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Old 07-14-2016, 06:51 AM
 
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how about the hotel industry? THat's what i was thinking of doing actually as a second job. I understand that ther are usually jobs open in housekeeping or reception.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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Here's an idea that most don't know exist. Do some research on becoming a field inspector for a risk service company that provides services to mortgage and insurance companies. You really don't need experience to get hired on. I started doing this recently on the side and it brings in pretty good money. Basically all you need is a digital camera (with gps tagging), a tape measure, a laptop at home, and a GPS in your vehicle.


I am a subcontractor for this company and set my own hours. I have a queue that I check throughout the week. Most give me at minimum 5 days to complete the inspection and some go up to 20 days. I'll grab 2-3 that are on my way home from work and knock those out.


A driveby inspection consists of taking a picture of the home and a picture of the address plate, and then filling out a simple checklist. Upload the info and send it to the company. Those pay $10 here and take less than 10 minutes to complete.


An occupancy inspection is to verify the property is occupied. Take a pic of the house, address plate, and then fill out a simple checklist showing if it is occupied. You check to see if the meter is running, if there are vehicles in the driveway, and if the grass is being maintained. Those pay $15 and take about 15 minutes.


An occupancy inspection with contact is the same as above but also requires knocking on the door to get someone to answer. If they do you list that you spoke to someone (get a name) and if no one answers, you leave a door hanger showing you were there. Those take about 20 minutes and pay $25.


An inside inspection requires walking through the house and taking pics of obvious damage (water stains on the ceiling, broken windows, water damage from plumbing leaks, etc... Those pay $40 and take about 30 minutes.


A full property inspection requires taking pics inside and out, all the way around the house. Your job is to document any damage to the property and report it. Those pay about $65-75 and take 1-2 hours to complete.


I average about 20 drive by inspections per week, 4-5 occupancy inspections, a couple of contact inspections, and usually 1-2 inside inspections. Full inspections are usually just 1-2 per month.


On average I bring home between $400-500 per week before taxes. It's a 1099 gig, so I withhold my own taxes. Net take home is about $300-350 per week. I do them on my way home to minimize fuel usage.


If you're willing to drive a little on the weekends, you can go into zip codes a little farther from home and make a day of it. I have seen folks drive an hour away and make $800-$1,000 on a Saturday.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Most people in the bar and restaurant business know that nights and weekends are where the tips are at, so they plan to work the busy times to make more money.
You do have a point. hmm
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:06 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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How about Uber or Lyft? I have worked for both and they are not bad side money in some areas, and you set your own work schedules, the days you want to work to can work they days you don't you don't have to. You can PM me and I might be able to get you a sign on bonus depending on what is offered in your area.
Being a young female, those types of jobs make me a little nervous.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:11 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Here's an idea that most don't know exist. Do some research on becoming a field inspector for a risk service company that provides services to mortgage and insurance companies. You really don't need experience to get hired on. I started doing this recently on the side and it brings in pretty good money. Basically all you need is a digital camera (with gps tagging), a tape measure, a laptop at home, and a GPS in your vehicle.


I am a subcontractor for this company and set my own hours. I have a queue that I check throughout the week. Most give me at minimum 5 days to complete the inspection and some go up to 20 days. I'll grab 2-3 that are on my way home from work and knock those out.


A driveby inspection consists of taking a picture of the home and a picture of the address plate, and then filling out a simple checklist. Upload the info and send it to the company. Those pay $10 here and take less than 10 minutes to complete.


An occupancy inspection is to verify the property is occupied. Take a pic of the house, address plate, and then fill out a simple checklist showing if it is occupied. You check to see if the meter is running, if there are vehicles in the driveway, and if the grass is being maintained. Those pay $15 and take about 15 minutes.


An occupancy inspection with contact is the same as above but also requires knocking on the door to get someone to answer. If they do you list that you spoke to someone (get a name) and if no one answers, you leave a door hanger showing you were there. Those take about 20 minutes and pay $25.


An inside inspection requires walking through the house and taking pics of obvious damage (water stains on the ceiling, broken windows, water damage from plumbing leaks, etc... Those pay $40 and take about 30 minutes.


A full property inspection requires taking pics inside and out, all the way around the house. Your job is to document any damage to the property and report it. Those pay about $65-75 and take 1-2 hours to complete.


I average about 20 drive by inspections per week, 4-5 occupancy inspections, a couple of contact inspections, and usually 1-2 inside inspections. Full inspections are usually just 1-2 per month.


On average I bring home between $400-500 per week before taxes. It's a 1099 gig, so I withhold my own taxes. Net take home is about $300-350 per week. I do them on my way home to minimize fuel usage.


If you're willing to drive a little on the weekends, you can go into zip codes a little farther from home and make a day of it. I have seen folks drive an hour away and make $800-$1,000 on a Saturday.
This sounds really cool. How do you find this type of job? I do wonder if safety is an issue for the same reason uber and lyft make me nervous. Even moreso going to houses where I may be completely alone.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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Back when I was a young female I often worked PT jobs to supplement my full-time income. I spent a little time in retail (hourly + discount on clothes), but my preferred gig was receptionist at a salon. Hourly rate, free cuts and other services, and for chemical services (such as color) I just paid cost for the product. Another job I did for a while on Saturdayweekends was working the tasting room at a winery, pouring wines and telling visitors about the wines, occasionally giving tours. That was fun, everyone was always in a good mood, and in addition to the hourly pay we got a glass of wine at the end of our shift (plus discounts on purchases).

There is probably not a HUGE financial gain in any of these options, but they pay steadily, are safe, and have other perks.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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Most people in the bar and restaurant business know that nights and weekends are where the tips are at, so they plan to work the busy times to make more money.
That true but its not really a place I would want to stay long term.
I hate the hours
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