Make Money Online: Money making apps and sites to earn from your mobile phone!

Make Money Online: Money making apps and sites to earn from your mobile phone!

September 26, 2018 0 By wannabedebtfreeuk
This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Making money from your mobile phone is an easy side hustle for anyone short on time who wants to make a few extra pounds every month. We already use our mobile phones for several hours each day, and a lot of that time is wasted mindlessly scrolling, so why not dedicate twenty minutes per day to the apps on my list and start earning a little bit on the side?

I’ve put together a short list of my favourites; in my opinion, these are the most profitable, easiest to use and most interesting ways to make money on your phone for free. I use all four on my list and think this is a good mix of the best free money making apps and websites out there.

Unlike matched betting, selling online or cashback, these are the apps that require no investment whatsoever- you can download them today and start earning without spending any of your money to get started.

So if you are reading this on your mobile, you are all ready to go! Here are my top money making apps and websites that allow you to side hustle from your phone.


Best for: interesting surveys

YouGov is a survey website and app that conducts polls on politics, public affairs, products, brands and other topics of general interest. You simply complete the surveys as they come in- they will notify you by email and app notification. The surveys are sometimes tailored to information you provided previously about your life and preferences- for example, I completed a few surveys on dogs because I previously indicated that I had a fur baby- and if you are already into the news and political affairs, you’ll find this a fair interesting side hustle where you can provide your opinions. Completed surveys are paid for in points (usually 50), and once you get to 5,000 points, you can cash out £50.

A tip to cash out quickly? Focus on referring to friends and family and you get 200 points for successful referrals (wherein the person you referred completes 6 surveys). So as a side hustle, you’ll complete surveys but remember to encourage friends and family to sign up to get regular payouts (stick your referral link up on your social media and let everyone know how it works). I personally think this is a great strategy for this app and it’s an easy, fun and social way to make £50 here and there.


Best for: highly paid surveys

Prolific is a website that offers paid survey opportunities to users for academic research. The surveys are usually quite interesting and users are asked for their opinions or are given a scenario and asked a series of questions on it. Prolific is hands down one of the best paying apps out there and you can build up to a payout quite quickly- the minimum payout is £5. While they don’t have an app, the website is very mobile-friendly and users can just log in and see what surveys are offered.

Sometimes the website can be slow on offering surveys but by the same token, there are times when you might have several surveys to choose from at once. This might be a little frustrating for some users but I personally think that it’s still worth it to check in every now and again to make sure you are getting the most from the site.

Like YouGov, don’t forget to refer your friends and family because you get 10% of their first cash-out.

Google Play/App Store


Best for: easy money for very little effort

A slow burner but also incredibly easy money, this simple-to-use app deserves a mention as a money maker. Shoppix requires users to scan their receipts and answer a very brief survey on their shopping experience (scoring your experience with a mark out of ten). You get extra points for scanning on the same day your receipt was issued, and answer the odd easy survey for extra points, scratchcards and prize draws. You can then exchange your points for gift cards from Amazon, iTunes, Love2Shop, or a payout via Paypal.

And if you make sure that everyone at home saves their receipts for you to scan, you’ll cash out a lot quicker. Again, don’t forget to refer friends and family (up to 7), because their referral scheme offers you both 200 points once they’ve uploaded a receipt- it all adds up!

I’ve just cashed out £20 on this app and I am working toward another £20 at the minute- my method is to save all of my receipts for the week and then blast through them while I’m having a cup of tea (gotta make it enjoyable for yourself!).

Google Play/App Store

Job Spotter

Best for: an instant payout

Job Spotter requires users to take pictures of job advertisements in their local area to submit through their app, which then feed into They then award users with points for submissions, giving more points for ads captured from smaller businesses, those that accept applications in person and for photos that are well captured. Users can also verify the quality of other users’ submissions to earn points. You can then redeem your points in Amazon gift cards as soon as you start earning points, which means its one of the few money making apps out there to offer an instant payout! However, it’s a nice easy way to save up to fund your Amazon wish list habit, if you let your earnings build.

Using this is extremely easy and it’s one of the more interesting money making apps- it takes very little effort to snap job advertisements as and when you see them and it’s quite fun when you spot them.

Google Play/App Store

To get some inspiration, head over to Looking After Your Pennies where Charlotte hosts an interview with Pete, whose side hustle is doing surveys! In addition to earning, Pete’s revelation is that you can also get to try a lot of free products, which is an excellent perk to this easy side hustle!

Don’t forget to share you favourite apps and websites to make money below 🙂