‘With some Roamlers I have the feeling I know them’

Merel is a level 5 Roamler and has been a reviewer at Roamler for the past 2.5 years. During
that time she reviewed around 60.000 tasks and became an expert in recognising
products on the submitted photos as well as in supermarkets during her grocery
shopping.

 

How did you get started at Roamler?
I heard about the app 3 years ago on an online forum and I it got my interest directly.
“What great concept, I want to know more about that!” Soon I got an invite code and I got through level 1 in 1 day.

I performed tasks on a weekly basis, but I wasn’t an extremely active Roamler. When a task ‘Become a reviewer’ appeared in the app, I didn’t hesitate in performing the task, because I wanted to have a look behind the scenes at Roamler! I have been working as a reviewer for 2,5 years and are a level 5 Roamler.

Besides Roamler, I study accountancy and I hope to finish these studies shortly. Next to that I have my own horse, so I spend a lot of time on that as well. I have competitions all over the Netherlands and sometimes in Germany and Belgium, so it is a pretty serious hobby.

What tasks do you prefer to review and why?
I absolutely enjoy reviewing the paid tasks most and in particular the Roamler merchandising tasks (tasks where Roamlers fix stock, mirror shelves or set up displays. These merchandising tasks are not available in all Roamler countries). Especially when I review lots of tasks of one project, I already get an idea what the results of that particular project will be and how products or promotions are placed in stores. In these instances I become a bit of an expert on some products.

During these years I have seen so many submissions that I recognise most products, yes even when I walk through a store myself. I can’t do grocery shopping in a normal manner anymore, I constantly look around checking promotions etc.

Did you ever made a mistake with reviewing?
Sure, I think all reviewers made mistakes at some point, we are human after all. Luckily I never made a really big mistake. I think when I was a new reviewer, I made a lot of mistakes by accepting tasks that should have been rejected. I learned a lot from this.

What do you like best about your job at Roamler?
I like the contact with Roamlers and the diversity of the tasks. There are many different tasks, which teaches me something new every time. The contact with Roamlers is really divers, because there are so many different Roamlers out there. With some Roamler I really get the feeling of knowing them, because I interact with them often in the app, I like that part of my job!

What I enjoy about the reviewing as well, is that I became much quicker as a Roamler myself. I see hundreds of tasks on my screen because of the Roamler submissions, so I know the questions by heart and can perform a task really quickly in a store.

What is most difficult about your job at Roamler?
That’s a difficult question. I think it is the part when I have to reject a submission. I know how much work it is to perform certain tasks, but I have to reject the submission, because it is really not good enough to sent to the customer.
Reviewers don’t like to reject submissions, but sometimes it is the only option. The customer wants the submissions and it would be great for everybody if we could except everything, but we need to maintain a high quality for customers so they want to work with us because of the quality of the data.

What mistakes do you find when reviewing?
The mistakes that I encounter most often are mostly small and simple mistakes. Either the number of shelves or metres or shelves are counted incorrectly because the question has not been read thoroughly.
This can be prevented to really read the questions before you answer them. Most mistakes I see are listed in the task description. It might cost you a bit more time for the first submissions of a check, because you need to read it carefully, but in the end you will save a lot of time, because those submissions won’t be rejected.

Do you have tips on Roamlers on performing (more) paid tasks?
Personally I prefer to visit multiple locations for the same project. That way you are trained for that specific task and you can become very quick at performing it, because you know what is required. That way you become quicker and quicker at performing tasks!

Anything else?
Keep up the good work Roamlers! There have been so many different types of tasks in the Netherlands recently and I like to see that every Roamler has their preferred type of tasks and that some Roamlers are becoming a real expert on those tasks!

See you in the app soon!

The Rainbow Homes Project

Introducing: The Rainbow Homes Project
At Roamler we believe in creating opportunities for people, wherever you are, in
order for you to live the life you want. With this in mind, we chose to support a
project called: The Rainbow Homes.

