Our Shepherds are at the heart of our business and so we believe that it’s important to get to know them. To do this, we sent out a survey to find out some key insights about our network as a whole. We also interviewed some of our Shepherds to really find out who they are, what Shepper means to them and how we can help to meet their needs. Read on to find out more about the people that make Shepper possible.

The majority of our Shepherds are over the age of 30. While there is a significant amount of younger Shepherds, there is also a relatively high number of Shepherds over 50.
A large amount of our Shepherds give back to their communities by doing unpaid charitable/community work.
While half of our Shepherds haven’t had their work hours affected by Covid-19, a huge 37% have had their hours reduced.
Of those Shepherds that had their hours reduced this year, the majority use Shepper to help make up for the hours they’ve lost.

Shepherd profiles

Glenn

Glenn is retired and used to work in the building industry – before that he was in the army. He loves his dog and adopting animals. Shepper drew him in because he loves talking to people and getting to know them. He finds Shepper is a good reason to start conversations with shopkeepers and staff, helping him connect with his local community. Shepper really ticked all the boxes for Glenn as he lives on a small island so meeting new people is very important to him.

Glenn enjoys doing his best to get the task right the first time around. He incorporates checks into his life, getting to them by walking or driving, and even sometimes taking his granddaughter along with him. 

“I’d recommend Shepper without a doubt. It’s great for students or retirees like myself. It’s great, especially in this lockdown, as you can do checks in the little bit of exercise that you’re allowed. I like that you have the opportunity to surprise staff. As part of my check today I was able to surprise an employee with a £10 gift card as part of the check, and he was delighted.”

Glenn

Mozhgan

Mozghan doesn’t currently have a full-time job and has been living in the UK for 2 years. She works in charity shops and is taking an English and accounting course. She chose to sign up for Shepper to give her a reason to get out of the house and earn some extra money while she’s job hunting. When she’s out and about, she uses Shepper to help her cover travel costs as she finds UK public transport quite expensive.

Mozghan loves the flexibility Shepper offers and the fact that she can pick up jobs as and when she wants. She thinks Shepper is fun as it’s nothing like a full-time job where there is often a lot of pressure and set times. Mozghan is also able to put down Shepper on her CV to help her show she has work experience in the UK.

“The support team is perfect and really helpful. They were patient because my English is not 100% and sometimes I have to send messages again.”

Mozhgan

Vivek

Vivek is a part-time legal assistant and is currently studying for his masters in law. He loves history, philosophy and visiting places with historical and archaeological importance. He started working for Shepper in 2019 as he had lots of free time: he hadn’t started his job yet and only had university classes a few days a week. Vivek wanted to earn some extra money but also to do something he could add to his CV. He also wanted a reason to explore his city more so completes most of his checks on foot, by bike or using public transport.

Vivek really likes the bus stop checks as they help him understand more about advertisement and presentation, whereas usually he would just glance at a poster and ignore it. Shepper has helped him appreciate how much work goes into putting up ad displays and maintaining them, as well as giving things he may not usually notice significance. 

Vivek thinks the gig-economy is great because it gives people the opportunity to earn good money on their terms. He believes that the gig-economy is very important during the pandemic which  brings about changes and new situations. The gig-economy, and companies like Shepper, help to keep people earning and working.

“I would recommend Shepper because of the flexibility which is very important to me. You don’t have to do a particular job at a particular time. Most jobs are very flexible, like a property inspection where you can complete something anytime between 9-5pm. The second thing is the pay which is pretty decent, along the lines of the normal hourly rate. The third thing is the support and quick responses you get through the app. The staff are really good. If ever I have some doubt I message them and they get back to me really quickly.”

Vivek

Taff

Taff is a business analyst at a big firm in London. She loves animals and used to live next-door to one of the best beaches in the world in the British Virgin Islands. Taff joined Shepper earlier this year and has experience doing mystery shopping jobs from her university days. Back then you had to write out your findings on paper, so she really likes Shepper’s app and the fact that you can get all your answers in while you’re at the location. 

Taff found out about Shepper on Money Saving Expert and it appeals to her because she thinks the surveys are shorter than other companies. She likes to fit Shepper checks into her daily routine or exercise, such as finding checks when she’s at the supermarket. She loves picking up bus stop checks as she’s got this down to a routine. Taff also finds that they get quicker and quicker the longer you do them. 

“The app interface is quite user friendly – the way it’s all laid out and that you can filter it. The other apps don’t do that, you just have to look at the map and try to figure it out. The questions are nicely laid out and it’s not daunting. I also like the feature that it stays orange if it is required. This helps me know what I need to take photos for and where I am missing information as I go through. You don’t have to search to find what you’re missing”

Taff

Lucy

Lucy is a student at the University of Edinburgh and is originally from London. She’s sporty and has experience working as a brand ambassador for various brands. Covid-19 hit this industry hard with food sampling and on-street marketing seeming to entirely disappear. Lucy decided to join Shepper as she needed a job with flexibility. Lucy checks the Shepper app everyday or so and usually completes checks during her lunch break.

As she has experience working with a lot of other gig economy companies, Lucy appreciates the Shepper app. She thinks it’s really well put together, unlike some of the apps she’s used when working for promotion agencies.

“One time I did a day of Shepper and I managed to do 2 hours of work, making £40 which is much better than I’d get at other jobs. My old job was £10 an hour. Some freelance jobs come up at £12/15 per hour  but that requires training and more qualifications so, for something where you don’t need training, Shepper compares really well.”

Lucy