There are mystery shopping assignments that require you to travel to a store, restaurant, or other destination to complete your assignment requirements. There are also mystery shopping assignments that you can do from the comfort of your home over the phone. In fact, you can even do these phone assignments just about anywhere you have a cell phone signal. If you have been considering doing a phone assignment, here’s what you need to know.
The Pay. Compensation on these phone assignments runs the gamut. You can pick up a phone assignment for a pizza delivery restaurant and earn about $2 for a quick five minute phone call, plus the time to complete the report. These lower paying assignments often pay you an equivalent amount that is far below minimum wage when you include the time it takes to do the assignment and complete the report. You can also do other types of phone assignments that pay anywhere from $20 to $50 or higher. These types of assignments may be for banks, credit card companies, and other such companies. These higher paying assignments may require you to have a current account with the company, or have some other prerequisite.
The Pros of Phone Assignments. Most mystery shoppers will agree that the number one benefit of these phone assignments is that you don’t have to travel to complete them. You can do the assignment while you sit at the breakfast table in your pajamas, from the car while the kids are in soccer practice, on your lunch break at work, or anywhere else where you can grab a few minutes of quiet time on the phone. On the positive side, the person on the other end of the phone can’t see you, so you can have the requirements sitting out in front of you while you chat away. You can also take notes during the assignment. In this regard, these phone assignments are among the easiest you will do.
The Cons of Phone Assignments. Everything about phone assignments is not rosy. Many mystery shoppers shy away from them because the vast majority of them offer the lower pay, with many of them paying under $10. If you can find a higher paying assignment and you meet the bill of the prerequisites (such as being an account holder for the company), you can expect to be stuck on the phone talking to a customer service rep for quite some time. In mystery shopping, there largely aren’t golden paychecks. So if you see a $60 phone assignment, you can expect that a lot of work is required. If spending a large amount of your time talking to customer service reps is your idea of fun, sign up to work on these assignments. However, many people would rather get a root canal than willingly call up a customer service rep or help desk line.
As with other types of mystery shopping assignments, with phone assignments you get paid an equivalent amount to the effort you put forth. Phone assignments are a great way fill those down times in your day like lunch break and the kids’ soccer practice with a money-making assignment. Just make sure the compensation is worth your efforts.