There are scam offers and apps that entice you to earn money on the Internet. However, not all need to be avoided. There are a few apps that actually help you make money. ET gives you a quick rundown on those that work.
YUMCHEK : Available for iOS and Android, this free app adds money to your linked PayTm wallet for uploading meal receipts. For each receipt, the app adds Rs 5 to the wallet. You also earn loyalty points—Yumies—for each receipt. The Yumies can be used to play lotto where you can win prizes. The app also has a built-in search function to help you find nearby restaurants.
KEETTOO : This free app combines a keyboard with targeted ad platform for various brands. Once you install the app, it sends you push notification to view ads. Once you have viewed the ad, you earn Rs 1 in your Keettoo account. The app is linked to your PayTm and Mobikwik wallets where you can redeem the cash earned via the app.
TENGI : Tengi is a chat-based app that doesn’t directly give you cash. Instead, you earn tickets by chatting or by inviting contacts. The tickets can be used to take part in a weekly draw. If you are lucky enough to win, the app will send you a notification. You can choose to get the money transferred to your bank account or as gift vouchers for a retailer or e-commerce site.
FOAP : Foap requires you to sell photos captured by you from your phone. Sign-up for a free account and you can upload images to the Foap marketplace for interested buyers. You can also take part in pre-set missions with specific themes and if your image is selected and purchased, you will get $5 (Rs 300-350) per photo. Payments are transferred via Paypal.
SLIDEJOY : The free Android app replaces your Android phone’s lockscreen to show promoted content. After a free sign-up, you choose your lockscreen theme. You swipe right to unlock your phone and left to see more information about the displayed ad. For viewing ads, you earn Carats—every 1,000 carats is equal to $1 (Rs 66). You can redeem your accumulated carats for cash to a Paypal account every 15 days.
1PAISA/MCENT : Both let you earn money within the app that can then be used to recharge a prepaid number. You sign up for a free account and then you get a list of apps to install on your phone—installing the app gets you points/balance in your account. While mcent only offers app installation, 1 paisa also lets you earn points by watching video ads. You can also earn points/cash by inviting your friends to install and use the app.
There are a bunch of wallet services available today for users to pay various bills as well as for online shopping. While these do not directly pay money to you, they indirectly help you earn money by offering cashbacks for using their services. For instance, PayTm gives you Rs 300 cashback for paying electricity bill through their wallet. The cashback money is usually added to your wallet for use. Various wallet services offer different kinds of cashback offers (flat amount or percentage of paid amount) depending on what payment you are processing through them. However, do keep an eye out for the maximum amount of cashback allowed per transaction.
India is slowly opening up to the concept of cashback rewards by third party services. Cashkaro is the leading service in this segment that helps you earn back money spent shopping online. You have to sign up for a free account and add your bank details. While shopping you have to visit the online retailer via Cashkaro website to avail the cashback benefit. Once you have completed a purchase transaction, Cashkaro adds the cashback amount to your account. You can get the accumulated cashback amount transferred to your bank account.