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Job Spotter App Review: Earn Extra Money By Taking Pictures Of Hiring Signs

In last month’s side hustle report, I wrote about how I made a little over $25 taking pictures of hiring signs using an app called Job Spotter.  Since I didn’t make a ton of money from it, I didn’t expect a lot of people to care too much about the app.  But, I was pleasantly surprised at how many people asked for more info about the Job Spotter app.  Goes to show that the hustle doesn’t stop around here, no matter how small it might seem.

Those of you who follow Financial Panther know that I’m all about trying to monetize things I’m already doing.  It’s why I do bike deliveries when I’m trying to get some exercise, or why I do some dog sitting in my spare time.  I walk my dog pretty regularly and I bike around town a lot.  While I’m doing this, I probably pass by countless stores and restaurants that are looking to hire people.  When I found out there was an app that could help me make some money while I’m already walking around town, I thought it made sense to give it a try.

So far, the Job Spotter app seems to be very worthwhile.  Not everyone thinks the stuff I do is worth their time, but for whatever reason, everyone seems to think that the Job Spotter app is a winner.  And why wouldn’t you?  It takes a few seconds to download and all you have to do is take pictures of hiring signs that you already see anyway.

What Is The Job Spotter App?

The Job Spotter app is a product of Indeed.  Anyone who’s ever looked for a job before probably knows what Indeed is.  It’s basically one of the largest job search engines in the world.

The idea behind Job Spotter is fairly simple.  There are thousands of stores out there looking to hire people.  But not all of them post their openings online.  Instead, they might just stick a Help Wanted sign on their window.  I know a lot of small businesses and restaurants go with this method of hiring.  The problem with this is that not all that many people may see the hiring sign since only people that happen to be walking by will know about the job opening.

That’s where the Job Spotter app comes into play.  Indeed figured that since so many people are walking around, it could crowdsource hiring information and put it up on its site.  Now, instead of just a small handful of people seeing the hiring sign, anyone searching on Indeed can find it.

How The Job Spotter App Works

The app itself is super simple to use.  The first thing you need to do is download the app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.  Once you’ve got yourself signed up, all you need to do is find a hiring sign while you’re walking around town.

When you see a hiring sign, you need to take two pictures using the app.  First, you take a picture of the hiring sign.  Then, you take a picture of the storefront.  Altogether, it shouldn’t take you more than 10 or 20 seconds to take the two pictures.

Job Spotter pays different amounts based on how valuable the sign is.  Each sign earns you a certain number of points. One point is equal to one penny.  I’ve been paid as little as five cents for a picture, and as much as 96 cents for a picture.  It really depends on the value of the sign.

Below is a screenshot of my own Job Spotter app, showing how much I’ve been paid for some of my recent finds.

Job Spotter App
Each point equals one cent. As you can see, the points add up.

A lot of large businesses always have hiring signs in their windows.  These are considered low-value signs that don’t pay you a ton.  I still think it’s worth taking pictures of them if you happen to see them since the payments add up and it only takes a few seconds to do it.

The big money signs are ones for small businesses that appear to be legitimately hiring.  Signs that are handwritten or are printed out on computer paper are particularly awesome!  As you can see from my app, I made some big money when I saw this Chinese restaurant with a hiring sign on its door.

How Much Can You Make With The Job Spotter App?

You’re not going to be replacing your day job income with Job Spotter, but it’s still a nice way to earn a little bit of extra money without wasting a ton of your time. Here’s a look what I’ve pulled in since I downloaded the app a month ago.

Job Spotter App

Job Spotter pays via Amazon gift card.  Since almost everyone uses Amazon, I consider it basically as good as cash.

The thing to remember is that, just like with saving, these small amounts might not seem like a lot, but they do add up over time.  I don’t think it would be very hard to earn $10 or $20 per month taking pictures of hiring signs that you happen to see around town.  From what I’ve noticed, it seems that if one place is hiring, every other place in the area is hiring too.  Last month, I made $18 just walking around in the mall.

An extra $10 or $20 per month isn’t going to make you rich.  But it is enough to cover your Netflix or HBO Go subscription.  You can basically cover your Game of Thrones addiction for free!

The Main Reason I Like The Job Spotter App: It’s Fun!

It’s nice to get paid, but really, what makes Job Spotter great is that it’s fun.  Whenever I use it, I sort of feel like I’m playing a real-life version of Pokemon Go.  I find that I pay attention a little bit more to my surroundings now since I’m hunting for those hiring signs.

Another cool thing is that your pictures end up on Indeed.  I took the below pictures in the Job Spotter app while I was walking around campus a little while ago and found them on Indeed a few days later.

