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Finals, Projects and Reports

May 5th, 2019 Posted by Tips for Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

May is a busy time of year!  The school year is drawing to a close and there are finals and papers to think about, in addition to the shops you have picked up to earn that extra summer cash. It can be tough to juggle all the responsibilities. Here is some advice to help you process your shops in a timely fashion so you can be sure to get your paycheck in time for summer. (more…)

Make Your Own Luck

March 11th, 2019 Posted by Tips for Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

Many beginner shoppers underestimate the importance of verifying their target employee will be in the office before making the trip to the community and this can result in having to make an additional trip. Don’t leave it up to chance; make your own luck!
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Show Some Love

February 16th, 2019 Posted by Tips for Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

The main purpose of an apartment mystery shop is to evaluate the leasing agent’s performance and ensure he or she is following the training provided by their employer. They should work to move the interaction forward toward the end goal of securing a lease, but occasionally you will encounter an agent who seems nervous or shy. Here are a few suggestions for creating an environment to give the leasing agent the greatest opportunity for success.
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Making the Most of Your Holiday Hours

December 16th, 2018 Posted by Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

Along with the joy and cheer of the holiday season can come some added financial considerations. Many of us look for ways to bring in a little extra income to cover these costs and apartment mystery shopping can be a great solution! However, with all the activities with family and friends, it can be a challenge to find the time to do it all. When you have many shops to do, you will need to do some planning to maximize your time.

 

With Ellis Mystery Shopping Company, the apartment shops you choose typically have a window of a few days for completion. Once you dig deeper, you will see that some shops can only be shopped on weekdays while others may have weekend only specifications. In order to make sure you can compete the shops you assigned to yourself during the time you have available, make a note of the times the apartment shops can be completed.

Also, if you choose a shop with a specific target agent, you should start making calls from the time you assign the shop, even if it isn’t due for a couple of days. After completing the calls, you will have a better idea of the best order to complete your assigned shops based on distance and due dates.

Of course, you should complete the shops with dates coming up soon. If you need more time, you can reach out to the team at Ellis and they can help. However, some clients have time constraints and need shops completed by the deadline, so extensions are not possible.

In conclusion, you can make the most of your holiday earnings if you identify your availability and then pick up the jobs that work best with that timeframe. When you successfully stack your shops for streamlined completion, you maximize your potential earnings.

Apartment Mystery Shopping is a Job You Can Be Thankful For

November 25th, 2018 Posted by Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

There are plenty of reasons to be thankful to have a job in the apartment mystery shopping industry!  In this blog, we’ll explore 3 reasons why apartment mystery shopping is a great choice for you to earn extra money this holiday season and all year round.
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The Holiday Hustle

October 21st, 2018 Posted by Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s time to start thinking about that holiday hustle. You can set out to secure a part-time seasonal job with set hours or you can pursue a more flexible way to earn extra cash – apartment mystery shopping!

If you choose to get started with apartment mystery shopping, you will be able to complete shops on your own time; you can forget the time clock! You are sure to find jobs near you as EPMS offers shops all over the country, from Erie, Pennsylvania to Amarillo, Texas to San Diego, California. This will allow you to earn as much or as little as you need to get you through the coming holiday months.

Below are two ways to increase the chances of securing more apartment mystery shops.

Check the Site Often

Check the EPMS apartment mystery shopping page often. Doing this gives you the best opportunity to pick up the apartment mystery shops you want before someone else does. The best times to check for new available shops is on the first of the month and the middle of the month. Later in the month there may be fewer shops, but there are often additional bonuses attached at that time, so it would be to your advantage to check late in the month if you have a few days free to shop.

Another important note: do not forget to respond to the emails you receive from the EPMS staff. Often, they will reach out to solicit for shoppers to complete shops coming due soon and these shops generally have additional bonus pay attached.

Choose to Be a Backup Shopper

If you check the site and only see the backup option, take it! Why? You never know when the original mystery shopper may need to back out of the shop and when they do, the shop is yours!

By volunteering to be a backup shopper, you will be of service to EPMS and the mystery shopper who needed to drop the shop, not to mention, you will be able to make some extra quick cash.

These are just two of many ways to increase your holiday cash while still operating on your own time.

Go over to the EPMS log in page now and see what is listed in your area today. Happy shopping!

3 Reasons to Apartment Mystery Shop This Fall

September 15th, 2018 Posted by Benefits of Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

The fall season is prime time for people to make changes and move. Many people move to new cities or within the same city for school, jobs, or other reasons. Often, people choose to live in apartments, either as a temporary residence between homes or as a more permanent living arrangement while attending college or waiting to purchase their first home.

 

New Builds

Most major cities, such as San Diego, California or Minneapolis, Minnesota are building more condos, townhomes and apartment communities than ever. Completing apartment mystery shops in these areas enables you to get paid while looking inside those new properties you see popping up all over town!

