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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!

Get Your Ducks in a Row

July 10th, 2018 Posted by Tips for Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

You’ve made the wise decision to start earning money working from home as a mystery shopper and you are about to perform your very first apartment mystery shop! Follow these tips to help you do your best. After all, if the shop goes smoothly, you will feel better about accepting more jobs and making more money.

 

One of the first things you should do is get a good night’s sleep. You will need to be alert and observant on the shop, so try to get the rest you need. In the morning, have a bite to eat and then start making your calls to the apartment community. Most apartment communities start answering their phones around 9:00 AM, but this can vary a bit by location.

When you call, make sure you already have a timeline in mind for your move. Don’t hesitate when asked for that information! Doing so will make the agent will wonder why you don’t immediately know when you will be moving and that may compromise your identity as a shopper. Remember to also have a reason why you are moving. Most people move because of a job or because their lease ended. Just be sure your reason for moving is plausible.

After the call has been completed, you are ready to complete the on-site portion of your shop. Wear better clothes to make a good impression, but dress comfortably as well. You will likely have to walk to the model or empty apartment. Make note of the time you arrive at the shop and the time you leave.

Lastly, when you have finished your shop and return home, you will want to write the report ASAP, while the information is still fresh in your mind. If you took notes during your visit, you will be ahead of the game and your report will be accurate.

Once you’ve completed a few shops, you’ll find that most of these practices begin to come naturally!

Help Them Help You

May 31st, 2018 Posted by Mystery Shopping Experiences No Comment yet

When you choose to work from home as a mystery shopper, you have several important responsibilities. One job is to create a space for the leasing agents to show their best performance. To do this, you want to make sure you take the focus off yourself as much as possible and instead allow the agent to take the lead. You’ll want to be sure to present yourself as an open, pliable leasing prospect.

Here are three great ways you can conduct yourself to allow the agent the best opportunity to succeed: 

Listen 

The leasing agent should be doing more talking than you. Remember, your job is to respond, not lead the conversation. Of course, there may be some leasing agents who are more talkative than others, but that is okay; another part of your job is to be comfortable with silence.

The leasing agent should be aware of what his or her job consists of, so sit back and let them take the wheel and guide the conversation, both on the phone and on-site.  Be responsive and answer questions freely, but allow them to ask for the pieces of information they need. 

Smile 

The more comfortable the leasing agent feels with you, the more he or she will feel inclined to complete their job thoroughly. A smile, especially a genuine one, can go a long way to creating a scenario where the leasing agent believes they can succeed in closing an apartment lease with you. 

Act 

Act like you are a real prospective resident. This means you should allow the agent to sell you on the community. If you do not like something about the apartment, use it as your objection for the leasing agent to overcome. This will sound more natural and believable. However, keep in mind that you are not really leasing, so you do not have to press too aggressively about your objection.

Apartment mystery shopping will become easier the more relaxed you are on the job!

Maximizing Mystery Shop Volume

May 23rd, 2018 Posted by Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

Mystery shopping is a great way to work from home!  You stand to make the most money when you are able to complete your shops quickly and efficiently. Here are three suggestions to help you cut out the excess and streamline your shopping process. 

Be Receptive 

Work to present yourself as open and receptive to what the leasing agent has to offer. If you are able to make them feel comfortable, the process will flow organically and it will encourage them to give their best presentation. Although most leasing agents receive similar training, each puts his or her own “flavor” on their sales technique, so it’s best if you can go with the flow and let them take the lead. 

Be Natural  

Excessive talking and over-explaining can cause a mystery shop to take more time than necessary.  Remember, your job is to evaluate the leasing agent’s performance in trying to convince you to lease. You will not actually be leasing the apartment you are being shown, so there is no risk in showing interest in a community or apartment you may not actually be interested in a real scenario. Be mindful not to over-explain your shopper story as this can tip the agent off that you are a shopper and could cause your shop to be invalid.

Let the Leasing Agent Shine 

Allow the leasing agent to lead the tour.  A good leasing agent will walk ahead of or near you during the apartment mystery shop tour. Along the way, he or she will ask you questions to determine your needs and wants in a new apartment home and will know what to say and how to respond to your needs. You will want to be sure to let the leasing agent lead the both phone call and the onsite apartment tour.

The more you can relax, the quicker your mystery shops will be over time, which will allow you to complete more shops each month.

Getting the Most Shops

May 15th, 2018 Posted by Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

There are a variety of reasons why you may not get more apartment mystery shops. Take time to make sure you are not making these mistakes, so you can maximize the number of shops you are assigned…and the amount of money you make! 

Late Reports 

If you are consistently late with submitting your apartment mystery shop reports, your account may be flagged. EPMS, just as every other mystery shopping company, will need you to submit your report on time so they can meet client deadlines.

Remember, you are required to upload your backup documents (such as business card, floor plan, pricing and fee sheets, audio and video recordings of your onsite shop if applicable) to the site within 24 hours and the online report should be submitted by the end of the day following the visit. The sooner you can submit the required items, the more you will remember from the mystery shop. This is especially important if you complete more than one apartment mystery shop in a day or if you are completing shops along a travel route. Can you say Kauai’s Na Pali Coast – who would not love to route shop in Hawaii?

Grammatical Errors  

Make sure to check your spelling and grammar before submitting your reports. The more difficult your shop reports are to edit, the less likely you will be able to select multiple shops. You should take time to proofread the sections of your report. If you are unsure, you can use Word or other similar software to help proofread. 

Not Checking the Site Often Enough  

Many apartment mystery shops are self-assigned, so remember to check the EPMS site often, especially around the first of the month. On the other hand, if you check for apartment mystery shops near the end of the month, you may have a chance to complete some mystery shops with bonuses available. In some areas – Nebraska, Minnesota, and West Texas, for instance – EPMS is always looking for shoppers, so be on the lookout for the potential to plan a route for shops.

Try to be aware of these pitfalls and you’ll have the best chance to complete the most shops each month. This will be a great way to work from home and make great money!

Planning Route Shops

September 11th, 2017 Posted by Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

Sometimes shoppers who are planning a road trip like to plan a string of “route shops”. This involves picking up shops along the route you plan to travel to complete while you are in those areas. To make route shops work, you’ll need to plan ahead and try to coordinate shop appointments to make sure the day runs smoothly. Below are a few steps you can take to help ensure your route is efficient and successful.

First of all, check to make sure all the shops you requested are actually assigned to you as the primary shopper. Sometimes shops show on your list, but you are listed as the backup shopper. Be careful when you apply as you may have applied to be a backup shopper. Since route shops are time sensitive, you’ll want to avoid being listed as the backup on shops outside your normal shopping area.

Next, plan your route to see which shops are nearer to each other and try to coordinate appointments that will make sense for the planned route. You would not want to travel back and forth from one area to another if you have shops to do in different areas of town. Put the addresses in your GPS and try the most efficient route to save time and gas.

Of course, you may have to juggle times with the agent’s schedule, but try to make it fit your schedule as much as possible. Some locations have limited office hours, so if you miss your appointment, you may lose your shop. Some companies will not give you the extra week to complete a shop.

After you have done all your planning, you are ready for your day of shopping. Pack a snack, water and a note pad and you can be off on a rewarding day of mystery shopping. Take lots of notes and keep track of your time. That way, you will have fun and you will make money in the meantime.

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