About the project
The Rainbow homes project is a program managed by the non-governmental
Rainbow Foundation in India. In partnership with the Dutch based B2B charity,
Net4kids, the Rainbow homes provide comprehensive care to homeless girls on
the streets of India. Although the concept is relatively new, it is cost-effective and
provides these girls a chance at a better life.

How does Roamler make a difference?
For the next three years, Roamler will match and donate 1% of all Roamlers’
earnings, towards the Rainbow homes project. With a minimum commitment of
40,000 euro per year, we will be able to help 47 girls find a home and access to an
education. Furthermore, every additional 830 euros on this amount will be used to
admit one more girl to a Rainbow home.

Why Roamler chose this project
Our aim for taking up a CSR project was not to join the list of socially responsible
companies, but rather to find opportunities that align with our mission to create
opportunities for people. We were intentional in creating a symbolic relationship
between our company and a CSR project. We are proud to have successfully
linked our CSR efforts to one of our core corporate value-sharing opportunities.

In conclusion
The Rainbow foundation works together with Net4kids to provide shelter and
education to more than 370 girls per year. The aim of this project is to extend
opportunities for a better future to the millions of homeless girls living on the
streets of India. Since its inception in 2002, it has reached over 8000 girls, living on
the streets of India.

We decided it was time our company to extend opportunities to less fortunate
communities and contribute towards making the difference in their future.
Starting in 2018 and for the next three years, Roamler will be supporting the
Rainbow home project.

Anxiety at the supermarket?

Has the thought of pulling our your phone to take a picture at the supermarket caused hesitation or stopped you entirely from performing paid tasks? In this article Roamler intern Jonathan will cover some techniques which may help you overcome the issues you may have at the supermarket.

In one occasion in my youth I remember pulling out my camera to take a picture of a comically large bottle of Heineken. I was unfamiliar with this particular size of bottle and wanted to show my friends that such a thing existed. After being relatively pleased with myself for getting a good shot, a security guard came up to me and stated that “You aren’t allowed to take pictures here.” This quick interaction caused my delicate ego to retreat back into my shell and took all the fun out of the experience.

Now, many years later I have this great opportunity to earn money in a quick and low commitment way but the trauma of this bad experience is causing me to hesitate.

Prepare in advance
It’s better if you solidify what you are about to do at the task location before you go there as UK Roamler Paul explains in his tips. This entails reading the app description and being aware of what you have to do beforehand. You could prepare materials in advance as well, such as printing a statement which explains to anyone with questions what you are doing. Start with a charged phone and bring an extra charger if plan a big route with lots of tasks. Being prepared frees up much mental space which you could use to perform the task in a more relaxed manner.

Reduce anxiety
If anxiety becomes too much in the moment, the first thing you should do is to clear your mind and take a few deep breaths. Ample time is given to perform tasks so you should consider running out of time as a stressor in this situation.
Some long term actions to reduce anxiety could help you perform better with tasks. Such as meditating, getting enough sleep, organizing your personal space, etc.

Be respectful and receive respect
You should also note that employees have to represent their companies in a respectful and appropriate manner so feel free to engage with them since are required to treat you well.
Each trip to the supermarket will be different, sometimes you may get asked what you are doing, other times your presence will go unnoticed. In the end it is always best to respect the boundaries that others set and withdraw from the store if you are not allowed to continue. In that case the best thing to do is submit what you could complete and describe as detailed as possible what difficulties occurred.

Roamler Vince: Investing with Roamler earnings

Can you tell us something about yourself?
I am Vince, 22 years old and I live in Groningen, in the northern Netherlands. I have been an active Roamler for about 1 year now. I study International Relations at the University of Groningen and I am supervisor at a market research agency.  With Roamler I earn some extra money.

