Break out of Traditional Jobs with these Exciting Opportunities

As a student, or someone looking for a part-time job, you might have thought of some of the more “traditional” roles available. What many people forget, is that we’re living in a world where technology and science are improving in leaps and bounds, making the job landscape look very different to how it looked just a few years ago.

It’s crazy to think that many of the jobs that people are working in or studying towards today, won’t be in existence in the next few years. As our world is advancing at an ever-quickening pace, the nature of work is changing; and those changing with it, to paraphrase Darwin, are the ones that will prosper.

Take traditional jobs. Not too long ago, the world needed lamplighters (to light and refuel street lamps), ice cutters (before refrigerators, blocks of ice had to be cut up and sawed), switchboard operators…the list goes on. Surely a generation or two ago, people would never have dreamed of professions like developers, drone pilots, and many others we take for granted.

So here’s a modern twist on some great jobs to earn some great money in your spare time.

1. Man’s Best Friend

It sounds obvious, but walking a four-legged friend is just about one of the best things you can do for almost every reason in the book. First of all, it keeps you active and ensures you enjoy more than a PlayStation and the inside of a dorm room. Second, bonding with a dog is extremely rewarding; the way a dog reciprocates love and affection is heartwarming for anyone, not only the most diehard canine lovers. It also happens to be a fantastic way to meet new friends, and even romantic interests. Finally, dog walking doesn’t pay badly at all, compared to some other jobs out there. shows a median salary of $13.27 per hour, with some areas paying upwards of $20 per hour. Multiply this by a few dogs that can be walked at a time, and it becomes an attractive proposition. Definitely worth checking out!

Here’s the kicker. Don’t run your dog walking business like people did in the past. Dog walkers of the 21st century are getting smart, and that means using platforms like the awesome PetCheck, which provides dog walking management software including “fail-safe scheduling, verified staff visits through our patented barcode scanning technology  with real-time pet owner alerts, GPS tracking, invoicing, credit card processing, and business reports”. This means a smoother experience for everyone involved, and more pure bonding time with pooch!

2. Find the Remote

We don’t mean the TV remote. We’re talking about working remotely, which has become a massive industry these past few years. Sites like Upwork and Freelancer have let people leverage their skills to provide services to anyone, anywhere in the world, from the comfort of…well, anywhere.

Gone are the days when your work was tied to your office, factory, or wherever else you “had” to be. Today, most jobs can be done from anywhere. Certainly, if surgeons can do delicate operations from thousands of miles away, nothing should stand in the way of fulfilling your passion and adding value from wherever is convenient for you.

Not a killer graphic designer or an eloquent copywriter? Don’t sweat! Check out Fiverr, where any talent you have can be monetized. There are people offering voice overs, people who will write names in the sand, or even design you and your best friend out of clay. Hey, we don’t judge.

If remote working isn’t for you and you want to keep it local, try companies like TaskRabbit for people looking for someone exactly like you.

3. Be your own boss

You like doing things your way. Your time, your convenience and your independence are of paramount importance to you. You’re responsible, dependent and reliable.

In the past, this would probably have meant delivering the morning paper, or perhaps reluctantly calling up your local pizza joint to get on their roster as a delivery person. Once again, the world has changed, opening up a whole world of options that allow you to use your skills and resources available to you to create value for yourself and for others.

In this case, for example, you should be a SoPick Courier.

For those that don’t know SoPick, where have you been? But seriously, if you still need an introduction, SoPick is a technology-driven, people-centered social deliver service. What this means is that anyone can be a SoPick Courier. You might see that someone has requested a pick up near your home, and a drop-off right around the corner from your pickup basketball game. You’re taking the subway through anyway, so you can pick up the package, drop it at its destination, make some money and best of all, have the satisfaction of having helped someone else.

No late-night pizza deliveries, or early morning paper runs. Just convenience, independence, and the feeling of being at the cutting edge of the tech revolution.

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4. Write about it

Here’s a great idea: go travelling, and get paid for it! That’s right, you could go on an epic trip, take lots of pics and he the time of your life, all the while getting paid for your efforts. There are plenty of travel blogs and bloggers out there, so find someone you connect to and start gathering some tips.

Opening a blog is super easy (WordPress or Medium are great places to start) and you can start contacting hotels and attractions overseas and promising a great write-up in exchange for a free stay. Our advice though is to be honest and up-front, and explain that while you’re sure your stay will exceed expectations, you are committed to proving honest content to your readers.

Again, travelling and writing has moved on since Lewis and Clark. There are some awesome tools and gadgets – indeed, a whole new way of doing things – that will completely transform your experience. Whether it’s the HumanCharger  which uses drug-free, blue-enriched white light therapy to beat jetlag, Tile, which harnesses Bluetooth to make sure you never lose anything again, and doing all of this while learning the local language with DuoLingo.

