As the saying goes, if you’re willing to work, there’s always a job. This statement rings true with what we’ll be discussing in today’s Wonolo review. If you’re currently out of job or actively searching for one, read on to find out how this site can help, what’s the payment like and the potential drawbacks to expect.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
What Is Wonolo
Wonolo stands for Work, Now, Locally which is how the company derives its name. It’s been around since 2014 and is basically an on-demand employment app connecting potential workers (that’s you) to companies who are hiring.
The jobs offered are all contract-basis and deals with general tasking such as;
- Warehouse operation
- Food production
- Managing events
- Washing and cleaning
To sign up, you need to be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driving license and Social Security Number. Application is done through the app in which you’re required to attend a short-onboarding course and pass a quiz to ensure you understand the basic how-to’s.
After verification, you can begin browsing for nearby jobs on your phone. For example, these are the ones available in my area.
It tells you which company is hiring and the estimated pay per shift you’ll be getting.
Clicking on the job will show you more information such as the pay rate, bonus (if any), time frame, and the task requirements before you choose to accept it. Meanwhile, some jobs may need specific skills such as heavy lifting and food safety. Should that be the case, you can visit Wonolo’s Badge Library and select a short course to upgrade.
How Do You Get Paid?
A company that is happy with your job performance usually pays within 1-5 business days and the funds will be transferred to either your checking account or debit card. Those who are committed have reported earning as much as $800+ per week plus additional bonuses.
So what are the perks of using a site like Wonolo, you asked?
(1) For starters, it’s pretty easy to sign up. As long as you’ve access to the app and fulfill the criteria, you can find a job nearby without having to submit resumes or attend any interviews. Just hit Accept and show up for the job on time to get started.
(2) It’s a good hustling income for people who stay in commercial districts or populated areas because there’s bound to be a lot of staffing demands for businesses to operate. The payout is typically higher than the average hourly rate like the ones you make working part-time at McDonald’s.
(3) Wonolo partners with Acorns, a micro-investment app, to help you get started on financial planning. If you’ve always wondered how to grow your savings, now is the right time because when you sign up for Acorns through them, you’ll receive a $20 bonus when you make your first $5 investment on the app.
(4) Since your bank or card can be linked to the payment settings, it provides an easier and faster route for cashing out as compared to using companies like PayPal which can sometimes limit your account or incur charges for fund transfer. I know that first hand because I’ve just lifted the limitation imposed on my PayPal account last week.
(5) The nature of the job is pretty flexible; you only need to commit to a certain time frame and get the work done accordingly. If you like the idea of working within your own schedule, consider exploring the following side gigs too;
- Doordash – deliver food from restaurants to customers
- Lyft – chauffeuring passengers in your own car
- Postmates – deliver items for customers
- Rover – dog walking or petting for customers
- Shipt – grocery shopping for customers
- TaskRabbit – fulfill tasks/services for customers
- Uber Drive – chauffeur passengers in your own car
- Uber Eats – deliver food from restaurants to customers
(6) Working with Wonolo doesn’t mean you are an independent contractor forever because if you happen to be an efficient worker, a company may offer you a long-term employment opportunity. When you accept this promotion, Wonolo actually rewards you a $100 bonus for the effort.
(7) Besides that, you can also earn extra through referral bonuses. Refer a friend as a worker and make $25 when they complete their first job OR refer new a business to the platform and receive a $500 Amazon gift card. How cool is that!
Now, for some reality checks – the drawbacks of using Wonolo to find a job.
(1) The company may look resourceful, but its services aren’t yet available in all parts of the US. The best way to find out is to enter your area or postcode into the app and if it shows job opportunities, you’re in the right spot. If not, try looking for other alternative jobs instead.
(2) Most job listings on Wonolo come and go very fast so when the opportunity presents itself, you should quickly decide and make a commitment to fulfill the task. If you cancel on a job within less than 12 hours of the start time or make a no-show, your access to future jobs will be limited.
(3) The company has no telephone line available for workers to reach out during difficult times such as confusing job placements, app glitches, and payment errors. You’re expected to use emails, online form submissions, or even rant on BBB in order to get your case noticed by the support team. Needless to say, all these can be very frustrating for people who’re merely working on a contract basis.
(4) With the current pandemic situation, committing to a job in any physical location could also mean exposing yourself to the risk of infecting COVID-19. Of course, this isn’t just happening with Wonolo but other sectors that hire general laborers as well. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way around this, unless you can find a remote job to work on.
Does Wonolo Provide a Good Income Opportunity?
Job risks and technical troubles aside, I think Wonolo is a good place to find work opportunities for those who live in high-demand areas. You don’t need to be an expert of any kind; just equip yourself with the basic work etiquette and you’re likely to get hired multiple times or who knows, land yourself in a permanent position.
These kinds of jobs won’t make you rich, but they will surely teach you a thing or two about the workforce industry, how to improve on yourself, and enlarge your social network. General labor can’t guarantee a stable income either because the nature of the job is always changing. Hence, it wouldn’t be wise to rely 100% on Wonolo to pay your bills.
While working on these jobs, you should take some time to explore other income ideas that are more sustainable. Find something that’s enjoyable or perhaps, entrepreneurial so you can grow your money exponentially and become your own boss.
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I hope this Wonolo review has shed some light on how you can go about searching for jobs during these challenging times. Leave a comment below if you’ve anything to share or ask in regards to this site.
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