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


Like many of the other survey and “micro-task” apps, Spare5 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 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. In that 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 in our blog post “Random Side Hustles That Anyone Can Do.” 

What their users say: 

A host of bloggers, who are paid affiliates, 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.