While you’re traveling, take a package and make even more. Companies like Grabr will pay you to take small packages overseas for their clients. You can even sell your beautiful holiday snaps to companies like Shutterstock to make it even more worthwhile.

5. Lemonade Stand 2.0

Opening up a store is a great idea. Until you realize you have to buy inventory, stand for hours on end, speak to each customer individually, convincing them why you’re the best…

Yes, a store is a great idea. But why not open a virtual one?

You could sell stuff through platforms like eBay and Etsy, or you could set up your own store. This is also really easy to do and can be accomplished with a few clicks.

Another approach which has worked really well for people is drop shipping. In a nutshell, you buy from marketplaces like AliExpress and sell through someone like Amazon at a significant mark-up. Even better, you don’t have to pre-purchase or hold any inventory. You only need to order the product once someone has actually ordered it from you, and the manufacturer or wholesaler (in this case AliExpress) can ship directly to the customer. Experiment with landing pages, Facebook ads and Google adwords to boost business.

The world is moving online, and in order to get great opportunities, you should move with it too!

Expand your horizons

These are just some of the ways that tech is making “traditional” jobs easier, simpler, and more lucrative; not to mention creating whole new sub-industries and ways to explore your passions.

There truly is something for everyone, and best of all these options are expanding all the time, as our world keeps developing.

So get up and get going, do some research and check out your options, go out and make a difference; and best of all, you’ll be able to look back at everything you’ve accomplished with pride.

The Sexy Future of Deliveries

You’d better believe it when we say that the delivery industry is one of the sexiest and most forward-thinking around. It’s no wonder that we at SoPick are a part of this exciting time for the industry, a time when the older and slower “traditional” companies are being replaced by technology-driven and forward-thinking companies focused on what deliveries of the future will bring.

As more and more people shop online, and as the world gets smaller in terms of supply chain, deliveries are becoming all the more important. This has come at a time when big data is being gathered on a scale never seen before, and technology is being used to revolutionize whole industries.

We’ve taken a look at some of the big things happening in the delivery industry, and what exciting changes the not-too-distant future may bring.

Amazon’s fantastic flying warehouse

A small wave was created when Geekwire spotted an Amazon patent that involves affixing parachutes to products, to make drone deliveries safer and more efficient. That was nothing compared to their flying warehouses that will send drones to your door. This fantastical patent filed by the internet giants describes “urban fulfillment centers” that will hold inventory and be placed in optimal locations. Much like a beehive, drones will autonomously arrive, load up, and deliver in an endless loop. And food deliveries? Not a problem! Temperature controlled models are already being planned.

The filing gave an example of a large sporting event. A flying warehouse will be stationed nearby stocked with snacks and merchandise, ready to make seamless deliveries to fans below. The patent even went so far as to cover specialized shuttles, advertising, and a connected network that allows all the various components to communicate with one another in real time.

Amazon certainly have an eye on the future, as their recent Amazon Go concept showed. For those that need reminding, Amazon Go “is a new kind of store with no checkout required. We created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout”. They even add a “No, seriously” for good measure.

There was a time when people didn’t believe that Amazon Dash buttons would become a reality. Perhaps flying warehouses are closer than many may think.

High Five

Sticking with Amazon and their futuristic patents, another forward-thinking idea they have is a variation on the traditional warehouse. Instead of large, single-story warehouses that are traditionally used in the industry, they envision huge, vertical, beehive-shaped drone centers located in major cities. They call these “multi-level fulfillment centers” and would accommodate thousands of orders every day.

I, Robot

Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has successfully trialled robotic deliveries, partnering with Starship Technologies. The robot, equipped with cameras and sensors, can climb curbs and even work in snow. The company also conducted trials with Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, California.

Keep Trucking

The world of autonomous trucks has been getting a lot of exposure recently. Indeed, the likes of Tesla, Google and Uber have all thrown their hats in the ring in a bid to become market leaders in this exciting space. What people often forget, is that almost every item we order online has spent time on the back of a massive truck, driven by one of the 1.7 million truck drivers in the US. Environmental activists have long been calling out the industry for high emissions, and the industry is plagued by safety issues, high turnover and low wages.

So it’s natural that this is an industry crying out for a technology-led change. Tesla of course has focused on an electric truck prototype. Alphabet-owned Waymo is duking it out in court with Uber, who purchased autonomous driving tech company Otto. Starsky robotics is one of the companies offering after-market autonomization retrofit kits, Volvo and Mercedes have entered the race, and of course Amazon is developing their own solution.

The driving itself isn’t the only area where the trucking industry is developing. Nikola Motor Company hopes to introduce hydrogen-powered trucks, Embark plans to assist drivers on long drives, and there are many other exciting companies all looking at this high-potential industry.

The other side of Coin

There are of course other sides to the story. Many critics believe that Amazon’s ideas are not practical, and are being used to garner free publicity. Similarly, Starship’s robots have a long way to go before they are actually feasible in the real world. They currently have to be accompanied by handlers, and there are concerns over injuries to passers-by, theft, and many other issues.

