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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.

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!

Shopping Can Help the Community

July 27th, 2017 Posted by Benefits of Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

As a mystery shopper, you should take great satisfaction that you are truly helping to improve your community by providing a comprehensive customer service report.

Many companies often send surveys to their buyers after a purchase to gather information on their customer service. This will help to improve their services.  As a mystery shopper, you usually submit a much more in-depth report, which usually includes a physical inspection of the premises, interaction with employees and customers, as well as feedback on the representative’s presentation.

Mystery shopping reports will usually ask you to focus on one employee and provide feedback on what their strengths and weaknesses that individual displayed. You will also be asked other questions about the maintenance of the community.

When companies compile all their mystery shopping reports, they will make changes in their policies and this benefits the community resources.  For example, some companies have utilized recommendations from mystery shoppers on allowing potential residents to view photos of sample apartments in their leasing office that were previously not available for viewing until the following month.  Previously, if a building was at a 100% resident occupancy, many leasing professionals would just tell a potential resident they were currently occupied and would not extend an invitation to visit. Now, more companies are offering prospects an invitation to visit despite having no vacancies.

Do not hesitate to offer suggestions in your report. Sometimes those are put into action and help to make your community a better place!

Two Tips to Grow Mystery Shop Monthly Income

September 20th, 2016 Posted by About Mystery Shopping, Benefits of Mystery Shopping, Making Money Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

89Let’s face it, we mystery shop because we like to provide invaluable information to companies so they can continue to provide great customer service to their clients. However, we also like to make money. We have bills to pay and we want to enjoy life; that takes money.

First, decide how much money you want to make each month. You should determine how much extra money you want to make each month and you can decide a different amount from one month to the next. Remember, nothing is set in stone here.  From there, you can work out the math for how many shops you need to complete to make that amount of money.

The great thing about apartment shops is it costs no money for you to complete the shops, meaning  you do not have to buy any item or pay for  anything and wait to be reimbursed. This is great, not to mention apartment shops pay well.

You should check the mystery shop site weekly. There are some mystery shop companies that will send you weekly emails on what is available. Otherwise, you will need to check the site to make sure you are able to secure the shops you want to complete.

Mystery shopping gives you the flexibility to make more with less time invested than going to work. Take some time today to check EPMS and see what shops are available for you to complete during your spare time. You can thank me later!

Customer Service Insights Derived From Mystery Shopping

July 21st, 2016 Posted by About Mystery Shopping, Benefits of Mystery Shopping No Comment yet

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Working as a mystery shopper is a fun and equally important job. Your observations as a secret shopper have to be measured and they have to be accurate. A shopper should not make up scenarios when evaluating an employee; after all, the employees will be held to standards set by the employer. In other words, someone’s job depends on your accurate report. In addition, mystery shopping gives you an opportunity to hone your personal customer service skills in your own line of work.

 

When you complete your shops and are ready to write up your report, remember to give an accurate, detailed snapshot of what occurred. Once you have the ability to write the information clearly, you will see how it can also be helpful you in your own life.  The writing of emails and reports will suddenly seem smoother and you will be able to compose your thoughts on paper faster. Your ability to get a report completed with accuracy will be appreciated by your colleagues and boss alike.

Besides your writing skill, your power of observations will become better. You will be able to see a larger picture when you observe any given situation. This is a very useful skill as it will allow you to see most things in a clearer light. Observing a situation and assessing quickly is a necessary skill as a secret shopper and because you have used this skill, you will be able to see things others don’t.

So, keep shopping and keep those skills going!

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