As discussed on CNN this evening here are some apps for the unemployed or those just trying to make some extra money:
TaskRabbit is an app and website currently available in 6 cities. Anyone can post jobs to the site and those looking for some extra cash can compete and bid for these jobs. There are over 2k bidders or rabbits, as they are known, nationwide and due to the success, the waiting list is thousands long. The waiting list takes about 5-7 days to go through especially considering there is a five stage criminal background check. (The TaskRabbit goes through a five-stage criminal background check that includes an online application, a video interview, a series of background checks and an online quiz.)
So what kind of jobs are on the site? Jobs can range from delivering cupcakes to offices, doing someone’s laundry, cleaning an apartment or the most popular-- assembling IKEA furniture. Tasks are paid online, no cash needed.
Great for flexible schedules and picking up some extra cash -- some rabbits make up to 5k a month!
Gigwalk is a free iPhone app. It uses your iPhones GPS to tell you where simple one- off jobs are located in your area. An example of a job is to capture data like street signs, capture photos of a business or report product placement and signage.
More than 140,000 gigs have been posted and clients of gigwalk include Microsoft, TomTom and MenuPages. Gigwalk is currently in 8 cities.
Also, CheckPoints is another app that works in similar fashion. It's available for iPhone and Android users. You earn points for checking in to stores and scanning product barcodes. In a particular store, there can be around 8-11 products to scan. Points can earn you airline miles, gadgets and Amazon and iTunes giftcards.
What's the downside?
When it comes to the higher paying jobs (~$10) in Gigwalk, many of the jobs require you to download and use the Microsoft Photosynth App. With the app you take panoramas of the businesses and add these photos to Bing. Kind of annoying to figure out the first few times.