This year has ruined a lot of household incomes, but did you know it is possible to make money with your phone in just one hour?
Potentially vital for those who do not have a lot of spare time but still need to make some extra cash, this could be particularly useful for parents who are looking after kids at home.
Being able to pick up some additional money through a simple smartphone is a great option for anyone who finds themselves struggling for cash at this difficult time.
Here are some of the best ways to make money with your phone in a short period.
Sell your old stuff
Perhaps the easiest way to raise quick cash is to sell unwanted items from around your home.
There are a variety of services to do this, from general auction websites like eBay to more specialist options such as Decluttr, where users can cash in on unwanted tech such as cell phones, as well as CDs, DVDs, games and books.
Over $300 million has been paid out by Decluttr to more than six million customers, so this is certainly a good road to go down, especially if you want to free up some space.
If you are looking to clear out a wardrobe heading into the winter then fashion selling site Depop is another good way to drum up some extra cash at what is a testing time financially.
Use online casino bonuses and promotions
Gambling might not seem the most sensible way to try to make money compared to investing, for example, but there are a number of ways it is possible to reduce the risk of losing cash.
Almost every online casino nowadays has a welcome bonus to tempt people into signing up for an account. With so much competition across the industry, the offers keep getting more generous and for some of them, players do not even need to make a deposit of their own cash.
No deposit bonuses keep getting more common, with plenty of great options out there. Many promotions include free spins too, which could be a good option for those who are new to playing at online casinos, especially as it is not necessary to risk any real money on games.
Some casinos are even offering an unlimited match bonus so there is money to be made in quick fashion through a phone, though it is important to keep in mind the terms and conditions of such promotions. Wagering requirements – which means the bonus money has to be bet a certain number of times before it is unlocked – can make or break such welcome bonuses.
Do mobile surveys
It might not be a whole lot of fun, but mobile surveys can definitely be a handy little earner.
Sites such as iPoll are available throughout the world and they may even offer a small sign-up bonus, so this is a bit of a no-brainer for anyone finding themselves short of a bit of cash. A top alternative is Swagbucks, which has paid out around $200 million in cash and free gift cards.
The benefit of doing mobile surveys to make cash is it is completely flexible. People can log in at any time and find surveys that pay out either in cash or gift cards. Some are a lot more lucrative than others, though there is a risk of being screened out that must be taken into account as well.
It is unlikely to be able to make a consistent income through mobile surveys, but those hunting for a way to supplement their income should certainly consider this as a strong option.
Get paid to browse the web
A lot of us already spend hours a day browsing online via a phone, but there is a way to turn this time-killing into money.
The InboxDollars search engine is one such way to get paid to browse the web, while Fronto is an app that lets users earn PayPal cash by watching videos, plus reading news articles.
Those who shop online can also earn cash back through options like Shopkick, which has free gift cards up for grabs for spending cash at outlets including Target, Walmart and Best Buy.
Reward points – which are known as kicks on Shopkick – can even be earned simply by visiting online partners, with no need to spend money.
It is unlikely anyone will make a fortune through the above options, but they can all help to bring in a little extra money – and it all mounts up.