Need money quick? Get your paycheck anytime with this free app. Do you wish there was a way to have access to your money before payday? Well, now there is. Earnin is an app created by Activehours that pay you for hours worked without any fees. The app has received 4.7 out of 5 stars on iTunes with over 5,000 reviews.
In 2013 ActiveHours was started to provide a more economical alternative to payday loans. Funding for Earnin comes from venture capitalists, and it’s used by big companies such as Bank of America, Uber, Starbucks, Apple, Lowes, Home Depot, Sprint, Pizza Hut, and Walmart to give their employees and contractors an advance on their pay.
Anyone can use the app as long as you have your check direct deposited, you create a profile, and meet specific criteria. Your credit history is not a factor, and you don’t have to give your social security number.
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- You pay a tip instead of a fee to use the service.
- A daily withdrawal limit of $100.
- Pay period withdrawal limit varies depending on pay.
- You must have direct deposit.
- Available to hourly and salary employees.
According to their website, you snap a picture of your timesheet, and then just a tap lets you cash out and receive your money through your bank account. You pay what you think is fair and there are no fees or interest.
More than half of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet. For those folks, this app could avoid the high cost of overdraft fees or charges from late payments.[clickToTweet tweet=”Americans are paying 32 billion in overdraft fees, 9 billion for payday lending fees, 6 billion in pawn shops fees.” quote=”Currently, Americans are paying around $32 billion in overdraft or insufficient funds fees, $9 billion on fees associated with payday lending and $6 billion in pawn shops fees.”]
Earnin can be a great safety net to use while you’re building an emergency fund and getting a budget in place but don’t rely on it long term. Fees and tips from anything add up over time.