Innovation That Matters

iPhone app lets users earn cash for small tasks

Work & Lifestyle

We’ve seen numerous efforts to let mobile phone users earn cash for performing small tasks, but it wasn’t until recently that we had seen an iPhone app dedicated solely to that purpose. Now joining the ranks of CloudCrowd, Fiverr, Samasource and others, Field Agent is a free iPhone app that gives users of the mobile device a directed way to increase their pay. iPhone users begin by downloading the Field Agent application from the iTunes App Store. They can then search for jobs in their geographical area, complete them and get paid. Most listed jobs are in everyday locations where agents live; examples include collecting retail pricing and display information, event images, photos of items for sale and consumer surveys that can be completed anywhere an iPhone can be used. The Field Agent software uses the iPhone’s built-in tools to provide clients with information including agent history, GPS location, time and date stamps, and photo confirmations. Payments can range from USD 3 to USD 8, depending on the job’s degree of difficulty. Clients, in turn, can rate agents for their reliability and accuracy. Field Agent requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Field Agent is a joint venture between Arkansas-based Mill Creek Software and NorthStar Partnering Group. It’s also another shining example of the recession-friendly crowdsourced labour trend. One more to emulate or try out for yourself! Spotted by: Andrew Toburen



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