Vince: Investing with Roamler earnings

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I am Vince, 22 years old and I live in Groningen, in the northern Netherlands. I have been an active Roamler for about 1 year now. I study International Relations at the University of Groningen and I am supervisor at a market research agency.  With Roamler I earn some extra money.

“I noticed it is not bad thing to be noticed by an employee” 

How was it to do your first paid job in a store?
“Well, that was pretty exciting. I was especially nervous because I did not know what to say when I would be addressed. In the beginning I did my best not to be recognized. Now I am more confident and I have noticed that it is not a bad thing if you are noticed by an employee sometimes.”

How often do you do perform Roamler tasks?
“That differs every day. It mainly depends on the available tasks. Sometimes I perform 5 tasks in 1 day and at some points I do not perform any tasks for 3 days in a row.”

Do you have a saving target for your Roamler earnings?
“Yes, I started investing a while ago and I deposit all my Roamler earnings on my investment account. So with the Roamler earnings I have mainly bought bonds and shares.”

What are concrete tips for Roamlers who want to perform their first paid task?
“My biggest tip is related to your nerves; just go do it! Once. Try it. It is not the end of the world to be approached by an employee. In the worst case you cannot perform the task, but I have rarely experienced that. In addition, make sure that you take sharp pictures and read the task description well. Roamler can be quite strict.”

What are your concrete tips for Roamlers who want to do more tasks?
“Take the bus or train to another city once. Next to Groningen, I regularly perform tasks in Assen. For me that is 15 minutes by train, but there are often a lot of tasks available there.”

Do you have an example of a mistake you made at Roamler, so your assignment was rejected and that you could give as a tip to other Roamlers?
“Unfortunately, my tasks are sometimes rejected.  Recently I had to take photos of a Pampers promotion and I mistakenly took a photo of the wrong type of diapers.  Always read the instructions carefully and double check everything.  If you do not agree with how your task is reviewed, you can explain why you performed the task the way you did.  If they made a mistake, your task will be accepted.”

“Explain well and clearly what your goal is when performing Roamler merchandising tasks.”

Which tasks do you prefer and why?
“There are quite a few tasks that I like to do, but I do have 2 favourites; both merchandising tasks. The first task I liked is the Red Bull Check, the second is the Stoomboot/open haard tasks during Sinterklaas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas  (English).  The Red Bull Check is often listed in the app; are easy to perform and have a nice reward. The Sinterklaas task only happens once a year, but the reward was high; 40 euro! I liked to assemble a whole boat.

 

Is there a difference between Roamler merchandising and other Roamler tasks?

“There certainly is a big difference between Roamler merchandising and other Roamler tasks.  For the Roamler merchandising tasks you always introduce yourself and you can always perform the task.  These tasks also have a better reward compared to the other tasks.  Make sure to have your ID card with you, print out the introduction letter, bring the business cards and explain WELL and CLEARLY what your goal is. Often the employee is not aware of your arrival, even if you have permission from the head office.

Anxiety at the Supermarket?

Has the thought of pulling our your phone to take a picture at the supermarket caused hesitation or stopped you entirely from performing paid tasks? In this article Roamler intern Jonathan will cover some techniques which may help you overcome the issues you may have at the supermarket. 

In one occasion in my youth I remember pulling out my camera to take a picture of a comically large bottle of Heineken.   I was unfamiliar with this particular size of bottle and wanted to show my friends that such a thing existed.  After being relatively pleased with myself for getting a good shot, a security guard came up to me and stated that “You aren’t allowed to take pictures here.”  This quick interaction caused my delicate ego to retreat back into my shell and took all the fun out of the experience.

Now, many years later I have this great opportunity to earn money in a quick and low commitment way but the trauma of this bad experience is causing me to hesitate.

Prepare in advance

It’s better if you solidify what you are about to do at the task location before you go there as UK Roamler Paul explains in his tips.  This entails reading the app description and being aware of what you have to do beforehand.   You could prepare materials in advance as well, such as printing a statement which explains to anyone with questions what you are doing. Start with a charged phone and bring an extra charger if plan a big route with lots of tasks.  Being prepared frees up much mental space which you could use to perform the task in a more relaxed manner.

Reduce anxiety

If anxiety becomes too much in the moment, the first thing you should do is to clear your mind and take a few deep breaths.  Ample time is given to perform tasks so you should consider running out of time as a stressor in this situation.

Some long term actions to reduce anxiety could help you perform better with tasks.  Such as meditating, getting enough sleep, organizing your personal space, etc.

Be respectful and receive respect

You should also note that employees have to represent their companies in a respectful and appropriate manner so feel free to engage with them since are required to treat you well.

Each trip to the supermarket will be different, sometimes you may get asked what you are doing, other times your presence will go unnoticed.  In the end it is always best to respect the boundaries that others set and withdraw from the store if you are not allowed to continue.    In that case the best thing to do is submit what you could complete and describe as detailed as possible what difficulties occurred.