How awesome is it to be living in a time when you can get paid to walk at your own pace and free time?
For those of us who don’t have a natural love for working out, the idea of making money while walking is such an encouraging idea.
(I have a few more ideas on how to make money fast here as well.)
The money you’ll earn would never replace your day job, but the cash or rewards (like gift cards) you’ll earn are real and legit.
Every dollar you get is still money you wouldn’t have made normally through your regular walk, right?
Walking the dog, delivering packages, and taking care of the elderly are all examples of real jobs that pay by the hour, so even if you’d technically earn money from walking with these traditional jobs, we skipped them so we could focus on more unusual ways.
6 Apps That Will Pay You to Walk
As the app’s name suggests, Achievement rewards its users for every achievement “unlocked.”
It’s an all-around fitness and diet app, which means you can earn up to 80 points daily for physical activities like walking, swimming, biking, and other similar exercises.
You can also add 6 extra points daily by tracking your sleep, food or weight, and even by sharing your progress to other Achievement users.
Because Achievement supports a wide range of fitness activities, you can connect over 30 apps, including popular ones like Samsung Health, Garmin, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, and Apple Health, among others.
Dollar value: Achievement exchanges 10,000 points for $10.
If you’re able to reach the maximum amount of points allowed per day, you’ll be able to earn $10 after 4 months (or $30 per year).
Unfortunately, points on Achievement expire a year after you earn them.
Plus points: Users have an option of donating these points/money to charities listed on the app.
You can walk and earn money by doing a wide range of tasks with GigWalk.
When you become a “gigwalker,” you will be given a chance to work on various gigs near your location.
You will be able to see these gigs on your iOS or Android GigWalk app. If you’re interested in doing the quick job that matches your location, you click “Apply to this Gig” and wait for a notification once you’re selected.
These jobs take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete, so if you’re chosen for the gig, you have to complete it and submit a photo or any other proof that you did the work to the GigWalk clients.
Dollar value: Depending on the complexity of tasks and amount of time required to complete the gig, payment ranges between $3 and $100 per gig.
This will be paid via PayPal immediately after the client reviews and approves your work.
Plus points: Gigwalkers get to earn a performance score, which GigWalk clients check and use in hiring people for consistent, private gigs.
This Bellevue-based company hires students, commuters and other potential “nomads” who are willing to wear an iPad on their backpacks while walking around busy areas like schools, metro centers, sports events, festivals, trade shows and other similar activities.
These iPads display ads from Nomad Tech clients like YouTube, Limebike, Zipcar, etc. and nomad workers have to answer questions about the ad whenever you’d successfully get the attention of an onlooker.
As you would expect, Nomad Technologies already has over 100 active nomad walkers daily in 11 campuses across four states, which is why openings rarely happen.
But you should bookmark this application link if ever you get lucky.
Dollar value: Nomad Technologies pays its walkers around $10 to $20 per hour.
The average side cash these workers make from being modern human billboards is $100/week.
Plus points: Nomad Tech tracks its walkers and use demographic data to estimate how many people would view the ads and in turn, use this data to adjust their pay scale (similar to Uber surge pricing).
This means that Nomad walkers get paid to walk much more at gaming festivals, trade shows and other seasonal/occasional busy events.
You don’t just get paid to walk with StepBet, you actually bet on yourself with real money that you’ll reach your step goals.
It’s a pretty interesting concept that’s perfect for people who love to challenge themselves.
Plus, it connects with Garmin, Fitbit, or your phone’s other health app.
You have to download the StepBet app (it’s available on both the App Store and Google Play).
From the app, you can select a game and bet into the pot to join.
Try reaching your goals for each week of the game. If you win the money, you’ll split the pot with your co-winners.
Dollar value: Each game has a set amount required for joining – this is often around $40. Past StepBet winners report making only a few dollars more than their bet, but the bragging rights is priceless.
Plus points: The best thing about StepBet is that it works beyond the game.
The app helps you achieve better fitness milestones by giving you 4 active days and 2 power days each week.
The goal you’ll need to finish for the day depends on your previous activities, which is great because it removes the need to plan for a balanced workout.
Those insured with United Health Care has the chance to get some of their investment back and get paid to walk with the United Healthcare Motion program.
Everyone who signs up for insurance receive $55 credit toward a fitness tracker, which United will ship to your home.
