GigWalk App Review: Make Some Extra Money From Your Smartphone

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What is Gigwalk?

Gigwalk is an app that allows you to pick up small money-making tasks for things like mystery shopping and website evaluation.

Not just anyone can post a gig- so don’t expect to see offers to get paid for helping carry in groceries or put together IKEA furniture. Instead, the gigs come from brands and retailers that choose to crowdsource in “Gigwalkers” to help with consumer research and product evaluation for marketing purposes.

How it Works

The process to sign up for Gigwalk is fairly simple and once you’ve downloaded the app you can be ready to accept gigs fairly quickly. You’ll need to provide account details for a Paypal account to get paid (and Paypal is the ONLY payment option).

Payments occur on a weekly basis and you are paid anywhere from $3-$100 (or more) per gig. There’s no minimum requirement for what gigs you choose so you are never under any kind of obligation with your schedule.

You just log in to the app, check out the list of available gigs in your area (it displays them on a map so you can see what’s nearby), and tap the one you’d like to apply to. There’s lots of Gigwalkers out there, so you might not get the chance to do every gig you apply to. You’ll always find out within a couple days if you’re selected for a gig.

What are the Gigs Like?

The gigs is my area so far have consisted of merchandise checks (where you take pictures of product displays and answer a short survey in retails stores) and website evaluations. Most gigs pay on the lower end of $3-$10, but they are relatively simple and painless to complete.

At any given time, there might not be that many gigs available so you have to check back on a regular basis to see if new gigs have come up. The app also keeps track of your score from the evaluations they give you at the end of each gig and promise that more gigs may become available to the top Gigwalkers. Thus, it might be better to go ahead and accept a few lower-paying gigs in the hopes that you’ll get higher paying ones over time.

My Verdict

I can’t say that I’ve made a tremendous amount of money from this, and the selection of gigs seems to be fairly limited. I’m hoping that as I improve my ranking over time and get more positive evaluations I’ll get access to the coveted higher paying gigs, but that remains to be seen.

It’s still worth a shot if you’re looking for an extra side gig to throw into the mix. I say give it a download and see if you like it.

Download the app from App Store (for Apple/iOS devices) here

Download the app from the Google Play Store (for Android) here

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7 Completely Bizarre Ways to Make Money You Haven’t Considered

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The Information Age that we live in is a strange era. On the one hand it’s become easier than ever to connect with long-lost friends and meet people across the world. Yet on the other, we’ve created a bizarre alternate reality where sneezing pandas and once-forgotten Rick Astley music videos become pop culture legends thanks to the internet.

When it comes to making money, sometimes it’s better just to accept that the world is a weird place and capitalize on this reality. Here I’ve compiled a list of seven bizarre ways to make money you may not have considered.

Go to Church For Money

There’s lots of good reasons to go to church- such as a desire to connect with a Higher Power and give back to your community. “Making money” doesn’t come up as the first reason someone might want to go to church, but one company allows you to do just that. With Faith Perceptions, you can get paid to go to church and evaluate your experience in a similar way that a mystery shopper might evaluate a business.

Churches contract with Faith Perceptions as a way to figure out what the experience of first time visitors is like when they come through their doors. I’ve written about Faith Perceptions more extensively in a separate blog post which you can read here.

Become a Mystery Guest with Faith Perceptions here

Become a (Medical) Marijuana Delivery Driver

I’ve done delivery for Postmates and GrubHub and have written various blog posts about my experiences. While there’s lots of great companies to check out if you’re interested in becoming a delivery driver (many of which you can find here), one such company that I haven’t covered quite yet is Eaze.

Eaze is a company that lets drivers deliver medical marijuana to patients in California. Operating within the boundaries of state law where pot is legal for medical purposes, contract workers are given completely flexible schedules and can expect to make at least $16/hr. The drivers get to keep 100% of their tips, so long as the patients aren’t too baked to forget to tip them…

Apply with Eaze here

Pull Pranks on People For Money

The website Fivver is a digital marketplace that allows sellers to list their services for various endeavors from graphic design to computer programming. Buried within their listings, however, are lesser-known categories such as those offering “Pranks and Stunts.”

Here you’ll find people willing to make a prank phone call for $5, send a prank email, or even pose as your gay boyfriend in a video to prank your friends. It’s easy to get set up with Fivver, but if that isn’t your thing you can always film your own pranks and upload them to YouTube. Prank videos are a popular YouTube genre, and its possible to make money from ad revenue if you get enough views.

You check out my video on making money from YouTube here.

Become a seller on Fivver here

Sell Your Poop For Science

Yes, you read that correctly. You can get paid to sell your poop! Through OpenBiome, who describe themselves as a “nonprofit stool bank,” you can make stool donations for $40 a dump at their Massachusetts-based labs. Not only that- they actually encourage you to come in more than once per week so you could be getting paid THOUSANDS of dollars per year just to poop.

