What if I told you that the phone in your pocket could make you enough money to pay for your phone bill and more? I’m not just talking about designing an app, or clipping virtual coupons, but real ways to make money from Android apps and websites. Before I even get started here, I need to let you know; these are not get rich quick schemes or a ticket to a six-figure check in seconds.
Everything I’m about to mention is going to take work and effort on your part, but everything on this list will make you anywhere from enough to pay off your phone bill, helping with a car payment, or even a mortgage.
These are real strategies, apps, and ways to make money straight from your phone. It’s not all easy, it’ll take time, but at the end of the day, you’ll have more money than you woke up with, and have even more on the way.
Where Do I Start?
Making money on Android can mean anything, from doing surveys here and there to starting an online sales catalog on eBay or Amazon, or even building your own mobile business. It’s a lot to think about, and pretty overwhelming if you think of all of it at once.
So let’s start out small, and work our way up from there.
Method 1: Online Survey Apps and Sites
When looking at online surveys for cash, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you sign up or download an app:
- How long will it be until I get paid?
- How am I paid?
- How many people use this service?
- Is the payment worth my time?
Not every survey site is created equal, and once you start asking yourself these question, a few start to rise and fall above the rest. Don’t worry; you don’t have to sift through the internet, asking yourself these questions for every site and app you come across because I’ve already done that for you.
Below are two sites I’ve picked personally and can recommend, but don’t expect to make much more than a couple of bucks a week at the most using places like this. Survey sites aren’t designed for you to sit down for hours at a time and chew through questions, but to check every once in awhile and get rewarded for that.
tellwut – Tell What You Think! (No App)
(Most Rewards are US Only)
First up, is tellwut, which is an interesting survey site where most of the questions are made by users on the site. The basic premise is that you’re given questions daily, you answer them, maybe interact with the community, and then you can even post questions yourself. Each survey usually consists of 1-5 questions, often multiple choice.
It’s essentially like taking user polls that you eventually get rewards in return for your opinion. This isn’t the only way to get money on tellwut, but it’s one of the biggest, and most reliable. So let’s ask tellwut my four questions to see if it’s worth a try.
Tellwut doesn’t have an app that you can use, but the site works well on mobile devices, even without the site having a mobile version. Visit it here and see what you think about how the site looks and works.
How Long Will it be Until I Get Paid?
Tellwut rewards are shipped physically, so expect anywhere from a few days, to a week’s time to get your rewards by post. If you live outside of the US, expect an even longer wait, and possible fees forwarded to you with international shipping.
Because of this, I can only recommend using tellwut if you live in the US. Otherwise, you’ll end up losing more time and money.
How am I Paid?
Tellwut primarily rewards its users with gift cards (Amazon, Visa, Walmart, etc.), and helpful technology. For example, one of the current rewards is a Motorolla Xoom tablet. You purchase these with points you earn over time through answer questions and creating your own.
How Many People Use This Service?
Tellwut has an active and vocal user base that often comments on the quick surveys they take. You can chat with other users using the service at any time down below a survey, so it’s easy to get to know the people using it.
Is the Payment Worth my Time?
If you live in the US, yes. If you’re outside of the US’s borders, no, most of the rewards are US only, and the ones that aren’t you need to pay extra shipping to get them to you. Earning points is easy, and sometimes fun, so I recommend the site if you’re living in the US.
QuickThoughts – Earn Rewards (Free)
This next service is another survey site, but this time with an accessible app to match. QuickThoughts works more like a traditional survey service, where you answer an initial set of questions, and then you’re matched to different surveys based on your answers about your personal life and income.
The app alerts you as soon as you get a new matched survey, so you can expect to slowly start making money if you do at least one survey a day, and keep getting matched with new ones.
How Long Will it be Until I Get Paid?
Payments happen quickly and are sent digitally. The minimum payout on QuickThoughts is $10.00, and depending on how quickly you’re matched with surveys, you can reach this in a few days to weeks.
How am I Paid?
The only form of payment with QuickThoughts is through digital Amazon gift cards. You’re sent a code, you redeem it, and then you’re good to go.
How Many People Use This Service?
The app itself has over a million downloads and mostly favorable reviews. This isn’t a good indication of how many people are using the service currently, but since it’s still running smoothly, a good amount of people must still be using it.
Is the Payment Worth my Time?
Since you don’t earn just cash through Paypal, or a Visa gift card, I can only recommend this if you’re fine with payment through Amazon.
