If you’re someone who can’t apply for jobs to take calls from home because there is nothing you can do about background noise, then you might want to consider doing rent surveys for Pierce Eislen! This is a company that is totally OK with background noise and would in fact prefer it. Why? Because they want the people on the other end of the line to believe that you’re a regular person who might have loud pets, kids, etc. since you’ll be asking various questions about rental property as though you might be interested in renting. In truth, you’re just gathering information for Pierce Eislen so they can ensure their information on various apartment complexes is accurate and up to date. There are different companies/organizations that have a need for this info, and Pierce Eislen provides it to them from what I understand.
How much does Pierce Eislen pay their workers for doing rent surveys?
Pay is roughly $11 per hour every week except the first week, where you earn $10 an hour. There is the potential to qualify for additional bonuses if you exceed a certain number of surveys per hour. Pay is by check and I believe the checks come once a month. There is a certain number of surveys per hour you are supposed to be able to complete in order to get the $11. I don’t know what the ratio is, but if it were six per hour and you were only able to do two or three, then you’d have to work two hours to get your full $11 if that makes any sense.
What about taxes?
Pierce Eislen hires you as an IC (Independent Contractor), so you’ll have to keep track of your earnings. If you make more $600 or more in a year, you’ll get a 1099 from them to use when you file your taxes.
How much do you have to work?
The company expects you to do a minimum of 10 hours of work per week, and these hours can be gotten in anytime as long as you are calling these apartment complexes when they are open. Also, this is a temporary position, lasting roughly six weeks, so you shouldn’t count on it for the long-term. Pierce Eislen does these surveys three times per year (January & February, May & June, and September & October). Once each work period is up, you can usually work during the next season if you reapply and note that you are a returning worker.
What are the job requirements?
You need high speed internet, good phone etiquette, and an unlimited long distance plan. You won’t have to worry about doing any selling, so there’s no need to have a background in work from home customer service or anything like that. There is some training involved, but mainly you just have to ask basic questions. If you have a Voip phone line, that should be OK because I’m reading where a lot of people work using Skype.
How do you apply?
You’ll have to take and pass a quiz and also send your resume to Pierce Eislen’s contact person. A non-disclosure agreement must also be signed.
What do people say?
I have seen some complaints on various work at home forums from people who work for Pierce Eislen because they have difficulty meeting the hourly ratio for rent surveys and cannot make the $11 per hour — they end up making a good bit less. I haven’t done this myself, but this may be worth your time if you feel confident that you could build up speed. It’s also one of the few phone jobs available where background noise is a non-issue. A similar company I have posted about previously is InteliChek — which is essentially phone mystery shopping.