Walk with a purpose: Gigwalk mobile app thinks small (tasks)

Gigwalk is a mobile app for the productive sort: It offers ways to earn a little extra money using one’s smartphone by taking on tasks such as checking inventory at a store. In an interview on Press:Here that aired over the weekend (video here and below), a journalists panel that included yours truly asked the San Francisco company’s CTO Matt Crampton a few questions.

In 2011, Eve Mitchell of the Contra Costa Times wrote about Gigwalk, when it was about a year old and had 65,000 Gigwalkers. Today, that number is 355,000, according to Crampton. Gigwalkers usually have other jobs and have joined a part-time mobile workforce, although some have logged as many as 20,000 hours a year. They are independent contractors.

Gigwalk and similar apps such as TaskRabbit are different in that Gigwalk tasks are usually assigned by companies, and the pay is pre-determined. Although San Francisco-based TaskRabbit also offers jobs assigned by businesses, its motto is “neighbors helping neighbors,” and TaskRabbits bid on jobs.

The Gigwalk tasks, for which the walkers — or, as my fellow panelist Chris Preimesberger of eWeek referred to them, minions — are paid about $10 to $15 an hour, usually take just a few minutes to complete, usually in big metro areas. Crampton said unusual gigs have included cataloging gravestones at a cemetery, or counting electrical outlets or plugs at airports.


Photo at top from Gigwalk website


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  • Doug Pearson

    You said, “some have logged as many [as] 20,000 hours a year.”

    At 24 hours per day, 365.25 days per year, there are 8,766 hours per year. In a normal 40 hour work week, 52 weeks per year, including holidays and a proportional amount for the extra 1.25 days, there are 2,087 normal work hours per year.

    I’m pretty sure you meant to say, “some have logged as many as 2,000 hours a year.”

    • Levi Sumagaysay

      Thanks, Doug, that is what I meant to say. Fixed.