If You Can Drive and Take Snapshots – Here’s How to Earn $200 a Day as a Field Inspector

Drive By Inspection

Driving around can be fun and relaxing. Taking quick, simple pictures can be fun too. These are things a lot of us do fairly often. If only there was a way you could get paid to do both. Something that didn’t involve crazy long hours or frequent trips to the gas station or having to purchase an expensive digital camera. Well actually, there is a way to do both and make good money. How? By becoming an independent field inspector.

Independent field inspectors are people who are hired on a per-project basis by major corporations to complete inspections, assessments, evaluations and surveys. Frequent inspections can include homes, corporate buildings, construction sites, and more. You’d be surprised just how many inspection opportunities there could be in your own neighborhood. You won’t have to drive long distances to find work.

So what kinds of opportunities might be near you? Take a bank for instance. A bank will often need current information on a property that was given a loan. Or how about a collateral inspection, which involves visiting a construction site and noting the conditions of a backhoe, bulldozer, or other piece of equipment. And chances are there are several homes near you. Those need inspections too. Property inspectors frequently visit homes and record the conditions.

The work involved in these inspections is quite simple. It usually involves filling out some basic forms and snapping a couple photos. You probably fill out forms all the time: doctor visits, ordering from a catalog, paying bills, and more. And maybe you take pictures often too: birthdays, parties, your kids and pets. And best of all, in most cases a college degree or formal training isn’t necessary. You most likely won’t need to take out a loan or borrow money to get started either.

There are so many types of inspections that you have a good chance of continual work. Commercial inspections (business properties, restaurants, etc…) generally take about thirty minutes and the pay ranges from $50 to $300 per report. You could make up to $300 in thirty minutes. Construction progress reports are often completed in ten to twenty minutes and pay $25 to $40 each. Insurance inspections take place when a new policy is being written (checking for things such as cracks in the sidewalk or other hazards) and then after a claim is filed (for example, after a flood or fire). Reports for a new policy often take thirty minutes and pay $25 to $60, while reports after a claim is filed can pay between $20 and $80 and be completed in just a few minutes.

Being a reliable field inspector can lead to a lot of work and easy money. Meet deadlines, only take the jobs you can complete well and in a timely manner, and you’re on your way. To learn more about becoming an independent field inspector, read Drive By Profits, which includes a list of the 60 largest companies in the U.S. that hire local inspectors.