What: Spare5 connects side hustlers with “micro-tasks” that pay a few pennies each.

Expected pay: $0.01 to .50 cents per task

HuslScore: $

Commissions & fees: NA

Where: Nationwide/Worldwide

Requirements: Be 18 or older and have a smart phone


Spare5 is a survey and “micro-task” app that pays pennies for things like answering survey questions, identifying keywords or writing clever captions. The work isn’t hard, but the pay is almost nothing. You also give up a lot of personal privacy to participate.

The site sends payments every Friday through PayPal, but you must accumulate at least $1 in earnings to get paid.

The only justification I can see for using this app (or similar ones, like Mechanical Turk) ,is that you’re stuck in an airport, with nothing to entertain you except your cell phone.

When that’s the case, you might also want to check out Swagbucks and Survey Junkie. I understand that these apps are at least entertaining. 

If you’re not stuck in an airport, you can find much better money-making options almost anywhere on SideHusl.com. If you don’t know where to start, consider taking the SideHusl quiz (you can find it on our home page). Or check out our blog post “Random Side Hustles That Anyone Can Do.” 

What their users say: 

A host of bloggers all point to getting paid between a penny and (rarely) 50 cents per task. The biggest payments are apparently for getting friends to use the site. 

OnlineZerotoHero concludes that the app only makes sense for people with a lot of time, who don’t care about making much money.