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8 Simple Ways to Make Money From Your Handset

by Louise W. Rice
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Technology has made it possible for people to make money from anywhere they are in the world with an internet connection. Since most phones have internet capabilities, that means that you have access to the whole world right in your pocket. This also means that there are tons of possible ways that you could make money. These can go from a few pennies to even millions depending on what you do. And it’s not pie in the sky either; thousands of people in this country are making money from their phones right now. Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you could earn money through your handset.

Start Trading

Most trading platforms today allow you to trade using your smartphone, so if you have always been intrigued by the world of trading, this is something you could consider. You could decide to go with a standalone trading platform where you take all the decisions or use an app that will use robo advisors to make portfolio suggestions based on your chosen criteria. These are great because they don’t require too much hands-on work and can be adjusted based on your level of risk tolerance.

You have apps that will take care of everything for you – even investing money automatically. Apps like MoneyBox will round up all your daily purchases to the nearest pound and invest the difference. The app will allow you to choose which purchases you want to round up as well. If you want to be more involved and have some investing knowledge, Hargreaves Lansdown could be a better solution as it allows you to invest directly in stock, bonds, and ETFs.

Apps like Wombat cater to novices a lot like Moneybox does, but it gives you a bit more control. Instead of only being able to adjust the level of risk, Wombat will allow you to choose between different themes where each one targets a specific sector. The British Bulldog theme, for instance, allows you to track the performance of the FTSE 100 through the iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF.

If that’s something that you could see yourself doing, we suggest you give all these options a look. We would also suggest that you make sure you pick a provider that is known for having a solid internet connection. This is especially important if you are looking to do some live trading.

Referral Programs

Referral programs could also be a great way to earn cash online via your mobile phone. You have services like Lebara, for instance, that allows you to earn through their Lebara Refer & Earn program. It allows you to earn money from home simply by referring a friend. The way the Lebara refer a friend program works is simple. All you have to do is sign up, get the referral link, and you can send them to friends through WhatsApp, Twitter, or email, allowing you to earn money from home every time someone signs up for one of their plans through your link.

Complete Mobile Surveys

A lot of people might be wary of surveys with many thinking that they’re too good to be true. But we’re here to tell you that you can earn money through them. You just have to be realistic.

Companies are ready to pay money to learn the opinion of people. That’s why they won’t hesitate to spend millions on focus groups. This kind of information is important for them and allows them to get more sales by adapting their services to the needs of the public, so it makes sense for them to want to pay for it. The goal here is to sign up with as many services as possible and make sure they’re legit. Some examples of survey apps you can try include InboxPounds, iPoll, and LifePoints.

Listen to Media

This is another one of these opportunities people will think is too good to be true, but creators will pay you to watch videos or listen to music. Apps like Viggle will pay you every time you watch shows through your phone. They will even give you greater rewards when you binge-watch series. The only issue is that they don’t pay very well, so this is not something you should count on as a primary source of income.

Sell Your Stuff

Another thing you could do with your smartphone is sell merchandise. It can be stuff you have laying around your house, but it can also be bigger things, like cars, for instance. If you think that’s too complicated, you have everything you need right on your phone. You can use it to take pictures of cars and list them on classified sites. All you have to do is find great deals and see which vehicles you think you could sell for a profit.

Some people may not be aware of the value of their vehicle or might want to make a quick sale. Other people might be living in the wrong market for this type of vehicle and are having a tough time selling it. If you have a lot of knowledge of the used car market, you could use it to look at surrounding areas and find some gems.

Another thing you could do is find vehicles with small mechanical or cosmetic issues and fix them. There are a lot of opportunities in that space, and this is something you could scale up.

Become a Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping is a good option if you want to supplement your income, but there are only  a lucky few who can make a living from them. These people often have a lot of years working with the same company, which allows them to get high-paying gigs. Others will sign up for multiple services at once and make money that way.

In the beginning, you can’t expect to make too much money while staying with only one service. You might be paid a few pounds per gig, but these could be enough to help you pay for groceries or your fuel bill at the end of the month, so that’s not something you should scoff at.

Take Pictures

Do you know that there are services that will pay you for your smartphone pictures? You have apps like Foap that will give you cash for every picture you submit that is approved. Photos are reviewed through a peer system and you need to get a sufficient number of upvotes from other members to get approved. This is a great option if you have a real talent for photography and a phone with a good enough camera to take professional photos.

Do Some Freelance Work

If you think you can’t do serious freelance work from your phone, think again. If you’re using your phone to send texts, you can also use it to write. You can write articles and blog posts from your mobile phone easily through apps like Google Docs. You may want to slightly edit them on a PC afterwards, or you can use your mobile phone to write and your PC or tablet for research.

These are all great ways that you could earn some money from your handset. Some pay more than others and others demand more effort, but they’re all realistic and attainable to most.

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