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Premise App Review: Get Paid to Take Photos?

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The Premise app is a task marketplace that helps you earn money for completing simple tasks, from taking pictures around your city to sharing your opinion.  It’s yet one of the thousands of ways to make money with your phone out there.

With so many of these apps out there, you have to ask yourself if this is yet another app you should consider downloading to make some money.  It could be a decent option only if your city has a variety of jobs.

Premise App Review

In today’s review, I download the Premise app, play around with it to see how you can money, and then, like all of my reviews, I let you know if it’s worth downloading.  As always, I’m 110% honest and would never recommend something I wouldn’t use.

Let’s begin!

What Is the Premise App?

The Premise app helps you earn money in a variety of ways, from capturing “what’s happening in your community” to earning rewards to share your insights via surveys.  Primarily, you can make money taking pictures, but you can earn money in other ways as well, such as answering simple survey questions.

According to the official website, Premise helps “humanitarian aid organizations, governments and for-profit companies answer crucial questions.”  Whenever you complete a task, you can help these organizations better understand answers to their questions, from gathering a price at a store to infrastructural improvements.  For example, some jobs in the past required people taking pictures of houses to see if they were connected to the electric grid, whereas others were asked to take pictures of roads to see if they were being used as intended.

The app was created by Premise, which is a company whose mission is to “be the source of ground truth worldwide.”  It’s a data and analytic technology company, based in San Francisco, California.  They were founded in 2012 and are backed by many reputable tech companies, such as Google.

Signing up for the Premise App

To start making money with the Premise app, you can do so in two ways, either via your Facebook or Google account.  It’s completely up to you which account you connect.  It appears it’s available in more than 70 countries, but the app doesn’t really go on to say which countries are accepted.  What I found is that if you can download the app, you will be eligible to join.

After you agree to the terms and conditions, you will be asked to share your location so that the app can show you tasks in your area as well as to help process payments.

The entire sign-up process takes all of one minute and is very easy to get started.   Keep in mind that the app is not available in some areas, so you may receive

Signing up is 100% free.

The Premise App Dashboard

After you connect your account, you will land on your dashboard, which will look something like this…

On the top, you will find your three primary money-making categories:  survey, locate and explore.  I will explain how each section works below.  The bottom links to your profile, the tasks that need to be completed as well as your settings and payment options when you’re ready to cash out.

The Survey section is made up of very easy questions that take a short amount of time to answer.  These can be done anywhere and will pay out upon completion.  Most surveys take about two to four minutes to complete.

The Locate section is designed to share information about the neighborhood you’re currently in.  For example, you may be asked to visit a local bus stop and take a picture as well as assess the situation.  These jobs vary, but if accepting one, plan on going to a location and taking some pictures as well as answering some questions while doing so.

Lastly, the Explore section is designed more like a route of sorts.  In this category, you will be required to travel to designated locations along a route and complete jobs similar to that of the Locate section.  Most of the jobs are very self-explanatory and doesn’t take long to complete.

How Much Can You Make With the Premise App?

Like most apps, the amount you make greatly depends on how often you turn it on and complete the jobs.  The same can be said about where you live.

In some locations, you may find very few jobs, whereas some cities may have an abundance of jobs to keep you busy for quite some time.  If you’re fortunate enough to live in a city with a lot of jobs, then you could make a few dollars a week, not much.  According to this Fast Company article, it is said that some people in India and Nigeria are earning $40 to $60+ a month.

Most jobs pay anywhere from a few cents to more than $0.50+ each.  The pay rate does greatly depend on the country it’s being used in as some countries, as I’m sure you’re aware of, have a lower cost of living.

You definitely won’t get rich with this app, but you could earn a few dollars while you’re out and about.  Remember, 99% of the time, you will have to travel to your location to make cash, except for the surveys, so you will have to factor this into your cost/expense ratio.

Premise App Rewards

For every task you complete, you will earn cash, in which you can then cash out for later on.

At the time of this review, Premise offered four payout options, including a “mobile top-up,” PayPal, Coinbase or via a direct bank transfer.  In some countries, there may be other options available as well.

To cash out, you will need at least $5 in currency, which tends to be near the lower end for money-making apps online.

The Pros and Cons

As in all of my reviews, I love to see what the internet is saying.  It’s always nice to have a perspective aside from mine, right?.  In my research, I found both good and bad things about the app, but this can be said about any app.  Here’s what I found out…

The Pros

  • easy to join
  • $10 minimum payout
  • PayPal, Coinbase

The Cons

  • not available in every city
  • limited job opportunities in some cities
  • multiple reports with payout issues

Final Thoughts

5/10This app, in a way, reminds me of Field Agent, only that it doesn’t seem to pay as much.

If you’re out and about and don’t mind taking a few pictures to earn some cash, then sure, it may make sense.  However, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go complete a job as running your car will probably cost more than the job itself.  If you live in a foreign country with a lower cost of living, such as India or Nigeria, for example, then you may be able to benefit greatly from this app as some people do earn $30 to $60+ a month using it.

I probably won’t be downloading this app, but I’m not going to say it’s an epic failure, either.  I just think there many better options out there.

Now, as always, I will leave it up to you.

Have you ever downloaded this app?

What do you like?  Dislike?

Feel free to sound off in the comments below.

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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.

1 comment

  • Do not use this app – sooner or later you will regret your decision. Don’t believe me then try it for yourself and then you will realize what I said was the truth!