Jay McGregor Senior Contributor (Forbes Magazine)
Incredibly, there are genuine, real ways to make money online without getting scammed. All you need is a smartphone, some (lots) free time and a relaxed attitude to constantly being bombarded by adverts.
These apps might not swell your bank account, but they might buy you a beer or two. Which, if you’re honest with yourself, is the only reason you go to work. Right?
Pact puts your money where your mouth is. You set health and fitness goals in the app, and if you don’t stick to them, you lose money. It’s as simple as that. The idea is that people will be motivated to stick to their goals for fear of losing money. You also get rewards for sticking to your new regime – somewhere in the region of $2 per goal – which comes from other users who have failed. This is all tied together in a swish app that links with your fitness tracker for accurate results and authentication.
Inbox Dollars pays you small amounts of cash take surveys (which are emailed to you), browse the net and play games. Once you hit $30 you can cash out. Where does Inbox Dollars get its money from? Advertisers who are keen to get eyeballs on their adverts and better understand consumer behaviour. Inbox Dollars rewards you for taking part in their market research. It’s all fairly straightforward and you’re told how long each survey will take to complete, so you’re not stuck endlessly answering questions for $1. So far Inbox Dollars has paid over $35m to its members.
- Fronto – Android
Fronto pays you to advertise on your lock screen. Adverts in the form of products, articles or surveys are placed on your lock screen. You get paid for swiping left on the advert and following the link. You’re paid in Fronto points, which translates to roughly 2500 points per $1.
- SlideJoy – Android
Like Fronto, SlideJoy pays you to occupy that prime real-estate that is your lock screen. You’ll get $5-15 per month to view ads on your lock screen and you’ll be paid whether you chose to dismiss the ad or follow the link through. At the end of the day, you’ll get a notification telling you how much money you’ve earn..
Watch adverts, get paid (noticing a theme here?). App trailers gives you points for watching the many, many adverts it lists. But the trailers aren’t just limited to apps, you can watch trailers for the latest films and games too. You’ll get points for each time you sit through a trailer, which can be cashed-out in real money via PayPal