Would you accept fifty cents or a dollar for your photos? If you’re a professional photographer, absolutely not. But what about a snap that you take on your way into or out of a grocery store or a local coffee shop? Now, we might be talking. If you are looking to add a few dollars to your shopping trips, Job Spotter can do that. But is Job Spotter worth it?
What Is Job Spotter?
Job Spotter is an app from Indeed that rewards users for taking photos of local businesses that are hiring. For every photo that it accepts, you earn points in your wallet. Then, you can redeem those points for an Amazon gift card. Point, click, wait, shop. Easy peasy. Put it another way, Job Spotter is the latest app that I have downloaded in an effort to cover all my Christmas expenses with my regular shopping habits throughout the year.
Time is money. That’s a fact. With Job Spotter, you do not have to allocate much extra time—we’re talking seconds here—to add $10 or $20 to your bottom line each month. There are plenty of survey sites and other apps that may allow you do the same in terms of the amount of money earned, but this is truly one of the most efficient money-earning apps I have encountered. I have had the app on my phone for three weeks, and I have almost $10 banked toward an Amazon gift card. I have done this by making only 11 submissions, three of which came from the same shopping plaza when I stumbled across a deli, a resale shop, and a bakery that all had hiring signs in the window. So I’m averaging around 85 cents per submission. I have yet to find another app that compares.
Another huge benefit of Job Spotter is that there really is no added temptation to spend money. Apps like Ibotta can be really lucrative, but you also have to smart about using them otherwise you can end up with a pantry full of unnecessary items. Job Spotter lets users stick to their usual routine, no extra purchases necessary. You just have to pay a bit more attention when running regular errands.
Like all shopping apps, Job Spotter requires users to have easy access to shopping in order for it to be worth the download. If you don’t ever shop at brick and mortar stores or walk through your downtown on the way to coffee or dinner, you likely will not have very many opportunities to earn points. In terms of big money submissions, the app typically rewards photos of independent businesses more than chains, but that is not always the case. Like when I snapped this photo of Jimmy John’s before stopping by the bank.
Additionally, Job Spotter allows users to compete against one another in terms of who can earn the most points in a month. If you are someone who just can’t say no to that little dopamine hit, then you may want to skip this one. Or else, you may find yourself going out to the way to drive around town for no other reason than to make submissions. No judgement: I was addicted to scoring free contact solution even though I didn’t wear contacts.
The final drawback is that you have to be slightly immune to strange looks from passersby. Even though we live in an era where every meal ends up on Instagram and every everything goes on Snapchat, people do still look at you a little strangely when you are snapping photos of your local grocery store’s sign. Thankfully, I am awkward all the time, so I’m pretty much immune.
Final Thoughts: Is Job Spotter Worth It?
As someone who can be pretty easily swayed to over-commit my time for little payout, I would say that Job Spotter is worth it. It is a free download with no risk if you decide to ditch it. Worst case scenario, you might find yourself with some extra money to spend on Amazon. Which is exactly what I’m banking on.
So Tell Me…Have you tried Job Spotter? Do you have a favorite app that lets you earn while you shop?