“I noticed it is not a bad thing to be noticed by an employee”

How was it to do your first paid job in a store?
“Well, that was pretty exciting. I was especially nervous because I did not know what to say if I would be addressed. In the beginning I did my best not to be recognized. Now I am more confident and I have noticed that it is not a bad thing if you are noticed by an employee sometimes.”

How often do you do perform Roamler tasks?
“That differs every day. It mainly depends on the available tasks. Sometimes I perform 5 tasks in 1 day and at some points I do not perform any tasks for 3 days in a row.”

Do you have a saving target for your Roamler earnings?
“Yes, I started investing a while ago and I deposit all my Roamler earnings on my investment account. So with the Roamler earnings I have mainly bought bonds and shares.”

What are concrete tips for Roamlers who want to perform their first paid task?
“My biggest tip is related to your nerves; just go and do it! Once. Try it. It is not the end of the world to be approached by an employee. In the worst case you cannot perform the task, but I have rarely experienced that. In addition, make sure that you take sharp pictures and read the task description well. Roamler can be quite strict.”

What are your concrete tips for Roamlers who want to do more tasks?
“Take the bus or train to another city once. Next to Groningen, I regularly perform tasks in Assen. For me that is 15 minutes by train, but there are often a lot of tasks available there.”

Do you have an example of a mistake you made at Roamler, so your assignment was rejected and that you could give as a tip to other Roamlers?
“Unfortunately, my tasks are sometimes rejected.  Recently I had to take photos of a Pampers promotion and I mistakenly took a photo of the wrong type of diapers.  Always read the instructions carefully and double check everything. If you do not agree with how your task is reviewed, you can explain why you performed the task the way you did.  If they made a mistake, your task will be accepted.”

“Explain well and clearly what your goal is when performing Roamler merchandising tasks.”

Which tasks do you prefer and why?
“There are quite a few tasks that I like to do, but I do have 2 favourites; both merchandising tasks. The first task I liked is the Red Bull Check, the second is the ‘Stoomboot/open haard’ tasks during Sinterklaas. The Red Bull Check is often listed in the app; are easy to perform and have a nice reward. The Sinterklaas task only happens once a year, but the reward was high; 40 euro! I liked to assemble a whole boat.

Is there a difference between Roamler merchandising and other Roamler tasks?
“There certainly is a big difference between Roamler merchandising and other Roamler tasks.  For the Roamler merchandising tasks you always introduce yourself and you can always perform the task.  These tasks also have a better reward compared to the other tasks. Make sure to have your ID card with you, print out the introduction letter, bring the business cards and explain WELL and CLEARLY what your goal is. Often the employee is not aware of your arrival, even if you have permission from the head office.

Tips from Top Roamlers #2

A few weeks ago we published a blog post with the best tips from experienced Roamlers in the categories App and Photos. For part two, we are sharing all the best tips in the categories Strategy, Reading and Other! 

Strategy

Many Roamlers recommend you check the app at certain times. For instance, check it as soon as you wake up, as some of the tasks go live as early as 7 am. You will always be one of the first!
They also recommend you check the app during your lunch break. You may be able to earn the money for your lunch by completing a task, and simultaneously get some fresh air.
Another good time to check the app for tasks is when travelling to and from destinations, as tasks that were not initially visible because they were outside of your search range, may now be visible.
If you see a task you want to complete, accept it before setting off to the location. If you don’t, another Roamler may have accepted the task once you get to the location! Remember, the higher your level, the more tasks you can accept at one time.

Have an excuse prepared before entering the location. If you are approached and questioned by the staff, a fast and confident reply will defuse the situation. Always be polite to the customer service agents and other members of staff, as they will be more likely to help you.
A bit daunted by the possibility of being approached by the staff? The more tasks you complete, the more your confidence will increase.
A tip to avoid being approached at all: Look confident and act confident. And if possible, always take a shopping cart or basket with you.

Reading

When we asked the experienced Roamlers for the best Roamler tips, we received one answer more than any other: Read well. And for good reason! The vast majority of the tasks that we have to reject, are rejected because the submitter did not read well enough. That is why we always stress the importance of reading carefully!

