I love talking about the many ways to make money. If you ever need ideas, be sure to look at my making money section as I have hundreds of legitimate ways to make money both online and out in the world. There’s something for everyone!
In today’s post, I want to talk about the many side hustle apps out there. Some can make you $10 a week, whereas some can make you up to $1,000+ a week working whenever you want. As long as you have a smartphone that can download an app, either on the Google Play Store or iTunes, then you’re qualified. Usually, no experience is necessary nor will you need a college education.
As always, all of the apps I’m about to mention are 100% legitimate and are sure to make you money as long as you use them in the way they were intended to. In each section, I will briefly talk about how the app works as well as how you can take advantage.
If you want to make money in your free time, all while using your phone, then tune in, because you’re about to find a myriad of ways to make money almost immediately.
37+ Best Side Hustle Apps
The Swagbucks app is one of my all-time favorites. You won’t get rich making money with this app, but I can easily make $3-$5 a day just completing surveys. It’s as easy as downloading the app, answering some survey questions and getting rewarded for your time. You can also make money in other ways, such as completing offers, watching videos and even shopping. If you want to make money right now, it’s one to keep high on your list. As long as you know it won’t replace your day job, then it will make it that much better. Follow the link below for a free $5 bonus for joining.
- Website: Swagbucks
Survey Junkie reminds me a lot like Swagbucks, only that they focus only on surveys and that’s it. They have a very easy-to-use interface and seem to always have a never-ending list of surveys. I don’t use them as much as I used to, but like Swagbucks, I could easily make $5 in a day logging in here and there. Again, it’s as easy as answering questions and getting paid for your time.
- Website: Survey Junkie
Pinecone Research is awesome in that they pay you $3 per survey you take, no matter what. There’s no guessing as to how much you’re going to make nor will you see those $0.20 surveys. The app only focuses on surveys, so as long as you don’t mind answering questions, it won’t be hard to make money. Pinecone Research is backed by the very popular global performance management company, Nielsen.
- Website: Pinecone Research
As I write this, MyPoints has paid out more than $300 million to its members. This app earns you “points” whenever you answer surveys, discover in-store deals, shop local deals and much more. Once you hit $5 in points, you can then cash out for a variety of gift cards or even PayPal cash. It’s 100% free to join.
- Website: MyPoints
InboxDollars is owned by the same company as Swagbucks but operates a pinch differently. The biggest difference, at least when I researched is that InboxDollars didn’t offer as many surveys and they only offered a PayPal option, with no gift cards available. Nonetheless, it’s another side hustle app to consider if you like the idea of answering survey questions and making a few dollars a day.
- Website: InboxDollars
Surveys on the Go
Surveys on the Go is one of the more popular side hustle apps, with more than 75,000 reviews on the Google Play store. Just turn on your app notifications and it will alert you whenever a survey is available. You won’t receive a ton, but it’s usually enough to earn $10 or so per month. The nice thing about this app is that you can often find very high-paying survey opportunities, sometimes as much as $75.
- Website: Surveys on the Go
If you have ever heard of the very popular Amazon MTurk, Clickworker works in the same way. The key difference here is that they allow you to work from your phone if you want to. From taking surveys to completing tasks, there is always a steady stream of jobs. You won’t get rich using this app, but you could make $5 to $10 a day if you log in daily and complete the right tasks.
- Website: Clickworker
Uber and/or Lyft
If you love the idea of working when you want and mingling with people while doing so, then Uber and Lyft are tough to beat. With Uber and Lyft, you can turn on the app whenever you please, essentially acting as a taxi of sorts. And, depending on where you live, it’s not unheard of to make north of $20+ per hour. Of course, this is market dependent as well as how smart you are in what you accept. Like any job, it can take time, but it can pay off once you learn how the system works. Be sure to check out a guide I wrote in the past that shows you how to make more with Uber.
DoorDash, Grubhub, UberEats, and/or Postmates
I’m going to lump all of these apps into one category because they all work in the same way. If you don’t want to deal with people but want to earn up to $20+ per hour, then you may want to consider delivering food. Yes, it’s as easy as picking up food and dropping it off. There are very little interactions and some markets can see hourly rates north of $20+ per hour. Like Uber and Lyft, you have to learn your markets as they work differently, but I promise once you learn which times are hot and which restaurants are high-paying, then you could soon be hundreds of dollars richer. All of these apps let you turn it on and work whenever you please.
