I love my iPad.
It’s quick and smooth and sleek.
It’s bigger than my phone, and its 10-inch screen displays high-resolution graphics with a crisp sharpness I appreciate.
Using it is a seamless experience. My children do their digital homework on the iPad, or play games like “Wolf Simulator.” More than a million apps are available for the iPad, and Siri answers my unlimited supply of stupid questions.
The steep price, though! For us Penny Hoarders, the main drawback of iPads is they tend to be more expensive than other tablets. (Although the latest iPad has gotten a lot cheaper than it used to be.)
That prompts the question: Once you’ve shelled out the cash to buy one, how can you make money on an iPad?
We’ve got a few ideas for that.
1. Share Your Surfing Info Anonymously
An iPad is great for surfing the web. If you’re willing to share totally anonymous information about your web surfing habits, you could earn significant rewards for absolutely no effort.
A number of companies will actually pay you for downloading apps onto your iPad — and you’ll get paid for every month you keep them installed.
These apps collect data and help companies better understand web and mobile usage — information including what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).
- MobileXpression for iPad: After you’ve had this app installed for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize. (Everyone wins something.) Prizes include Amazon gift cards, iPads, Samsung TVs and more.
- SavvyConnect: Earn $5 per device (phone, tablet, computer) for each month SavvyConnect is installed, up to $180 per year!
2. Watch Videos for Money — Yes, Really
An app called InboxDollars will actually pay you to watch videos.
It hosts a ton of stuff to watch, including cooking, entertainment, news and health shows. These videos are sponsored by brands that need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible.
You don’t even necessarily need to watch the videos — just run them in a background tab while you go about your business. You can even mute them.
Every time you run a video, InboxDollars will credit your account with a little bit of cash. It’s not a lot at one time, but think about how much time you spend with your tablet. Free money is free money — and it adds up.
Bonus: You get $5 just for signing up and watching your first video.
3. Share Your Thoughts With This Company
Personally, I find it easier to do online surveys on my iPad instead of my phone, because the screen is so much bigger.
Opinion Outpost offers surveys from all kinds of businesses and organizations. Most of them take around 10 minutes to complete and will earn you points you can redeem for free gift cards to places like Amazon and iTunes.
What sets it apart from other survey sites is it gives away $40,000 every year. It has a quarterly drawing for a $10,000 cash prize — and for every survey you complete, you’ll get one entry into the contest!
4. Find Freelance Work, Small Jobs and Side Gigs
Need more money? Pour yourself a cup of coffee, curl up on the couch with your iPad and find yourself a side gig.
Sure, you could do the same thing while sitting at a computer. But it can take a while to scroll through job websites and hit paydirt, so why not get comfortable while you’re at it?
Look through job postings on sites like these:
- Upwork: You create a profile and search for jobs based on your talents. There are all kinds of opportunities, from web and graphic design to IT and accounting. When you find a job posting that interests you, pitch for the job. If the client likes you, you’re hired.
- Fiverr: On this online platform, workers start out selling their products and services for $5 each. Fiverr says users create 4,000 new listings, or gigs, every day, with a new gig purchased every five seconds. Earning five bucks at a time may not sound like much, but those little sales can add up to thousands of dollars. Here’s our guide to earning money on Fiverr.
- TaskRabbit: This gig site matches workers with people who need help with odd jobs like cleaning houses, making deliveries or completing tasks around the house. Some independent contractors end up racing between low-paying gigs. But if you’re strategic, you can earn a living this way. Here’s our guide to making money on TaskRabbit.
I love my iPad, but it was expensive.
Use these strategies to help defray the cost.
Mike Brassfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Don’t touch his iPad.