Gigwalk – Gigwalker Program Review
Many gig economy positions are centered on driving; think of Uber, Lyft, and similar ridesharing services. Today, we’re going to talk about a gig that’s more about using your own two legs rather than your set of wheels. In fact, it’s right there in the name—Gigwalk, a program that says it’ll let you earn extra money simply as you’re walking around town.
But does it live up to that promise? What does Gigwalk actually require of you—and how much does it pay? We’ll answer those questions and more in this program overview.
What is Gigwalk?
To begin with, here’s Gigwalk in a nutshell. Business constantly needs boots on the ground, so to speak—people to go into retail environments to see if their products are properly displayed, for example. Recruiting people to do these small tasks can be tricky, but Gigwalk provides a platform for them to find the folks they need.
When you sign up for Gigwalk, you’re signing up to use the camera on your smartphone to take videos and images as you walk around town, and in particular through stores and restaurants. Each gig could be something like this:
- Snapping a photo of a restaurant menu
- Counting how many products are on a store shelf and recording the number in the Gigwalk app
- Entering a business’ hours of operation into the Gigwalk app
- Take a quick audio recording of how noisy/quiet a particular retail spot is
When you complete one of these assignments, Gigwalk will review your input and—assuming everything has been done properly—deposit money straight into your PayPal account. It’s really a simple premise, yet it can also bring new experiences every day, with the type of gig you get varying quite a bit.
A common question about Gigwalk: Will you need permission from a business to come in and start counting canned goods or taking a picture of their end caps? This is something that Gigwalk handles for you, and you’ll be provided with a certificate of authorization you can show to store owners or managers when needed. You’ll never need to fret about whether or not your presence in a restaurant or store is “legitimate.”
Check out the news segment Fox Business ran featuring a Gigwalker pro in New York.
How Much Does Gigwalk Pay?
Now, you’ll obviously want to know how much each of these gigs pays. The spectrum here is pretty wide—and it could be anywhere from three bucks to $100 for a single gig. Individual companies set prices for gigs, and of course the more time-consuming or difficult gigs are probably going to be the ones that pay a bit better.
Something to note about Gigwalk, though, is that the really choice assignments go to people who have gotten a few gigs under their belts. When you first start out, you’re probably not going to be getting the really good stuff. You’ve got to work your way up to that—something to weigh as you consider whether or not to sign on with Gigwalk.
As Youtuber Hazys Day puts it in his review of the app, Gigwalk is the quickest way to get a few extra dollars.
Pros of Working for Gigwalk
There are some pretty obvious advantages to Gigwalk, one of them being that you don’t need to register, maintain, or even own a vehicle to participate in the program—making it ideal for folks who don’t have the car or truck needed to drive for Uber. And of course, as with most gig economy roles, there is a lot of flexibility here. Indeed, one reason why you might pick Gigwalk over Uber is that it will allow you to be a little more active during the day, instead of having to center your activities around rush hour/evening time. (This is an advantage that Gigwalk shares with VidoTek, which is similarly flexible.) Really, the only things you will need are a mobile phone and a PayPal account.
With that said, the income from Gigwalk is so variable that it’s not something you can really count on—and while the freedom it offers will be appealing to many, the tediousness of some of these tasks might be a turn-off to others.
Final Thoughts on Gigwalk
Our final verdict on Gigwalk is that it is certainly unique within the gig economy—and that uniqueness may make it attractive to many. Then there is the enticement of those really big, high-paying jobs.
Yet, the reality is that it’s not always going to be easy to amass the kind of work you need to really make a decent income—and Gigwalk’s claim that you can replace your regular paycheck with these gigs is pretty far-fetched.
If you do pursue Gigwalk, you may want to consider augmenting it with another program—and you can find plenty of good recommendations right here on Crowdosity.