As far as independent work goes, there’s a lot out there that doesn’t necessarily take place inside the home. You can do mystery shopping, product merchandising, court research, and even sign up to run errands for people. We Go Look is a company that kind of falls under the “errand running” category. You can apply to be something called a “looker” through their website. And as the name implies, “looking” is pretty much what you do.
Let’s say a person from out of state is interested in buying a car in your area that he found on Craigslist or on the website of a car dealership. The price is right and everything looks good, but he’s hesitant to actually pay for it because he can’t go check it out. So, this person contacts We Go Look to send one of their lookers out to give this car a once-over and make sure everything is as it appears to be. The looker goes to check the car out, take pictures, and writes up a short report. Then, the buyer either does or doesn’t make the purchase depending on what the looker reported.
Another example: A person wants to vacation in your area and comes across a condo or vacation home online they’re interested in renting. Same scenario — they don’t want to put a deposit down on it until they have checked it out, but they can’t because they aren’t immediately available to do so. This person contacts We Go Look to send one of their lookers over to the vacation home to make sure everything is OK before the decision is made to rent the vacation home.
How much do Lookers get paid?
The payment amount is listed as starting at $25 per assignment and going up from there. Payments are made via either Paypal, check, or you can set yourself up with ACH deposits. You are generally also not reimbursed for your mileage without written approval from We Go Look, so that is something to keep in mind before accepting assignments that are many miles away.
What is the previous experience required to do this job?
You don’t have to have any experience at all. Even when the assignment is to check out a car, you won’t need to have any mechanical knowledge. From what I’ve been reading, you’re just checking out very basic things. They also may run a background check on you before hiring you.
Do you have to take all assignments given to you?
You are not obligated to take all the assignments offered. However, if you do accept a job, they want you to try to get it done within 48 hours of accepting it.
Are you an employee or an independent contractor?
All lookers are independent contractors.
Who do you report to?
As a Looker, you report your findings to We Go Look — not to the person who requested Looker services. You will not ever have to have any contact with the person who hired your services. I think this is a good thing for the most part. You can just send whatever photos you’ve taken or reports you’ve written directly to We Go Look, and then they’ll deal with the other person.
I think this could be extra money, maybe something to sign up for and take on assignments when it would be convenient and you could use the cash. The job sounds simple enough. As always, exercise caution any time you’re going out to meet a stranger privately. Especially with these Craigslist ads — always be careful. If possible, meet someone in a very public area.
I found an article about We Go Look that was published recently on Forbes here if you want to read it.