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 who subscribe to our twice-weekly work at home job updates 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.
Work at Home Smartphone Jobs
1. Take grocery delivery requests with your smartphone
You can sign up as a driver for Shipt to accept requests from people who need grocery orders delivered to them. Very flexible and a smartphone is what you use to see if work is available.
Shipt pays weekly, too!
2. Teach ESL With Palfish
You might remember that we mentioned Palfish in our post about ESL teaching for beginners.
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.
Note that some of our Facebook followers have said that app is glitchy — you must upload a photo to apply and there is some broken there that Palfish has not fixed yet.
Go here to learn more about Palfish.
3. Nice Talk
The Nice Talk 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. Weekly Paypal payments are made as long a you have $20 in your account. This is available for both Apple and Android.
Appen has been around for a long time, hiring search engine evaluators and social media evaluators to work from home.
You will need a computer to apply at Appen, but once you are accepted, you should be able to work from your mobile device if hired for one of the social media evaluation positions.
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 Appen, 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.
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.
Are You Looking For a Remote Job That Requires No Phone At All?
If you would prefer to go completely non-phone, we do have a big list of 100 non-phone work from home jobs you may want to check out. This list is broken down by category, and there are links to reviews of each company if we have them posted.
Good luck in whatever you choose to pursue!
Originally published on February 24, 2016. Updated and republished on February 17, 2020.