I’ve been playing around with Easy Shift App for about a month now and I’m really enjoying it. Through the app, you conduct market research for brands that can’t be everywhere at once. Like all the apps I’ve tried up to this point, they don’t tell you who you are working for, but you can get a general idea based on what you’re asked to photograph.
How it Works
When you start out, there’s a map of available shifts in your area. You reserve a shift and usually have anywhere from four to twenty-four hours to complete it. I’ve run across a lot of beer and pet food surveys in my area.
Baby girl and I did a number of pet food shops together. She was pretty cooperative, though I did have to take her out of her stroller a few times and one hand the phone to take photos.
The app will ask you to find a specific area in a store, in this case, the pet food one. I found about four aisles of pet food at my local big box store. The task was to take head-on pictures of each aisle, which meant starting at one end of the aisle, taking a picture, squatting down, taking another picture, moving about five feet to the right and doing it all over again all the way down the aisle. It took about 30 minutes to complete the task because baby girl was on my hip most of the time.
What I didn’t realize at the time was I was also getting exercise. All the squats to take the lower photos with baby girl on my hip actually made my thighs sore the next day. Bouns!
Once you take all the site survey pictures and answer some questions, you submit the shift. Everything’s sent off and you have to wait for approval.
How I Earn Money
Pay for a shift has a wide range. I haven’t seen less than $4 and have seen as much as $25. Nothing that I’ve done so far has taken more than 30 minutes to complete.
When you start out, you can only reserve one shift at a time. The shifts have a point value, however. As you accumulate more points, you can get “promoted” which allows you to reserve more shifts. I find this super amusing because I am now a VP. I imagine this stands for Vice President, but maybe it’s something cooler like Voracious Photographer or Vapid Placeholder. (I apologize, these are off the cuff and may not be as funny as I would like to believe.)
I did a beer shop too. This one was cool because it was at my local supermarket, so in addition to taking photos, I also picked up dinner.
The Bottom Line
The shifts are easy and straightforward.
Payment and approval are pretty quick. About a week with money directly deposited into my PayPal account.
The pictures you take upload directly so the don’t eat up space on your phone.
The pay isn’t bad.
You get strange looks and angry store managers. Personally, I have not experienced this, but some people say they’ve been kicked out of stores.
Shifts are limited. As with most apps of this type, there’s only so much to go around.
The instructions aren’t 100% clear all of the time. For example, I was asked if a display was on an “end cap” or “front aisle”. Beats me what the difference is.
Bottom line, it’s baby and kiddo friendly, which jumps it to the top of my list. There are plenty of shifts in my area, though some are further away than others. Best of all, getting paid is quick and painless.
I will definitely keep this one in the rotation.