Maximize Your Mystery Shopping Income

Nothing is more frustrating as a mystery shopper than working to complete a shop, only to find out you neglected to fulfill the terms of the contract and your shop will be cancelled without pay! In this blog, we’ll discuss 3 ways you can help ensure an acceptable shop completion to earn the maximum pay. Continue reading “Maximize Your Mystery Shopping Income”

Three Tips to Write the Best Shop Report

Your apartment mystery shop assignment includes writing a report to share your observations with EPMS and the apartment management company. This is your time to shine and show how awesome your mystery shopping skills are! Here are three tips to help you write the most effective report and ensure you will be awarded as many shops as you want. Continue reading “Three Tips to Write the Best Shop Report”

Finals, Projects and Reports

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. Continue reading “Finals, Projects and Reports”

Show Some Love

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

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

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

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

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!

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.