Posts by Richard Law

Your Resume Should Tell The Story … Who You Are … What You Do … Where Your Do It

Call Richard Law at 321-543-2809 … east coast … if you are looking for a resume with lots of WOW. Don’t waste your time marking with a resume that does not tell your story in an effective way. Your competition is getting the jobs because of your poor resume. Get smart. Spend $50 and wake up your advertising in 2018.

Small Business Optimism Is At A 27-Year High … 2018 Will Be A Great Year For Many … Download Free Ebook On Getting Started

We have seen a huge increase in sales of SOFI information, marketing and training products in the first 8 days of 2018. Field service inspectors are stepping up their marketing and moving to the higher quality firms that pay the higher fees. Check out all of the great SOFI products at Grow your business in 2018. Call Richard Law at 321-543-2809 … east coast … to chat about field services.

Mortgage Field Inspector Chased By Police

I read a story online when a mortgage field service inspector took a photo of an off-duty police officer’s home. Then the chase began. It was only one police car chasing one mortgage inspector. The 10 other police cars in the photo were added just to get your attention. Sure, it is not illegal to take a photo from the sidewalk. Going in backyards and peeping into doors and windows can get you into a world of trouble in many states. It’s called “peeping” in Virginia.

Everyone has security cameras today. There are a lot of dogs roaming in those private fenced yards. You will be noticed. You will be recorded on video …the video will uploaded to the cloud. Be sure you know the laws on trespass in your state. Below is what California says about entering fenced yards without written permission. You know your vendor manager failed to mention the California law on trespass. Who do you think is going to pay your fine?

California Penal Code Section 602.8

602.8. (a) Any person who without the written permission of the landowner, the owner s agent, or the person in lawful possession of the land, willfully enters any lands under cultivation or enclosed by fence, belonging to, or occupied by, another, or who willfully enters upon uncultivated or unenclosed lands where signs forbidding trespass are displayed at intervals not less than three to the mile along all exterior boundaries and at all roads and trails entering the lands, is guilty of a public offense.

Please Help Me … I Am Tempted Daily With Huge Volumes Of $3 Mortgage Inspections

man prayingYou know the temptations that I am facing today. I ask for your strength to stand up under the temptation whenever I encounter it. Please give me the wisdom to walk away when I am tempted and the clarity to see the way out that you will provide. Please help me to clearly see that I will wear out my vehicle with $3 mortgage inspections. Amen.Wisdom is knowing the “real meaning” of words often used in the mortgage segment of the field services industry.

The mortgage segment is the home of $3 mortgage inspections, lots of games where you lose … and 99% of the fraud, greed and corruption  in the industry.

Smartphones Are Great For Taking Field Service Photos

The iPhone 10 has a great 12-megapixel camera with zoom features. There are free and low-cost applications at the AppStore that will allow you to add date and time stamps to the photos. There are also free Windows applications that will allow you to batch-reduce photos to a lower file size. When starting out or working part-time, you can probably use your smartphone for field service inspections. Below is an iPhone 7 photo with a date/time stamp. An iPhone with 256 GB of storage will store a lot of HD photos. I also like to shoot 1080 HD videos with a date/time stamp. Videos are great for documenting problems at a property. You can take video and then later clip out some photos.

Avoid The Mortgage Inspections … Low Fees & Too Many Backyard Security Cameras

The average mortgage inspection pays about $3 and requires about 7 photos … including photos taken from the backyard. You will have to perform about 833 inspections to recover your startup costs for insurance. You may have to wait 30-60 days for that first pay check. You might not get paid.

It seems that today, everyone has a security camera. They are low-cost and the video quality is quite good. The occupants of a home are watching and recording your every move while you are in their yard snooping around with a camera. In Virginia, if you look into a window or door, you could be arrested as a “peeper”. The Virginia sheriff will take your camera as evidence. The deputy will review the house security camera video. The deputy will take some mugshots at the police station and escort you to a cell. You will appear before a judge and have to post a bond. Make sure that you understand the trespass laws in your state. Ignorance of the law is no excuse when being changed for trespass.

The below video was taken at night on a Blink security camera. There are three deer in the video looking at the camera. Expand the screen and look at the two deer at the lower left in the video.

