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5 Smartphone task apps that can earn you money via your mobile phone.
As I have spoken about previously, running a business from home involves having multiple income streams.
Multiple Income Streams
Having multiple income streams should mean more security, especially when you first startup. This is because if you lose an income stream you have others to fall back on. You might also find this post really useful for increasing your income streams top 10 ways to make extra money
When you first start working from home, if you have followed a similar path to myself, then you will have realised that blogging and YouTube videos need a lot of work before you can start earning a decent income, YouTube especially.
So, I looked into as many ways as I could to bring in an income, whilst I worked on my blog, YouTube channel and building my reselling business. I strongly believe that all those little amounts of money add up, the odd £3 here and £5 then really does add up over time.
Smartphone Task Apps
The income stream I’m going to be talking about today is Smartphone Apps or task apps as they are sometimes known.
The idea behind it is you download an app onto your smartphone, most are now available on either iPhone or Android some are available on both.
Sign up with basic details, then you will have access to various tasks within the app.
Each app is slightly different, some, once you are logged in, will ask you for a few more details, some will get you to complete some training tasks, which are all very easy to complete, most will show you which tasks are available in your area.
The tasks vary from app to app, some might include, popping to a supermarket to scan a barcode and/or take a picture of the scanned product. You might be asked to go into a shop, find a particular product, count how many are on display, then take a picture.
All the work is done within the app and uploaded to the app company`s servers from your phone.
Each task is explained in great detail, so you don’t need to worry about not knowing what to do. If you do find yourself with a question about a task, I can say from experience that the apps I’m going to recommend below all have excellent help teams ready to answer any queries quickly.
Many of the tasks should be performed as a mystery shopper, this means you should not reveal yourself to the location (shop/supermarket) who you are or what you are doing.
Obviously, most apps state that if you do get into an awkward situation then tell the person asking you questions that you are completing a task for “app company name” and they should contact them to verify it, most apps will give you access to an email or telephone number for the person to contact.
As far as possible they do prefer you to keep under cover, and from experience, I’ve never been approached while completing any tasks, I’ve never had any problems getting done what I needed to do.
If you do feel self-conscious, just remember that so many people use their phones within shops nowadays, you could be taking a photo for a friend or gathering ideas for Christmas or a birthday and you’re taking a photo so you can remember what you have looked at and where.
I always try to prepare an excuse to explain what I’m doing.
However, as yet I’ve never needed to use it.
Payment for tasks varies between the apps and what job you are performing, it could be anywhere from £2 right up to £10 per task completed, you will be told how much the task pays before you accept it.
Below are 5 Smartphone Apps that I use on a regular basis:
Smartphone task app – Roamler
You need an invite code for this app, I found one by typing “Roamler invite code” into Google, it didn’t take me long to find one.
Out of all the smartphone apps I’ve tried, for me, this is by far the best. Not only do they have paid tasks, but they also have an experience points system, the work is interesting and varied and there is always something to do.
Their help team is fantastic and most tasks are evaluated quickly once you have submitted them.
Smartphone task app – Task 360
No invite code needed for this app.
Only available by downloading from the iPhone app store, as its only on iPhone.
Another good app, in my opinion, there`s always plenty of work available, their help team is polite and quick at authorising completed tasks, and again the tasks available are interesting and varied.
Smartphone task app – Streetspotr
No invite code needed.
Plenty of tasks available.
The help team are polite and informative and again quick to authorise your tasks once completed.
Smartphone task apps –BeMyEye
No invite code needed.
I haven’t completed any paid tasks yet; I have completed my profile and some basic training tasks.
The tasks are a little more sporadic for me within this app, hence why I’ve not completed any yet, but I’ve stuck with it as the tasks seem interesting and fun when they do pop up.
I’m just waiting for something in my area.
The app is well laid out and very easy to navigate.
Smartphone task apps – Streetbees
No invite needed.
This app is another one where I haven’t as yet completed any paid tasks, just the sign-up and basic training tasks.
Again I’ve stuck with it as the app is easy to navigate and when the tasks do pop up look interesting and varied.
Again I’m just waiting for something to pop up in my area.
If you want a further 5 apps to use on your mobile phone then I can recommend Fiscal Freelances post 5 Smartphone Apps that Make You Money
These recommendations are based on my own personal experiences.
Each app will be different depending on where you live in the country and how many other app users/agents there are within your area.
A really good app for me that shows lots of jobs regularly; might not be so lucrative for you as there might be a lot of other agents in your area on the same app accepting the tasks.
So my advice is to research all the smartphone task apps you can find, as I did in the beginning and whittle it down to your favourite few, maybe try a few out and the ones which offer the most amount of tasks and you feel most comfortable working with, stick with them.
Do you already use smartphone apps? Or is it something you want to start doing? Let me know your experiences with any of the apps I have mentioned, or any I have not for that matter! I love to hear about other peoples experiences.