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.