February 22

Five Reasons to Work Poached Shifts

Have you heard of Poached Shifts? Not sure if it’s for you? Well, here’s all the ways workers use Poached Shifts.

If you’ve heard of Poached Shifts but don’t really know how it fits into your schedule, career, or life — this article is for you. Poached Shifts is our newest tool that allows employers to post individual shifts and book applicants as contract workers. There are no fees for picking up shifts through Poached — I’ll say that again — THERE ARE NO FEES FOR WORKERS TO WORK THROUGH POACHED!! Unlike other staffing/gig platforms, we believe that workers should not have to pay for career opportunities. Instead, we pass on a flat $39 booking fee to the employer for each shift worked, so yes, we make some money out of this — just not from your cut.

So if you’ve been interested in learning more about Poached Shifts, are hesitant to try it out, or are just not sure if it’s for you — here are five ways anyone can use Poached Shifts to their advantage.

Make extra money
We all know jobs in the restaurant industry can have less than predictable income. The main benefit of working shifts through Poached is gaining the flexibility to make more money when it fits your schedule. Whether you’re currently in hospitality or left the industry for something else, Poached Shifts is a great supplemental tool to a permanent job.

Whether you took some time off and need to catch up financially, or it’s the slow season and hours or tips are not where they usually are. Maybe, you’re just saving up for something special or want some extra cushion — Poached Shifts is your backup plan to make more money when you need it and when you want it.

Gain experience
If you’ve ever wanted to explore another hospitality position, like serving, bartending, or a BOH position — Poached Shifts can be a great way to expand your resume. Many employers are looking to fill entry-level positions within their establishments for helping hands, which means you’re not just going to be thrown in the deep end.

You might start with small tasks like doing some prep work, pouring wine, or running food, but you could gain experience to land the job you’ve been dreaming of after building up that foundational experience.

Find a new job
Many employers posting shifts are looking for someone more permanent — so if you’re on the market for a new job, then picking up shifts might be the best way to see if the establishment is a good fit for what you’re looking for.

It’s very likely that if you pick up a shift at one establishment, they will post again in the near future — so keep your eyes peeled and apply immediately once you see a new Shift posting. Giving an establishment a couple of tries before committing is a great way to reduce your own turnover and ensure you’re committing to the right place.

Stay employed while unemployed.
Sometimes financial responsibilities can keep us somewhere we don’t want to be — far longer than we should. With Poached Shifts, you can now earn some money during job hunting so that if you’re ever unemployed, it doesn’t always have to be as tight as it could be.

While you’re job searching, working Shifts allows you some flexibility to take the time you need to ensure you’re finding the right fit.

Have more control over your schedule.
For some, working Shifts is a great way to be in total control of your schedule and income. With Poached, we have shifts up for grabs weekly, so it can be possible just to do this as your job. Become a freelance hospitality professional and work when and where you want. When we asked a frequent shift worker how they liked using Poached Shifts, A. Edmunds told us,

“Poached Shifts was a great way for me to find work after moving to a new city,” Edmunds said.  “I was able to have a week of work scheduled before I made my move and managed to turn Poached shifts into a full-time position. I would recommend anyone in the service industry use this website to look for work.”

Poached Shifts might seem like a new concept, but it’s not. Catering and independent restaurants have hired “on-call” staff or used temp agencies for a long time. With Poached Shifts, workers get 100% of the income, have more control over their schedules, and find great opportunities from a single platform they already use. So if you’ve been on the fence, sign up for Poached Shifts today by downloading the Poached App.


About the author

Ashley McNally likes to cook, loves to bake, and is always dreaming of her next meal. With over 13 years of experience working in various roles within a restaurant — McNally has made a home in hospitality.

About the author

Ashley McNally likes to cook, loves to bake, and is always dreaming of her next meal. With over 13 years of experience working in various roles within a restaurant — McNally has made a home in hospitality.