This starts even before you accept the task. Read the task description well, so you know exactly what the task entails and if that is something you would like to do. As many Roamlers point out, the better you understand the task, the fewer issues you will have.
When you have accepted the task, take your time reading every question carefully. Some Roamlers even read every question twice. Some questions may be similar but are asking for specific details. By ensuring you know exactly what is expected, there is a better chance that the task will be completed correctly and your efforts will be rewarded.
It often pays off to go back through the task once you’ve reached the end, and read all the questions and your answers again, to ensure you didn’t miss anything and to correct mistakes.

Reading carefully may take some extra time, but if you don’t, you will miss the little details and ultimately it saves you time if your submission does not get rejected!

Other

Before you set off for a location you do not visit regularly, always check the opening times to ensure you visit it during the opening hours. Also check if the location is still open, and not permanently closed. If you visit a location outside of the opening times, Roamler will not be able to reward you. You will have to come back during the opening times to perform the task.

If a location is permanently closed, you can send the team a message in the app and we will ensure the location does not show up again. You can also choose to accept the task and visit the location. In that case you will need to enter ‘fake’ answers in the task and take a photos of the location, proving it is permanently closed. Your task will be accepted, and you will be rewarded £2 for your efforts (unless stated otherwise in the task).

If you have any doubts about your submission or if there was a notable situation when you performed the task, always leave a comment in the last question of the task explaining your concerns or the situation. The reviewer will read this and will then better understand the situation.

Submitted your task but forgot to add an important comment? Quickly send us a message in the app with your comment, and mention the task and the address.

Are you experiencing issues with the app? Most of these issues can be solved by closing the app and opening it again. Logging out and in again may also fix the problems. If that does not help, deleting the app and downloading it again will usually do the trick.
If even that does not work, message the team via the app (or, if that is no longer accessible, via Facebook or UKsupport@roamler.com) and we will find the solution!

Interview with French Roamler Flavien

 

In November 2016, Flavien set off on the Roamler adventure! He’s been performing tasks on a regular basis since, paid and creative ones (and he’s pretty good at this, as you can see in his picture) 😉
We’re sure you’re all curious to hear more about him, so let’s start with the interview!

What is your reason for performing Roamler tasks?
The main reason is that I need to earn money.

How do you perform tasks? How do you organise yourself?
Where I live, there’s a tram line which goes across the city, the main shops are located along this line. I usually follow the tram route in order to be the most productive.

The next day, if there are still available tasks which are not located on the tram line, I perform those as well. That way, I sometimes perform up to 18 tasks a day.

Could you describe a typical day on which you plan to perform Roamler tasks?
I’m a night owl, so I usually take a look in the app early in the morning, around 4:00. I take another look at around 10:00 and compare with other money making apps in order to choose the right locations and the right time to perform as many tasks as I can.

I usually take a break by around 14:00 and then go back to perform other tasks (I keep on following the tram line or go to other locations).

Around 17:00-18:00, I go back home (sometimes the battery level on my phone becomes an issue). Then around 19:00-20:00, once my partner is back home, I sometimes complete a few last tasks for the day.

What tasks do you like best and why?
I prefer mystery visits in stores. I feel at ease, and by now I know the shelve layouts by heart.

I think it’s interesting to guess what the client needs by reading the questionnaire. Some of the questions are quite accurate and allow me to understand the situation of a product or a store. Plus, mystery visits are a good way to learn more about what we buy and to pay more attention to this.

What’s the secret of your success on Roamler?

  1. Choosing the best route to be as productive as possible.
  2. Always take a lot of pictures! And don’t forget to leave a comment, this really can make a difference.
  3. Be yourself, act like a normal shopper. I often buy something I need in order to look like a customer. That way, it’s easier to perform a task discreetly.