Similar issues are being faced by the trucking industry; battery technology, regulations, and other limitations are tempering expectations.

An Eye on the Future

At SoPick, we side with the thinkers of tomorrow. Sure, massive flying warehouses might not happen tomorrow, but without expanding our horizons and pushing the boundaries, we as a society would never innovate and improve.

Our tech-focused, people-centered solution allows full integration across all your favorite devices, and lets you order, track, and deliver seamlessly. Anyone can order a pick-up, and everyone can be a SoPick courier. It’s about convenience, speed, ease-of-use and peace-of-mind.

As a technology company focused on revolutionizing the world of deliveries, we believe that we’re perfectly placed to take this industry forward; not just tomorrow, but today.

The Essence of the Sharing Economy

The offer is tantalizing. Own less, yet have more.

This is the essence of the sharing economy, what some experts see as nothing less than a revolution within our society, much like the industrial age was to the late 18th century. Examples of the sharing economy touch our lives almost everywhere, from Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing platforms, to Airbnb, peer-to-peer lending companies, co-working spaces and even RV rentals.

The development of this economy has its roots in many factors; increased computing power and storage, the age of big data and machine learning, improved artificial intelligence – and even the “Just In Time” inventory management system of the Japanese automakers, that Toyota first started exploring in the 1970’s, whereby large amounts of inventory were now held or owned by the manufacturers themselves, but rather ordered “on demand”, as and when required.

If it’s not on demand, I’m not interested

This “on demand” factor is a critical element of the sharing economy. The thinking goes as follows” why own something – with the associated hassle factors, costs, and risks – when you could just pay for what you use? Airbnb is a compelling use case here. In the past, owning a holiday home in an exotic destination was seen as an ideal, a mark of status, and for many a life goal. Realistically, this home would be used by most people for, at most, a couple of weeks of the year. For the rest, it would lie empty. Today, Airbnb has made it possible to not only monetize this idle time, but to experience a magnificent holiday home anywhere in the world, whenever you should so desire; thus uncoupling the physical asset from the experience.

This has been applied to so almost all areas of modern living. A business for example does not need to hire a full-time employee for specific tasks. Rather, they can use freelancing sites like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and a plethora of others to get amazing work done. These experts can be sitting anywhere in the world, and each one comes with their portfolios, ratings by others, the relevant escrow accounts, and so on.

The best of the Sharing Economy

Other well known examples that most of us will be familiar with or have read about are: Lending Club, that connects borrowers with investors through an online marketplace, and which has already processed over $26 billion in loans and dealt with over 1.5 million customers; Rent the Runway, an innovative service that lets you “raid a dream closet” and rent high-end designer pieces; HipCamp, which allows you to discover and book over 285,000 campsites, ranches, vineyards, farms, public parks and other interesting places; and Cohealo, a company that is pioneering a new way for healthcare facilities to leverage technology and collaborate in terms of usage of other facilities’ idle capacity.

Who’s guilty ? The industries that haven’t changed

What aspects of our lives have not yet been improved by the exciting sharing economy? To spot the culprits, one needs to look no further than industries dominated by a few older, “established” companies that have been slow to adopt technology to make consumers’ lives better (Hint: the retail space is exactly such an area. Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in no coincidence). One area or industry that has been conspicuously lagging behind, is that of deliveries. Dominated by older, established players (UPS, DHL, US Postal, Fedex), the industry has not used technology sufficiently in order to bring their business model into this new technological era.

Rising stars of Sharing Economy

For us at SoPick, we see the incredible value we have to offer as part of the sharing economy. Being a technology company, there is a massive opportunity to revolutionize the delivery space much like what Uber did to the motor industry, and Airbnb did for the hospitality sector.

SoPick leverages the sharing economy in a fresh model that enables anyone with our app to be a courier, and anyone to be a sender. For example: you left your gym bag at the coffee shop this morning, and you’re already at the office. In the past, this could have caused untold amounts of stress and worry, countless phone calls and arrangements with friends, as well as a huge drop in productivity and focus at work. Instead, you could just order a SoPick Courier through any of your devices, and they’ll pick up and deliver your bag safe and sound, and you can track their progress throughout. The courier could be student on a break from school who is looking to earn some extra cash, and sees that this delivery is on their route. Like the best of the sharing economy, a win-win situation is created.

What the future may bring

The sharing economy is set to grow tremendously. The Brookings Institute is forecasting $335 billion by 2025, with some estimates even more optimistic.

What is certain is that we are no longer shackled to physical assets that are often chronically underused. The power is back in the hands of the consumer in terms of what goods or services they need, at a time and place that suits them. Moreover, technology has given people unprecedented access to this economy, breaking through traditional boundaries and ushering in an era of equality, agility and convenience.

The sharing economy has already revolutionized so much of our lives, and for companies in this space as well as the consumer, the future is looking brighter than ever.