There is some fine print to consider, however. You have to be really healthy and they are very selective. According to a 2015 Washington Post article, only about 4 percent of applicants pass the extensive health screening because of the important nature of how the donated samples are used.. These medical treatments are no laughing matter. In fact they could save lives for people living with C. difficile infection.

Start the donation process with OpenBiome here

Give People Massages On-Demand

We’re all familiar with spas where clients can get massages, but have you heard about massage therapists that provide services on-demand, wherever the customer is currently located? Soothe allows customers to summon a massage therapist to their home, office, or school any time from 8:00AM until midnight, seven days a week.

To become a massage therapist with Soothe, you must be certified with your own massage table, and reliable transportation. You get flexible hours and they promise pay that is 3 to 4 times larger than the industry standard.

Become a Soothe therapist here

Sell Ad Space on Your Car (Or Your Forehead)

Do you normally drive a long commute for work? If you are used to driving long distances in your normal day-to-day routine, then Carvertise can help you make some extra income. What they do is send out a crew to professionally install a removable wrap to your vehicle with an advertisement for a brand. You need a car from 2008 or newer and a commute of at least 30 miles per day.

Once you start driving with the advertisement on your car, you can expect to make about $100/month, but certain campaigns may pay more. Of course, if you want an advertisement that’s even more splashy you can do what this guy did in 2005 and sell a temporary tattoo on your forehead (there’s even a website to list your offer to potential buyers).

You can become a Cartertise driver here

Get Paid to Be In An Audience

You may not realize this, but many live events such as TV shows, political rallies, and press conferences will actually PAY people just to sit in the bleachers. In politics, there have been various controversies in the press surrounding campaigns that paid audience members to be at rallies. It’s not to say that hiring audiences isn’t an effective strategy- one candidate that used paid audiences may or may not have become President.

While there are various companies that hire paid audiences such as Crowds on Demand and Crowds for Rent, they typically don’t list their paid gigs on their websites. For that you will need to look for local listings on Craigslist, talent casting sites, or job listings from temp agencies.

To read more about my personal experience as a seat filler, click here

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5 Work From Home Gigs To Make Money in Your Pajamas!

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When it comes to side gigs, sure there’s always Uber driving or food delivery. But doesn’t it sound nice to make some money on the side while you sit at home in your pajamas? Here I’ve compiled a list of five work-from-home gigs that you can sign up for to make money from the comfort of your living room!

Appen

This website lets people from all over the world apply for contract gigs. A big focus of theirs is on search engine evaluation- so you’ll be testing out search terms and seeing what comes up to evaluate your satisfaction with the results. This helps them improve their algorithms and develop software that makes for more effective search engines.

Other projects they have focus on social media evaluation and improving text-to-speech software. If you are an avid internet user with some light technical knowledge this gig may be right for you! Many of their projects require a set number of hours you must work each week (four hours for five days a week, one hour for six days a week, etc.) so you need to be able to commit to some regularity with scheduling. Pay is hourly and varies by project.

Check our Appen right here

Blogmutt

If you have experience writing or blogging, then Blogmutt might be worth checking out. Many businesses and internet companies will create blogs as a way to promote their brand and engage with the web community, but they might not necessarily have professional writers on their staff. Blogmutt helps fix that by enabling businesses to crowdsource in writers who are willing to write blog posts for them.

You’ll need to pass a grammar test and submit a writing sample before officially becoming a member of Blogmutt, but once you do you’ll be able to log in and see a list of available blogs to write for. You can submit your blog entries and if the client likes it you’ll get paid.

Check out Blogmutt here

Cambly

If you are reading this blog post, you are likely an English speaker. This could help you score a gig at Cambly. What Cambly does is connect people from across the world that are trying to learn English with tutors who can mentor them via webcam. They don’t require any previous tutoring experience so it’s okay if you haven’t previously worked in a teaching position.

Cambly does require certain minimum requirements for your internet connection speed and browser, which they’ll test for in the application process. Once you get set up with them, you are paid $0.17 per minute of tutoring, or roughly $10.20 per hour (although the tutoring sessions might not last a full hour). There’s no set requirements for the number of hours you must work so it’s completely flexible around your schedule.

Check out Cambly here

Rev.com

Rev is a company that provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses related to audio transcription, captioning, and translation. You can work as a freelancer in any of those areas from home after passing a test to make sure you’re a good fit for the gig. Once you’re signed up and online, you’ll see a homepage with a list of available jobs to take on and you are paid on a per-job basis.

For example, an available job might be to transcribe 10 minutes of audio at $0.50 per minute. After you complete that job you would get $5 added to your balance, which they pay out weekly via PayPal. These gigs require that you have a sharp attention to detail and good ears to pick up on audio that could be hard to understand. If you are a detail-oriented person that is a fast typer then Rev might be worth taking a look at!