Job Spotter App

There’s a bit of satisfaction in taking these pictures since hopefully, I can help this business find a new hire.  And it didn’t take me very much effort.

My goal this year is to make $10 or so per month using this app.  I think that would be totally reasonable and it would basically cover my HBO subscription.  You could do the same thing.  Or maybe just save all of your earnings and use it to buy your Christmas presents at the end of the year.

If you’re interested in trying out the Job Spotter app, be sure to download the app here.

Have you tried out the Job Spotter app?  How has it worked out for you?

If you’re interested in other app reviews, be sure to check out some of my other fintech reviews below:

Qapital App Review: A Free App That Saves Your Spare Change

Prism App Review: An Awesome Free Bill Management App


  1. Wow! They’ve literally thought of everything. It’s insane how amazing technology is getting and what good it can do.

    • I know right!? It’s crazy what your phone can do for you these days. Being able to make a couple bucks in this manner wasn’t really possible even just 10 years ago.

  2. I don’t see much value in the payout given it’s so small, but I’m way impressed with the idea itself. Technology enables all sorts of cool ideas that never would have been possible a decade ago. The fact that they can pay out at all is just amazing. I might try it out just cause it’s interesting.

    • No doubt, it’s not something I’d go out of my way to do, but if I see a sign, no reason not to take a quick pic. It’s only a few seconds of time, so if you were to think about it as an hourly wage, it’s actually a lot. Worth a try just to see if it’s worthwhile to you.

  3. Very interesting, FP…

    I like the way you think about a lower paying side hustle like this one – it requires little effort on your end (high dollar per hour), and you think of the money you make regarding covering an expense – i.e. paying for HBO for a year. Pretty soon, your side hustling will be enough to cover all of your expenses!

  4. Jax Jax

    I read about this in your last post and immediately downloaded the app. I have to say that I am really self conscious about taking the photos (why??? Everyone is too busy looking at their screens to care what I’m doing!) but I have submitted my first two and I am waiting for approval. I have to walk through downtown to get to/from work every day and our city does not like chains or big businesses in the downtown. It looks like I could make a few extra bucks each month (like you said, enough for HBO.) Thank for introducing this to us!

    • Awesome! I bet when you’re walking, you’re gonna see more help wanted signs than you ever noticed. I seriously never knew how many jobs must be out there.

      Also, I guarantee no one will even look at you when you take a picture of a sign. Everyone is way too busy looking at their phones to see what other people are doing.

  5. Sounds like a pretty easy way to earn a few bucks. I’ll definitely have to download the app. I know for some similar ones like GigWalk, they make you go inside and take pics of stuff (like menus and product signs)…this one seems much easier and people won’t ask you what you’re doing.

    • I do Gigwalk, EasyShift, and Field Agent occasionally if I happen to be in a store that has a task or if I’m nearby. Gigwalk and Field Agent are usually fine, but EasyShift usually has ridiculous tasks (it’ll be like, take 100 photos for 3 bucks). Now that I think about it, Jobspotter is basically another variant of these type of gig apps, but way easier to do.

  6. This is just awesome FP, it’s so creative! One of the things I love about your side hustle posts is the value you take from what may seem like insignificant side gigs on the surface. But you’re getting so much more than money, these activities get you outside exercising, in the community, it’s great. Also, love how you connect the $10 savings here with your HBO subscription, it’s a great way to think in my opinion. Of course, all these side hustles add up as well. Just great!

    • That’s the great thing. If you’re already walking around (which I think everyone should be doing anyway), then you’re basically able to make a little bit of money. It’s like finding some spare change on the ground. Why wouldn’t you pick it up? A buddy of mine recently downloaded the app and has been noticing a ton of signs while he’s been walking his dog. These are things we just never even paid attention to before.

  7. Thanks for posting about this app. So far I’ve made about $10 snapping pics, but the best part so far is that my GF picked up a part time job (on top of her full-time) in the process of snapping pics for job spotter. Win Win in my book!

    • That’s awesome! Didn’t even think about the fact that you could potentially find a second gig for yourself while taking pics.

  8. M M

    I found 4 for hire signs. It is fun and it feels like you are being a helping hand for both job seekers and small businesses. I live in a tourist seasonal town so im expecting a lot more signs to go up soon.

    • There are probably even more out there once you start noticing them. I never realized how many places have hiring signs until I started using this app!

  9. This is great. My wife started doing the “mystery shopping” thing a while back, and similar to this, it doesn’t provide a huge amount of value, but we’ve already had a few nice, free meals out of it. The entry barriers are low, and you can quit any time it gets boring–I downloaded the job app 🙂

    • I’ve never tried the mystery shopping stuff but might take a look at it. The job spotter stuff is so easy though. And I find it fun – it’s like a little game when I’m walking around.

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