Instacart is one I have mentioned plenty of times, such as in my get paid to shop and hobbies that make you money posts. In short, Instacart is an on-demand app that you can turn on at any time to grocery shop for others. You receive a request and payout, and it’s your job to complete the job in its entirety. You do the shopping and delivering and can make up to $25+ per hour gross in some markets. It’s a great way to supplement your income part-time, especially if you love the idea of shopping for others.
- Website: Instacart
Shipt, just like Instacart, will pay you to shop for others, all while on your schedule. You turn the app, accept any offers incoming that you feel are worth it and then complete the job to get paid. Like Instacart, Shipt drivers/shoppers can make up to $25+ per hour in some markets. As it’s market dependent, your results will vary.
- Website: Shipt
Do you love walking and/or babysitting dogs? If so, the Rover app can help connect you with pet owners who need your help for the day, week, or maybe even longer. Picture this app as a marketplace of sorts. You create a profile, selling yourself and pet owners contact you if they feel you are what they need. You can contact owners via job posts they create as well. Since you set the price, how much you make is endless. But, on average, be prepared to gross about $15 to $20~ per hour.
- Website: Rover
Wag is much like Rover, only that it focuses on walking dogs only. While it does have dog sitting and overnight care opportunities, most of the money seems to be made in walking dogs. As a walker, you get to make your own schedule. A background check and some pet experience is required.
- Website: Wag
Care.com and/or UrbanSitter
Both the Care.com and/or UrbanSitter are both great options if you’re looking for a family who needs a babysitter. Whether it’s a full-time gig or something casual on the weekends, it’s up to you to determine what you want to do for the time being. You can either create a profile and wait for families to contact you and/or you can apply to jobs that are live on the site. Both companies have an app to make it easier if you want to apply directly from your phone.
TaskRabbit is another app I have mentioned a few times, such as in my get paid to shop and how to make $200 in one day posts. This app offers a variety of ways to earn money, from helping someone move furniture to picking up a few things at the local grocery store. As a tasker, you get to decide which tasks you want to complete as well as which skills you want to put to use. Depending on your skills, a good tasker can make more than $20+ per hour in the right markets.
- Website: TaskRabbit
If you can get into Amazon Flex, this could be one of the better side hustling opportunities. As a “Flexer,” it will be your duty to pick up packages at a local Amazon warehouse and then deliver them nearby to homes like yours. Usually, you will have to deliver anywhere from 30 to 100+ packages and you will have to commit to a three-hour schedule. Most shifts pay at least $54+ and you can work whenever you please. Drivers usually average at least $18+ per hour. Keep in mind they are not always hiring, so you may have to check in or join the waitlist to increase your odds at joining.
- Website: Amazon Flex
Handy is almost like the Uber of handymen. You need a service, you can get one almost on demand. The great thing about this app is that you can sign up as a professional, where you can then gain access to hundreds of jobs in your city. The app isn’t available in every city, but in the ones it is active in, they claim you can make anywhere between $22 to $62 per hour, with top professionals making more than $1,000 in a week!
- Website: Handy
Do you own a truck or van? If so, you may want to download the GoShare app to help people transport bigger items from stores to their homes. As a driver, you will receive project alerts whenever a customer requests a delivery. Then, as an independent contractor, you either accept or reject that job. The choice is yours. You get to work whenever you want, the company reports you can make up to $71 per hour! Generally, the larger your truck is, the more you can make.
- Website: GoShare
Etsy is the grand-daddy of the handmade marketplace. While there are many Etsy alternatives, nothing compares to the traffic Etsy receives. If you can craft something of value and it’s considered to be handmade, consider setting up an Etsy storefront and selling to the world. The Sell on Etsy app makes it extremely easy to sell from your phone, where you can manage your business on the go. Get alerts whenever an item sells as well as be able to manage/access your listings all from your phone.
