Get A Second Paycheck From Your Smartphone
Gigwalk is a mystery shopping app for iPhone, that is very similar to Field Agent, where you are paid to do different kinds of jobs. There is currently a Beta version for Android users. I first downloaded Gigwalk around the time it came out in mid 2011, but they were only focusing on large metropolitan areas. Gigs finally came to my area in 2012, I have done 2 gigs so far and been paid a total of $29. I believe in the right market this app has tremendous earning potential. It seems to be getting better all of the time.
Since I first wrote this review many changes have been made to Gigwalk. Here are a few of the bigger ones:
- You now have to apply to each job you take and tell them a little about yourself and you have to state how long it will take to complete the gig.
- It appears that the streetcred system no longer exists but there is still a reputation score.
- I was paid for a gig within a few hours of completing it instead of the 7 days it used to take.
GigWalk Is Recommended
Update September 26th, 2012 – I have been paid a total of 5 times by Gigwalk for total lifetime earnings of $41.00.
How Gigwalk Works
When you sign up for Gigwalk it is important to fill in your profile details and skills so they can determine which gigs will be relevant to you. They also ask for professional endorsements similar to when you apply for a real job. When you sign in to the app there is a list of gigs that are available in your area.
You apply for gigs based on your interest and skills. If you are accepted and you decide to take a gig It must be completed within 48 hours unlike Field Agent which only gives you 2 hours. You can only reserve 1 gig at a time but there is no limit to the amount of gigs you can complete in a day. It is important to read the instructions carefully and make sure that you are doing exactly what they ask. When you go into stores representing Gigwalk you are required to ask permission before taking any pictures.
What You Can Earn
Most Gigs I have seen have been between $4 and $8. I know that there are practice gigs that only pay Streetcred and gigs that pay up to $50 or more. I have done a $4 gig where I was asked to photograph all directions of an intersection, it took only a few minutes.
The other gig I did was a $25 gig where I had to call around to find Totinos Pizza Stuffers, then go buy them, then try them. I had to photograph every step of the process including pictures in and of the store, it took more than a few minutes to complete. In order to get this gig they sent me a screening questionnaire which they said I received because of the first gig I did.
Streetcred is how the clients rate your work. When you complete jobs and the client accepts them you are given a rating in Streetcred. Some jobs require you to have a certain amount of Streetcred in order to even apply for them. Of course the more Streetcred you have the more likely you are to get the jobs you want to do.
You need to set your payout threshold to determine when you get paid. After you submit a job it goes to the client who has 7 days to accept or reject your work. After 7 days if your work is accepted and you have met your payout threshold, your money is deposited into your Paypal account.
Is there a referral program?
There is a limited referral program that requires you to know people to refer in certain geographic areas. When referral opportunities are available they will be listed as gigs. Here is a link to download Gigwalk for free in the iTunes App Store:
Here is the link to the Gigwalk Android Beta for anyone who would like to sign up.
Helpful Gigwalk Tips
- Check for gigs often they are frequently adding more.
- Take your time to do gigs right and make sure to double check your work, The better you do the more gigs you will get in the future.
- Make sure you fill in your profile and get professional endorsements to make yourself more attractive to clients.
- Be sure to ask before taking pictures in businesses. I have been asked to leave a Walmart, by the store director and security, while taking pictures for Field Agent.
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