Check out Rev here

I also made a YouTube video that goes into more depth on Rev here

Fivver

This website is a marketplace for various freelancers of all varieties to sell their services. They have over 100 different categories ranging from web design to virtual assistants to some jobs that are a little bizarre like this man that will create a photoshopped image of your face on a pizza for $5.

There’s no fee to list your services on Fivver, and you get to keep 80% of the money that the customers pay out for your services. If you are just beginning to branch out into a specific area of professional service, then Fivver could be a good way for your to get your feet wet and meet some potential clients.

Check out Fivver here

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What is “The Gig Economy” and How Can I Use it to Make Some Extra Money?

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After the success of companies like Uber and Airbnb, many others have tried to capitalize on the rush of shoppers and workers ready and willing to use their smartphones to find and post gigs. These companies often rely on contract workers, who work on their own schedules and are not legally considered employees.

While this has come with its own set of complications and controversies, this allows potential workers the flexibility to work (or not) whenever they choose.

Maybe you’re a musician that teaches lessons and creates jingles on the side when you aren’t touring with your band. Or perhaps you’re a student that drives with a ridesharing service to pay your way through school (or, let’s get real, at least pay your room and board). If so, you’re one of countless others that can benefit from the work offered through the so-called “gig economy.”

As Forbes magazine has reported, by 2020 43% of the U.S. workforce will work freelance in some capacity or another. As a freelance worker in the gig economy, you’ll be part of a larger trend in the workforce, but is freelance work right for you? Read more to find out.

The Benefits of The Gig Economy 

The biggest draw to freelance work is the flexibility that it offers. You can work whenever you want, and depending on the nature of the work, wherever you want as well. If you have a particular passion like photography or web design, freelance work can give you an opportunity to either supplement your income while you chase your dreams or get some money doing the things you love while you work a regular 9 to 5 job.

You’ll also have a lot of variety to your workday and won’t have to worry about a boss criticizing your work because YOU get to be your own boss!

There are certain gigs that make up what is called “the sharing economy.” When consumers choose to rent pre-existing resources like a bicycle from a neighbor, rather than buy brand-new products, it decreases the need for consumer goods for the benefit of the environment. Much has been written about the environmental benefits of the sharing economy, for better or worse.

The Downsides to The Gig Economy

Working as a freelancer means you need to be able to prioritize your time and push yourself to work hard, which can be a challenge if you don’t have a set schedule. You’ll also be without benefits like a 401(k) retirement plan or medical insurance, so you’ll need to cover savings and healthcare costs on your own.

You’ll also not be covered with the same legal protections when you are working as a contractor instead of an employee. So if you’re injured on the job, for instance, you won’t be able to file for workman’s comp. Several companies that operate on-demand apps have been faced with lawsuits over classifying their workers as independent contractors instead of employees, so this remains a bit of a murky legal area that may change over time.

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Where Can I Go to Find Gigs?

If you’re looking for ways to find freelance gigs, you have numerous options out there, particularly with websites and apps that connect freelancers to customers. I’ve assembled lists on my blog such as Jobs Like Uber: 15 Alternatives for Freelance Work and Sites Like Airbnb: Make Extra Money By Renting Out Your Humble Abode that can help steer you towards potential gigs.

Each week I have new articles and videos right here on The Thrifty Man blog that will provide you with new ways to make extra money and save extra money. Make sure to bookmark my homepage and subscribe to my YouTube channel, plus follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for updates!

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How I Made Money By Being a “Seat Filler” in the Audience of a TV Show

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You might not realize this, but the audiences you see on television for TV shows, sporting events, press conferences, and political rallies often include PAID audience members. These paid audience members work as “seat fillers” who help fill in empty seats and assist with the optics of the event when the organizers want the appearance of a full crowd.

While it can be a little off-putting when you first hear about this, realize that there are many reasons why someone might pay people to be in the audience. It DOES NOT necessarily mean that the general public doesn’t want to attend. There could be unforeseen circumstances that might prevent unpaid audience members from attending the event like weather or traffic, for instance, and paying audience members ensures they have a minimum number of people at the event.

The TV show I attended films outside after dark (they film after dark because it works best with their lighting setup) so to keep their schedule as tight as possible they film overnight. As a result of the schedule, audience members can sometimes trickle out in the wee hours of the morning so they compensate by hiring people to fill in the gaps in the bleachers if necessary.

I found out about this gig via Craigslist and will admit I was fully expecting to get to see the entire show. I was a little disappointed to discover that the audience wasn’t empty enough, so the other seat fillers and I ended up waiting outside the filming area on the sidewalk while they waited to see if enough people trickled out. Watching the stage managers and other crew run back and forth with walkie talkies, monitoring the audience to see if they could let more people in was an interesting glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of TV shows that I hadn’t considered before.

