Recently, I am finding it harder and harder to schedule myself efficiently. It seems that I am applying for more and more shops from 2-14 days out (sounds good , so far, right?) and filling my schedule appropriately, but never hearing (until the day of (last minute!)) from the MSC. The self-assign shops help, but I just can't predict which MSCs are going to come through for me anymore. This leads to a lot more travel cost per shop than I like to swallow, and a lot of empty hours on the road.. Anyone else having this problem?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/01/2016 08:57PM by winemaker.
I get that issue periodically. I just keep my head down, and get through it. I watch certain hot shop zones, and can pretty much tell when the regular shops will be posted.
But in the last few weeks it's been easy. Last week I had a scheduler call me within minutes of signing up with a new-to-me MSC, to offer me a "what would it take" bonus to do four super easy shops in a nearby city. Score! Then I added two candle shops and two clothing retailers, in malls near the original shops, and got bonuses on two of them. It was a very productive day, because the stars aligned and all was right in the universe.
I think I have a PhD in scheduling. My daily schedules are planned out well, sometimes down to the minute. When there are one of "those" days, I either have a back-up plan already in place or I have the flexibility to rearrange my schedule which is exactly what happened this afternoon. Leftover highly bonused November shop fell in my lap so I flip-flopped my schedule. Upside is the extra money; downside is I will be working late into the night.
Wine, I use a calendar to track my current shops: >>Shop $$ MSC<<. When I apply for a shop, I put a placeholder on that date with a question mark in front of it: >>???Shop $$ MSC<<. That way, I know not to schedule something for that slot unless it's a phone shop or something in the area. If I get the work, I remove the question mark.
"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
I keep a hand written list of the shops that I applied for, the dates, the fees and the MSC. When I don't receive a confirmation from said MSC when the shop needed to be done by, I check my shop log since some MSC don't send out confirmations.