This article will show you more than 50 unique ways that you can make money armoured only with your smartphone.
Don’t own a pc or laptop?
Looking for side hustle opportunities?
We’ll show just how you can make money with only a smartphone and a little bit of time and perseverance.
When doing our research we found so many different ways that you can go about making cash with your phone that we’ve had to break it up into three readily digestible parts.
In Part 1 we kick things off with how you can make money from your smartphone by selling your unwanted items.
If you’re not in the position to make money from selling your old items then checkout out Part 2 – Making Money from Surveys (Plus a Bonus App you won’t believe how easy they make it).
Part 3 covers making money from your smartphone by:
- Browsing the Internenet
- Trying Out New Apps and Products
- Taking Photos
- Secret Shopping
- Playing Games
It’s amazing how many ways we found to make money with your smartphone.
Let’s dive in!
Make Money Selling Unwanted Items via your Smartphone
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We researched a number of apps that you can use to sell your unwanted items and make money with your smartphone.
Which app you may prefer will depend on what you are selling, where you are based and whether you have used any of these services before.
Let’s take a look!
Music Magpie is a marketplace that allows you to but and sell second-hand items. They have 3 main categories:
- Phones & Tech
- CD’s, DVD’s, Games & Books
All you need to do once you have downloaded the app is to use the inbuilt barcode scanner.
They will give you an immediate price then if you are happy with the amount you can book a courier and arranged delivery through your nearest ParcelShop.
Once Music Magpie receive the items they will pay you the same day
They have over 4 million downloads so this is a very popular service. They also have a 4.4 rating on the Playstore Reviews so a very trustworthy and liked app.
Very similar to Music Magpie, Zapper is another smartphone app that you can make money with. Zapper is a leading UK trade-in platform offering instant cash valuations for unwanted items.
They will buy CD’s, DVD’s, Books, Games, Phones and Electronics. Again they have an app that you can download to your smartphone then use the scanner to read the barcode of the item(s) you are looking to sell. Their valuation is provided instantly and if you are happy with that you can then drop off the packaged items at a local CollectPlus point.
Once received Zapper will pay you via Paypal or Bank Transfer.
One thing I noticed with Zapper was that they will take your item even if it has no re-sale value. This is because they will recycle the item if necessary.
See their youtube video explaining more:
So if you are Eco Friendly conscious like many of us are these days it could pay more than just earning cash to use Zapper.
However, the app only has a 2.2 rating on the Google App Store so might be worth testing it before you decide on whether to use them.
Letgo is a marketplace allowing you to buy and sell secondhand items from your local neighbourhood. They have a 4.3-star rating on the Google Play store so is a well-liked and trustworthy site with over 50 million downloads.
As its an app aimed at localised selling then you can sell just about anything on there from second-hand video games to used cars.
One downside with Letgo is that it seems to be only for people based in the US so if you are in the UK then you might want to try something like Shpock or Gumtree.
Declutter is another instant valuation app for buying and selling secondhand or unwanted items. It’s the same process as Music Magpie and Zapper whereby you scan the bar code of the item, they give you an instant valuation. If you’re happy you package the item or items then send them off and wait for your payment which should be made the day after they receive them.
It’s a quick easy way to get cash for your old CD’s, DVD’s, Books and Tech.
It’s not as well established as Music Magpie but looks to have good Trustpilot ratings and with 4.2 Star Rating on the Google Play Store shows that this is a reputable company.
One thing that stood out for me when looking at Decluttr is the statement that they pay up to 33% more than other carrier buyback programs for phones.
They will also refurbish or recycle your items so another eco-friendly option.
Craigslist seems to have been around since the internet began but it took them until December 2019 to roll out an app. If you are unfamiliar with Craigslist this is an online marketplace for classified advertising things for sale or services. Its relative popularity stems from its no-frills basic approach.
I was surprised to see that the app only achieved a star rating of 3.7 on the Google Play Store. However, it is a relatively new app so maybe they are still ironing out the kinks.
Probably best used for your larger items like cars, or furniture and if you are happy to wait for prospective buyers.
eBay is a well-known internet shopping site that originally started out as an auction site but has developed over the years to be an all-encompassing e-commerce platform for buyers and sellers to meet. You can buy and sell almost anything on eBay and the app enhances the service.
A 4.6-star rating on the Google Playstore is some going with over 3 million reviews most of which are 5 stars.
This is perhaps, therefore, one of the safest and most intuitive ways to sell your second-hand items. Probably the flexibility of being able to sell locally, nationally or internationally really helps as well as options for fixed buy it now prices as well as auction-based listings. Backed by the security of the PayPal payment system makes this an all-round top class site to use.
