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3 ways to make money with your iPhone

Two of these require some technical skills. One can be used by anyone who lives where the job service is available.

By Stacy Johnson Jun 10, 2011 10:37AM

This post comes from Dan Schointuch at partner site Money Talks News.

 

With the upcoming release of iOS 5, the iPhone will be able to do more than ever. But one thing you probably didn't know it can do is earn you some extra cash.

 

Here are three examples of ways to make money with your iPhone.

 
Gigwalk.Gigwalk is a free app that can get you started making money in about five minutes. Simply install it from the iPhone store, complete a brief registration, and you're off to work.

 

Gigwalk uses your iPhone's GPS receiver to show you nearby "jobs."  A typical job in Gigwalk may involve visiting a restaurant and taking pictures of the menu, photographing red-light cameras at a specific intersection, or buying a beer and noting whether the clerk asked for ID. These jobs typically pay between $3 and $10.

 

Not all tasks are paying. Some give you "streetcred" points, and others require streetcred points to access them -- a way of rewarding diligent Gigwalkers with exclusive jobs. But of the nonpaying jobs I've seen, you'll probably be doing something like picking up trash to beautify a park. From an environmental standpoint, there are worse things you could be doing with your time.

 

Gigwalk isn't yet available everywhere, but if you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, South Florida, New York City, Boston or Philadelphia, you're in luck. Payments are sent through PayPal. Post continues after video.

UTest. For the more technically inclined iPhone user, check out uTest, where you'll be paid to hunt down bugs and usability issues in apps currently under development.

 

The registration process is a little more lengthy than Gigwalk, and the best jobs typically go to those who've earned a reputation as a reliable, thorough tester, but you can make pretty decent money if you're invited to test something.

 

In my experience (I registered and tested a few apps), I earned about $30 an hour, with the typical job taking no more than an hour. Unfortunately, with only one job every other week, the work is a little too sparse to consider as a career. But to be fair, uTest does recommend that you get active in their community forums to be invited to test more software, something I did not do.

 

Create an app. No, it's not nearly as complicated as you might think, and doesn't have to involve any programming whatsoever. Sites like appmakr let you create an iPhone app with very little effort, especially if you already have a blog, website or YouTube account.

 

Here's a demo app I made in just a few hours using appmakr (try clicking around the app in your Web browser). It's got everything you'd need for a Money Talks News experience on your phone: stories from our website, videos we air on TV, a way to contact us with tips or questions, and of course, built-in advertising from Google's AdMob so we can pay the bills.

 

Creating the app wasn't difficult. I did have to make some simple images for the app icon, splash screen and nav bar. But once that was done, I only needed to drag and drop my way into a complete, fully functional iPhone app.

 

Of course, it's nowhere near as polished as a custom-coded iPhone app, but building it was easy and free. All that's needed at this point is a $99-a-year Apple Developer account, and I can submit my app for sale in the App Store.

 

While I used appmakr, there are plenty of other sites that offer simple tools to create your own iPhone app (though not all are free). Check out: iSites, SwebAppsCreateFreeiPhoneApps.com, App Wizard, AppBreeder, MobBase (for bands), My App Builder or Bizness Apps. Pick the one that offers the most affordable price while including any features you think your app might need.

 

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4Comments
May 1, 2013 2:26PM
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This are the ones I use! They are all for iphone, ipad and ipod. Some of them are in the app store and the other are internet apps.. Just use the link and follow the instructions! Use my codes for extra points!

Freemyapp -http://m.freemyapps.com/share/url/e6248abf

App casher
http://www.appcasher.com/m?r=314796&s=link

Tapporo
http://www.tapporo.com/invite/TAPJE43549

Wikets 
Gurukook

Feature points 
https://featurepoints.com/r/9IKF2K

Freeappparty 
Joody1012

Appnana
j173040

Bamboo
http://bit.ly/XjQmDD


Goof luck !

Dec 23, 2012 1:01PM
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Best alternatives way to make money using iphone is 
featurepoints(open in iOS(safari)
it has some attractive gifts and easy to earn points

To get 50 point. https://featurepoints.com/r/KT3RH5
Referral code : KT3RH5

Jun 11, 2012 10:43AM
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Look at this. What are you think? http://goo.gl/Xkxjh
May 11, 2012 1:13PM
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maybe this should be updated there are tons of other apps Mobile rewards, wereward etc...
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