“Roamler has been a great way of helping to boost my confidence again after a very low point and it has helped me financially too.”
This interview with Jennifer is packed with tips on how to make the best of performing tasks with Roamler.
Why did you join Roamler?
I have been running a photography business on the side for years. I photograph mainly weddings and properties for sale, and while these happen all year round, they are primarily seasonal, so there isn’t much going on in the winter months.
I got a new job, but it wasn’t what I was told it would be; instead of having twice as much income as I normally would, I was left with nothing. Looking for opportunities to earn money, I came across Roamler and it seemed like it would fit perfectly with my business. I had time and needed money, so I joined.
How do you perform tasks?
Whenever I’ve got a photoshoot gig, I check the app for Roamler tasks in the area I can perform before or after the shoot. And when I have no photography gig, I check my phone from time to time in a day, for Roamler tasks I might be able to do. This keeps me occupied in my free time.
Before leaving the house, I make sure my phone is fully charged and keep my phone cable in the car, just in case. When carrying out several tasks, I work out a route first then accept as many tasks as I can before taking off. And as I complete and submit tasks, I accept new ones.
The last time I drove 250 miles to Cornwall, I made a list of clustered jobs that weren’t too far off my route and gave myself a couple of hours extra time to do them on my journey. Luckily, no one accepted any of those jobs before I was in the area, so I managed to complete them all and made almost enough money to cover my diesel costs for the whole drive.
Have you got tips for new Roamlers?
If you are going to do your first paid task, don’t worry. It is natural to be a little nervous the first time. I remember my first task, it was quite nerve racking! Am I going to do it right? Will it get accepted? Will I get challenged by staff about what I’m doing?
My advice would be to start with a quick, basic task that doesn’t require any staff interaction if that makes you feel more comfortable. It won’t be long before you feel more confident! Roamler has been a great way to boost my self-confidence after a very low point, and it has helped me financially too.
Another tip is checking your photos. It took me more time than I’d like to admit to realize, that by tapping the image you’ve taken in the task, you can zoom in on it to check sharpness. It is worth doing this, especially on photos of things like a whole bay in a supermarket, where it’s nearly impossible to tell critical sharpness from a small photo. If you think it might not be good enough, just try it again.
Any advice for Roamlers seeking to be a bit more active?
Supermarket tasks come up quite regularly, so I try and wait to do my supermarket shopping until a task comes up that I can go and do at the same time. This makes it much more worthwhile and viable financially.
If you’re going on a trip, take a look at the map to see what tasks are located on or near your route. I’ve found that doing tasks on the journey to other things and places, rather than only performing tasks near my house, has probably amounted to a third or more of the tasks I’ve undertaken! It’s also a real help in clawing back some of the expense of fuel for the car.
For any jobs in town, highstreets consider potential parking costs if you plan on driving to get there. Many towns have no available on-street parking and car parks are costly, so you need to take this into consideration when a job pops up. Sometimes it might not be viable to do one task, but if there were several jobs in town or the remuneration is higher, it might be!
My last bit of advice: at some point, you’ll probably come across a task that makes you want to scream and bash your head against the wall. I have had one task like that where I had about a 50% acceptance rate, compared to nearly 100% for everything else, and it seemed like each time I tried it again there was something else wrong. It was not worth the frustration, anger, time and fuel. Sometimes you need to know when to admit defeat and I’ve sworn never to do that task again if it reappears!
Lastly, I have some tips on how to avoid rejection:
Zoom in on your photos to check if they are sharp. If there’s anything you are unsure about, or anything unexpected, make sure you write this in the last additional question of the task. When you are unsure about something, ask for clarification in the messages in the app! They might not always get back to you in time, but it’s always worth trying.