Qwick is a staffing platform offering part-time and flexible jobs in the food service industry

Expected pay: minimum wage – $30 per hour

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Commissions & fees: 40% of workers pay, paid by employer

Where: 23 U.S. cities

Requirements: smart phone, prior experience, any required licensing (such as food handlers certificates for chefs); attend an online orientation

What is Qwick?

Qwick is an online marketplace that connects individuals and companies that are hosting events with the cooks, waiters, bartenders and concession attendants capable of staffing these events.

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How it works

You sign up with the site and tell it your expertise. Qwick vets each worker through an online application and orientation, where they’ll need to pass a “certification” test that presumably reflects their experience and skill. Only workers with at least a year of experience are accepted.

Once your application is approved, the site starts sending you potential jobs that fit your experience.

Each job offer is designed to tell workers everything they need to determine whether to accept or reject a shift. This includes the location, start time, pay, staff contact, parking, and required dress code. You’ll also be told what type of event it is and how many people will be attending.


Both workers and employers are rated at the end of each shift. Any worker who earns a rating below 3.5 stars is kicked off the platform and will not receive any more shifts. Workers who get high ratings, which reflect promptness, professionalism and reliability, are offered jobs before lower-rated workers.

Notably, poorly rated employers are also kicked off the platform. So you’re likely to find that this site’s employers are more agreeable than most.


If you set up Instant Pay on your account, you can get paid for a shift within an hour of completing it. Without Instant Pay, you’ll still get compensated within days of finishing work. That makes this a nice spot for workers in need of fast cash.

Long-term relationships

Qwick also encourages corporate clients to develop relationships with workers and hire them directly, if they so choose.

Unlike most gig companies that levy steep finder’s fees on companies that hire a worker they met through a gig site, Qwick expects no remuneration. Says the site: “We believe that helping quality people to find quality jobs will help to build great long-term relationships with the businesses that we partner with.”


Qwick operates in 23 cities, and is worth a look when you’re in its market area. You can sign up for Qwick here. If you’re not in a market where Qwick operates, consider Wonolo or Jitjatjo.

What their users say (from Indeed):

Management is really great and quick to respond if you have any issues or questions come up. The pay is good and so are the opportunities I can find. The only downside is that there are not a lot of job postings and the postings that do show up get taken very quickly.

“Great company to work for; however it is not enough hours or shifts. It’s either feast or famine!”

I enjoy being a hospitality freelancer through Qwick. I work when I want so I’m able to have a decent work/life balance. The pay is decent for most of the opportunities.


“You get the freedom to pick your shifts and get free food too at most of them. A lot of the places will offer permanent work to repeats as well. Overall a great gigs ap.”

“I can pick up shifts when I need extra money; it’s convenient and always works out. My pay and benefits are in my bank account within two business days, if I don’t do the instant pay.”

“Helps me pay bills…i cant complain. Register with the App . take some certifications. Then look for shifts to pick up. Not all will be close to you. You pick which ones you want.”


Even though you can work your own schedule. If you are a professional bartender or banquet server Quick or management will take all the gratuities!! I worked a gig, my own register made over $400 in tips, I got $58. If you are not experienced this may be a good gig for you. Otherwise Quick and the venue host are making $100’s of dollars of you. All the while treating you like a peasant!! It’s only good for inexperienced, sub par workers!

Infrequent shifts

“I enjoy working for Qwick, as I do like to make my own schedule and task out my own positions. I’ve worked places from 5-star to mom ‘n pop restaurants through Qwick. Meeting new people in the biz daily and weekly is definitely beneficial in gaining skills and expanding my horizons.”

“I signed up with Qwick went to orientation, and haven’t received any assignments. However, did receive a last min assignment that was an hour and a half away for on 13.00 hourly. Complete waste of time. You cant earn money off this mess. Deleted the app.”

“I love the flexibility and the compensation but the frequency is random and unpredictable which makes it hard to earn a living. You need additional employment as primary income.”

Updated 11/15/2023

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