35 Top Paying Sites and Apps for Making Extra Cash
Jenny | Edited by Steve N, Updated 11 Dec 2017
If you have a computer or smartphone, there’s a host of ways to boost your coffers – some are quick, others are slow-burners. You could earn £1,000s/year at home on your sofa, with no special skill needed.
This guide lists 35 (legit) ways to make money online. You can get paid just to watch videos, write, search on Google, make your own YouTube clips and much more.
Get paid to click
1. Watch videos, play games and earn
Swagbucks* is a fun survey site that pays you for completing short online tasks in virtual cash – you can then exchange this for real money, Paypal credits or gift cards to spend at Amazon, M&S and more. The site’s huge in America, and here in the UK many MSE forumites are dedicated users.
Usually, you get only a few points for registering, but newbies who register via this MSE Blagged Swagbucks* link will get bonus points worth £10 if they earn £5 (849 SB – we reckon about four hours’ ‘work’) within 30 days of signing up. So that’s a total of £15.
Tasks include filling in polls, watching videos and searching using its page instead of Google. Advertisers pay Swagbucks to publicise their wares or do market research, and the site passes a cut to you. The more dedicated you are, the more you earn, though every task pays a different amount.
6. Get paid to watch videos, search & more
Similar to Swagbucks above, GiftHulk pays for a host of web activities, including watching videos, answering polls and searching via its site instead of Google.
Many MoneySavers are fans. You get paid in Hulk Coins, which you then convert into rewards including Amazon vouchers (make sure you select vouchers in GBP, rather than US dollars).
7. Enter contests as a cash-boosting hobby
Use our 40+ insider comping tips
From cars to £20,000 cash, five-star USA holidays to £10,000 of Tesco gift cards, MoneySavers have won it all. It’s all about ‘comping’, a potentially profitable online hobby for the lucky.
It’s about systematically sourcing and entering hundreds of the right contests.
8. Grab FREE cashback
Get cash for clicks – no need to buy
Cashback sites work by giving you a cut of the cash they earn for channeling web traffic. Yet you don’t have to buy anything to earn cash via these sites – they often pay you just for clicking links on the internet.
Eg, TopCashback pays £2 for a Gocompare home insurance quote.
9. Get paid to read adverts on your mobile
Free smartphone app Qustodian pays you to read adverts. Simply download the app, and plug your likes and dislikes into your profile. It then sends adverts matching your interests to your Qustodian inbox. You get paid cash when you view messages, respond to questions or watch videos.
It pays cash via PayPal or via BACS into your bank account when you earn £10. Forumites report the slow trickle of messages means it takes a while to hit this, so this app’s just one for committed online earners.
10. Earn by checking prices & snapping photos
Field Agent app
Ever fancied being a secret agent? If you’ve got an iPhone or Android phone, a free app called Field Agent could be your chance. When companies need a small market research task done, it’s sent out via the app.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check prices in stores, take photos of products and pen reviews. It typically pays £4.50 per task but can be between £2 and £10.
You’re competing against others for jobs and won’t get lucky every time, so don’t get too excited. But it’s well worth signing up in case they do come up.
11. Earn free Amazon vouchers in time for Christmas
Job Spotter app
If you’re looking to boost your Christmas funds, the Job Spotter app lets you earn Amazon vouchers quickly, just for taking pictures of job ads in windows. Plus we’ve spotted a surge in the number of seasonal vacancies popping up in shops around MSE Towers recently, so now’s a good time to get out and start snapping.
You earn points for each job advert you submit. These are converted into Amazon vouchers that can be redeemed straight away – there’s no minimum withdrawal limit. The jobs you spot are then posted on the Indeed website.
How does it work?
You’ll need to download the free app for Android from Google Play or for Apple from the App Store. There’s no app yet available for Windows phone users.
Next, create a profile by giving your email address and creating a username. Make sure you use your real email address, as this is where your Amazon vouchers are sent. Then simply take photos of job ads (eg, a ‘staff wanted’ sign in a restaurant window) via the app as you’re out and about, by following these steps:
Ensure your phone’s location services are switched on. This can be used by Indeed as proof that you’re actually at the location.
Take a photo of the job advert. Ensure no people are visible in the image – the picture must only show job details.
Take a separate photo of the front of the store. Again, it must be a clear picture with nothing blocking out the name of the shop or restaurant.
Preview the images. Check the pictures are clear and then upload.
How many points do you get?