One last word?
Thanks Roamler for helping me to earn some extra money, especially when I go through a complicated period 🙂

Tips from Top Roamlers #1

A while ago we asked the more experienced Roamlers for their best Roamler tips. In this blog we have collected the best tips in the categories App and Photos.
Take advice from the experts to ensure your next submissions will go as smoothly as theirs!

App

The search range determines the area in which you see tasks. The smaller your search range, the less tasks you will see. Widen your search area to check for available tasks on your route. You can widen your search range in Settings in the app.

Pay attention to the timer! Once you have accepted a task, you usually have two hours to submit it. A timer counting down the time you have got left shows up in the top right corner in the task. Pay attention to it, to make sure you have enough time left to complete the task. Allow a few minutes for the task to submit, especially if it is a long one. Don’t wait to the last minute to submit!

Go through the task before attempting it, this way you will feel more confident and look more confident. You can go through it by giving ‘fake’ answers and taking photos of the ground. This way you can go through the entire task and you will know exactly what information is needed, and when. But be careful not to submit it with any fake answers or photos left!

Bonus tips:

    • Check the available tasks regularly, tasks go live at different times of the day. Checking the app regularly throughout the day will prevent you from missing any.
    • Bookmark the tasks that you want to do but can’t accept yet. This makes it easier to plan your journey and to find back the task once you are able to accept it.
    • Always double check the location for a task. The pin in the app might not be completely accurate. You always follow the address if the address and pin do not match.
    • Use the map to understand where stores are and to plan a route. You can also use the map to view tasks in locations outside of your current area.

 

Photos

A few basic tips to make the perfect Roamler photos:
Make sure all photos are clear and sharp, and well lit. Be careful with photographing objects near windows, the backlight often causes the photo to be very dark and the products may not be clearly visible. To prevent this, when taking the photo, click on the screen on the object you want to focus on. This should change the settings of the camera to ensure the best possible lighting.

Always ensure you capture the full bay, including the top and bottom shelves, and make sure the product’s name and price tag are legible. If the product you are looking for is not available in the store, capture an overview image of where you would expect the product to be located.

Once you’ve captured a good photo, click on it and zoom in to check if it is as clear as you want it to be, and to check if all required products are included. If the photo is not as you would like it to be or if you have doubts about the quality, go back in the task and retake the photo. It may take a few seconds more, but it’s worth it to prevent your task from being rejected.

One last tip to remain undercover: make sure your flash is off and your phone is on silent, so you don’t bring any unnecessary attention to yourself.

“Roamler gives you a lot of freedom to work whenever you want, wherever you want”

Sam joined Roamler in December 2016. It soon became clear, as he raced through level 1, that he would become one of the top Roamlers! With an average of 71 tasks per month (with some months reaching over 200 or even 300 tasks!), he reached level 8 and has given us the opportunity to share with you his best Roamler tips.

Why did you join Roamler?

My main reason for joining Roamler was to earn some extra money for holidays. I am a student and perform most tasks on the weekends. Roamler to me is a fun way of making money, much more fun than working at some boring part time job. It also gives you a lot of freedom to work whenever you want, wherever you want. I perform most tasks in London, where I get a travelcard for the weekend so I can travel to all the tasks I want to do throughout the city.

I save my Roamler earnings for holidays.  I’m going skiing soon, and going on another holiday in April. Both funded by my Roamler money!

Do you remember what your first paid task was like?

Yes, I do remember!  I think it was a ‘Twining in Tesco’ task.  I remember being quite nervous, as this was my first paid task in a store. I kept looking around for staff members, to see if they’d spotted me, and I tried to avoid them.  The task itself went fine, it was really short and the app guided me through it.

My advice for new Roamlers about to do their first task would be: just go ahead and give it a go!  You don’t really have anything to lose, especially if you start with a short task.  In the worst case you only lose a few minutes of your time.

