your rewards.

To use GymPact, they will first ask how often you want to commit to going to the gym throughout the week.  At this time, you will also need to tell the app how much you’re willing to pay every time you don’t check in.

Then, check in at your gym, keep your pact that you committed to at the beginning and earn cash once you reach your goal.

Again, keep in mind that if you miss a gym day, you will be forced to pay an amount you set on the app, but of course, if you meet your goals, you won’t have to worry about it.

Instacart or Shipt

If you don’t mind grocery shopping for others, you put a lot of steps in working for these apps.

In short, as a shopper, you can download the app, get approved and then grocery shop the lists as the offers come to your phone.  Depending on where you live, it’s not unheard of to earn $20, $25 or $30+ per hour.  Heck, people were making much more than this during the pandemic.

As a shopper, you do need to drive to the customer’s home and be able to lift up to 40+ pounds, but it is a great way to stay fit and get your steps in while making some cash.  Plus, you get to work whenever you want since you’re deemed an independent contractor!


LifeCoin rewards you with LifeCoins, in which you can cash out for a variety of rewards such as Apple products and a ton of gift cards from top-name retailers like Amazon and Target.

Much like a lot of the apps I talk about here, LifeCoin will simply reward you with coins for every step you take as long as you have the app activated.  No third-party tracking device is needed, however.  So, if you don’t have one, this could be one to consider.

In comparison to some of the apps I list, LifeCoin doesn’t seem to be as popular, simply based on the app store metrics, but seeing the reviews are quite good, it may be one worth looking at seeing it is 100% free to download.


The Lympo app will reward you with “LYM tokens” every time you complete a walking or running challenge, all of which you can then use to purchase sporting goods right in the app.

For example, when I quickly glanced at the app, they had a variety of Adidas and Nike shoes you could buy with your tokens, but this was just one of the many options you could choose from as they had gift card options and even Apple products, too.

While I haven’t used the app personally, it seemed to have pretty good reviews on the Google Play Store, with a 4.5/5 rating and more than 10,000 installs.

And the concept is pretty simple.

Join a challenge, complete it and earn your reward.

Relatively new to the market it seems, Lympo adds new challenges every day, tracks your walking activity and offers a variety of great sporting good options inside their Lympo Shop.

It’s 100% free to join.

Mystery Shopping

There’s too many companies to list here, but thankfully, I did write on the more than 100+ popular mystery shopping companies in the past.

In short, mystery shopping companies will pay you to shop undercover in a sense.  This means strolling through stores and purchasing something while interacting with an employee or maybe seeing how clean a bathroom is.  After, you will write up a small report and/or answer a few multiple choice questions.  There are a lot of jobs, no matter where you live.

Nonetheless, it’s a great way to get paid to shop and get some steps in.  Plus, most let you work at your own pace since you get to select the jobs you want to complete.  Refer to my mystery shopping guide below to see which companies make the most sense for you.

PK Coin

PK Coin appears to be only available for iOS users just as a fair warning before you consider signing up.

With PK Coin, you can earn virtual coins when you work out, which, you probably already guessed it, can be redeemed for a variety of rewards or even donating to charity if you so choose.

Now, unlike a lot of the apps, in which they reward you for taking steps, PK Coin will reward you more depending on the effort put into your workout.  So, in essence, the harder you work, the more you can make.

Like a lot of these apps that offer gift cards and tangible goods, PK coin is different in that you can earn experiences such as camping trips or even a private Skype session.  Yes, you can still redeem for gift cards and goods, and when I took a look, some of the options were huge such as Disneyland tickets, $500 gift cards and so much more.

There seems to be no limit as to how many coins you can earn, but they do limit you to how much you can bank each day.

The app is 100% free, but you do need to link one of your fitness trackers and/or import from other third-party apps.


Runtopia is a motivational app said to convert your walking activity into what’s known as Sports Coins, which can be exchanged for multiple free products.

As you can see a common theme here, most of these apps work in the same way.

Download them, get paid for every step and then cash out when ready.  Runtopia is no different.

Offering a wide range of features, Runtopia, records all of your real-time data, real-time audio guidance, personalized training plans and even a social community where you can join friends and family to help motivate you along the way.

Whether you want to run or walk, Runtopia is 100% free and is a great way to enjoy fitness, all while being rewarded for doing so.


I have written about the Shopkick app before in my free Starbucks gift card and I need money right now posts, but I wanted to include it here as well.

The Shopkick app, in short, will reward you to do a variety of things, from simply walking into a store and checking in to looking for an item inside of a store.  And trust me, there are a TON of big-name stores you have heard of.

Rewarded with what’s known as “kicks,” you can exchange them for gift cards and other prizes once you earn enough.

And out of all these apps, you probably will make the most since it’s dependent upon how much you do.

So, the next time you’re at a shopping mall or a populated area with a lot of stores, turn on the app and start walking around to earn some rewards!

If you do join, consider using my referral code, NICE645299, for a bonus!


If you’re a fan of competitions and love to gamble, then StepBet may be an app to check out.

To use, you will first want to download the StepBet app.  It’s 100% free to at least setup and only takes a minute or so to access your dashboard.

