There are a lot of these “gig economy” jobs that allow you to make money on the side, but there are very few that make you money by helping other people get jobs. Job Spotter is an app that does so.
Job Spotter is the brain child of Indeed.com, one of the largest job hunting/recruiting sites on the internet. It generally offers a list of jobs available, but no photos to go along with them. Job Spotter pays you to go out and take pictures of Help Wanted signs. I’m not actually sure why, but I’m guessing it has something to do with an effort to generate local listings in addition to their national ones. It seems almost too good to be true, but it’s been around a while and has the deep pockets of Indeed supporting it.
How Job Spotter Works
Here’s how it works: You download the app and walk around looking for Help Wanted signs. You use the camera on the app to take two photos, one of the sign itself and one of the business. Then you hit “submit.” That’s it. Seriously. Depending on where you live or work, you can rack up a nice reward with only a little work.
The app will award you from 5-150 points based on its own criteria. 100 is worth $1 toward a gift card at Amazon. You get more points for local places rather than national, as well as those that offer a job title on the sign and allow you to apply on-site. You’ll also get more points for a custom-made sign, as opposed to a generic corporate listing. For example, my mass-produced Staples sign was only worth 14 points, while the one for local business Backworks, with a bespoke listing, was worth 110.
But here’s the reason I really like it: It’s great for making you exercise. I’m naturally lazy, but the thought that I can get out and make some cash with my phone gets my feet moving. I have the added benefit of working in a city, so I can go in one of a thousand different directions.
Also Worth Noting…
Other things to keep in mind:
- You must use the app to take the picture. It’s easy to use and will prompt you. Occasionally, when you hit submit, it gives you an error message. Wait a minute and try again.
- Despite the fact that unemployment is under 4%, Help Wanted signs seem to be rare. On the other hand, if I got paid for every “No Public Restrooms” sign that I saw, I’d be a billionaire.
- You can also make money by verifying other people’s photos, but it’s a bit tedious and doesn’t pay much.
- You can submit the same sign once per month. It appears to be based on a calendar month, rather than a rolling 30 days.
And that’s it! Submissions tend to credit within the hour, and you can cash out at any time. So get out and make some money!