If you only have an old mobile phone to sell then Envirofone and Mazuma Mobile are worth trying as well. However, Envirofone only has a 2.1 rating on Google Play Store at the time of writing and they aren’t operating during the Coronavirus Lockdown. Mazumamobile appears to be only for the UK and Australia and I couldn’t find an app for them on the Google Play Store. You should still be able to use them with your smartphone via the standard website though.
If you are into your designer gear and like to regularly buy new outfits then Poshmark could be worth checking out.
Poshmark is a social commerce marketplace where you can on buy and sell designer and brand name clothing.
With a 4.1 rating on the Google Play Store, the app looks to be very popular.
Even though it’s free to list on Poshmark the fees, however, appear a little on the high side with a flat $2.95 for items under $15 and 20% for items sold above that level.
Poshmark also states that you can list your items within 60 seconds so the app must be pretty straight forward to use.
Depop is similar to Poshmark but appears to be aimed at a younger audience. The Guardian describes it as “part eBay part Instagram for fashion”.
Depop aims to make fashion more inclusive, diverse and less wasteful. Again they allow you to list for free and take a 10% fee when your item sells so a more cost-effective option than Poshmark. It looks fairly straight forward to sell your items too once you have created an account you can take up to 4 photos insert a description and set the price.
Mercari is another selling app for making money with your smartphone. It’s a mixture of Poshmark and Music Magpie. You can buy and sell secondhand clothes as well as gadgets and tech.
They have a 4.5-star rating on Google Play with more than 10m downloads. Having checked the Google Play Store myself it looks like the app is only available in the US though so no good for those based elsewhere.
All items have to be shipped so it’s not going to be suitable for large or heavy items where postage makes it less cost-effective to send the item. they take a 10% commission, which is a competitive pricing structure compared to the other selling apps I have looked at.
Shpock is an online marketplace that is free to sell your stuff. They go for an ad-based revenue source.
This can be a good option for higher value items that you don’t want to give away 10% commission.
However, having used the app myself in the past it seems to have been pretty slow in getting people interested in listings even at competitive prices and there does seem to be a lot of tat on the site.
However, I have sold stuff in the past and even sold my old car so saved on the relatively high listing fees you get with eBay motors or Autotrader.
Shpock has a 3.9-star rating on Google Play so not the highest of Mark’s.
They do link to PayPal so you have that as an option if you’d prefer not to take a chance with cash and have a means of recourse if needed.
Prices can be negotiated within the app making it attractive for bargain hunters.
That’s probably one of its downfalls is that people buying on there are more bargain hunters than genuinely looking for items they want.
It can, therefore, be a little hit and miss.
Yet another classified ads marketplace for the Uk is Gumtree. Rather confusingly their app is titled Gumtree Motors.
Whilst you can sell and buy cars on there you can also buy and sell other everyday items like clothes, toys and electronics.
They have a 4.2 Star Rating so looks to be a good app to use.
I don’t know many people who don’t have a Facebook account these days. You’ve probably seen their Marketplace Tab at the top of the Facebook App.
Marketplace allows you to buy and sell items in your local area right from within your Facebook account.
So if you already have an account and don’t want to go to the hassle of setting up another account with another app then this could be a good option for you.
However, your scope could be limited depending on what items you have to sell. It all depends on what your local area is like and the demand.
Having used it a few times myself in the past I found I got a much quicker response for listed items compared to eBay or Shpock.
If you have smaller more expensive items though I would consider eBay or one of the other nationwide services as you are opening up the size of the audience to sell to.
Another option for those based in the US is OfferUp, which has a 4.5 Star Rating on Google Play. It’s a classified ads site where you can quickly upload and list your items for sale.
They use reputation ratings and profiles making it easy for buyers to see which sellers are more trustworthy. With over 50 million downloads it’s another great option for you to consider.
So I think you’ll agree if you have old items to sell of any size or nature there are plenty of options on where and how you can sell them.
As a way to make money from your smartphone, it’s a good starting point but when you have run out of things to sell you might want to look at other ways you can earn money right from your smartphone.
Part 1 Summary
Our next Part in this article looks at how you can make money from your smartphone with Survey Sites.
I hope you enjoyed this article so far and found some inspiration as to where you can start making some extra cash from your old belongings.
Will you start listing on eBay?
or prefer to get a quick quote from Music Magpie for that old stack of CD’s you never listen to anymore?
Leave us a comment I’d love to hear from you.