The rise of the internet has paved the way for the gig economy, making it easier for people to respond to jobs when they’re needed.
Examples of this on-demand workforce — jobs that connect workers with clients for tasks that need to be performed on an ad hoc basis — include working as an Uber driver, a Postmates food deliverer, or even a Looker.
Yes, a Looker.
And that’s exactly what it sounds like.
You can actually get paid to look.
For a company called WeGoLook.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of Looking and WeGoLook, it may sound a little strange.
But we’re here to tell you that as far as the gig economy goes, WeGoLook is a pretty good option for you to earn some extra cash on the side.
Don’t believe us?
This article will cover everything you need to know about this company and how you can start working for them.
What Is WeGoLook?
As the “world’s first gig economy platform for enterprise customers,” WeGoLook.com was founded in 2009 by Robin Smith, as a way for buyers to determine whether what sellers claimed they were selling was the real McCoy.
The act of checking is called a “Look.”
Think back to the time when you purchased something off eBay, Craigslist, or any other classified ad.
We’re not talking small items like cell phone covers or books, but more big ticket items like cars, furniture items, or maybe an expensive collector’s item branded jacket.
Didn’t you prefer to actually touch the item, or at the very least, look at it before paying for it?
For the times when you can’t, there’s WeGoLook.
If the buyer is unable to sight the product first before paying — most commonly due to time or geographical constraints — they can pay a fee for someone (a “Looker”) to go look at the item for sale, to make sure everything is kosher before money is exchanged (or transferred).
In 2016, a partnership with eBay meant eBay Motors customers could request a WeGoLook auto inspection directly from a listing before purchasing.
Inspections could be on anything from a car or motorcycle to an RV, camper, or boat, and could also involve taking the vehicle for a test drive.
Today, WeGoLook operates as an independent subsidiary of the world’s largest independent claims management company, Crawford & Company.
This has made it increasingly popular within the insurance industry, as insurance companies are now able to assess claims faster, thanks to WeGoLook’s real-time on-site data capture service.
WeGoLook currently hires over 130 employees and 45,000 independent contractors, one of whom could very well be you.
What Does WeGoLook Look At?
WeGoLook’s customer base can include businesses or individuals, and Looks can vary.
However, according to the website, they generally fall into one of the following categories.
- Inspections: Vehicles, properties, equipment, scenes, and more
- Document Services: Document signing, collection, notarization, and more
- Assessments: Identifying risk, documenting damage, adjusting for loss
- Pickup and Delivery: Item retrieval, courier services, and custom tasks
What It’s Like to Be a Looker With WeGoLook
WeGoLook’s headquarters is in Oklahoma City, but you can sign up for free to be a Looker anywhere in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and even Australia.
When you’re ready to be a Looker, you’ll either be emailed available Looks within a pre-specified zip code, or you can browse the WeGoLook app to find them.
Since it’s a freelance gig, you can accept any job you’re interested in and ignore the ones you’re not, which makes it really easy for you to set your own schedule.
When you accept a job, you’ll be provided with the exact location where the Look will occur, as well as the contact information of the seller or owner.
You’re responsible for contacting them and setting up a mutually beneficial time to meet.
A typical job takes 15-20 minutes to complete, and while on site, you’ll need to take photos, record videos, or perform a custom task.
You’ll also have to answer a few questions from a checklist, and fill out a report that outlines your findings to the client.
A quality assurance team reviews the report to ensure it meets a certain standard.
If you’ve taken photos or recorded videos, these will need to be uploaded via their app.
WeGoLook maintains liability coverage for all Lookers whenever they’re performing Looks, which can give you peace of mind on the job.
Skills You Need to Be a WeGoLook Looker
Many Lookers don’t have any specialized skills or certifications, which makes this perfect for those with no experience.
Before you go on a job, WeGoLook has a multi-part onboarding and preparation process to adequately train you for a Look — with custom guides provided for each Look type.
What’s really required to be a Looker is an eye for detail, the ability to spot a dud, and an iPhone or Android phone.
This is because, as mentioned earlier, most jobs will require you to take and upload photos via the WeGoLook app and to fill out an online report during a Look.
You’ll need to have a car or some form of reliable transportation so that you can easily get to a Look.
Of course, having some specific skills or qualifications will put you at an advantage for accepting Looks that do require specific skills.
Types of skilled workers that WeGoLook hires include:
- Licensed drone operators
- Licensed diesel mechanics
- Licensed notary publics
- Multilingual communicators
- Licensed catastrophe adjusters
- Independent auto and property adjusters
When you sign up to be a Looker, you’ll also be required to undergo a criminal background check (WeGoLook will cover any associated costs).
There’s also a strict dress code to maintain professionalism, which is enforced by you submitting a selfie to validate compliance each time you go on a Look.
WeGoLook also has an exclusive, invitation-only Looker team for long-time Lookers who perform well.
Being on the PRO team will give you priority status when accepting Looks, and you’ll often be invited to represent the company on behalf of their largest enterprise clients.
How Much You Can Earn With WeGoLook
As with other on-demand field services, there’s a broad range of incomes you could earn.
However, as a Looker, you can expect to earn $15-$30 for standard Look, and up to $200 for complex jobs.
You’ll also receive priority status as military personnel, a military spouse, or a veteran, and you’ll receive notifications about any available Looks first, giving you the opportunity to accept more Looks and earn more money.
The number of jobs you can expect will vary depending on where you live since Looks are purely on demand.
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where there are plenty of Looks requested, you could earn several hundred dollars a week.
If not, you’d be lucky to earn $15 for one Look.
WeGoLook will also reimburse you for certain expenses, including:
- Copy fees
- Document pick-up fees
- Packing supplies
- Shipping insurance
- Parking expenses
Gas, mileage, and tolls to get to and from a Look don’t usually qualify for reimbursement, except in “a unique situation.”
This is because WeGoLook assumes they can always get a Looker closer to the Look location who won’t incur the same gas, mileage, and toll expenses.
While you won’t get rich with the app, being Looker is a good way to earn some extra income on the side.
Start Looking With WeGoLook
As far as part-time or casual jobs go, being a Looker for WeGoLook is perfect if you have some free time on your hands and are able to travel around town, inspecting items and taking photos.
It’s not a work-from-home job — you actually have to commute to a location for each job (which could add to your expenses) — and you’re an independent contractor, which means you do miss out on benefits.
However, you only have to accept jobs when you want to, which means you can be completely flexible with your time.
The variety of tasks (or Looks) that you can do also keeps the job interesting, and the fees you’ll receive can help you save for that special trip or treat.
So if getting paid to run someone else’s errands sounds like something you’d like to do, It may be time to stop looking and start Looking.