If you own a point and shoot camera you can make quite a good part time or full time income with your camera. There really is no need to know anything about aperture settings or F-Stops, depth-of-field or the rule of thirds, forget it. This is bare bones photo’s and there are many companies willing to pay you for your time.
Insurance agencies and loan companies always need photos taken but more often than not their offices are not located in the area that is needing attention. In other words an agency based in California may need photos of a house in Florida. Of course they don’t have agents there and it would be too expensive to transport someone to that location, so how do they get around that? Many companies online help them with that problem by hiring contract field inspectors. The great thing about being a field inspector is that even during a time of recession, like we are experiencing now, there are still jobs available. Another great thing is it doesn’t take any special equipment or face-to-face meetings with people. In fact all you really need is a digital camera, basic computer skills, and a car. Extras you may need would be measuring tape and a cell phone so when out in the field any questions can be quickly addressed by the company that sent you out. There is virtually no experience necessary for this job.
So how much can you make doing jobs like this? It depends on the company, whether it is a drive by – meaning outside/exterior only, or inside as well. Pay ranges from outside only $6, but doing an interior/exterior could be an easy $23 or $24 for one house. If you live in a populated area you could easily replace your full time job. Many people choose to work for more than one company at a time, that is all up to you.
Now that you know these types of jobs exist you may be asking where you go about finding one. The best place to look would be to google “Society of Field Inspectors website” or “SOFI website”. There you will find a plethora of companies looking and you can also sign yourself up to be a SOFI member. Be prepared to receive calls about everyday from companies looking for inspectors. Another warning is some companies also want you to deliver delinquency notices, which you do not have to accept. In fact you may want to invest in a prepaid/no contract cell phone when signing up because there will be so many companies contacting you in the beginning.
Good luck, the job is a great experience and has been well worth the time I have put into it.