Determining If An Assignment Is Paying A Reasonable Fee

Mystery shoppers always want to know if they are getting paid adequately for their time and efforts. With each assignment varying in the time commitment involved, the efforts required at the job site, and the complexity of the report, it is not always easy to determine if an assignment is paying a reasonable fee. There are some easy steps you can make to help take the guesswork out of this…

How To Handle Being Revealed As A Mystery Shopper

There are a large number of mystery shopping assignments that require you to reveal yourself to the store staff and manager as a mystery shopper during your site visit. However, more assignments require you to keep your identity hidden. In most mystery shopping assignments, you will walk through your entire assignment without revealing your true intentions, objectives, and identity. However, even in these masked assignments, your identity can still become…

Use Mystery Shopping To Keep Your Yard Looking Great This Summer

There’s no denying it -  your yard is the place to be this summer. Whether you’re in your front yard or your backyard, you will enjoy the comforts of home combined with plenty of warm sunshine making it the ultimate destination for kicking back and relaxing or entertaining family and friends. Sprucing up your yard for summertime can be expensive, but you can make the cost more manageable when you…

How To Keep The Excitement In Your Mystery Shopping Gig

People choose to be mystery shoppers for a variety of reasons, and high among those reasons is the excitement of working at a new job site and having the thrill of working undercover. Yet after awhile, you may find yourself working the same batch of assignments, rotating the same assignments out every couple of months. You may get bored at a job without co-workers. And answering the same type of…

How To Mystery Shop with Kids This Summer

With the final school bell of the school year fast approaching, many mystery shoppers will find themselves having to combine their role as a mystery shopper with parenting duties. While many people often find shopping with kids to be a chore requiring patience and, mystery shopping with kids requires even more attention to detail as you keep an eye on the little ones while performing the task at hand. The…

Why You Should Record Your Site Visits

More and more mystery shoppers have started taking advantage of the latest technology to secretly record audio and even video tape footage of their mystery shopping site visits. When you have the right equipment, it can be incredibly easy to get and audio or video recording of your site visit. But the question remains, is it worth your time and effort? The answer is an overwhelming YES! Let The Recording…

Good news, bad news, and a warning about mystery shopping certifications.

With so much economic turmoil today, mystery shoppers everywhere are looking for ways to make more money. You may be looking at picking up extra assignments or traveling outside your normal mystery shopping territory to make more money. You may also have thought about getting certified through the Mystery Shopping Providers Association as a way to earn some extra cash. Most mystery shoppers have mixed feelings about mystery shopping certifications,…

Why Mystery Shopping Forums Need You (And Why You Need Them!)

Mystery shopping is a fairly straightforward job most of the time. The assignment requirements are clear and concise, and you set yourself into action to complete the requirements. Yet there are times when questions or problems arise. In a normal office environment, you would have co-workers to talk to and get feedback from. You would have a whole support system behind you to bounce ideas off of and make sure…

Spring Cleaning Tips For Mystery Shoppers

Depending what part of the country you live in, you may still be gripped by harsh winter weather or you may already be thinking about planting your spring garden. Regardless of the weather outside, now is a great time for spring cleaning inside! If you were too busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays to prepare for the new year, seize the moment to clear the clutter and…

Save Your Personal Budget With Mystery Shopping!

With the economy dipping into what many economists are saying will now be a deeper and longer recession than previously thought, many mystery shoppers are looking for ways to help their personal budgets. If you haven’t already been hit by hard times, you likely know of someone who has. And  you want to hunker down and make as much money as you can right now. If you have been affected…