With the world seemingly come to a halt, financial anxiety has become more real than ever. And to those who are in quarantine, earning a profit has become largely dependent on technology. Whether it’s a full-time online gig or a part-time side hustle, earning money can be done even in quarantine. It just takes a bit of thinking outside of the box.

And what better way to make money during this time than through your smartphones? With everyone online turning a profit, making extra income isn’t as daunting as it seems. In fact, there are some apps that can help you do exactly that.

  1. Foap

If you’ve got an eye for the visually stunning, you could turn that expertise into a profit. Foap lets you upload your photos and videos on its network. Companies and brands can purchase your photos and you split the revenue with Foap. The app also provides its users with “missions” where you can take new photos for certain categories.

Foap is available for free on iOS and Android but offers in-app purchases.

  1. Instasize

Get your Instagram account noticed by the online community with a curated feed. Create eye-catching designs for your posts through Instasize. The photo and video editing app is simple enough to use and includes numerous filters and tools to help your content stand out – an app that’s sure to be an influencer’s go-to for content creation in any situation.

Instasize is available for free on iOS and Android. A Premium account of $4.99/month unlocks all the features and offers new filters monthly.

  1. Made

Made is uniquely catered to Instagram Stories, from its templates to its format. The story editor app guides you visually with its arsenal of backgrounds, filters, and settings. The app includes an interesting storyboard feature where you can construct your stories from beginning to end and merge seamlessly to your Instagram account.

Made is free to download on both iOS and Android. A premium subscription of $4.99/month provides access to the entire collection of templates, filters, and fonts which are updated monthly.

  1. Rakuten



Rakuten offers cashback rewards from over 2,500 partner stores. Brands like Amazon, H&M, Macy’s, and more pay Rakuten a referral commission which the latter then shares as cashback rewards. When you shop from its affiliate brands, you earn cashback rewards, sometimes as high as 10%. You can also earn cashback rewards on food delivery with its partner delivery services.

Rakuten is available for free on iOS and Android. Get a $10 welcome bonus upon joining.

  1. Mercari


Being in quarantine is a good time to declutter ala KonMari style. Mercari helps you sell your preloved and even unused goods without any physical meet-ups through a printable shipping email sent to you once you make the sale. Listing on Mercari is quick, easy, and free. Once a sale is made, the app charges a 10% selling fee.

Mercari is free to download on both iOS and Android.

  1. BookScouter


If you’re a bookworm looking to earn from your book addiction, you can sell your used books and textbooks on BookScouter. And if you’re looking for discounted books, BookScouter is a platform where you can also purchase books and textbooks. Compare prices and choose where to sell your preloved books for the best price.

BookScouter is free to download on both iOS and Android.

   7. Google Opinion Rewards


Use your free time to earn some rewards using the Google Opinion Rewards app. Download the app and take surveys when available to earn Google Play credits as your prize. Surveys offered by Google aren’t difficult and topics range from opinion polls to hotel reviews. You receive a notification once new surveys are up.

Google Opinion Rewards is available for free on both iOS and Android.

  1. Slidejoy


Get paid for simply using your phone. Once installed, Slidejoy displays personalized ads and trending news on your lock screen. Swipe left to engage with the ads and news, swipe right to arrive at your home screen, swipe down for your notifications and swipe up to see a new ad. Slidejoy automatically updates your earnings the next day in the form of carats which you can redeem through cash rewards, gift rewards, or simply donate to your favorite charity. The app also offers a disclaimer: swiping on more ads doesn’t mean earning more carats. It pays to use your smartphone as you naturally would.

Slidejoy is available for free only on Android.


Use your free time during quarantine by earning in alternative ways through your smartphone – whether it’s a part-time commitment or just to make a few extra bucks on the side. Create some revenue in your spare time by using your phone. It can be that simple.