This App Will Pay You for Photos of Help Wanted Signs

updated May 3, 2019
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These days, it’s hard to come across a person who doesn’t already have a side hustle, whether it’s running an Etsy store, driving for Uber or Lyft or renting out a spot on Airbnb. But most of those take a lot of work. A far more flexible way to earn some pocket change would be something like Indeed’s Job Spotter app.

Instead of uploading selfies to Instagram, Job Spotter gives you more than just likes and follows. If you’re unfamiliar with the app, it basically pays users to upload photos of “Help Wanted” signs in exchange for points that ultimately translate to dollars. As The Penny Hoarder notes, “100 points equals $1 in the form of an Amazon gift card.”

According to Job Spotter, submissions average around 10 to 100 points each. That means that the best way to really cash in is to photograph signs from small businesses, which are worth more points than larger chains. “According to our algorithm, submissions of help wanted signs from small businesses that appear to truly indicate an opportunity to get hired at that location are worth the most,” Job Spotter explains. “These are the signs that are most useful to people looking for jobs.”

The only caveat appears to be that users aren’t allowed to submit the same photo more than once in a 30-day period. All you have to do is download the app, snap a clear shot of the “Help Wanted” sign that solely features the business storefront (no people allowed). After submitting, your photo goes through an approval process before you receive your points reward. Rinse, repeat, reward until you stack enough cash to treat yourself to something nice. Also, when people do a “Help Wanted” search on Indeed, your photos will be displayed there.