Keep calm, don’t worry.  The app will guide you through the task and will tell you exactly what to do. Do make sure you read the task description carefully, that way you know what you are going to do before you enter the store.  And use the support feature in the app to ask questions or ask for help when you need it.

Have you got any advice for Roamlers who want to do more tasks?

Plan a route.  Open the app and decide what tasks you want to do and what locations you want to visit. Then plan the most convenient route to get all the locations.  If you don’t, you might get confused and perform the tasks at the wrong locations.

I sometimes perform tasks during the weekdays, but I usually don’t plan routes then.  I just see what’s available and perform a few nearby. I perform most tasks on the weekends, I always plan routes then.

It also helps to allocate time for all the tasks you plan.  That way you don’t have to rush through them, and you don’t make mistakes.  Another piece of advice would be not to get sidetracked by products you see in the store!

Always read all information in the task description very carefully, so you are prepared and you know what to do.  When you perform the task, read every question. Never assume what the question is! I once assumed I had to take a photo of a certain product, and didn’t bother to read the question well enough. It turned out the photo had to be of something different and my task was rejected.

If you are going to do tasks which require interaction, dress for it!  I recommend you wear a suit, or something semi-casual at least. I often find that members of staff are much more willing to help you when you dress professionally.  Also, make sure you know exactly what the task is about and what you are going to do. It looks much more professional if you can tell the staff what you are going to do in the store, and what it is for.

My last advice would be to always use the last optional question to add any information, especially if something out of the ordinary happened. Explain what happened and how that may affect the task and your answers. Explain the situation in the store!

What do you think about Roamler Merchandising?

I joined Roamler Merchandising because to me it means I have access to more tasks.  It is also the variety in tasks that I like, the Roamler Merchandising tasks have a very different aspect to them compared to the other Roamler tasks.  I like it when tasks require interaction and Roamler Merchandising has that a lot.

It is also the fact that you can do something yourself.  Usually, with regular Roamler tasks, you only register information and take photos.  With Roamler Merchandising, you get the chance to actively do something. You may need to build an FSDU (Free Standing Display Unit), or face up shelves.  After completing tasks like that, I always feel like I have accomplished something, and I like that. And of course, Roamler Merchandising task pay nicely!

My advice for Roamlers who are interested in Roamler merchandising would be: expect to do some hard work.  Make sure you know exactly what you are going to do, why you are doing it, and what the benefit for the store is, so you can tell your story confidently and have a clear idea of what needs to be explained. When you interact with the staff, they are more likely to allow you and help you that way.

 

“Reviews are not done by robots and we don’t reject tasks lightly”

Lucie has been a reviewer for the International team since February 2017. The international review team reviews submissions mainly for United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark and Sweden and sometimes review for other countries as well.

 

Why did you start at Roamler?
Being a ‘reviewer’ for an app sounded like a super futuristic and flexible job compared to what most of my fellow students were doing (working in restaurants and bars), so I was really intrigued. I downloaded the app and tried out some tasks, enjoyed them, and then decided to apply!

What do you do besides Roamler?
I was studying up until last summer, so about half of the time that I’ve been working at Roamler I was attending university, writing my thesis and doing some voluntary work. I’ve also spent time abroad, in London and Canada with my family, and on holiday. In the future, I plan to travel some more and take full advantage of working online!

In her year at Roamler (“I can’t believe it has been a year!”) Lucie reviewed around 10.000 submissions. Not surprisingly, most time was spend on reviewing paid tasks, but she also reviewed level 1 training tasks and creative tasks.

What do you like or dislike about reviewing at Roamler?
The flexibility of this job is amazing, but I’m going to be obvious and say that most of all I love the people who work at Roamler. There’s a great teamwork vibe between the reviewers, so even when we are working remotely, we are always in contact and helping each other out.

I’m a somewhat technologically challenged person, so sometimes working in such a techy environment can be frustrating. This is mainly when I can’t solve Roamlers’ technological problems, which is most of the time if “try uninstalling and reinstalling the app” doesn’t work.

