Wookiee Rookie: Get Paid $1,000 To Watch Star Wars Movies

FinanceBuzz is looking for a Star Wars newbie to embark on the ultimate movie marathon in a galaxy far, far away.

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Updated May 13, 2024
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At FinanceBuzz, we love a good side hustle, and the Force is strong with this one.

In celebration of Star Wars Day on May the 4th, we want to pay someone $1,000 to watch the nine canonical movies of the Skywalker saga.

The catch? We’re looking for someone who’s brand new to the franchise — a first-timer to the Force, a true young Jedi — to rate and evaluate the saga from an outsider’s perspective. We’ll use our Wookiee Rookie’s analysis for an upcoming story on the franchise.

In exchange for your 25 hours and 7 minutes (the length of Episodes I to IX) of movie-watching, we’ll pay you $1,000 for your efforts, plus $100 to cover the costs of streaming, snacks, or a lightsaber. 

We'll feature your analysis along with our other seasonal side hustles and in an upcoming story on FinanceBuzz.  

Why we want to pay someone to watch the Star Wars saga

It’s almost the 25th anniversary of Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and the saga’s being re-released in major cities this May. We want to experience every moment through fresh Padawan eyes, from the initial hero’s journey on Tatooine to Rey’s journey of self-discovery.

Given the vast volume of content in the franchise, we know it’s a big decision to start watching Star Wars in 2024. But our team have all been fans since we were just baby Yodas, so we need an outsider’s perspective to help answer the question: Is it worth it? 

The assignment

To be eligible for this assignment, you must be a first-timer to the Star Wars franchise: no movies, no shows (including The Mandalorian), or video games. Starting in chronological order (by release date), you’ll make your way from Episode IV: A New Hope all the way to Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. And if you’re wondering why we didn’t start with Episode I, you’re probably the right person for our job.

We’ll ask you to answer some questions, give your impressions, and rate each movie. We’ll use your data for an upcoming story on FinanceBuzz.

What you’ll get

We’ll pay our Wookiee Rookie $1,000, plus $100 to cover the costs of streaming (or movie tickets), snacks, and whatever else you need to go on this epic adventure through the galaxy.

How to apply

If Yoda perfect candidate for this role, or just don’t understand the references in this article, you’re in the right place. Fill out the form below to let us know you’re interested and why you think you’d be a good candidate for this side hustle.

Applications are due by May 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The chosen candidate will be selected within two weeks and contacted via email. Then they’ll have one week to complete the assignment.

Applicants must be based in the United States and at least 18 years of age. We will also update this page to announce our newest team member.

Update: Applications for the Wookiee Rookie side hustle are now closed. Missed out? Check out more ways to make extra money online

More ways to become financially independent

Waiting to hear if you’ve been selected to join the Rebel Alliance? There are other ways to make extra money. Here are a few steps you can take to become more financially independent:

  • Are you already a Star Wars fan and want to rewatch the movies yourself? Take advantage of streaming deals to help you save money on the content you love.
  • Do you already subscribe to streaming services? Earn cash back or rewards on your existing monthly subscription costs by paying with a good credit card for streaming.
  • Track your spending. Use a budgeting app to monitor your spending and track all of your purchases. Those quick drive-through runs add up!
  • If you’ve got some extra time on the weekends and want to put it toward making more money, consider picking up a weekend side hustle.
  • Save money on online shopping with a simple-to-use browser extension. Tools like Capital One Shopping1 help you automatically find coupons for your purchases and uncover extra savings while shopping online.