Who said you can’t get paid for walking around!
Thanks to the increasing influence of social media, the increase in smartphone usage, and people short on time, you can now earn a few extra dollars while you are out and about.
A few days ago I talked about an app that pays you for testing new apps. Getting paid for walking is also based on an app called GigWalk.
GigWalk is based on a very simple yet practical idea. This app allows people who need local information quickly, to hire other people who are walking around that area and would like to make a few bucks, to get that information for them.
How Gigwalk Works
You will need to sign up and install the GigWalk app.
Once you open the app on you smartphone, you will see a map of all the local gigs available around you.
This map updates as you move around.
- First, a business customer who needs quick information posts a small task as a “Gig”.
- You see it and decide to apply to do it since it’s around you.
- The customer then chooses you for their gig.
- You do what’s required and submit the necessary information to the customer through the GigWalk app.
- The customer reviews your work and approves it (though in some cases a customer may ask for a quick follow up).
- The customer will pay you directly to your PayPal account within 7 days of you finishing the job.
According to the company, as of right now, gigs are mostly concentrated in a few big cities, namely Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. But the company says there are plans for extension in the works.
So, the gig can require anything from taking pictures of a local bar, to asking a question from a business owner, and whatever else the client wants.
Here are a few examples:
- What’s on the Menu?
A couple is considering dining out and want to know what’s on the menu before they drive 30 minutes and find out there is nothing they like. They post a gig and ask you to take a picture of the menu so they can decide.
- What Should I Wear?
There is a happy hour going on in a local bar where all employees of a certain company are supposed to hang out. One of them (perhaps a lady) int sure what to wear. So, she posts a gig asking you to go take a look to see what other people are wearing. Is it relax and casual or are they still dressed as if they are in the office?…
- Is this Restaurant Good?
Imagine a family is traveling into our town. They have a restaurant in mind for when they get into the town in a few hours. But they don’t want to waste time if the food is not good or the atmosphere is not what they are looking for. They post a gig and ask you to take a look at the restaurant, perhaps order some food or just check out the vibe and give them your review.
How Much Can I Make as a Gigwalker?
Just how much each gig pays depends on a few different things.
The more complex and time consuming a gig is, the more it pays.
But there is something you can do to increase your earnings.
Customers will leave reviews of your work, and gig walkers with better reviews are moved to the front of the line for new gigs which gives them a better chance at spotting and applying for better-paying gigs. So be sure to provide good service on every gig you take on.
I like this idea.
Sure, you are not gonna make much, but hey, if a restaurant is on your way to work, and taking a quick picture of its menu pockets you 5 bucks, why not!?
It’s easy, fun, and best of all, your boring walk to the office now makes you extra money.