Need Extra Income in College? Here are 15 Money Making Apps that can Help

Thanks to technology, there’s a new economy out there that’s growing rapidly in popularity. It’s really a Pandora’s box what can be accomplished and what’s possible with today’s gizmos. Apps create new sources of income for many people – with some featured here, individuals have started home businesses – and if the ideas are novel, can be very profitable. If you’re a little tight on cash and are looking for ways to add to your discretionary spending while hitting the books, below are 15 apps that earn you money in a variety of fun and unique ways.

Ride-Sharing Apps

1: Lyft

With Lyft you can make $35/hour driving people to their destinations. In order to be a driver you must be 23, go through a phone and an in-person screen and background/DMV checks. All the ride-sharing apps listed here require vehicles that are 2000 or newer. Drivers get 80% of the payments by riders and Lyft is very flexible as you choose your own hours. This app is strongly community-driven which helps with trust. One strange side-effect that occurs once you join Lyft, however, is that your car grows a pink howie mustache on the grill.

2: Sidecar

This app was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal as being 10% cheaper than a taxi. Not bad. As a driver, you can set your own price and can also receive a promo code that when new riders sign-up using your code, will allow you to earn 100% of the payments with those riders instead of profit-sharing with the company. The better the experience for the rider, the higher your rating. And if you’re courteous and a safe driver, you’ll end up with a network of loyal customers. Good deal. You need to be at least 21 to apply to be a driver.

3: Uber

Sleek, stylish and professional. This ride-sharing service has an upscale look and feel to it. In order to be a driver you’ll need to be at least 23 years old. You can do this as a part-time gig or it can turn into a small business. They have different classes of drivers in major cities: Uberx (discount drivers); UberBLACK (professional chauffeur drivers with a commercial license and insurance); UberTAXI (a certified taxi driver) and Uber Livery (a commercially insured driver). These types of apps are highly innovative and are easy ways to make money if you’re out and about.

Surveys, Rewards, Points

4: Surveys On The Go

Low on cash? Take a survey. You’ll earn between twenty-five cents to $5 depending on which survey you choose. Surveys can range from politics, be tribunal in nature and can come from major companies. As soon as you download the app and sign-up, you’ll need to answer a few demographic questions so they know which surveys to provide you. Once you reach $10 you can cash out.

5: Shopkick

Earn points, or kicks, just by walking in stores, scanning or purchasing items. Kicks can be redeemed for gift cards and merchandise. This app has an accompanying shopBeacon located in stores that alerts an app carrier where the best deals are in the store. If you’ve “Liked” an item in the app, the shopBeacon will remind you when you’ve entered the store that sells the product. Way to go, Shopkick!

6: Checkpoints

Very similar to Shopkick, however, they have a neat little video with cute Kirby-esque characters that explain their whole specific process. The idea behind Checkpoints, from a brand’s point of view, is to encourage the consumer (you) to purchase a product from that brand. It’s sort of a new, unique and direct form of advertising. Consumers can win gift cards from popular stores like Amazon, Target and Walmart; shopping sprees, free gas cards and entries into sweepstakes and brands earn a sale.

7: Receipt Hog

Get your camera handy for this app. Receipt Hog lets you snap photos of receipts that earn you points or cashback rewards. You can redeem your cash via Paypal or gift cards. You can also earn money by taking surveys or win a shopping spree. I’d say it’s time to get ole’ bessy out of the pin!

8: iPoll

This is another survey app with a $5 sign-up bonus. Market research is important to a successful business so they’re willing to pay for your opinions. iPoll puts a fun twist on answering survey questions by giving app carriers “missions” like shopping experiences or product reviews.

9: Adfun

You use virtual currency called Bidding Money that you earn by viewing advertisements multiple times, posting about products on social media sites, completing surveys, giving 5 star reviews at the App store, referring friends or simply by checking-in to the application. This currency can be used to redeem items on Adfun’s Bidding List where you select a prize you want and enter an auction room to bid for it. Bidding Tickets are used to redeem prizes or make a bid on an item.

Unique, Fun and Profitable

10: Pact

Need motivation to get in shape? Having trouble finishing that Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout video? Well, this app earns you money when you exercise willpower! Users create a pact that they’ll workout or eat healthy for a set period of time and as long as they follow through, members who haven’t met the terms of their pact pay those who have. They have three different pacts you can choose to commit from: gym, veggie and food logging pact. You get to set what you’ll pay to other members if you don’t meet your pact. This is definitely an app that earns you money, but it can also cost you if you don’t stay on task.

11: Barnacle

An easy way to safely ship items by paying other drivers to deliver them. You can be a driver and earn money by shipping items during a road trip on spring break! Simply post your route, you’ll receive an alert when someone has requested you to deliver and then get paid once the delivery was successful.

12: ESPN Streak for the Cash

A fun, profitable app for sports fans. Can you guess which team will win a specific game? If you can consistently and develop a streak you could win the monthly grand prize worth $50,000.

13: SaveUp

This app not only rewards you, but helps instill financial responsibility habits to carriers. A personal finance app that rewards you every time you pay a bill or do anything else financially smart. You’ll earn credits that can be used for gift cards, vacations or even be entered into a $2 million prize jackpot. Other prizes can include a $50,000 savings deposit, student loan payoff or a $25,000 emergency fund.

Sell Your Services

14: Foap

Get paid by being a “smartphoneographer”. Upload the photos that you take to Foap and you’ll earn a $5 commission each time a company purchases it. Your photo must receive five votes averaging 2.6 to be eligible for sale. Also, the more photos you have the better the chances of you getting paid. Get Foaping!

15: Fiverr

The popular site that allows users to buy and sell services for $5 bucks is now mobile. You can now manage your account on the go using this mobile app. The services can be as wacky as someone eating a piece of paper with your name on it (an actual gig) or as sane as creating a logo for your website.

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