There are a few questions you need to answer before you become an independent field inspector. Think about the questions and the answers to them, and you’ll get started on the right foot. Knowing the right answers can help you make more money with less effort doing field inspections.
1. What zip codes can I work in?
The more zip codes you are available to work in, the more work you can get, as companies assign inspections by zip code. That zip code a few miles away might be one loaded with field inspection work. Be careful, though. Only offer a zip code if you think you can work in it. If it feels unsafe or it seems like too much of a hassle to drive out there, then don’t list that zip code with field inspection companies.
2. Am I easy to reach?
The easier you are to reach, the more jobs you could get. So be sure you are easy to reach. You need a reliable cell phone. Keep it on and close to you at all times. If you have a cell phone with email capabilities, that’s even better. Also, you need a computer with internet access. You need to check your email often. Do it. Be easy to reach, and you’ll keep field inspection companies happy and get more assignments.
3. Do I have a reliable vehicle?
You certainly don’t need any special kind of vehicle, but you need something that can get you to and from your inspection jobs. Do you have a reliable vehicle? If your car often breaks down, you’re going to find it hard to be successful as a field inspector.
4. Have I signed up with enough field inspection companies?
The more field inspection companies you sign up with, the more jobs you can get. Don’t feel like you can only sign up with one or a few companies. Sign up with as many as you like. It doesn’t take that much time to sign up with a company, and it could lead to better profits and a wider choice of jobs.
5. What form of payment would I like to get?
Many field inspection companies offer to pay their inspectors through direct deposit or having a check mailed. It’s advised you select direct deposit. It’s safe and easy, and quicker than waiting for a check to arrive in the mail.
6. Do I have the right supplies?
In addition to a reliable vehicle, cell phone and computer with internet access, you’ll need a clipboard, tape measure and digital camera. No need to purchase an expensive digital camera. A simple point-and-shoot will do. You need these supplies. Make sure you have all of them, and that they all work well. The right tools for the right job, remember? It’s certainly true for a field inspector. If you have the right supplies and are able to complete the jobs the way the field inspection company wants, you’ll see jobs continue to come your way.
These are some questions you should consider before getting started. Answer them to the best of your ability, and you’ll be a successful field inspector in no time. To learn more about field inspector jobs, read Drive By Profits.