Wonolo is a mobile app that compiles a list of gig jobs you can pick up and work to earn money. It’s a great source of added income because it can be done at your convenience. There are no strings attached, meaning you pick your schedule and work whenever you feel is best for you, based on the available jobs within the app.
It’s similar to other gig work such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash where you are your own boss and you create your work schedule. People who want to earn some extra cash on the side would benefit from using Wonolo. It’s great for people who already have full-time jobs and want to earn extra income when they feel like it.
Wonolo can also benefit people who work multiple part-time jobs as this can be another part-time job to add to their list.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a friend who has worked with Wonolo on various gig work opportunities. Below is an edited and condensed conversation with John about what it’s like working with Wonolo.
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- Wonolo lets you pick and choose the jobs you want to take, and it’s easy to cancel if you need to.
- You don’t need prior experience for most jobs, and there’s no application process, just pass a background check.
- Wonolo gig workers can earn several hundred dollars a week depending on work availability and your interest.
What is Wonolo?
In our Wonolo review, we covered the basics of working with Wonolo, its availability and more. Basically, Wonolo connects gig workers to temporary work opportunities through its app.
Wonolo is currently available in the following cities:
- Fort Worth
- Las Vegas
- New Jersey
- New York
- Raleigh / Durham
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- Tampa Bay
What are the requirements to be able to work for jobs on Wonolo?
It’s actually a very simple process to sign up for Wonolo. First, you download the app. Then create an account. To create an account, you’ll need to input your name as shown on your driver’s license, provide an email address and create a password.
You’ll also enter your zip code so they can send you jobs nearby.
Once you’ve completed those steps, you’ll be able to view jobs nearby. You can view them as a list, or as a map. To learn more about each individual work assignment, you can click on the job and find out the requirements, which will vary depending on the job and the company listing it.
These are the minimum requirements listed for a recent Nordstorm job.
Some jobs may require a background check while others do not.
To unlock more jobs in your area, you can complete 5 steps in the Wonolo app, including taking a quick quiz and taking an hour-long course to help you become an “all-star Wonoloer”.
What market do you live in and how many jobs do you do on a daily basis?
John: I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I typically do around 2 jobs per week since I already have a full-time job. I can’t work anymore because those two jobs on Wonolo usually take place during the weekend, which is when I’m off from my full-time job.
How long have you been using Wonolo and working the jobs there?
John: I have been doing it since they came out about 4-5 years ago.
What are the benefits of using the Wonolo app?
John: One of the main benefits of working the jobs on this app is that you can work whenever you need, just like other gig jobs such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. You set your own schedule and you can pick jobs that cater to your liking. Shifts are flexible as they have many shifts available for you to choose from (note: This does depend on where you live – some cities will have more opportunities than others, but Wonolo is always expanding!)
Another great thing is that there are different locations that you can choose from, so if you want to try working in another city, then you can simply change the location on the app, and the jobs will appear based on the location. You can also adjust the range from the location that you set so that more jobs will appear. Ranges are typically based on miles: 5, 10, 25, etc.
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Yet another benefit is that it is fast and easy to start working the jobs listed. From my experience, most jobs/companies typically respond fast, which is important for me to schedule my work week and ensure I’ve filled the days as much as possible. I work other gig jobs such as Uber and DoorDash, so this is just another great way to earn extra money and not drive all the time because I like to try different gigs from time to time.
One more benefit that I like about using this app is that there is no commitment. Just like other gig work jobs, you work what you sign up for. If you don’t want to work the shift anymore, you just have to communicate that in advance so that you can have time to release the shift from your schedule. It should be at least 16 hours in advance to inform Wonolo and the job company that you will be unable to work.
I like having the opportunity to try out a job and decide whether or not I want to work it in the future. It is also great for networking because I love meeting new people and these kinds of jobs allow you to communicate and meet with a lot of different types of people. It is great because you can make connections, and they can also inform you of other jobs that are available in the market and other gig opportunities that you may not have heard of before.
What kind of jobs/companies are typical in Wonolo?
John: Most of the jobs are usually general labor and warehouse positions. Some companies offer work in the food industry, and there is some brand ambassador work as well, but in my experience, most are general labor and warehouse positions such as sorting things in a warehouse, like Amazon for example.
One position I did was for a company that had us disassemble LED light bulbs for 7 hours straight. It was fairly easy work as we sat the entire time. There are other positions like that, such as working in a warehouse for Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara county. That job dealt with assembling flyers for the upcoming San Francisco 49ers games.
How do you get paid?
John: Every job will be different when it comes to pay but usually, it takes about two days to process the payment and have it deposited into your account. Just like other jobs and gig work, you can simply input your direct deposit information, and then it will be deposited into your account.
For example, I worked a shift with a company called “Hello Fresh” and they paid me within two business days. The process usually goes like this: Wonolo contacts the company and then confirms the shift that was worked, and then the payment is processed from there.
How much do you usually make? Could this be a full-time work opportunity?
John: Since I usually only work two jobs per week, I typically rake in around $160 per shift. So, that is roughly $320 a week from doing part-time work in Wonolo.
Honestly, this is more of a side hustle because there aren’t enough jobs to work on a weekly basis usually. There might be weeks here and there where there are opportunities to schedule a full week of work, but those don’t appear too often from my experience.
How do you clock in and out for a job?
John: It depends on the job. The most recent one that I completed had a kiosk onsite at their location that provided us an access code where we input in our app on our phone. We used this code to clock in and out; the only way to get that code was through their physical onsite kiosk. I believe this method allows for accurate readings of clock-ins by gig workers.
But like I said, it also differs because another job that I did was a simple piece of paper and pen. So, it just depends on the job and the company and how they run things. Some places might not be up-to-date on their technology or just run things a little differently, maybe more traditional and old-fashioned by using a pen and paper.
Are there any downsides to working through Wonolo?
John: Just like any job or gig work, there are some downsides. Everything will have pros and cons, but I still believe that Wonolo has fewer cons than pros.
One downside is that you never know who your coworkers will be until you work the shift. From my experience, most people who work these jobs are good and hardworking people. But every now and then, you will encounter a few people that make the work more challenging (but isn’t that like any job!) At least with Wonolo, I only see them for a temporary amount of time, then get to move on to a new gig!
Just like any other gig work, it is inconsistent. Wonolo is mainly for those that just want to earn extra income and is not meant as a full-time job. A lot of companies are only looking for part-time and temporary workers only. That is what is great and not so great about Wonolo because you have the freedom to choose, but if you’re looking for consistent full time work, this wouldn’t be the gig for you.
Wonolo can be a great opportunity to earn extra income, but not necessarily a way to replace a full-time job. You can also test the waters in many different positions to learn what kind of work you enjoy doing.
You’ll enjoy the freedom to pick and choose which jobs and schedules suit your needs, while also having the ability to expand your market area to see if other jobs that are a little further away are worth it.
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-Xylon @ RSG