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How I made money on my iPhone after 1 day

Updated on June 25, 2012

How to Make Money on the iPhone

I was in the supermarket last week minding my own business when I noticed a lady taking a picture of the laundry detergent section, as I got closer to her I noticed she was typing away on her iPhone. I didn't make anything of it and continued doing my grocery shopping when I saw her again in the dog food aisle taking a picture and typing on her iPhone. At this point my mind began to conjure up what could she being doing! So when I got home I went on my computer and typed "using your iPhone in the supermarket" and began scrolling down the search results. The first page had grocery list apps and scanning bar codes, but I didn't think she was doing that because I clearly remembered she did not have a shopping cart or basket. So I clicked onto the second page of results and there it was, an article about making money using your iPhone.

After doing some research I narrowed it down to three apps, and I gave myself 3 days to see how much money I would make using these iPhone apps: Field Agent, GigWalk and Surveys on the Go. I wanted to see how much extra income I could make just by using my iPhone. My intention was not to quit my job and do this as a primary income source, but I wanted to give it a shot and see the extra income potential. I'm sure there are similar apps for Android phones but since I have an iPhone the focus of this article is for iPhone apps.

The registration for each is very easy, they ask for an email address and basic questions. All three iPhone apps require you to have a PayPal account, so go ahead and create one, it's free!


Field Agent

I downloaded the Field Agent app on my iPhone and completed the setup and chose to see jobs within 30 miles of my zip code. Five jobs appeared on the list and I accepted two of the $9 jobs. These jobs required that I visit a specific store (which was on my way home from work), snap some pictures and answer some questions.These two jobs were for paper towels and hand lotions, I had to take a picture of all the products in that aisle section and answer a couple of questions. This took me about 10 minutes.

I submitted my work and it was approved the next day and the money was in my "pocket" as they call it. With this app you choose when to cash out to your PayPal account.

When you first register you start with an agent score of 85, the more jobs you complete successfully the higher your score, but if you don't successfully complete your jobs (you either don't complete the job or don't follow directions) then your score goes down. The lower your score the less jobs made available to you.

Also, the jobs are first come first serve, so if you're not quick enough you can lose out on some jobs.

My tally so far is $18 (Field Agent)



I downloaded the GigWalk app, registered and setup my profile after completing the Field Agent app setup and was ready to go. I clicked on the "Browse Gigs" option and four jobs appeared on my list ranging from $5 to $15. I applied for two of the $15 jobs which required me to go to my local grocery store and take a picture of the product and answer some basic questions. It gave me 1 day to complete the job. On my way home from work I stopped at my grocery store, the products were easy to find and I was done in 20 minutes! I also picked up a few things I needed for home. I submitted my work and I received a response the next morning that my work was accepted and the payment of $30 ($15 for each job) was sent to PayPal.

The only downside I noticed with GigWalk was that it does not offer jobs in every city but only a select number. Luckily, Miami is one of those cities so if your city isn't available keep checking.

One of the gigs sent me a comment thanking me and giving me kudos for the pictures I took, you can use this as a reference for future gigs. You build your GigWalk reputation based on the number of gigs you complete and the comments clients send you.

My tally so far is $18 (Field Agent) + $30 (GigWalk).


Surveys on the Go

The final app I downloaded was Surveys on the Go. It is a mobile market research smartphone application that pays users for taking brief surveys. Basically, you get paid to complete surveys. I setup my account and proceeded to answer 6 surveys to gauge my interests. Each survey was $0.25 and it took me about 10 minutes to answer them. Within an hour I saw 4 available surveys for $1.00 each. I answered them (2 were related to tv programming and the other 2 dealt with department stores) in about 15 minutes, all from the comfort of my couch. After the first day I haven't seen any new surveys, it seems like they send them out 2 or 3 times a week. There's a YouTube video provided by Surveys on the Go that shows you how to get around the app.

You can cash out to your PayPal account once you hit $10.

My tally after completing the surveys: $18 (Field Agent) + $30 (GigWalk) + $5.50 (Surveys on the Go) = $53.50 for about an hour of my time, all on the same day.

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Based on my experience after 1 day, remember I gave myself 3 days to see how much money I would make, I was pleasantly surprised! I wouldn't quit your job, but use these apps for some extra money to pay the cellphone bill, or for going out to the movies and drinks on a Friday night. Let's say you use the apps 3 days a week and let's say each day you make $10, that's $30 for one week. There are about 4 weeks in a month, that's $120 a month! Not bad for stopping at your local grocery store on your way home and snapping some pictures and answering some surveys while at the doctor's office. It was only 1 hour of my time and it cost nothing to download the apps.

I'm sure you can make more money if you're accepting jobs on a daily basis and completing jobs that offer more money. I saw a $60 and $100 job on GigWalk, obviously these jobs require more time and effort but if you set your mind to it you can make a decent amount of side money. Of course for some of the jobs, it all depends on your area, and for some jobs (Field Agent) it's first come first serve, but don't lose hope. Who knows, after a couple of months you could have a nice chunk of change to splurge on the new iPhone.

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      Melynda 6 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for taking time to post your results. Honestly, I had no idea where to begin or even if I should try. My life these days requires me to be available for my family at any given time. So having a 9-5 job is difficult for me. I have tried quite a few other "paying surveys" in this past year, and have not seen a single 1¢ from any of them. Was ready to give up and except the fact that I will never have a little "ME" money. Thanks to you, I have regained my Hope.! Amazing what a little reading can do for a person... LOL

      Again *Thank You* from the bottom of my heart.

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      fpg 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Hi moneymaker. I've been using iPoll and will post another hub with some other apps...stay tuned! I'll look into Wereward, thanks for the suggestion!

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      moneymaker 5 years ago

      Wereward is a great app as well.

      So is iPoll

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      fpg 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thanks Derek. I'll be on the lookout for more apps and post them on here.

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      Derek Ober 5 years ago from Florida

      Loved it extremely helpful!

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      fpg 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thanks Julie! I was a bit skeptical at first, but it's turned out pretty good so far. If you try it for yourself, let me know how it goes.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Very interesting hub. I had no idea people could make money doing such a thing! Nice job.. :)