Networking Is So Important In Growing Your Field Service Business

“Jason called and said he was getting
$60 for an inspection for which
we get paid $35. This networking
stuff really pays. We need to
 for more money.”

Order a National Field Service Directory and get connected with the higher quality firms that pay the higher fees. Included with the Directory is the contact information for SOFI field service representatives. Network with other field service representatives and share information. Information is power. Make more money in 2018.


About Pricing Your Field Inspection Work … Call Richard Law At 321-543-2809

I found the below email in my in-box this morning. When you perform field inspections, you must make a reasonable profit to survive. Call me if you want to chat about how to price your work. Start with the IRS 53.5-cents mileage allowance used by the IRS. This is your cost to operate your vehicle. It’s best to let your competition accept all of the “no-profit” inspections. They will work 20-hour days … lose money … and soon leave the field services industry.

“I bid adieu to [name deleted] this morning. They are not a bad company to work for overall, but they simply do not want to work with me on distance pay. I am not going to drive 50 miles round trip for a $15 letter drop. If they give you plenty of local jobs, great. In my case 75% of them were 20 or more miles away and at all points of the compass. Their rate sheet reflects little understanding or concern for their reps in rural areas. At one time they would step up to the plate and pay more, but the past few months have been increasingly difficult. It was an amenable parting.”

New York City Dog Sitting NOW Requires A NYC Kennel License

The average dog walker salary depends on where you live. You should keep in mind that not all dog walker salaries are created equal. For example, according to the job site Indeed, an average dog walker salary in NYC is $45,000. The average dog walker salary in Los Angeles, on the other hand, is $35,000. Some dog walkers in Manhattan are earning close to $100,000 in exclusive neighborhoods.

Happy Thanksgiving … Be Safe When Traveling

 This is the time of the year when you want to start thinking about how you’re going to grow your business in 2018. Call Richard Law at 321-543-2809 on the East Coast if you want to talk about ideas for growing your business in 2018.

 If you are new to the field services industry, please download and read the free e-book at

How To Get Your Drone Remote Pilot Certificate From The FAA

If you are getting paid when using a drone … commercial use … you need approval from the FAA. You could get fined $1,100 (or more) for operating your unmanned aerial system (UAS) for business purposes without FAA approval. You can apply for your very own license by passing a multiple-choice test and paying a small fee. No experience is necessary! The FAA will provide a Remote Pilot Certificate after training and testing.

I have only talked to a couple of field inspectors using a drone for commercial inspections.

Update Your National Field Service Directory Listing Or Say “Good Bye”

I printed out this email from SOFI. It says we failed
to update our National Field Service Directory listing
and they removed us from the Directory. How did
that happen?

To update your listing, email or text your name, cell, email and address to or 352-449-1041.

You can also fill out a form at


Let SOFI Help You With Your Direct Marketing

If you have already purchased a National Field Service Directory with the last year, SOFI can help you with your direct marketing. SOFI offers an email blast of your resume to a little over 100 national and regional field service firms that hire field inspectors. These are higher quality firms than pay the higher fees. The price is $19.00. If you do not have a resume, SOFI will blast out a copy of your directory listing. ORDER your email blast online at

Is your current marketing plan working for you? Do you need some help?

This Is The Best Training Manual To Learn About Residential Insurance Inspections

The mortgage segment is DEAD. The commercial and insurance segments are the sweet spots in the industry. The residential insurance inspections training manual is what you need to get started in this segment of the industry. It is over 150 pages and it is loaded with great images.  DOWNLOAD a section of the book on condition issues, hazards, exposures and fire protection.

There is also a high value residential training manual at the store. You can purchase downloads or printed copies of these training manuals.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Order at the SOFI Online Store.

A Horse Walks Into A Bar

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks “Are you still performing those $3 mortgage inspections”. The horse replies “I quit as I wore out my hoofs and the profit was so low … “maybe $1.50″ … I could only afford to eat dry hay and not oats.” So, who is buying an old worn out horse a drink?

Someone should tell the horse that the mortgage segment is dead and the sweet spot is commercial inspections … growing in numbers with a growing economy.