If all of this sounds like it’ll work for you, then you can download QuickThoughts down below:
Method 2: Offering Your Services
One of the most tried and true methods to make money is advertising something that only you can do for someone. Now that almost everyone is connected to the internet, this is getting easier and easier. There are a few apps that take advantage of this, but I want to talk about one of the biggest on the market, Fiverr.
Fiverr’s premise is a pretty simple one, at least in concept. You have a skill, users on the site need your skill, Fiverr provides you a marketplace to sell your skill. Can you write a paper flawlessly? Can you make a book cover that looks professional? Does your voice sound like a good fit for an indie film trailer? Whatever skill you have, there’s a market for it on Fiverr.
The only problem with Fiverr is how large the marketplace is. For almost every service, there are at least five or six different people who have already built up a good reputation in their craft, and control most of the market.
Starting out on Fiverr is a rough job unless you have a niche skill that’s in constant demand, or can advertise yourself in a way that makes you more appealing than the competition. Fiverr is all about selling yourself and your abilities in an appealing way, so let’s talk about how you can start making money with the app.
Where Do I Start?
Before you decide if Fiverr is right for you, think about your skill set, and what you can offer someone. Can you write, draw, voiceover, do graphic design, or quickly process information? Think of something that’s easy to provide over a digital storefront, and then search for that service on Fiverr. Your first results are your competition.
Do you have something you think you can market? If you do, you can start your Fiverr journey by making an account.
How Do I Get Started?
Even after you’ve chosen a skill you want to market, Fiverr is still overwhelmingly crowded. It sounds like, at that point, it’s easier to move to a different digital marketplace, but at the end of the day, you’ll get the most eyes on Fiverr than anywhere else similar.
The easiest way to at least get your feet wet is to study your competition. Ask yourself a few key questions about each page you see:
- How much do they charge?
Since I feel like this is one of the most important questions, I’ve started with it first. While the idea of Fiverr is that you get paid $5 for a micro job, you can add to the initial $5 with service packages. See if your competition uses service packages, or just charges a flat $5.
- How is their page organized?
- What’s the tone on their page?
- How do they present themselves?
- How do they interact with customers?
- What do their customers think about their business?
After you’ve asked all of these questions, you’ve chosen a skill you want to market, and you have the confidence to follow through with starting a business; you’re ready to make an account and start making money.
When and Where Can I Use Fiverr?
The most convenient place to use Fiverr in on your phone, and you can download it straight from the Google Play Store.
Otherwise, it’s available on desktops and other devices right here at any time. Making an account is easy, the hardest part is earning your first customer. However, as long as you use your competition as an example, and have a honed craft worth paying for, you’ll start making money on Fiverr in no time.
What About Fiverr Alternatives?
While I mentioned earlier that I think Fiverr is the best marketplace for micro jobs, there are alternatives that you can try. These don’t have the same bustling population that Fiverr has, but with the smaller market, there’s less competition. It’s a trade-off, but the same money making rules that apply to Fiverr apply here.
Here are a few sites that are like Fiverr, but are easier to break into the market on, or have different specializations:
- Upwork – A site for freelancing opportunities, one of the most well known.
- SEOclerks – A site that focuses on raising SEO of other sites, sells services related to it, and lets you offer your similar services to potential clients.
- DoJobsOnline – Another freelance site where you can hire freelancers, or offer your services yourself.
- FiverUp – This site is essentially Fiverr, but with a smaller user base.
- PeoplePerHour – Think Fiverr, but with more of a focus on paying people what they’re worth for their time.
- TaskRabbit – When I think of Fiver I think of digital jobs, but TaskRabbit focus on physical jobs just as much. Here, you can list your tricks of the trade and get hired for small jobs with how you present your skills and availability.
There are plenty of avenues out there to make money on Android with just your skills alone, and you can do all of it from the comfort of your home. If there’s anything you can learn from this section, it’s to sell yourself with confidence. If you put forth the attitude that you’re the only person that can get the job done right, your client will feel the same way.
Method 3: Auction Apps like eBay and Amazon
I used to see infomercials all the time about people that made millions on eBay, and while there are a few people that could make that much on the site in their lifetime; it’s just not possible for everyone. That said, there’s nothing stopping you from making some additional income, or even starting your own business online.
Amazon, and more so eBay, give you an avenue to make large amounts of money on junk you have lying around the house, collecting nothing but dust. I’m already starting to sound like an infomercial, but you get the idea. The only problem is how do you start selling your junk, and on what app do you sell it? I’ll go over everything you need to know to get started, so pull out a notepad and remember where you stuffed those old baseball cards.
