Apps Are Creating New Jobs

March 5th, 2013 / No Comments »

By 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…….