Earning extra money can buy you freedom in more ways than one. If you want to pay off debt faster, fund a vacation, or prefer to go out with friends, a part-time job can help.
Sometimes the thought of taking on extra work on the side sounds exhausting. But with your phone it is possible to make money from SMS.
How to make money from SMS
You write every day anyway. You might as well get paid to do some more of this. Not all work from home opportunities are legitimate, but that’s why we’re here.
Read on for help weeding out scams and finding the best spots for SMS gigs. We’ve found four legitimate ways to make money from texting.
1Q is a question and answer company that pays you for your answers. The texts you receive on your phone are either market research questions or an offer or coupon. The messages are sent via the 1Q app or by text via your native messaging platform.
After you fill out your demographic information, the app will match you with companies.
If you enable location tracking on your iOS or Android device, you can have more questions sent to your phone. And that gives you the opportunity to maximize the money you make.
Each question or offer is called an askvert. Each askvert has a payout of 25 or 50 cents. If you reply to the message, cash will be deposited into your PayPal account.
The lower payment option gives you access to more questions to answer, and 1Q suggests you select them.
Unlike most services, there is no minimum you need to earn before you can cash out.
Pros Works on Android and iOS phones, but a smartphone is not required. No minimum payout. Simple earnings structure
IMGR is an instant messaging platform. You send messages to friends and contacts, and each message you send earns you points.
The app makes connecting easy, with the option to invite friends to join. The downside is that you only earn a point if the person you’re messaging also uses IMGR.
Earning money seems to be only available for iOS users. The company’s FAQ claims that the app is available for Android, and the website includes a link to download it from the Google Play Store. However, the link takes you to an error page.
If you attach an advertisement to every message you send, you get a point. Your points are only valid when you send and receive messages. If you send 100 branded messages and get 50 replies, you will only be credited for those that received a reply.
The minimum payout is 300 points, which is roughly $3. Your payments are sent through PayPal, making it easier to access. When you first start out, the earnings can be as high as $20 per month.
Your account will be upgraded to Premium status when you earn at least 2,000 points in six consecutive months. Premium users can earn up to $40 per month.
Pros Easy to send and receive messages Can invite friends to earn points Get paid with PayPal Cons Complicated payment structure Not available for Android
KGB (the Knowledge Generation Bureau) pays you to answer questions. In case you’re wondering, yes, her name is a reference to the Russian secret service. To stay on topic, you’ll earn the Special Agent title when you log in.
It is only open to US citizens. To prove your citizenship, they may ask for proof in the form of your social security number. If you don’t like sharing it, this is not the opportunity for you.
Signing up to make money with the KGB is not open to everyone. Not only do you have to be American, but there is a screening process to assess your skills.
They are mainly looking for people with excellent research and communication skills. Because they provide detailed information and disclosure, you must have a talent for fact finding.
The two payout levels are 10 cents and 5 cents per answer. You earn the higher 10-cent rate if you do your own research and provide an answer. If you find an answer from the KGB information database and forward it, you get the rate of 5 cents for each answer.
The KGB doesn’t use PayPal like many other money-making apps. Instead, you can expect payments to go straight to your bank account.
Pros Earnings are transferred to your bank account Cons Must be a US resident Must remain active every 30 days Verification process may disqualify you
4. AQA 63336
AQA 63336 is a question and answer texting service based in the United Kingdom. Because of its location, you must be familiar with the English dialect when responding to inquiries.
The site claims to provide answers to any question, no matter how funny, serious, or challenging, “within minutes.” That means your response time needs to be top notch.
The application process is very selective. Instead of submitting your information through a form on their website, they send a resume (resume) and cover letter to a company email address.
If you enroll with them, you will get the title of researcher. No separate app is required to access the platform. You will be presented with questions to answer in your phone’s messaging app. When a user asks a question, your phone displays it and you text the answer back.
Figuring out how much you can earn on AQA 63336 is not easy. There is no reference to a salary table on the website. The prospects aren’t too promising, with comments on forums saying the pay is extremely low.
Disadvantages Salary rate is not published but is said to be very low. A CV and cover letter are required for the application
What to look out for
It’s important to understand the difference between a real opportunity and a scam. If you work with a shady company, you could compromise your privacy or you might not get paid.
It’s also important to know that even though the service is free, SMS and data plans still apply. If you don’t have a phone plan that includes unlimited texting and data usage, this might not be the best way to make extra money.
If you still want to make money this way, keep an eye on your monthly texting limits to avoid additional charges from your mobile operator.
A few other things to watch out for:
Protect your information. Your phone contains a lot of confidential information and you don’t want anyone to have access to the data you have stored on it. Don’t get paid. Take the time to vet the companies behind the apps to reduce your risk of not getting paid for the work. Too much time wasted. Pay attention to how much time it takes to make money to make sure it’s worth what you invest. Beware of “adult” apps. If you’re not interested in making money flirting and sharing photos, make sure you know what you’re getting into before you sign up.
There are many ways to make money from your phone. Most of the possibilities revolve around an app that you download onto your smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, whether by choice or necessity, you may not be eligible for some of these paid options.
But virtually every phone has SMS capabilities. Some of the companies that pay you for SMS don’t have an app to download. Instead, the text messages are sent straight to your phone using traditional messaging.
With this option, it is easier to make money from SMS.
You are unlikely to make enough money to retire early. But texting gigs can net you a little extra money while you do pointless tasks like B. Standing in line or watching TV. With the extra money, you may be able to reach your goals faster.