Photos you submit are reviewed by Indeed before being awarded points – anywhere from five points to 150 points.
You’ll get fewer points for a corporate chain than you will for a small or independent business, because the app says signs in small businesses are “more likely to indicate a current opportunity to get hired”.
There’s no way of checking how many points you’ll get for a submission before you make it as Indeed hasn’t revealed its points algorithm.
Former MSE Sam tested out the app earlier this year:
What are points worth?
Points are converted into a balance in your ‘Wallet’ within the app, which you can redeem at any point for an Amazon voucher.
One point is worth one US cent, which is converted into pounds daily. This means the balance in your app will always be shown in British pounds, as will any Amazon vouchers you earn.
How much could I earn?
MSE Sarah recently earned £6ish in just one lunch hour, snapping pictures of Christmas job vacancies. Though it’s worth noting this was in London, where there are lots of shops and restaurants. You can use the app across the UK, but your earnings may be lower if you live somewhere less built up.
Job Spotter was launched in the USA and Australia in 2016 and Indeed claims one user earned the equivalent of £5,000 last year.
How do I redeem my points?
Visit the ‘Wallet’ page in the app and redeem your balance as an e-voucher. You can convert any balance, no matter how small. It’s worth noting it could take a few days for the voucher to be emailed to you, but when we tried it we got an email within a few hours.
Are there any reasons my photo could be rejected?
There are a number of reasons your photo could be rejected, such as if another user has already snapped the sign, or the picture is too blurry. Be aware that the reviewal process is not instant – so just because your submission is ‘pending’, doesn’t mean it’ll be rejected.
12. Earn free Amazon vouchers reporting derelict properties in London
Spot an empty or derelict property in London or the home counties, and you could earn a £20 Amazon or M&S voucher if you’re the first person to report it to YouSpotProperty.
What’s more, if the development company behind the website goes on to buy the property, it will give you 1% of the purchase price – potentially £1,000s for a house in the capital.
It might sound too good to be true, but there have been big successes reported in the news. One woman earned £3,500 for spotting an empty house in Peckham and another got a whopping £6,500 for reporting an empty home in Hendon.
How does it work?
Once you’ve spotted a derelict house or flat, you need to fill out a form online at YouSpotProperty. It will ask for the address of the property, and any photos you’re able to take of it.
If you’re the first person to report the property, and it meets YouSpotProperty’s criteria (privately owned, not up for sale and no planning permission applied for recently – see the full list below), you can choose either a £20 Amazon or M&S e-voucher. It’s normally issued within a month of you reporting the property.
If the company goes on to buy the property, you’ll receive 1% of the purchase price. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that a purchase can take time to negotiate and complete – in the past, it’s ranged from a few days to three years after the property was spotted.
What is YouSpotProperty?
YouSpotProperty is run by property developers looking for houses they can do up and sell on at a profit. So the site’s generosity isn’t purely for altruistic reasons. However, it does donate £500 to a local charity in the same area as each property it buys, on top of the 1% cut it offers property spotters.
YouSpotProperty also says it wants to help improve neighborhoods, as empty properties can be dangerous and bring down the value of houses nearby.
It can be difficult for individuals to get mortgages on derelict properties, meaning they stay empty for years. But the company has enough money in its ‘property fund’ to buy the houses outright and clean them up ready for people to live in again.
How big is this?
YouSpotProperty was set up in 2014, and since then it says about 2,700 vouchers have been awarded to property spotters. Only 42 people have received the 1% bonus for a spotted property being purchased (the largest payout to date was £10,000 for an empty property in NW2, London).
13. Get paid to snap photos, count stock & more
Roamler smartphone app
Fancy getting paid to buy beer? Free app Roamler pays for tasks such as counting stock in shops, snapping menu cards in restaurants and even buying a beer to photograph how it’s served.
As with Field Agent, when firms need easy market research done, it’s sent out via the app. Roamler typically pays £4 per task, but it can vary between £2 and £10.
The catch is the app is invite-only. Roamler’s press office says it’s pretty easy to get one if you monitor its Facebook page for hints on how (or you might get lucky if you request one).
14. Get paid for easy market research tasks
Billed as a ‘grown-up treasure hunt’, Streetspotr is another app (for both iPhone and Android) that connects market research clients with users who carry out small tasks. Some MoneySavers have pocketed £15 for buying a hot drink at a muffin shop, though most tasks pay about a fiver.
Other jobs could include photographing supermarket product displays or checking restaurant menus.
