Our second app of the week is relatively new but I think it has a lot of potential to make consumers some extra money, and at the same time, help businesses provide better service. It is called GigWalk and is a free app created by three former Yahoo! employees, and essentially pays you to walk (or drive) around your local town and complete small “gigs” to earn cash. Pretty cool, right?
Here is how the GigWalk app works:
- Download the free app to your iPhone or Android device (Beta testing coming soon).
- Start searching for gigs to complete in your local area.
- Gigs include things like taking a picture of a restaurant street menu, mystery shopping trips, or completing a small survey about a local business.
- The app is great for businesses as it allows them to gather some very useful real-world data from potential customer which they can use to improve their business and overall customer experience.
- Expect to earn $2 to $15 per gig; generally the longer the gig takes, the more money you will make.
- You get paid via PayPal. Bonus Tip: Try to get high ratings from clients as an excellent way to gain access to higher-paying gigs.
- GigWalk uses your smartphone’s GPS location info to help you find nearby gigs, so if you are out shopping anyways, why not make some extra cash?
- The better you perform at your “Gigs” the more lucrative gigs will become available to you.
- The app is currently available in eight major markets: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
- Don’t expect to make a living off the app. The biggest recorded monthly “salary” someone has made is $13,000 according to ABC Action News out of Tampa, Florida. But they must have never slept or had a huge team of workers performing gigs.
How the GigWalk app could be better:
- Would be better if it was available in more cities and rural towns. Hopefully this will happen as time goes on and the app grows in popularity.
- The app has the reputation of making the entry level Gigs the most boring and the least fun to do. As evidence, check out this Gigwalk Experiment from Desiree Brown from TheAwl.com.
Download the app and give it a try:
Here is a video that tells you more…
Source: Article I wrote for U.S. News & World Report about 5 Free Smartphone Apps That Will Earn You Money.
(The following is a guest article from Abby Kaplan, a writer for CityHits, a website offering frugal living solutions and the best ways to shop online. Kyle’s Note: You may be asking why an owner of an online coupon website would post a guest article about the downfalls of online shopping? I’m all about presenting both sides of the story I guess! Thanks Abby for doing just that.)
If you’re anything like me, you love the convenience and constant availability of online shopping. You can go shopping in your PJs on your couch and find some pretty sweet deals. But, as with everything wonderful, there’s always a bit of a catch…
As somebody enamored with shopping online, I get daily emails from loads of websites announcing their new inventory, sales, promotions, and so on. I have used the sites enough times that I have my account password saved on them, meaning I’m already logged into my account when I arrive at the URL. What’s more is that I’ve (securely) saved my credit card information to a lot of these sites, so I could literally purchase anything in their inventory with a single click.
Is Online Shopping a Double Edge Sword?
That’s all fine and dandy until you start buying things JUST because it’s easy. It’s really a double edged sword. I truly appreciate that I can buy the things that I actually need or want on the web quite quickly and without fussing about with getting to a physical store. Beyond that, there are often better sales, coupon codes, and overall prices than I find out and about. However, online shops know what they’re doing. And what they’re doing is making you quick to click and slow to think it through.
So, if you’re into online shopping and you’re prone to overspending, there are some tips and tricks to help you avoid more credit card debt. First of all, try not to think of shopping online as some separate act than regular shopping. While the store may be virtual, the money you’re spending is not. When you’re getting ready to buy something online, you should ask yourself if it’s something you’d buy at a brick and mortar store. If you wouldn’t, then it’s a clear sign that you’re being more lax in your decision-making on the web. Instead, try to picture every item you see in an e-commerce store as if it were on a real shelf. Only buy online what you think you’d buy in person.
1-Click Shopping Leads to Overspending?
Next, don’t make it too easy to spend money. For example, Amazon’s “One-Click Ordering” is super duper convenient. It’s also a sneaky way for the company to nab your thinking cap and get you to just buy, buy, buy! Honestly, if your purchase isn’t meaningful enough to you to warrant typing in your credit card number and your address, you might want to consider whether you’re buying something because you want or need it badly, or you’re just clicking your money away for the heck of it.
The Budgeting Challenge
Somehow, it seems that budgeting for online purchases can be more of a challenge than budgeting for things you buy in stores. However, a good way to counter the obstacle is to use Paypal, which is the most secure way to buy things online when you don’t want to share your credit card information. Since people with Paypal accounts can maintain a Paypal balance, it’s a nice way to limit your online spending. If you don’t want to do spend than $100/month online, for instance, simply add the money to your Paypal account at the beginning of the month, and only use your balance for your online shopping. If you’re not using a credit card online, you’re less likely to overspend and more likely to connect with the actual amount leaving your balance as you buy things on the web.
Is Window Shopping Online Dangerous?
Lastly, window shopping, whether in person or via computer, is a dangerous habit. Can’t think of a single thing you need to buy? Great. Don’t buy anything, then! If you open every shopping email you get, browse all the stellar deals and shiny inventory, there’s no way you’re closing your browser empty-handed. When you spend enough time browsing, you’re sure to find a deal you just have to have, even when you really don’t need what they’re pushing.
Overall, when it comes to keeping your cool in the world of online shopping, the main point is to remember that spending online is in no way different than spending at the store. No matter how easy they make it to throw money at e-commerce shops (and it’s only getting easier!), always keep your budget in mind and your wits about you, and look for the things you truly want or need.
Ask the Readers: Abby brings up some great points. Do you agree, disagree, or could care less?
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