Wonolo App Review
Looking for temporary work that fits your schedule? Trying to get your foot into a new industry, and want to learn from the ground up? Like the flexibility of scheduling everything through your phone – including your work hours?
If so, then check out Wonolo! Wonolo helps connect workers to temporary gig opportunities, all through a handy app. We’ll break down what you need to know about Wonolo below.
What is Wonolo?
The Wonolo website describes themselves as an in-demand staffing solutions company. Wonolo connects workers to businesses and allows companies to hire quickly for fast staffing needs.
Wonolo works with thousands of companies and has a worker pool of 300,000 and growing.
For workers, Wonolo provides work opportunities in a variety of industries, making it easy to try new things and get paid for it. The workers are in charge of when and where they want to work, so it can always suit their schedule.
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
However, it is quickly expanding across the U.S. I do not live in or near any of these cities but was able to find a handful of jobs within an hour’s drive.
Typical Wonolo Gigs
Workers can find a variety of jobs in fields and industries such as warehouse operations, general labor, delivery drivers, food production, event staffing, washing/cleaning, administrative, and merchandising.
For example, currently available in my market of Minneapolis:
There are several warehouse/fulfillment jobs available at Nordstrom throughout the Twin Cities. Since the Minneapolis/St. Paul market is not an “official” city on Wonolo’s list, I would assume that would account for the limited number of jobs currently available. I imagine, as Wonolo becomes more popular and widespread, more diverse options will come up.
As you can see, the posting shows how much you’ll make for an hourly rate as well as your predicted earnings for the day’s work. Within the listing, it also pointed out there is a Trust and Safety Fee that will be taken out of your earnings to cover you in case an accident were to happen on the job.
For this job below, it stated, “The Trust and Safety Fee for this job is estimated to be $5.20 per day.”
You can readily accept jobs as many weeks out as is available within the app. If you need to cancel, they request you withdraw from the job within the app at least 12 hours before your shift was supposed to start.
Within the app, you can specify if you’d be open to longer-term contracts. You can also let the companies know that you can speak multiple languages and what those languages are. Finally, before accepting your first job, it’s wise to enter your direct deposit information so you can get paid.
Speaking of pay, all payments are made to you through the Wonolo app. You will not receive a check or cash from the company you’re hired to work for. You have the choice to be paid directly into a bank account (recommended) or to enter debit card information for deposit into your card.
You’ll generally receive payment 1-5 business days after a job is completed.
How to Sign Up for 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 the Nordstrom job available to me.
Some jobs may require a background check while others do not. To learn more about background check requirements with Wonolo, check out their FAQs page.
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 People Are Saying About Wonolo
Mario from San Antonio has used Wonolo a few times to make extra cash. Overall, he likes the concept of Wonolo and would like to work with them again if a good enough offer pops up.
Mario preferred working jobs at arenas, such as local sporting events, but right now those offers have dwindled down. “If something comes up, I’ll do it,” said Mario. “It’s just sometimes the pay is so little. There was one for $11 an hour. I’m not going to work for that.”
When he first tried out Wonolo, he was seeing jobs for $16-$20 an hour. One reason Mario likes Wonolo is that he has a full-time job and needs to work around it. He said that sometimes on Wonolo, you can find a job the day it’s needed. For example, he saw one that started at 1 pm and he was on the app searching at 8 am.
For the jobs he’s done, he’s served alcohol, so he needed to get an alcohol certificate in order to take the job. He had to pay for the certification process out of pocket, but he said it wasn’t that much, so it wasn’t a huge deal, but it would be nice if Wonolo or the company hiring would cover that kind of expense.
Mario also said, “It’s a good extension of the gig economy. If someone is wanting something to do, they should check it out. It’s also a great way to try out different jobs before trying for a full-time job. In some cases, it can lead to full-time employment if the company likes you.”
Pros and Cons of Working with Wonolo
- Easy to sign up for
- Get paid fairly quickly
- You’re in control of accepting jobs or not
- No need for a resume or interview process; no going to a temp agency to fill out paperwork on yourself and waiting for a job to be assigned
- Background check is covered; not an out-of-pocket expense for you
- Not available everywhere; some markets may have very limited job opportunities
- If certifications are needed, you’ll have to pay out of pocket
If you are looking for a set hourly amount to earn and have the time, Wonolo could be a great choice for you. You choose which jobs you want to take, show up, do the job and then get paid. It’s that simple.
It’s a flexible schedule to the extent that you can choose which jobs are best for your needs. If you’re wanting to fill time on the weekends, you can even choose weekend-only gigs to pad your wallet and keep busy.
Keep in mind, just because it’s not advertised that Wonolo is in your market, there may already be jobs available there through their app. It’s worth signing up for free just to check and see what’s out there.
Personally, I wish Wonolo was available in more cities and not just major ones. I know of many local businesses in my area that are absolutely desperate for more workers (and pay pretty well!), especially during busy seasons. I can see a huge market for Wonolo everywhere, especially for Mom and Pop places that can’t hire lots of people full-time but have plenty of work part-time and seasonally.
Plus, I wish Wonolo would expand to smaller areas for workers, too. The big cities get plenty of love from new start-ups, but lots of people around the US would like a temporary gig through Wonolo. Not everyone wants to work Monday-Friday from 8-5! Lots of us would embrace seasonal work, or the opportunity to pick up two shifts on the weekend to make some extra cash.
Will you try out Wonolo? If you already have, share your experiences below.
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