I have a lot of readers who don't actually own computers and use their smartphones or tablets for all of their web browsing. Many of these readers have asked me to come up with a list of work at home jobs for smartphone users where a computer is not required to do the work.
I'll be honest, I wasn't sure I would find very much. As you might know if you have a smartphone/tablet, there actually are a lot of ways to earn with them. Swagbucks is a great example of a lucrative smartphone app. However, this is just extra money. My goal for this post was to find things that have potential to pay more than just a few bucks a week.
After doing a lot of research and digging, I have come up with a list. These opportunities may still not replace your day job, but hopefully they'll pay much better than surveys, cash back grocery apps, etc.
#1 – Palfish – You might remember that we mentioned this app (and the app below) in a recent post. Basically, you download the app and get paid to have conversations with non-English speakers. You do not need any previous experience and you are able to work anytime you want. You are free to set your own hourly rate. Payments are made twice a month with Paypal. The app is available for both Apple and Android.
#2 – Nice Talk – This app is very similar to Palfish (above). You are doing basically the same thing — having conversations with non-English speakers and getting paid for it. You are paid per minute of talk time, and on the site it claims $10 hourly is what you'd earn if you were active for a full hour. You can get paid weekly with Paypal as long a you have $20 in your account. Available for both Apple and Android.
#3 – VOIQ – Read VOIQ Review – You can become a call agent for VOIQ and work completely from home, making calls to people on behalf of companies from your smartphone. They do want people who have had previous call center experience. The more experience you have, the more you can earn. Agents earn $0.30 per minute of active call time. Payments are made via Paypal and you need $1 in your account to request a payout. The VOIQ app is available on both Apple and Android devices.
#4 – Leapforce – Leapforce has been around for a long time, hiring search engine evaluators to work from home. This work involves researching and evaluating search engine results. The job now requires that workers have access to an Android phone version 4.1 or higher, Windows phone version 8.1 or higher, or an iPhone version 4s or higher for completing these tasks. You will need a computer to apply at Leapforce, but once you are accepted, you should be able to work from your mobile device.
#5 – iSoftStone – This company has occasional openings for data collection crowdworkers. The job description states that “you will be asked to provide us short voice recordings and text data via a mobile application.” It's an independent contractor position, and you'll need an Android 4.0 or above to complete the work. Just as it is with Leapforce, you may need to use a computer to actually apply for this job, but once you're signed up, you should be able to complete all the tasks from your smartphone.
#6 – MathElf – Get paid to tutor students in math. This one requires an iPad — I know, not technically a smartphone, but pretty close? You can get paid once a week and set your own schedule. You do need to have at least two years of prior math teaching/tutoring experience before you're accepted to take sessions.
#7 – Mentored – This company allows you to tutor students via their app-based whiteboard in various academic subjects. You do need a college degree, or be working on a college degree, to qualify for a tutoring job here.
So this is what I've come up. I wish the list were longer! If you know of more things you can do via an app on a smartphone or tablet to earn real money (not just a few extra bucks a week), please comment below so I can add to the list.
Be sure to check out my sister's blog, Extra Cash & Rewards, for even more info on smartphone apps that pay and other side earners.
Another Idea For Working From a Mobile Device
Did you know that there are many people who have started their own businesses working at home, proofreading court reporting documents? And they do this with no college degree, no past experience, working entirely from a tablet. Caitlin Pyle, someone I recently interviewed, made $43,000 in one year doing this. She has also created an e-course that trains you how to do what she does.