- Website: Etsy
OfferUp and Letgo
I have mentioned both of these apps a handful of times. In fact, I have reviewed Letgo in depth, letting you know exactly how it works as well as how you can capitalize on it. These apps work no differently than Craigslist, only that they are more app friendly. Just list things around the house by snapping a picture and then waiting for a potential buyer. Whether you want to flip items or sell things you no longer want, it’s a great side hustle app to have on your phone at all times.
Poshmark works kind of like OfferUp and Letgo, only that it focuses on clothing only. All you need to do is take a picture of your clothing and then list it. Listings take less than a minute to post and can be a great way to clear out your closet.
- Website: Poshmark
Let’s not forget about eBay, a very powerful selling app if you never want to leave your home and meet up with someone. Again, whether it’s flipping items or selling things that you no longer find a use for, eBay can be a great way to offload these items. Just make sure you factor in the eBay fees as they can add up over time.
- Website: eBay
If you any extra room in your house or you’re willing to rent out your entire house, then you may want to give the Airbnb app a shot. This app gives you the power to turn your homestead into a hotel of sorts. You get to set the rules, the price and the availability. It’s a great way to make some extra cash as long as you don’t mind strangers staying at your home.
- Website: Airbnb
Like Airbnb, Turo lets you rent out your car, rather than your house, to strangers. This could be a great way to make $20+ a day when your car isn’t in use. I know the idea may sound crazy to some, the companies do offer a one million liability insurance policy in case something does go wrong.
- Website: Turo
Foap is kind of a cool side hustle app if you like to take pictures and get rewarded in doing so. And, on the app, you can make money one of two ways. For one, you can simply upload your photos to the marketplace in the hopes someone purchases. Or, if you want to make more, you can participate in what is known as “missions.” These missions ask for a photo of sorts, where you can submit a photo according to the mission description. If you’re selected as the winner, you can win $50+.
- Website: Foap
The Wonolo app is a job board on demand of sorts. Just browse the current jobs and you can work that day, with some jobs paying north of $100+. Instead of committing to a job, this is a great opportunity if you’re looking to connect with local businesses. You must complete a brief onboarding process as well as have the qualifications necessary to apply for certain jobs. It is only available in certain cities at the moment.
- Website: Wonolo
Instawork is another option that works just like Wonolo that can help you find hourly gigs for the day or sometimes even a permanent gig. Most of the jobs here are restaurant related, such as bartending, dishwasher, line cook, etc. It’s only open to certain markets, but it could be a great opportunity if you’re looking for work in the restaurant industry.
- Website: Instawork
Field Agent is one of my favorite mystery shopping apps. It’s one you can download today and start almost immediately. And, using the app is easier than ever. Just browse the list and select a job from the list. Then, as long as you complete the mission as stated, you get rewarded. It can anything from finding an item in a store to buying a pizza and judging the quality when you get home. Most gigs pay $3 to $10+ and can keep you pretty busy! Be sure to check out my in-depth Field Agent review as I have been using it extensively and shared my insights on how to succeed with it.
- Website: Field Agent
Shopkick will reward you with free gift cards just for shopping as you normally do as well as performing very simple tasks. These tasks can range anywhere from walking into a store to scanning your receipt. You can even earn money at home while watching videos. It’s a great app to turn on whenever you’re out and about shopping. To date, the company has sent out more than $85 million in gift card rewards.
- Website: Shopkick
Gigwalk is another option that kind of reminds me of Field Agent. It will be your job to go out and about and complete the jobs you find on your map. It can anything from taking a picture of a store shelf to helping stock something. Payout rates range from $3 to more than $50, but you will always know how much you will get paid before you accept. This is one to consider if you’re out shopping or are looking for some side spending cash.
- Website: Gigwalk
Whether you want to make $5 a week or even $1,000, it’s possible with these side hustle apps. I’m sure there’s something for you on this list.
Take a gander at the list and sign up for as many as you please. Some allow you to start right away, while others may require a background check and/or may have a waiting period. The links beneath each subheading takes you directly to the main website, so I recommend you click through to read more about it. You can also refer to my 41+ ways to make money from your phone if you want even more ideas.
For now, I leave it up to you.
What has worked for you?
Am I missing anything?
How do you make money with your side hustle apps?
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