WeReward takes all the fun of checking in with Foursquare and adds a new spin — monetary gain. With a mobile app designed for the iPhone, this start-up company will actually pay users for checking in and completing simple tasks. It’s practically free money!
Sound too good to be true? Well, I’m not going to lie. The pay is cheap — as cheap as a penny, in fact. Every time you check in or complete a task, you receive a certain number of points that can range from as little as 10 to as many as 100. That sounds all nice and dandy, other than the fact that it takes 1,000 whopping points to earn $10, which means each point is worth a penny.
I myself almost turned away in disgust, then I realized that it takes only a second to check in on my iPhone. Plus I visit so many places every week-restaurants, bars, fast-food joints, retail outlets, etc.-that I might be able to earn some decent dough for all my effort. And that’s exactly what I did. First I grabbed some lunch from Dominos, which earned me a measly 5 points. Then I took a picture of the pizza box, which got me a whopping 25 points. I went on to shop at the mall, grab some ice-cream from TCBY, pick up groceries at Kroger, and finally grab a drink at the bar down the street. From just doing what I would normally do, I earned 235 points, or $2.35.
It sounds interesting, doesn’t? Well, before you start earning some easy pocket money, let me explain some basics. First of all, WeReward is compatible with Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare, which means that you can still update your friends and earn badges-all while simultaneously earning cash. The graphics are pretty cheesy, much like Foursquare, but the user interface is extremely intuitive and easy to learn. If you’re already a Foursquare expert, then congratulations, you have hereby earned a WeReward expert badge!
Here’s how the whole thing works: Suppose you’re hanging out with your friends playing frisbee golf in the park. After a while, chances are you’ll be hungry, but where to eat? Fire up the WeReward app to find a list of nearby eateries. Everyone likes Mexican food, so you scoot on over to the local taqueria and, while you’re there, check in. Easy as flan!
The best thing about WeReward is that there’s no limit on how much money you can earn. This is the holy grail — an actual way to make easy money on the side. After all, if you’re already going to shop at the mall, it only takes a few extra seconds to make sure you get paid to do it.