Streetspotr is a German company that pays UK users in GBP. As with other location-based apps, the closer you are to a high street, the more jobs are up for grabs.
15. Get paid for small research tasks
Task 360 iPhone app
Fancy a change from the same old shop-based research tasks? Then have a gander at Task 360, an iPhone-only app from the people who brought you Field Agent above. You can download it from the App Store.
The app focuses on helping companies solve logistical problems, such as giving sat nav firms info on new no-left-turn signs or checking billboard ads’ lights work.
It typically pays £5 to £10 for 15 minutes’ work. To bag the best jobs, check every morning before 9 am, especially on Mondays.
16. Get paid for small tasks in shops
Clic and Walk smartphone app
Another free app that pays you to complete small tasks in shops, Clic and Walk are available via the App Store and Google Play.
This is one of the lower-paying apps. It’s a French company but you get paid in pounds – the amount for shop-based tasks is normally 5 euros so you’ll typically get £4ish.
17. Get paid to test companies’ websites
What Users Do
Companies are desperate to make their websites better places for people to visit, so user testing is big business.
Sign up to What Users Do and you can earn £5 for 15-minute website tests. These involve easy tasks such as trying to find something on a site or feeding back on a new homepage.
The company records your screen and voice, so you can feedback throughout the test. You need a computer with a built-in or separate microphone. But don’t worry, your face isn’t recorded, so you can still do it in your jim-jams.
18. A serious remote-working job
“Legitimate work from home job. Earn £££s!” Adverts in the back of mags pulse with promises, yet often the reality’s disappointing or even dodgy. Yet one work-from-home job that MoneySavers have had more luck with is Lionbridge.
You usually need a degree to apply, but heaps of MoneySavers have been accepted. It says it usually has 150 jobs on offer at any one time, though occasionally there are no jobs advertised for the UK. It’s well worth checking back though, as new jobs are posted each month.
What’s the work like?
The web firm offers several part-time posts, most aimed at helping companies improve their search engine results. Tasks can include checking search results, gathering data and testing mobile apps.
You choose your hours and don’t have to travel from A to B, perfect if you want to earn cash while staying at home with the kids. You must work a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 hours per week.
19. Grab free products for telling friends about them
While it doesn’t pay cash, you can earn loads of free products through marketing company Bzz Agent. Forumites have grabbed everything from Vanish stain remover to E45 lotion and even electric toothbrushes.
The catch? As an ‘agent’, once you receive products, you must start “meaningful and authentic conversations” about them with online buddies and real-life friends.
20. Get paid to scan shopping receipts (invite-only)
Shop and Scan
Market research site Shop and Scan is a great way to give your finances a boost. Each time you buy something, you log on and scan the receipt with the specialist barcode scanner it sends you.
Forumites report Shop and Scan pay about £10 in points a month. You can then cash them in for vouchers, including Amazon, Next, Debenhams, and Argos.
Shop and Scan’s press office wouldn’t confirm any details with us, as market research is a secretive area. So many of the tips here come from our forum users.
21. Grab freebies in exchange for your views
It’s possible to earn masses of freebies from Clicks Research. The site doles out free products in exchange for feedback on whether they work. MoneySavers have blagged everything from anti-aging creams to chocolate bars.
Respond at speed, as places fill up fast. Clicks Research says products are all safe. It just wants to know how to improve them. Once you’ve signed up, Clicks Research sends you invites via email.
Even if not selected, each time you take part in a survey it pays Clicks points (1-200 per survey). Once you’ve earned 2,500, you can exchange them for £25.
22. Matched Betting
Exploit online bookmakers’ free betting offers
This is something we thought hard about before including. Yet as many who know exactly what they’re doing make serious risk-free cash, we wanted to include it.
It’s all about taking advantage of the offers betting sites run to encourage new players, usually involving free bets (eg, “bet £30 and we give you a free £30 bet”), and the fact different bookmakers offer different odds.
Thus, in some circumstances, by betting on all outcomes you guarantee a profit, whatever the outcome. However, this is complex and dangerous, and most people should run a million miles.
Here are the key points:
Warning! This is NOT about gambling. Gambling is not MoneySaving; the bookies always win in the long run (see Gamblers Anonymous). This is only about manipulating gambling introductory loopholes.
How much? With time and care, it’s possible to make £1,000 over the year. Please don’t go for it if you’re desperate for cash. This is only for those with patience and who aren’t under money pressure. Otherwise, you’ll end up drawn into real gambling – and losing.
