New App Pays You to Answer Email Messages

What's Hot

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

How a Mexican Tariff Will Boost the Cost of 6 Common PurchasesFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

How to Protect Yourself From the ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Phone ScamFamily

Report: Walmart to Begin Selling CarsCars

Is Your TV Tracking You? Here’s How to Tell — and Prevent ItAround The House

Trump Scraps FHA Rate Cut — What Does It Mean for You?Borrow

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

11 Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar When Selling Your HomeAround The House

8 Tuition-Free U.S. CollegesCollege

10 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your BudgetFamily

4 Car Insurers That Might Raise Rates Even When the Accident Wasn’t Your FaultCars

How to Invest If Trump Kills the ‘Fiduciary Rule’Grow

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last LongerAround The House

12 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit ScoreBorrow

A new app called 21 promises to help you earn money "while waiting in line for a coffee, during your morning commute, or when you're bored at work."

A new app promises to put cash in your pocket simply for allowing people to search for you online and send you messages.

The app is called 21, and after you claim a username, set up a profile and establish a page with the service, you will receive paid messages “from people outside your network,” according to the 21 website.

According to a 21 blog post on Medium, once you join 21, anyone in the world can search for you online and “then buy a few minutes of your time.” Here is how the blog post describes the process:

  • Someone googles you or clicks “contact me” in your bio to reach your 21 profile.
  • They write a message, and pay to send it to you.
  • You get a notification and reply to them at or in the 21 app.
  • Upon receipt of your reply, your payment is unlocked.

People who register with 21 also can earn additional money for answering surveys. Or, if you prefer, you can transfer your earnings to a charitable cause.

Payment is made in the form of Bitcoin. If you prefer cash, you’re in luck — Forbes reports that the app integrates with Coinbase, a Silicon Valley “cryptocurrency” startup, which will allow you to cash out your earnings.

The founders of 21 describe the service as “a spam-proof replacement for a public email address.”

Forbes reports that Nick Tomaino — a tech investor at Runa Capital — tried the service.

Tomaino beta tested the service for about a month, earning $70 doing things like reviewing Uber’s latest release for $10 and doing a product review for $20. He also completed various surveys for fees ranging from $0.25 to $2 apiece

The app is available for both iPhone and Android, and is intended to help you earn money “while waiting in line for a coffee, during your morning commute, or when you’re bored at work,” according to the 21 website.

Do you know of other great ways to earn extra money? Share them by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: 8 Ways to Get Your FICO Score for Free

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,840 more deals!