If you have just been focusing your mystery shopping efforts on urban and metro area assignments, you may be missing out on the opportunity to make even more money as a mystery shopper! While urban areas have many restaurants, retail stores, gas stations, and so forth that require the services of mystery shoppers, these areas also have a lot of mystery shoppers vying for those jobs. In rural areas, you will also find venues that need mystery shoppers, and in many cases you will find that these rural mystery shopping assignments have far less competition than urban assignments.
Expand Your Search. If you have your job search area saved to reflect jobs within a 5-10 mile radius of your home, you may be missing out on some great job opportunities. While nobody really wants to drive twenty or thirty miles out of town for a single $10 assignment, it may pay off big for you to pick up several assignments while you are out of town. Consider the small towns you will need to drive through or close to in order to reach the assignment in question, and try to find several assignments in these areas to complete while you are out and about.
You may even want to expand your search queries not just to twenty or thirty miles out, but possibly even to include mid-sized cities that are located nearby. If you can schedule a day trip picking up several mystery shopping assignments in one outing, your travel time and efforts will really pay off.
Different Types Of Rural Assignments. In rural areas, you may stumble across more unique types of mystery shopping assignments. You may find more gas station shops, car dealership assignments, and maybe even hair salons or various other types of jobs. Keep your mind open to the wide variety of possibilities available when you expand your job search to include mystery shopping jobs in rural areas.
Milk The Assignments. Rural assignments are often seen sitting on the job boards unrequested for many days, and the reason for this is often because people don’t want to drive that far. If you are thinking about requesting a rural assignment that has been sitting on the job boards for awhile, consider asking your schedule for additional compensation for travel expenses or a bonus to cover your extra time on the road. It’s not uncommon for a mystery shopper to double the overall compensation for a job simply by asking for more money. Consider how lucrative your day mystery shopping in a rural area can be when you pick up several assignments that each have travel or bonus pay attached to them!
Mystery shopping assignments are available in almost every corner of civilization, at points where services are provided and goods exchange hands. Avoid the inclination to work as a mystery shopper in one little corner of the world. You will find that you can make quite a bit of extra cash as a mystery shopper when you branch out and expand your horizons a bit!