What’s the Difference Between the Two Biggest Apps?
There are way too many online auction houses out there, so let’s just focus on the two biggest ones in the room: eBay and Amazon. At a glance, the two seem similar, but I can tell you personally, I have experience selling items on both, and they’re very different. They’re different enough, and in close enough competition to have many videos on the subject.
Amazon is like a gated showroom where you need to make any purchases at the front desk after you’ve examined your selection. If you’re buying on eBay, it’s a flea market that’s open to everywhere, and anyone who can pay the flat fee to set up a table. Both have their perks and their downsides that make each a very different online storefront.
Both eBay and Amazon take a cut of every sale you make, but Amazon takes a much larger piece of the pie since you’re using its expensive showroom floor. You’ll get more eyes in the pristine showroom, but if one of those pairs decides to put down money, Amazon gets its hefty cut first.
On eBay, the cut they take is much smaller, but you’re forced to compete with a much larger crowd of a salesman in a variety of different ways. It doesn’t cost much to set up a table in eBay’s flea market, but since the barrier to sell is so low, there are tables as far as the eye can see if every direction.
Which App Should I Use?
So which storefront do you turn to when you want to make money on Android? It comes down to what you want to sell.
If you’re selling multiple smaller items: sell your stock on eBay. If you have a lot of items, each selling for a low price, eBay is your best bet. A buyer is even much more likely to take a chance on a cheap item on eBay, instead of Amazon.
If you’re selling a few expensive items: sell your inventory on Amazon. Amazon will take a large cut of your profits, but they’ll ensure your inventory is sold in a safe and trusted environment. You can even ship your stock off to Amazon, and they’ll ship it to any buyers when a sale is made.
If you want to be paid through Paypal: make all of your sales through eBay. Paypal is used widely throughout the service, and with good reason; Paypal is a property of the site.
If you want to be paid directly through your bank account: make all of your sales through Amazon. Amazon will pay you directly after your buyer receives their product, but there will be a hold on your money for a short time, upwards of a month.
It’s more than possible to make a living using both Android apps, and you don’t even have to use just one or the other; you can use both without the other app getting jealous. If you have any other concerns about making a choice between the two, please ask any questions you have down below.
What Should I Sell?
Here’s where things get tricky, deciding what to sell. Before start diving into more advanced parts of the online auction business, you need to ask yourself one question: What do I have around the house that I don’t need?
Have any appliances you have haven’t used in forever? Do you have a collection that’s just taking up space? Need to clear out a room in your attic? Anything you have sitting around in boxes, cabinets, or anywhere else that just isn’t doing anything for you should go up for sale in a heartbeat.
Once you’ve run out of excess “junk” around the house, and you still want to keep your online auction business thriving, it’s time to turn to yard sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. These places are full of items that would get a killing online but have sellers that don’t understand their true value.
This is where you come in to buy it for a low price, make a listing for it online, and turn a massive profit in just a few days.
The Risks of Buying Inventory
Once you start buying items to flip for a profit, there’s no way around it, you’ve started a business now. It’s no longer just selling stuff you have around the house, you’re collecting inventory, and trying to maximize its value.
This is where risk starts to rear its ugly head. When you sell something you’ve already had around the house for ages and has already lost all of its personal value, all money you earn is pure profit, in a sense. If you’re buying items to sell, there’s the chance for a net loss, where your profits stop exceeding your expenses.
Be careful, and budget an amount to spend on buying new inventory. When you’re first starting out, you can’t afford to build up a surplus of items, and then have to sell them at a loss to desperately try and break even. Take your time, and only make purchases when you know you’ll make a profit.
How Do I Start Selling?
Before you can get anywhere, you need your app of choice on your Android, or both if you plan on using both storefronts.
eBay – Buy, Sell, Bid & Save
Both apps do a fantastic job of guiding new users through their storefront, Amazon especially. Since eBay is a little more of Wild Wild West situation, you’re better off looking towards established sellers to see how they set up their auction pages.
While the people claiming they make millions on auction sites seems like an outrageous claim, if you play the game well enough, you can come away with more than enough cash to make a living.
Money making opportunities on Android don’t end here. If you know your way around Android better than the average user, you can even make your app to make the cash start rolling in. Android is one of the best mobile platforms to make money on. It’s accessible, moldable, and filled with opportunities
Get lost somewhere along the way, or still need advice with one of the strategies above? Leave a comment, and we’ll help you as best as we can.