Available in both Android and iOS, United Healthcare Motion has three goals users can try to meet every day.
These are the Frequency Goal (500 steps within 7 minutes spread 6 times daily), Intensity Goal (3,000 steps all within 30 minutes), and the Tenacity Goal (walking 10,000 steps a day).
Dollar value: The points you earn can reach up to $1,095 per year, which you can use to pay for prescriptions, or other similar medical expenses.
Once you get paid to walk, the money is deposited directly into your HSA or HRA account every quarter.
Plus points: If you don’t use the points you earn, it doesn’t expire. The money just rolls over year to year.
Technically, Postmates allow you to deliver food or packages to clients via car, motorcycle, bike, or any other vehicle, but if you want to get paid for walking, here’s your chance.
You just need to sign up to join the fleet, download the app, enter your bank details and pass a background check.
All approved members are given a Welcome Kit, containing an insulated bag (for food orders) and a prepaid card that you’ll use for paying orders customers haven’t pre-paid.
Whenever you’re available to make deliveries, you just click “Live” on the app, which then opens up a map where you’d see jobs near you.
These jobs can include anything from dry cleaning to ordering coffee, and so on. You just have to tap “Accept” on the app and follow the instructions.
Dollar value: Postmates pay a base fee for every leg of your delivery, plus the time spent waiting for an order (paid per minute), and distance between the pick-up and dropoff locations (paid per mile).
Couriers earn 80% of the delivery fee and are paid via bank account within a week after completing the delivery.
The average salary of couriers is around $15/hour.
Plus points: Postmates members also receive blitz bonuses, extra cash from surge pricing (when demand is high) and 100% of the tips.
5 More Ways You Can Earn Money by Walking
The following apps don’t pay you cash, but you still get paid to walk with rewards like gift cards, discounts, or instant good karma (if you choose to donate your rewards instead).
You can log your steps, run, cycling, and other physical activities in exchange for rewards that you can donate from over 20 charities, such as Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association and more.
- PROS – Tons of charities to choose from.
- CONS – It doesn’t support other apps since it only uses your phone’s GPS and motion sensors for tracking your activity. You’d have to open the Charity Miles app for it to track your workout.
Higi connects a wide range of apps from Nike+, Fitbit, Omron, Garmin, Under Armour, and a whole lot more into one account.
You earn points for logging in your steps, using Higi health tracking stations (set up at pharmacies), recruiting friends to join, or completing other activities.
Points can be used to join raffles at the end of every challenge, donated to charities, or converted into rewards.
- PROS – Connects to over 30 fitness apps. You can compete with your friends.
- CONS – You’d need to spend some cash to redeem rewards for health and fitness items. For example, you may receive 25% off Garmin products, or $10 off Fitbit, and so on.
Earn points from tracking your steps, weight, blood pressure and sugar levels, sleep, and other physical activities.
Users receive 20 BR points per mile based on your phone’s motion sensor.
- PROS – You can view your account on both the Walgreens site and within the app. Connect with MyFitnessPal, Fitbit and other popular apps.
- CONS – There’s a monthly limit of 1,000 points per month for physical activities.
This app is under the MapMyFitnenss umbrella and runs alongside popular apps as well as your phone’s GPS.
- PROS – The prizes from rewards involve popular brands like Under Armour.
- CONS – There is no guaranteed rewards for steps or activities, since you’d have to join challenges and earn rewards as prizes.
For European and UK users, you can get paid to walk with rewards whenever you use the BetterPoints app.
After downloading the app, you can start tracking your steps or other activities.
You can also choose a local challenge and earn points.
- PROS – Spend your BetterPoints rewards on high street vouchers from brands like Amazon, Tesco, Currys PC world, Marks & Spencer, and so on.
- CONS – £1 is roughly 1,000 BetterPoints.
It’s Always a Good Day to Get Paid to Walk
Ask any doctor about workout recommendations.
You’ll find out soon enough that walking is generally the most-prescribed, since you don’t need to pay for gym membership or invest in equipment.
It’s good for people with bad knees, back problems, and a lot of internal health problems.
With the apps I’ve listed above, you get paid to walk either with real cash or rewards.
Who wouldn’t want that?
If you’re interested in more side jobs like these, check out 100 ways to make extra money that you can do during your free time.