Merchandiser in Portland, OR
I've worked at Jyve for more than two years now in Oregon. There are many kinds of jobs now, but I do grocery stocking and merchandising. On a typical day, I will "Jyve" one or two stores. This includes checking in with a manager and doing a COVID screening (temp check and collecting a name and phone number for contact tracing purposes). Stocking a cart of frozen product to the frozen aisles, a cart of refrigerated product to dairy and produce, and typically one or two pallets of center store groceries. The cases are labeled with aisle numbers so I try to sort them on a u-boat in a way that I can stock the store from one end to the other efficiently. I clean up my cardboard/plastic and damaged products and send in my completed Jyve in the app. I always take a screenshot of the job amount and completion time just in case, but I've never had any issues with sending in my jobs or collecting correct pay. You receive direct deposit the following Friday, every Friday, for the jobs you complete.I have trained Jyvers in the past and many show up to the training not knowing what the job is or what to expect or really what's going on at all. This job requires the independent contractor to be very proactive. You have to complete your application, interview, and training online. There are several training courses and you have to get certified to do each separate brand or job. You have to claim your jobs each morning, set up your own payable account with their billing partner, pay your own estimated taxes (I do it quarterly), and if you run into problems, yo can contact Jyve Support. Their support team is really fantastic. You can also get help via an online form on their website but I prefer calling. You can get help if you need it, but no one is going to hold your hand. It can be a little intimidating at first. A job that says it should take about 4 hours to do might take you 6 hours the first few times, but you will get better at it and the time estimate will be more accurate. It's not paid hourly, it's paid per job, so it's in your best interest to figure out how to work quickly, correctly, and efficiently.What I enjoy about Jyving - I am quite active on the platform and do a good job, so I can claim the same stores consistently week to week. Doing the same stores often is really nice for getting to know the people there, establishing trust and respect and when you come across something new, you already know who to ask. After a while, you'll know where every product is in the store and you can finish your jobs super quickly. In a similar vein, I can also choose when I don't want to work. If I want to take a vacation, or have time off, or need appointments scheduled, etc, I don't have to ask anyone for permission, I just don't claim work for that day. You don't even need to ask permission when to use the restroom or when to take a break. I feel like I have a lot of freedom over my work and my time. There are "better" jobs out there but I am loving the freedom right now and it's a great fit for me.To me, stocking the groceries and having full, beautiful shelves and an empty back room at the end of my shift is really gratifying.The onboarding process is now completely online because of the pandemic and if you have no idea what it's like to work in a grocery store, it might be a bit tough for you at first. It's not impossible, but you will have to be okay with asking for help either in the store or Jyve Support, or the Jyver Slack channels.