The first night I was there during my entire scheduled time, which lasted several hours, but only got to see 45 minutes of the actual taping from the bleachers with the other audience members. The second night they cancelled because of rain so it ended up being a very small amount of time that I actually attended the show. The good news, however, is that I got paid for the entire time I was there, whether I was in the audience or not.

If you see an opportunity like this come up, it can be an interesting thing to try out if you want to pick up some extra money. Be aware that the pay isn’t extravagant (think $10-$12/hr), and also be aware that you will see little, if any, of the actual taping of the show. If you’re just looking to attend a show, it’s better to go for the real tickets where you are guaranteed a spot in the audience for the entire taping.

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Working as a GrubHub Driver- What’s it’s Like

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For my YouTube video on this topic, click here!

I’ve worked as  GrubHub Delivery Driver and thought I would share my experiences for those that are interested in applying for this job and want to know what’s it’s like. Hopefully you’ll find this helpful!

What is GrubHub?

GrubHub has been around a long time (since the late 90’s, which is ancient in internet years) and was originally a “hub” where restaurants could post their menus for online takeout ordering. As they have expanded and evolved over the years, this now includes GrubHub’s own delivery service that operates through an app.

GrubHub is able to provide drivers to restaurants that may or may not offer delivery on their own. Essentially restaurants are outsourcing their delivery to a third party. Not every restaurant is available for customers to order from (in contrast to Postmates) so as a driver you will only be delivering to restaurants that have contracted with GrubHub.

How Scheduling Works

You can pick your own schedule. It is totally up to you if you want to work 80 hours or 0 hours a week and you will not be penalized either way. You sign up for mini shifts (called “blocks”) that range from anywhere from 2-6 hours. They release all of the blocks at the start of the week and they are on a first come, first serve basis. So if you want to work you’ve got to snatch them up fast!

Unlike Uber, you cannot just get in your car and work anytime you feel like it. You do have to stick with the blocks you signed up for.  If you work during a time that you aren’t scheduled for you won’t get paid- so don’t do that!!

The Training/Requirements/Sign-on Process

The “interview” process was very easy- there wasn’t one! Basically as long as you pass the background check and have a good driving record (and there’s spots available) you can become a driver. With Uber and other similar services you have to have a recent (5-10 years old) car, but with GrubHub you do not. Thus, as long as you have a vehicle with four wheels that runs you are probably good.

Training varies depending on your city. Some places have regional offices where you do the training, but mine did not so I had to train through an online webcast thingy. Once you start working all communication with GrubHub occurs though their phone line or by email, which takes some getting used to. You have no direct manager so you get the benefit of not having someone looking over your shoulder. Yet you are also kind of in this thing without direct assistance so it has it’s pros and cons.

What Your Blocks are Like

You are assigned a specific geographic region and you HAVE to be in that region to get offers and get paid. You have to download an app on their website. If you have an iPhone there’s a GrubHub Driver app in the app store but this is NOT the current app so don’t download it, use the link they have in the emails they send you.

Once you are on your first block, you go to your region and sign in to the app. Your phone will ding whenever there’s an offer available. You’ll see the address on your phone of the restaurant, then you pick up the food and take it to the customer. If you are signed up for a block you work rain or shine, so remember that when signing up.

The Pay!!

Okay so you’re thinking blah blah blah get on with it, how much did you actually make!? I wanna make it rain! You will not get rich from GrubHub but can make SOME money. Here’s how the pay structure works- for every order you get a base amount (in my region it’s $3, but in larger cities like NYC or LA it will be higher), then they reimburse you for mileage (which is based on a straight line distance from the restaurant to the customer only, they don’t count driving to the restaurant itself), plus the tip.

So for example, if I got an order from a restaurant I would first get $3 automatically for delivering the food, the measly amount they give for mileage (let’s say I get $1.50), and then I get a tip for $3.50 I would have $8 total for the order. Usually I would get about 1-2 orders per hour.

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So let’s say I was working a three hour block in the evening, and the first two hours I picked up three orders for a total of $27, but the last hour is dead and I get no orders the final hour as I sit in my car pondering existential life questions (it happens). Technically I would make $27 from the orders, but GH guarantees an hourly minimum (varies by region but can be 10-14/hr), so then GB would bump it up to at least $30 for the three hours.

Here’s where it gets tricky- you can decline an order that pings in on your phone. So if it’s too far of a drive you can decide against it, but if you don’t accept 75% of the orders you are NOT guaranteed the minimum pay.

Take note that you are an independent contractor so you don’t get benefits. Plus you have to provide your own car insurance. They also don’t pay any extra car expenses.

Conclusion

One final note- some cities have GH deliverers who walk or bike so that’s an option, too. Working with GrubHub can be a good way to pick up some extra money so it’s definitely something to consider if it’s available in your area!

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