If you are like many mystery shoppers, you may be incredibly pleased with your job as a mystery shopper, and yet you may have some disappointments with the job, too. For many mystery shoppers, this is a job that offers flexibility and freedom in how you earn a paycheck, and it also gives you a fun and often exciting way to earn your money, too. Yet there are times when many mystery shoppers feel limited in their assignment options. After a certain point, it can truly start to feel as though you are doing the same old assignments each and every month, and that you just cannot seem to get those assignments you really want. So what’s holding you back?
Experience. Some of the top assignments do require you to have some experience under your belt. These assignments may require you to have experience in the form of an ultra-high shopper rating, or perhaps simply through established months or years of service with a provide. Many of the elite assignments are doled out without even hitting the job boards, and so you truly have to have a great reputation and established experience under your belt to get the coveted assignments.
Quality of Work. Just as experience plays a part in your shopper rating, so too does the quality of your work. There is absolutely something to be said for efficiency in the world of mystery shopping. After all, this job pays you per completed assignment and not by the hour, and so the more assignments you can complete, the more money you can make. However, if the quality of your assignments is suffering because you are trying to pack too many assignments into one day, you may be shooting yourself in the foot. If this is the case for you, you may find that cutting back on your work load just slightly and spending a little more time focusing on the quality of your work will make a huge difference in the assignments you are offered to work on.
Location. With most providers, you are allowed to customize the job board so that you only see assignments that are within so many miles of your location. If you set this distance too close to home, you may be missing out on some great opportunities to work on fabulous assignments. For instance, just consider if you set that search radius to ten miles from home but that several major malls and retail centers are located fifteen or twenty miles out. Surely you may not want to drive twenty miles from home for a single assignment, but if you can pick up several assignments that far out, it may be worth your while. So consider expanding your search radius to see which other assignments you may be able to pick up.
As you can see, there may be several different factors at play that are holding you back from getting your hands on those assignments you really want. Spend some time considering how these factors may be affecting you, and make some changes where necessary so that you can start working on the assignments you really want!