Creative tasks are usually the most fun to review, because you might find something out about the Roamler, or see a cute photo of someone’s pet. I really like not having to reject tasks and disappoint (or anger) the Roamlers, and with these tasks there isn’t the pressure to be so strict. It’s always good to see that the Roamlers enjoy doing them too.

What can you tell Roamlers about your work as a reviewer?
First is that we don’t reject lightly, or for fun. I usually feel really, really bad about it, but there’s always a reason!

Second thing that is important to share is that reviewers are human beings too! It can feel more like we’re robots (yes, we’ve been told that before) since we’re communicating through an app, but we’re not, and we really appreciate polite Roamlers. We share kind messages we receive from Roamlers with each other to keep us going

Did you ever made a mistake with reviewing and what happened?
Yes! A classic example: accidentally clicking ‘accept’ instead of ‘reject’. Or sometimes a Roamler will point out a mistake in my feedback, then I just swallow my pride and apologise. They’re usually very gracious.

Do you have tips on Roamlers on performing paid tasks?
It always frustrates me how often I have to reject a task because a Roamler hasn’t properly read just one question. For example, if the question asks for an overview photo, we don’t want to see a close up. It is a mistake that could have been prevented and I wouldn’t have needed to reject the submission.

To avoid mistakes, my tip for Roamlers is to double check your submission before submitting! Please, never ever photograph the floor. If in doubt of what to photograph, take an overview photo! We can only judge the situation in a store from what you tell us in your submission – we love to see that ‘optional comments’ section being used.

To perform more tasks, just grab them while you can. Try and fit them in while you’re taking a break from work, or running errands. You shouldn’t underestimate how quickly they can go!

Roamler Paul’s Top Tips

Relatively new Roamler Paul flew through level 1 and has been performing paid tasks since. In this blog he’s sharing his Roamler experiences and tips with us, which might prove useful not only to new Roamlers, but to our more experienced Roamlers as well!

Hi, I’m Paul and I’ve been a Roamler for three weeks. I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences with other new members.
Why did I join? Well, after Christmas I was feeling a bit out of shape and my finances weren’t looking great, but I wasn’t looking forward to shelling out for another gym membership and dragging myself there after work. I was looking for something a bit more interesting and preferably something that wouldn’t cost hundreds of pounds a year!

Joining Roamler appealed to me because I can fit tasks around my work, and the support and training tasks have been great. I’ve never done mystery shopping or app tasking before, so I was a bit hesitant at first, but I’m living proof that if you do the experience tasks and pay attention to task requirements you can have a lot of fun while making some useful additional income.

Here are my top tips:

In the beginning, when you’re working through the initial level one tasks, you might be tempted to rush through so you can get to the paid tasks. Take your time with level one tasks, get used to the app and don’t be afraid to contact the team in the message feature in the app. They are all lovely and helpful!

When you get to your initial paid tasks, I’d recommend just taking one. That way, you can plan your journey and not feel under pressure.

Being a mystery shopper doesn’t mean you have to be James Bond! Having worked in retail, I know that staff are happy for you to help them, so long as you don’t get in their way or hassle other customers. So long as you are considerate and polite, staff are happy to see people take an interest in their store.

Be prepared! Make sure you know what the weather is going to be like before you accept jobs. I’ve been out in the teeth of a blizzard this month when I could have waited until the following day had I just planned ahead properly. But, be aware that others might brave the cold and perform the tasks you wanted to do!

Have you read the task requirements? Good. Read them again. Whether it’s a specific product line you have to locate or individual photo requirements, it’s all too easy to rush through it and miss an essential step. I’ve had a task rejected for this reason.

Enjoy your missions. Being a Roamler means being able to pick jobs at a time of your choosing, so make it work for you. Get used to the app, don’t be afraid to ask the team when you have queries in Messages and have fun!

I’d love to hear from any recently joined Roamlers so feel free to add me as friend on the app.