5 Apps for Making Money ... While Doing Nothing

5 Apps for Making Money ... While Doing Nothing

This post originally appeared on Levo League.

Imagine if every time you reached for your phone, you could earn yourself a few extra bucks. Sounds pretty good, right? We thought so, too. Below, we’re highlighting five buzzed-about apps that promise to make you some cold, hard cash this summer.

But wait, there’s more! We also road-tested ’em, that way you know which ones are worth your time. Whether you’re standing in line at the grocery store or absentmindedly watching TV, these apps want to fatten up your wallet (and help you lock down that gorgeous, perfect-for-wedding-season dress you’ve been eyeing up all season!).

CoSign

Platforms: iOS and Android

How it works: This app basically pays you for posting selfies. All you have to do is tag the brands you’re wearing, and if anyone clicks through to buy the products, you get a cut of the profit. Tag anything people can buy—makeup, jewelry, cute office products in the background—to up your chances of getting a hefty paycheck.

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Money-making ability: This app works best if you have a sizable social media following—or are an expert hashtagger. Your cut of the profit will vary by brand, but users get paid every time they reach $40.

User experience: CoSign is super-easy to use and it’s beautifully designed, contrary to a majority of money-making apps that look clunky and outdated.

Viggle

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows

How it works: The makers behind this app want to learn more about people’s media-consumption habits—and they’re willing to pay their users for intel. Users generate points by checking in when they’re watching something on TV and can earn even more points by engaging in “Viggle Live” discussions. With music, users generate points by identifying a song being played through the Viggle Music feature. You can also get points by “checking in” whenever you play music on your phone.

Money-making ability: Viggle pays users in gift cards and prizes—not actual cash—but the prizes are pretty sweet. Some gift cards are for places you’d likely be spending your money anyway, like Starbucks and iTunes. Or, you can save your points and try to rack up big ticket prizes, like a cruise.

User experience: Raking up enough points to score the desirable prizes takes a lot of commitment, so using the app just once in a while really isn’t worth it. But if you get into it and actually enjoy the “Viggle Live” discussions and connecting with other users, it could be an easy way for you to earn some sweet rewards.

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InboxDollars

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows

How it works: Taking surveys has always been a source of making money for anyone with a little extra time, and Inbox Dollars capitalizes on that, aggregating surveys users can take. Users can also play games—like solitaire and bingo—and collect points that way.

Money-making ability: Most of the surveys only get you a measly 50 cents.

User experience: This app is a cool idea in principle, but in actuality the surveys are way more of a time suck than they’re worth. You’re better off searching Craigslist for surveys than spending 20 minutes answering a bunch of questions that’s only going to net you 75 cents.

Slidejoy

Platform: Android

How it works: The beauty of this app is that you literally don’t have to do a thing. Once you download it, the app will display a short ad on your lockscreen, which you can ignore by sliding right.

Money-making ability: Most people make about $5 a month.

User experience: You’re not going to get rich using Slidejoy, but it’s basically free money since it requires very little interaction—and the app is really reliable about paying users regularly.

Gigwalk

Platforms: iOS and Android

How it works: Once you sign up, you’ll see a list of tasks targeted to your neighborhood. Most of them are very simple, such as photographing a restaurant’s menu or simply telling the app whether the venue still exists or not. Some of the higher paying gigs involve acting as a secret shopper.

Money-making ability: CNN wrote about the app and interviewed a user who made more than $2,000 from it in two months. We can see how it could happen—this app is pretty legit. Most tasks pay between $2 and $15 and just involve taking a photo of something, but some pay up to $90.

User experience: Gigwalk is an intuitive app, so it’s really easy to use and the gigs pay a decent amount of money, which is paid quickly via Paypal. The downside: The gigs are competitive—you need to check regularly for new jobs up for grabs, even in places with thousands of local businesses like New York City.

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