Greg Bensinger and Jessica E. Lessin:
A year ago, Ashley Diedrich worked 12-hour shifts at a psychiatric hospital near her home in Hot Springs, Ark., making $1,700 to $2,000 a month. Today she makes as much as $3,000 a month peddling women’s clothing and accessories from home.
The career change was spurred by an iPhone app called Poshmark. Developed by a Silicon Valley company with the same name, it connects buyers and sellers of designer clothing via their smartphones. Poshmark takes a 20% cut of each transaction and helps facilitate shipping.
“Now I make better money faster,” says Ms. Diedrich, 27 years old, who quit her nursing job last May and now spends evenings after her children have gone to bed photographing blouses and sweaters on a mannequin dubbed “Barbie” in her kitchen.
Ms. Diedrich is among a growing group of people affected by the recent extension of the business of apps beyond software developers and giant technology companies like Apple Inc. AAPL -2.16% and Google Inc. GOOG -0.86% Mobile apps have spawned new sets of jobs that people across the country are performing without having to have a computer-science degree.
How big of a money maker are apps? What country’s GDP is the size of the global app economy? How does app use compare to TV in terms of time spent per day? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has answers.
A year ago, Ashley Diedrich worked at a psychiatric hospital near her home in Hot Springs, Ark., making $1,700 to $2,000 a month. Today she makes as much as $3,000 a month selling women’s clothing and accessories from home.
Would-be taxi drivers are making a living via ride-sharing transportation apps like Lyft and Uber. Others are working as couriers using delivery apps like Postmates, or renting out their driveways on Parking Panda.
Indeed, smartphones and tablets—which typically have built-in cameras, Internet connections and global-positioning systems—enable just about anyone to be a roving merchant or courier.