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Turn spare time into serious cash using your smartphone

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Many Americans are finding ways to make money using a smartphone in their free time.

Smartphones such as the Apple iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note8 have become essential to making our lives not only more efficient, but more profitable. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 34 percent of people use their device to request a ride-sharing service at least once a month. And nearly a quarter of Americans report earning money through the digital “platform economy,” according to a Pew Research Center survey. 

We’re always looking for creative ways our customers can make the most of their smartphones and the emerging gig economy is no exception. Whether people want to rent a spare room, sell a product or find odd jobs to fill their free time, smart devices can be used to easily create an additional source of income.

U.S. Cellular suggests the following free apps to turn spare time into cash:

Ride-sharing  Lyft and Uber are essential for those who are looking for transportation and for those willing to provide it. Drivers can sign up through the app and choose the hours they want to work.

Peer-to-Peer Sales  Craigslist, eBay or Etsy let anyone sell products online, from one-of-a-kind artwork to used furniture.

Short-Term Lodging — Airbnb connects people with rooms for rent to travelers looking for a place to stay. Use Airbnb to offer an entire home or spare room to make extra cash.

Mobile Payments  The Square app and its accompanying credit card reader provide a way for anyone to accept credit cards and payments anywhere, using a smartphone or tablet.

Freelance Work  Fiverr connects people looking for projects to people with a job that needs to be done. Take on small jobs from graphic design to web development to earn money.  

U.S. Cellular’s friendly, engaged and knowledgeable associates are available to help mobile users get the most out of their smartphones.

(Matt Kasper is the director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England.)

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