I love completing apartment shops for new builds. It is exciting to peek inside the massive new constructions taking place in my city of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Explore Design Layouts

I personally enjoy exploring the many apartment design layouts the various apartment communities have to offer residents. I have visited properties with over 12 potential layouts to choose from! This is a great way to get ideas about what you like the next time you are on your own house or apartment search. Plus, the deign models can offer helpful suggestions of new ways to arrange furniture.

Increase Your Shop Profile Numbers

The more successful apartment mystery shops you complete, the better the chance of getting more mystery shops! Not to mention that all the practice will help you hone your skills, both in shopping and in composing the report. After all, every mystery shopping company is looking for the best and brightest, so use this as your time to shine.

No Experience Needed!

August 20th, 2018 Posted by Benefits of Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

There is nothing more frustrating and discouraging than wanting and needing work but being unable to secure a job due to lack of experience. After all, how can you gain work experience if you are not able to find a job?  If you are a high school or college student, a stay-at-home parent, or just someone who needs extra cash on a part-time basis, mystery shopping for EPMS might be the answer to earning work experience with a flexible job schedule.

 

Many mystery shopping companies, such as Ellis (EPMS), do not require prior work experience and provide free on-line tutorials to help you learn the ropes.  When you apply to shop with EPMS, you participate in a simple on-line tutorial and then complete the online certification test. You can be approved and ready to begin shopping as early as the same day in some cases!

Apartment mystery shopping with Ellis has the advantage of allowing you to gain work experience with no upfront costs. In addition, there is work available in areas where other such opportunities may be scarce, such as St. Paul, Minnesota, Lincoln, Nebraska and parts of south and west Texas such as Abilene, Odessa or Laredo.  If you are looking to essentially earn money from home and you would like to begin to build your resume with some real-world experience, mystery shopping is an excellent option.

Instead of feeling discouraged if it has been days and still no telephone call from that last job interview, take a couple of hours, visit our site and get on the road to earning money and experience with a flexible schedule.

Comeback from Complacency: Get Back Your Mojo!

July 26th, 2018 Posted by Tips for Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

Complacency can hinder your efforts to develop as a mystery shopper. Are you ready to come back from complacency and get back your mojo!

Once you tackle and learn the job of mystery shopping, it is easy to become complacent on just filling out the evaluation report and submitting it for payment without pursuing a desire to improve your skills.  Working at a satisfactory level for a regular paycheck may suffice for a while, but to ensure higher-pay job opportunities, you should set aside a small amount of time to focus on your job proficiency.

 

There are numerous areas a shopper could improve, but an important one is submitting better reports.  This can include better proofreading, increasing your vocabulary, or working on your typing skills. When you submit well-written, well-edited reports in a timely manner, it can improve your reputation as a shopper, making the mystery shopping company trust you with better or more frequent job opportunities.

Keep in mind, there are many free proofreading tools you can download which are far superior to the regular proofreading software that usually comes with your computer system.  A quick search on the Internet for free proofreading software can easily upgrade your available tools in a few minutes.  You could also consider investing in a small dictionary or thesaurus to help keep you out of a vocabulary rut.  There are even free online writing exercises to improve your sentence and grammar structure as well as typing skills.

You can set yourself up to earn great supplemental income through mystery shopping if you are able to stay on top of your game. Come back from complacency and get back your mojo today!

Mystery Shopping is Simply the Best!

July 18th, 2018 Posted by Benefits of Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

There is a plethora of mystery shops that can be completed in various industries to allow you to earn money from home. From dining to amusement parks like that famous one in Orlando, FL, you can complete a mystery shop within almost any industry. In this article, we’ll discuss why mystery shops within the apartment industry can be some of the best! One major perk is you can find available shops almost anywhere in the country, from Chico, California to Omaha, Nebraska and even in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

 

No Money Upfront 

Many mystery shopping industries require you to purchase food, items or admission upfront. Although those costs will most likely be reimbursed, you still must come up with those funds to begin with and in some cases, the shop pays a flat rate to include that reimbursement.  This is not the case with apartment mystery shops, such as those offered through EPMS. There is no money required upfront to become an EPMS shopper or to start shopping regular paper shops.

Design and Layout Ideas 

Multi-family housing construction is at an all-time high in many major cities from Corpus Christi, TX to Knoxville, TN, which really increases the demand for apartment mystery shoppers. A fun benefit of completing these shops is they provide many opportunities to see new apartments, including their interior design. This can give you some great ideas for decorating in your own home. The layout of the apartments and offices are always interesting to see as well.

Short Answer Mystery Shop Forms 

The shopping reports for EPMS are easy to complete. The forms are filled with questions you answer based on what you remember from your recent shop. The report is broken down into sections organized by the parts of the shop (telephone, community appearance, greeting, tour, etc.) and most of the questions are yes/no with a few comments questions to sum up each section.

The sooner you begin, the sooner you can start making money, so get out there and get shopping!

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