How do I do it? Read the Matched Betting Introduction and FAQs discussion in the Matched Betting board and the other sticky threads at the top. Remember it’s an open forum, anyone can post. Just because someone sounds like they know what they’re doing, it doesn’t mean they do.
23. Earn money online from internet research
Internet companies such as AQA (‘Any Question Answered’, formerly 63336) are occasionally on the lookout for researchers. It works like this: a customer sends a text to researchers to ask the answer to a random question. The researcher – you – replies with an answer.
The beauty of this work is that you can generally choose the type of questions you answer, and the hours you work. Check for vacancies on the AQA site or on its Facebook and Twitter pages. You’ll have to pass a test before you get an interview.
The site pays roughly 25p per question. Some can take just a few moments to answer, meaning that experienced researchers could rake in up to £100s – though of course, it depends on how much time you’re prepared to put in. Join the AQA discussion.
24. Reclaim lost assets and inheritance
Potential payback of £1,000s
There’s BILLIONS of pounds-worth of unclaimed money out there. Whether it’s yours or an unknown inheritance from a deceased relative, it can usually be reclaimed free.
Our Reclaim Lost Assets guide shows how to quickly check if you’re in line for a windfall.
25. Flog what you’ve got
Do you have unused assets worth £100s or £1,000s? Stop hoarding, and declutter for cash. Here’s some inspiration:
40+ eBay tricks ‘n’ tools. Our 40+ eBay Selling Tricks guide offers a crash course, from cutting eBay fees by tweaking start prices and using no-charge listing weekends, to adding extra pics with special tools. Plus there are tools to create multiple listings in advance and bulk-upload them.
Sell for free on Facebook. Local Facebook selling groups are fast rivaling eBay as the place to earn cash by flogging unwanted stuff. The best bit is there are NO fees. Our Facebook Selling guide shows how to find the right local groups and get the best price, plus make sure you stay safe.
Safely sell old gold for max cash. TV ads yell “sell old gold for cash”. Yet many are kicked in the crown jewels as they get a fraction of the promised price. Amid the scrap, though, are shining examples. Our Top Gold Selling Sites takes you through it.
26. 60+ more ways to boost your income
If you’re looking to rake in a little more, our 60+ Tricks To Boost Your Income guide can add to the coffers. Here’s a taster:
Become a mystery shopper. High street retailers are desperate to check their customer service is up to scratch, so mystery shopping agencies pay you to visit specific shops or restaurants to rate quality.
Send pics to mags. For example, Love It! magazine pays £50 for a shameful shot of yourself on holiday or even £50 for readers’ shirtless fellas (Mrs MSE’s been banned from sending ’em in).
27. Rent it – spare rooms, storage, parking spaces
The Rent It Out For Cash section of our Boost Your Income guide lists easy ways to earn extra from your property. Here’s a taster:
Rent your driveway for up to £200/mth. Live near a city center, airport, train station or football ground? It’s possible to earn up to £200/mth or more renting out your drive. See Rent Your Parking Space for a full how-to and the top free-to-list online marketplaces.
Get cash for spare storage space. If you’ve unused space in a loft, garage or spare room, website Storemates lets you rent it out to others looking for cheap storage. See Rent Your Storage.
Rent out your home. Airbnb and other sites could help make you TENS of thousands of pounds from letting your home or spare room temporarily to holidaymakers – and some new tax breaks can really boost the gain. See Rent Out Your Home for a crash course in safely renting out your spare room or entire property for short periods.
Rent your spare room. The ‘rent a room’ scheme means you can take in a lodger to live in a furnished room in your home. It has a special exemption meaning you won’t have to pay tax on the first £7,500 each year. See Take A Lodger and 20+ Airbnb Renting tips.
28. Give yourself a money makeover
Put thousands back in your pocket
While the average person earns just over £100 a day, taking a day to sort your finances leaves many a grand a year better off.
Always think in terms of annual savings – £15 a month doesn’t sound much but it’s £180 a year. Here’s some OOMPH! to get you going.
Owed £10,000s in PPI? If you’ve had a loan or credit card, check if you were mis-sold PPI. Don’t worry if you don’t have the paperwork, see the FAQs in Reclaim PPI for Free.
Slash car insurance costs. You might be able to halve costs by combining the results of comparison sites. See Cheap Car Insurance for a full step-by-step guide.
