Want to make some extra income with your iPhone? It never ceases to amaze me the creativity people have with iPhone apps. Oftentimes the simplest of ideas start a new revolution. When it comes to making money with an iPhone app, you should always walk with a bit of caution at first.
Companies and manufacturers alike want to know more about how their product is performing in the marketplace. This has to do with pricing, product placement, advertising, and more. Mystery shopping has been around for awhile now. The Gigwalk app is making an attempt to simplify the process for normal everyday people to complete tasks that companies are willing to pay for. My goal today is to show you how to use Gigwalk and my overall impression of the app.
Once you download the iPhone app, you will be asked to sign up for a free account. It does want to collect a little bit of information from you before you start accepting “gigs.” Be sure to add your Paypal email address because this is how you will be paid.
The app will also ask for permission to access your current location. You will want to do this as the app can tell you how far each “gig” is away from you. This is also a great feature because if you do travel from time to time, you can see what gigs are available no matter where you are at the moment.
Typical gigs very in their responsibilities. Some gigs are as simple as snapping a photo of the desired product on the grocery store shelf. Some companies just want to know how their product is being displayed. Others want you to do a price check on the product.
As far as pay, a gig will range between $5-20 each. Once you submit the required information, you will need to wait for approval. After you are approved, you receive payment via Paypal.
The Main Dashboard
The main dashboard in the app is divided into 4 sections:
This is updated in real time and has to do with your current location. New gigs are added all of the time. Yesterday in my area there were 2 live gigs and when I checked this morning there were 4 total gigs. Each gig also has a desired completion date. From the looks of it, these are normally about 2 weeks out.
This is where you can monitor the stage your gig is in. There are three stages: applied, in progress, and completed. Applying is pretty simple as all you need to do is hit the “apply” button to notify the owner of the gig that you want to participate.
Once you are approved, you will be moved to the “in progress” stage. This displays a listing of all of the current gigs you are involved with. The final stage is labeled “completed.” This is where you can view your total earnings and completed gigs.
There is a percentage completion meter here. They want you to fill it out as much as possible. It could be that this information is used in creating gigs. For example, a creator of a gig may just want female participation. I am of course just assuming this is true. There is nothing stated that you have to get your profile to 100% completion to make money with the service though.
The last section on the main dashboard show the profile pictures of all of the users who are currently working gigs. Not really much can be done here, but it is a powerful feature of displaying other profiles of people earning money with Gigwalk.
As best as I can tell at this moment, Gigwalk is not a scam. It seems to be a legitimate and useful tool. I can bet that companies and manufacturers really like this idea as it gives them direct access to the everyday consumer. Some gigs are surveys and this info can be helpful for sure.
When I showed my wife the app, her first thought was: “I can do both of those gigs while I am grocery shopping.” I guess there is nothing like earning money while you are grocery shopping.
If you have used Gigwalk in the past, we would love to know your perspective. Feel free to share below!