Living from paycheque to paycheque can sometimes feel like you’re stuck in a hamster wheel, always going around and around but never really getting anywhere. The cost of living is constantly going up, and, unfortunately, for most of us, our wages are not rising at the same rate.

If you’re trying to save up for something special, or you’d just like to have a few extra dollars in your wallet at the end of the month, perhaps it’s time that you consider putting your devices to work? If you own a smartphone, or a tablet, or a laptop, then you have the potential to earn money at your fingertips.

There are a surprising number of apps and websites that will turn your daily internet surfing to good use. In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to use the technology that you already own to your advantage.

Online Games

Playing games on your mobile device or laptop can actually earn you money. There are quite a few apps on the market that will pay you to play their games. The Qriket app, for example, lets you play a spin-the-wheel game that pays out of you choose the color that the wheel lands on. Payments range from 0.5c to $10. All you need to do is watch a few adds in order to get more spins on the wheel.

You can also check out the Canadian online casinos at where you’ll find a whole host of online casino games that you can play to win real money jackpots. Keep in mind, though, that with online casino games you’ll need to be ready to make bets with your own money in order to be in with a chance to win a jackpot – but with life-changing sums of money of offer, it could be worth the risk.

Online Surveys

Another great way to supplement your income using your smartphone is by taking online surveys. There are many legitimate survey sites that will pay you to complete their surveys or take part in focus groups. These survey sites pay in a number of different ways – some will pay you by adding to your PayPal account, but some will pay you in gift vouchers, so you’ll need to check the terms and conditions carefully to be sure you know what you’re getting.

Micro Tasks

Performing micro-tasks can also be a fairly lucrative endeavor that doesn’t take up a huge amount of time. Swagbucks, for example, have a wide range of small tasks that you can complete in return for PayPal cash or gift vouchers. Tasks include watching online videos, taking surveys, playing games, and surfing the web using a specific search engine. The payment for each task is not a huge amount, but by putting in, say, 30 mins of your time each day, your monthly earnings will soon add up.

Photography and Graphic Design

If you’re a dab hand at photography or graphic design, you can put your technology to great use by selling your photos and designs online. Upload your images to one of the numerous stock photo sites and they’ll do the selling for you, or you can create your own website and sell to customers directly.

We recommend you research the ins and outs of licensing before you get started to ensure you’re making the most out of every image that you sell. It’s also a good idea to do some market research and find out what type of photos and designs are in demand. If you do this well, you could not only supplement your income but possibly turn your hobby into a full-time career.

Online Retail

Selling your pre-loved items, or items that you design and make by hand can be another great way to earn some extra cash. eBay is an excellent platform for online selling. All you need is your mobile device or a laptop.

Take photos of your items and upload them to the site, set a price, calculate the shipping, and wait for the orders to come rolling in. You may want to invest some time in marketing your products, especially if you’re selling unique items that you hand make, but other than that, you can sit back and relax.