Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Rise Of Tiny Jobs - For Tiny Pay

The Rise Of Tiny Jobs - For Tiny Pay, Desperate job seekers are taking on menial tasks that sometimes earn less than $5. Get a Tiny Job, Earn a Tiny Payment. Repeat., When Fernando Navales lost his job last June, things looked pretty grim.

His efforts to find gainful employment proved futile until he downloaded an app called Gigwalk, where companies offer small amounts of money for small tasks that take little time. (Users simply swipe to "accept" the task and complete it within a set time period.) Within days, he was earning more than he had in his previous position.

Navales threw himself into the work, taking between 30 and 40 "gigs" per day (often photographing restaurants for Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing search engine). Over the past year, he has completed about 750 gigs - and this new kind of employment has changed his perceptions of the working world.

"It's a large part of my life," he said. "I actually turned my brother onto it. He's in Ohio, but we flew out to New York together and we basically took a working trip to NY taking pictures of restaurants."


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