You’ve probably heard the term, “side hustle,” as a way to make extra cash away from your full-time job. But what if you don’t want to walk dogs or babysit in order to add to your income? What if you just want to plop down on your couch, watch some T.V. and look at your smartphone after you get home from an 8+ hour work day?
The good news is you can do just that.
There are many apps available where you can earn money without leaving your big, cushy, comfy suede couch. Here are six of the best apps that can put some extra jingle in your pocket.
If influencing how major brands market and distribute their goods is something you’re interested in, then Toluna is the app for you. You get rewarded for completing lengthy surveys from brands and marketing agencies.
To weed out people that don’t fit the specific targeted audience a brand is looking for, you answer qualifying questions before diving into the actual survey. If you qualify, the surveys usually take 15-20 minutes to complete. If you don’t qualify, you’re not out of luck. Toluna will help you find surveys that match your specific characteristics. (Pro tip: be sure to complete your profile surveys as accurately as possible. It helps Toluna find the right surveys for you.) You can also create open-ended forums in the community to hear opinions from all types of Toluna users.
With Toluna, you receive points based on completed surveys and for creating quality content within the community. You can cash these points in for real money, gift cards, vacation opportunities and much more.
For avid web surfers, Swagbucks is the perfect app for you. Swagbucks gives you rewards for completing online activities. You earn points, also known as SBs, for doing things like watching videos, browsing the Internet, answering surveys and shopping at your favorite online, retail and local stores. You can cash your SBs out into your PayPal account for real money or earn gift cards. It’s free to join and the app has given away over $260 million in its 10 years of operation.
Whether you want to be a couch potato or go out to a brick-and-mortar store, Swagbucks is the app for you to get rewarded for activities you don’t think twice about.
Do you like getting cash back for your online or in-store purchases? Have you downloaded the Ebates app yet? Since 1999, Ebates has given over $1 billion in cash back to over 10 million users at 2,000 of the biggest retail locations.
Ebates is simple and easy to use. To earn cash back on your purchases, you link your credit card to the cash back code listed by Ebates. When you make your purchase, Ebates will then send you a check or money via PayPal with the cash back you earned on your purchase. Ebates can do this because they’re given a commission for sending members to brands’ websites and brick-and-mortar stores. That commission is then shared with the shopper.
You’re also given more than just cash back codes at Ebates. They also have coupons and current sales listed, along with “shopping secrets” which tell you ways to maximize your money while you shop with rewards programs, store credit cards and more.
Another simple way to earn cash back for your everyday purchases is through the Ibotta app. When you shop in-store at a participating retailer, take a picture of your receipt and Ibotta will match the product you bought with the offer listed on the app. If you shop online at a participating retailer, make sure you hit the store’s “shop” button on the Ibotta app. When your purchase is complete, you’ll get a confirmation saying the offer went through. You can also link a store’s loyalty card to your account to receive extra rewards.
The cash back you receive goes directly into your PayPal or Venmo account. You can also receive gift cards in lieu of cash. But you must accumulate at least $20 to cash out or receive a gift card. Ibotta has helped nearly 22 million users earn over $325 million in cash back since 2012.
5. HQ Trivia
Get your brain muscles moving, it’s time for trivia! No, you don’t have to go anywhere to play this game. HQ Trivia is an app you can download on your smartphone, made by the developers of Vine. It was released in late 2017 for iPhone and Android. When you play, you have a chance at winning a lot of money.
Every weekday at 3:00 p.m. EST and every day at 9:00 p.m. EST, HQ broadcasts live with host Scott Rogowsky from New York City. There are 12 multiple choice questions—15+ on Sundays—and you must answer each of them correctly in 10 second intervals to win the grand prize, which is split among all the winners. The grand prize for each game was recently raised to $5,000. The Sunday game recently changed to a winner-takes-all format with a grand prize of $25,000. If no one wins, it’s rolled over into next Sunday’s prize.
Occasionally, special promotions will cause the jackpot to significantly rise. For example, HQ partnered with Nike for one show and gave away special HQ-themed Nike Air Maxes and a grand prize of $100,000 (four winners took home the shoes AND $25,000 each). Warner Bros. promoted its movie, Ready Player One, on HQ and raised the jackpot to $250,000 for one show (12 people took home over $20,000 each).
6. Cash Show – Win Real Cash
If you like HQ but haven’t had as much success as you had hoped, you’ll love Cash Show – Win Real Cash. This trivia app was released in January 2018 and is hosted by two people, Raphael and Beau. There are also 12 multiple choice questions and you must answer each of them correctly in 10 second intervals. The last six questions are prize questions where money is given out for every correct answer.
The cash payouts aren’t as lucrative as HQ’s grand prizes, but you have more chances to win. You keep any money you earn, even if you only get three prize questions correct. Cash Show – Win Real Cash broadcasts three times (3:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST) during the weekdays and adds more shows throughout the weekends.
Your winnings go directly into your PayPal account, but you need at least $10 to cash out. It’s still possible to earn a good money with Cash Show, so why not try your luck and test your knowledge with this trivia app?
While these apps probably won’t provide you with enough money to pay your rent or your mortgage, you can still earn some cash to help cover the cost of your next meal or a movie ticket without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.