10 Easier Ways to Make More Money with Field Inspections

Field inspections remain one of the best ways to start a home business or to make some side income. Here are some tips to do more for less time and effort:


10 Easier Ways to Make More Money with Field Inspections

  1. Do NOT accept low-paying assignments. With that said there are more “quickie” inspections where you simply take a few photos via a mobile app like Gigwalk. Now I’ve taken these on because I can complete as many as 10 assignments in an hour, so my net is still rough $40-50 PER HOUR.
  1. Related to the first item is working with reputable inspection companies . There has been consolidation within the industry. When I started, Office Tiger became RR Donnelly and then Covius. Most recently, Spectrum Field Services acquired them. The jury is still out on what this means for inspectors.
  1. Build routes – mystery shoppers also do this. Basically, by setting up a string of destinations, you 1) save gas 2) save time 3) maximize earnings just make sure that you also include enough “buffers” for things running late, meal breaks and possibly traffic / parking
  1. Invest in quality equipment if you followed my basic suggestions, you got a good Canon digital camera, along with a clipboard. These alone will help you a long way. Some people try to skimp by using their smartphone or just using a sheet of paper for notes. Believe me, I’ve made both mistakes and more!
  1. Connect with other inspectors . When I got started, I was blessed to have found Richard Law of SOFI. Not only did he become my mentor, we’ve also partnered to help new inspectors. I’m still in the process of rebuilding the website. Meanwhile, we have online communities, including a group that will meet weekly to discuss trends and updates in the industry.
  1. Generally, especially starting out, you will just be happy with whatever work your scheduler or agency sends your way. From time to time you’ll help out with last minute requests or “would you mind going to this location?” assignments. But over time you can negotiate for travel and additional fees . This is actually important not just to make more money, but also because going out of your way costs gas and time that can be spent writing reports or getting other business.
  1. Make the most of your downtime. Generally speaking, I schedule appointments before and after rush hour traffic. Besides maximizing your time in the field vs. sitting in traffic, this also allows you to work a bit while waiting traffic out. I’m either setting up future appointments or getting caught up on writing reports.
  1. Build rapport with schedulers – I’ve already mentioned helping them out, whenever possible. They’ll remember you when assigning work. Likewise, if your contacts speak well about your professionalism and how they enjoy working with you, word gets back to your schedulers. There have been buildings I’ve inspected year after year, where property managers knew me by first name.
  1. Carry business cards – I know, so old school, and it seems so unnecessary in this digital age. But there’s still something about these little tokens. Plus, if you offer other services that businesses may be interested in such as accounting or marketing, this is a great way to plug it.
  1. Get educated about the business – with the Internet and the access to all the knowledge and information out there, there really is no excuse! Join our insiders’ group, where you can mastermind with other seasoned field inspectors & benefit from their experiences.

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2 Responses to 10 Easier Ways to Make More Money with Field Inspections

  1. Cameron Burrell June 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    Good stuff John. Getting started in the San Antonio market.

    • John Chang July 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks, Cameron! Keep us all (the FieldRep101 community) posted, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to support your business!

      BTW have you checked out the public Facebook group? https://www.facebook.com/fieldrep101/

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