Then, StepBet will ask you to connect your third-party source, whether it’s Google Fit, Samsung Health, Garmin or Fitbit, it’s up to you to choose, but do keep in mind that you must connect one of these apps in order to make money.  This is how the app will keep track of your steps.

Once connected, you can then browse a variety of games you want to compete in and potentially win money, but you must gamble, up to $40, in order to be part of the competition.

These games often ask you to hit a certain number of active and stretch days without missing your goals.  If you do miss your goal, then you’re out of the competition and can no longer win the prize, however, if you remain active and keep your streak alive until the end, you can split the pot with the other winners.

Most games, at least according to the FAQ, las up to six weeks, but this duration varies from game to game.  Prizes can be as high as $12,000+, but remember, if members are active until the end of the competition, then you will have to split the prize.

Regardless, it’s an awesome way to motivate yourself to keep walking and maybe make a lot of money doing so.


Sweatcoin virtually rewards you to walk, giving you what’s known as “sweatcoins” for every step you take.

According to the website, every 1,000 steps you take will equal 0.95 sweatcoins, in which you can then redeem for a variety of goods, services and experiences, ranging from yoga classes to Apple Watches.

For example, while I was writing this, you could buy an iPhone 8 with 20,000 sweatcoins, which, doing the math, would be about 21 million steps.  That’s a lot!

But, hey, if you really worked it and walked 20,000 steps a day, it would take you 1,050 days to earn it.  Again, a lot of work, but still, you’re getting rewarded for something you already do, so why not?


TaskRabbit is one I have mentioned many times, particularly in my 50+ ways to make $500 and the 30+ best gig economy jobs posts.

In short, it’s an app that lists just about any job in your surrounding area, from mowing the grass to putting together furniture.

The nice thing about this app is that you can choose the jobs you want, so if it’s walking job you want, then you can select it and work out the details with the job provider.

And, if you like the idea of TaskRabbit, it isn’t the only game in town as there are many alternatives that work just like it as well.


The Walgreens Balance Rewards program will reward you in Balance Rewards points, basically, Walgreens rewards program, for not only walking but for a variety of other healthy activities as well such as running, cycling, linking an app, logging your activities and more.

To start tracking your progress and earn points, you will first need to create an account with Walgreens so that you can start to earn your points.  It’s 100% free and is worth doing so, especially if you already shop at Walgreens.

Then, once you create your account, you can start tracking your progress by following the directions on this page and clicking on the “Start Tracking” icon.

From the looks of it, Walgreens will reward you 20 points per mile, regardless of how you do it, but as I mentioned, there are a variety of other ways to earn points as well, including 20 points per daily exercise log or 20 points per sleep daily log, for example.

Limitations do apply, with a maximum of 1,000 points per month, so don’t expect to even remotely get rich participating.  Follow the link above for more information in regards to limitations.

Seeing every 1,000 points is worth $1 at Walgreens, you won’t be able to make more than $10 in a year.

  • Website:  Walgreens


Like Rover, I mentioned earlier, Wag works in the same way, only that they really focus on dog walking only.

Like a lot of these apps that make you money on the side, Wag will first ask that you apply and will then conduct a background check before you’re entered into the system.

Then, once activated, you can either accept jobs or even bid on jobs as they pop up.

Again, I only recommend this option if you like dogs and don’t mind visiting a client’s home, but by far, this is one of the only options on this list that could pay you $20+ per hour.

  • Website:  Wag

WinWalk Pedometer

Yet another app and my last option on the list, the WinWalk Pedometer counts your daily steps and rewards you with digital gift cards from famous brands. Every 100 steps you take earns you one coin.

Unlike some of these apps that require you to connect a third-party device, such as your Fitbit, the WinWalk Pedometer doesn’t require you to do so as all of the tracking is done directly in the app.  No GPS, either, so it works when exercising indoors as well.

The app is 100% free to download, but according to the description, you can only earn 100 coins a day, which doing the math, is 10,000 steps.

Final Thoughts

Getting paid to walk can absolutely be done, but with the exception of dog walking and/or holding a sign for the day, you’re not going to make much.  Plan on a few dollars a month.

But, hey, if you’re already walking and own a wristband that tracks your steps, then it probably makes sense to at least download the apps to be rewarded for your walking.   Even if you don’t own a device, you can always use your phone as your pedometer, but keep in mind these apps are known to drain your battery relatively fast, so beware.

Aside from simply walking and getting paid for your steps, the bet-like apps are also a great consideration, seeing that money is involved if you’re able to complete a competition and stick to your goals.  This could work well if you feel you’re not motivated enough.

Regardless of your options, know that you can make money walking, but just consider it as a fun way to stay fit and get rewarded in small increments for doing so.

As always, let me know your favorites and/or comment on the ones I already mentioned above.  I would love to hear from you!

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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  • Nice post. I have another unique way to make money from walking – providing a litter cleanup service outside commercial properties. This service is done on foot using simple hand tools in the early morning hours before businesses open. Almost as easy to do as going for a daily walk! I started this as a side gig in 1981 and grew it into a lucrative business I still run. I share my experience in my book, cleanlots, as well as offer free support.