what's wrong with the audits? I just started the process of getting certified for them.
After doing 2 stores in the next state where on the job board they said it was 110 miles, turned out it was 150 miles each way. I had been to both cities as part of a route and I believed them, didn't check the actual mileage.
I am a traveling Best Buy auditor and love it. I complete anywhere from 15-25 stores a month and make anywhere from $700-$1000 a week depending on how far I go and what compensation is negotiated. I will say the audits are definitely not for everyone, but I have my own system and can get in and out of even the biggest of stores within 2 hours (3 at the very most if there are a lot of problems or dirty). In small stores without a SWAS, I am sometimes looking for things to do because I can finish in an hour to hour and half, but that is a red flag for the client, as they say a throurough audit should take a minimum of 2 hours. I am very thorough when I audit and very meticulous, but I bartended in high volume venues for 26 years, so saying I move very quick is an understatement. I think my first one took me close to 4 hours but after doing 3 or 4 and learning the process and how the app worked, I was able to form my own system and way of navigating the store and audit sections to trim my time in store way down.
With all that being said, the audits are now moving to Presto in February which I am not a big fan of but it's beyond my pay grade. It is going to be more of a process to get approved for traveling routes from what I gathered out of the webinar, plus my bring home pay may decrease with the added documentation requirements for expenses. The way it works now is I (or they sometimes) make an offer on each individual store and if accepted that amount is added as a bonus to the regular pay. I bring home more by cutting my expenses while on the road, therefore keeping most of the "bonus pay" in my pocket rather than spending it when not necessary. Now it appears we will get base pay for each store and will be required to turn in receipts for expense reimbursement. I don't like this because sometimes I negotiate a good bonus for several stores within a certain area and I am able to save on things like gas or hotel rooms because I get a cheaper rate when staying more than one night. Now it will be bringing home $75 per store no matter what, with expenses reimbursed. I travel to make extra money on each store, not to make the same amount as working local and have expenses paid. Some people like the reimbursement route, I don't because like I said I am good at cutting expenses in order to make more money on the back end of things. I would just rather negotiate a pay rate plus bonus and let me handle my own expenses out of that amount and then use my receipts as a tax write off. Hope that all makes sense.
I don't know, will just have to submit my February requests and see how it all works out. I hate to say though, if it goes the way I am thinking it will, they may have one less auditor on the books. I can stay home and make $500-700 week doing gas stations with no expenses other than gas...will just be working from daylight to dark to do so. We shall see how it goes.
In thinking back, I do not recall any MSC that did not employ the CFM system to compute distance. Trendsource, as an example, was a major proponent of that method.
If MSCs wanted to they could interface with google maps and post the most efficient road miles.