How to make money from your phone

If you have young kids or other care responsibilities that keep you busy at home, it can be difficult to hold down a normal job, even working part-time. Today, however, it’s easier than ever to make a bit of money for yourself regardless, and that’s all thanks to mobile phone culture. We do more and more things through our phones, and as society adapts to that, it’s also becoming easier to earn this way. You could make money at home or when you’re out and about in the course of your day-to-day activities. You just need to know how.

Sell your videos and pictures
You can’t take the highest-quality professional pictures with your phone, but if your phone is always on you, you can capture the moment. You might have noticed that when something big happens in the news, it’s often accompanied by mobile phone footage from someone who just happened to be there at the time. There’s also a market for smaller stories in local news outlets – anything from supermarket openings to unusual pet stories. You can also sell stock photos to online agencies.

Do microwork
Big companies often outsource small tasks rather than piling them onto employees. If you sign up with a microwork agency online and identify your skills and location, you could find all sorts of opportunities for doing small-scale jobs, and though they’re often one-offs, they add up. Once a company knows that you’re reliable, you’ll get offered more and more work. Even unskilled opportunities are available – you could be asked to do things such as checking supermarket displays or street signs.

Respond to surveys
There are always opinion pollsters and product survey companies out there looking for people to share their views on everything from politics to supermarket products. You can get paid just for answering simple questions, and you can even get free products – sometimes expensive ones – sent to you in exchange for you writing about what you think of them.

Be a beta-tester
Every new phone app and the game has to be tested on somebody. You could get paid for being what’s known as a beta-tester, and get new apps for free, before anybody else, into the bargain. Pay rates are not high, but you can do as much or as little as you like, and it’s easy to work that you can fit around your other commitments.

Take a bet
Many people try to make money through their phone using online gambling sites. If you choose to do this, it’s important to understand what the odds are on different games and make sensible decisions about what to try. Making a bet on sports could be more reliable if you know the sport well enough to have a good idea of what the result is likely to be.

Make sales
There are lots of companies out there hiring phone sales operators on a commission basis. You’ll need to do your research first to make sure that you can rely on the one you choose to actually pay you, but if you choose well you can make money at your own pace simply by learning a sales pitch and practicing until you’re good at delivering it, and then making calls when you can fit them in.

Find online deals
Saving money is not the same as earning it, but it can still be a big help if your funds are tight. You can use your phone to browse online for discounts and even freebies that significantly cut down your day-to-day costs. The trick is to avoid getting sucked into spending frivolously just because you’re offered goods at bargain prices. If you stick to buying only what you need, this can be a good strategy.

Get rewards when you shop
Phone apps such as Ibotta are specially designed to give you money back on the everyday items that you buy, even if you’re already getting them at discount rates. You can download and use them for free, and they work at online stores as well as in major supermarkets so they can help you make a bit of extra money regardless of your shopping habits.

Work for a phone bank
While many companies still use old-fashioned call centers, an increasing number are replacing these with distributed phone banks, which means that you could do shift work receiving and dealing with calls through your own phone. You’ll need to stick to the company script, and your calls may be monitored, but this can be a great way to make extra money from home.

With all these options available, what are you waiting for? Even if you don’t get rich, the phone that you’re always spending on could start earning its keep!

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