Can you cut your mortgage cost? If you’ve decent equity in your house and aren’t locked into a deal, speak to a mortgage broker. See the MSE Remortgage Booklet: Instant PDF | Printed
Save £100s with a water meter. If your home has more or the same number of bedrooms as people, check our Water Meter guide. Helen Bevington tweeted: “Thanks to MSE, we’ve water-metered. Monthly DD down from £80 to £25.” That’s £660/year less.
Those are just the start. For a detailed checklist of over 30 quick ways to cut bills, see the Money Makeover guide.
29. Get paid to write
Always wanted to have a crack at the old writing game? Now’s your chance. Textbroker pays for content for adverts, websites, and newsletters. The company acts as a middleman between clients and writers, taking a cut from each piece sold.
Typical payments are £5 to £30 per article, and forumites have written about everything from sport and wildlife to finance and casinos. Some MoneySavers have suggested that article approvals can be patchy and it’s often slow to accept new writers – a couple of things to watch out for.
We’re not talking Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight sums. But some forumites, such as Sinkorswim, are turning over a grand a year:
30. Get paid to write, enter data & more
As well as paying for written content, Clickworker offers other jobs, including data entry, web research, product reviews and data tagging.
MoneySavers report there’s heaps of work on offer. They’ve penned Groupon adverts, travel destination descriptions, flight adverts and fashion articles, to name a few.
You must complete a test before you can work, and most jobs require a score of at least 90%. You can earn between £2 for shorter jobs and £5 for longer ones.
31. Earn cash from homemade videos
We can’t promise you’ll earn £100,000 like the dad who uploaded “Charlie bit my finger – again!”, the clip of two cheeky brothers that racked up 825m views. Yet even if your YouTube videos don’t become global phenomena, it’s possible to earn a little extra each month through the clip-sharing site.
How YouTube’s partner programme works
YouTube’s Partner Programme lets users take a cut of the cash from the adverts that run alongside their videos. You must apply to become a partner, but YouTube says anyone who regularly uploads original clips which get a fair amount of views should be eligible.
Earnings vary dramatically, depending on how many views you rack up and how much revenue the ads generate.
32. Earn cash from your blog or website
If you have a blog or website, set up a free account with Amazon Associates, a scheme where you earn Amazon vouchers for linking to the site.
Just follow the steps to add links and banners to your website. When someone clicks on Amazon from your site and makes a transaction, it’s recorded and you’re paid 1%-10% commission, which you get in the form of cash or an Amazon discount.
What you earn depends on how much you sell and what category it’s in – for example, you get 1% commission from TVs and smartphones and 10% from watches and jewellery. (See a full list of payments.)
Though don’t just fill your site to the brim with Amazon links. What works best is ensuring you’ve quality editorial content, then adding the links after.
Products bought by you personally won’t count towards your commission, nor will anything ordered for delivery to your home address or paid for on your credit card.
33. Write a Kindle e-book
Earn up to 70% of the LIST price when you self-publish
k – now’s your chance to emulate her success. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing tool lets you upload your own e-books instantly, for free. Every time the book sells, Amazon gives you up to 70% of the list price (excludes VAT).
While not a guaranteed money-spinner, e-books don’t have to be Booker Prize contenders. If you’re a specialist in a niche subject, from worm composting to rollercoaster riding, you could pocket a little extra each month.
If you need inspiration, why not try the NaNoWriMo campaign to write a novel in a month, which runs every November.
34. Get paid to review music and more
Review site Slicethepie pays you for each song, fashion item, accessory or advert your rate. As you build up a reputation, you can earn more. Read the site’s tutorials before you start.
Typically, a member willing to put in a couple of hours each night could expect to earn around £30/month, though forumites report this can vary. The amount you earn from each review differs depends on your ‘Star Rating’ – an overall a measure of the quality of your reviews – and the quality of that particular review.
You can also earn more by encouraging friends to sign up – you’ll receive a bonus of 10% of their earnings so, if they earn $0.20 for a review, you’ll get $0.02.
35. Get paid to type up audio
Nostalgic for the days of Mad Men-era typing pools? Transcription company Takes Note pays typists around £8/hour to type up audio.
You need Microsoft Word, at least a C in GCSE English and must be able to bash out at least 65 words per minute. It pays per minute of audio, and not a minute of your time, so it’s only worth it for super-fast typists (take a speed test to see how you measure up).
To apply, you take tests in typing speed, formatting, and English language. You must sign up for at least two shifts per week, roughly six hours each (evenings and weekends are available).