Every mystery shopper has a different idea of what their “perfect” mystery shopping assignment would be. For some mystery shoppers, trying on clothes or test driving cars is a great thing to do while making some extra dough. For others, earning money while eating out or going to the movies is the perfect job. Some mystery shoppers may even set their sights a little higher, opting for the highly coveted travel assignments that give you a free night’s stay in a hotel or even a room on an cruise ship.
Some of these assignments are pretty difficult to get your hands on, but others are more realistic in terms of your day to day work assignments. If you are looking for a way to get your hands on a few more of the day to day assignments you like doing, read further!
Mystery Shopping Forums. Unlike other jobs, with mystery shopping you can’t simply walk into your manager’s office and demand that you get better assignments. For starters, not all mystery shopping providers offer the same types of assignments. If you want to increase your likelihood of landing those assignments that you enjoy doing, take a few minutes to check out the online mystery shopping forums. Read through the posts other mystery shoppers have left to get some hints about which providers you should be working with. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, take a moment to post your own questions. The agreement each mystery shopper agrees to when they sign up to work for a provider forbids them from revealing specific company names that provider works with, but many mystery shoppers are happy to enter into a gray area and provide you with some helpful hints.
Check The Boards Often. You can’t expect to find the good assignments if you don’t look for them! If you only check the job boards once a week, chances are you are missing out on some of the assignments you are coveting. Many of the best assignments are snagged up by eager mystery shoppers within hours (and sometimes within minutes) of being posted. If you want the best odds of getting the top assignments you want, be sure to be the first one looking at the job boards! Plan to check the job boards at least once a day, and more often if necessary.
Expect A Waiting Period. You’ve found a great assignment you really love, and you can’t wait to do it again. But most mystery shopping providers require that you wait a certain amount of time before you shop the same location again. Often this period of time is three to six months. The logic behind this is to keep the employees from putting two and two together and figuring out that you are the mystery shopper that has been visiting their store. So in the mean time, make plans to try out a wide variety of assignments to find assignments to fully fill your schedule.
While very few mystery shoppers make all the money they want or need by only working the mystery shopping assignments they want, you can certainly give it your best effort to fill your schedule with assignments that are tops on your list!