A great way to earn a little extra cash using your smartphone is through Field Agent. This is a unique app that will pay you for doing “odd jobs.” These jobs tend to be based around gathering information from various retailers in your local area. In our Field Agent review below, we'll go into more detail on how you earn money this way.
What do you need to start with Field Agent?
All you need is your smartphone. You can download the Field Agent app to either an iOS or Android device and begin earning money from doing odd jobs and gathering information around your town right away.
Field Agent does have a set of profile questions you'll have to fill out prior to accepting your first job, but these are simple and shouldn't take up too much of your time. They are necessary so that Field Agent can determine which jobs in your area you're a fit for.
So how do you earn money with Field Agent?
After you've installed the (free) app on your smartphone, check it regularly to see if there are any new jobs you can do in your area. This is very different from the cashback shopping apps we usually review here!
As mentioned above, these jobs tend to revolve around gathering information. So for example, you may be asked to leave your house to do something in a local store, like look for a product and take a pic or video of it. You may also have to answer questions about products you find in stores.
There are also other tasks that you don't have to leave your house for, such as answering surveys and providing consumer feedback. But most of the time, the jobs involve going somewhere.
Note that once you accept a job, you only have two hours to get it done. So don't accept anything unless you're certain you'll have time to complete the job during the allotted time frame.
How much do the jobs pay?
It will vary. Some pay as little as $1 while others pay as much as $12.
Once you're ready to cash out your earnings, you can send them directly to your bank account via direct deposit.
How long does it take for your earnings to show up in your account?
You will usually see it credited within 48 hours of completing your task. Most of the time it happens sooner than this. The reason for the delay is that Field Agent's quality control team has to review your work. They'll put the funds into your Field Agent account once they've approved your work. Then, you can request a cash out.
Keep in mind …
If you see a job that you want, grab it fast. They are available on a first come, first serve basis so they will disappear quickly if you don't get them. Be sure to check the app often for jobs to show up.
Field Agent has always gotten lots of good feedback from users. They always pay and are very responsive to questions/concerns. Not everyone will experience the same results with Field Agent because some locations might have more jobs available, but there are people who easily earn a few hundred a month or more just using this app when they can.
If you're a college student looking to earn extra money on the side, Field Agent may be a great option since it's flexible.
How To Get Started With Field Agent
You can go here for details on how to get the app. Please feel free to comment with your experience if you've used Field Agent before.
Looking for more paying smartphone apps?
If you want to add some additional revenue streams in the form of apps on your phone, we recommend the following:
- Swagbucks – This one has been around for over ten years and they've paid out millions of dollars during that time.
- Ibotta – If you grocery shop, there's no reason not to use this one. Just use it to scan various items you buy, submit your receipt, and get paid.
This post originally published February 16, 2013. Updated and republished on September 11, 2019.