Balancing Mystery Shopping With Your Busy Holiday Schedule

The holidays can be a crazy and hectic time for many people. After all, you have the combination of long family visits, bad winter weather, the busiest shopping season of the year, and horrible travel conditions and delays all combined into about five “festive” weeks. And that’s not even counting putting up the holiday lights, searching for the perfect Christmas tree, holiday parties, and school Christmas pageants. It’s no wonder we’re all so completely and utterly exhausted after all the presents are opened and the wrapping paper is strewn all over the floor!

Now, combine the craziness of the holidays with your job as a mystery shopper, and you may think the holidays are a perfect chance to take a break from working for awhile. The good thing about mystery shopping is you can always take a break for a few weeks and then jump back into it. But keep in mind that there are several other pros to mystery shopping that make it the perfect job to have during the holidays!

Dashing Through The Snow! Wherever your holiday plans take you, you can probably find a mystery shop assignment or two to pick up either on the way to or at  your destination. There are always plenty of assignments to be found in airport parking garages and airport restaurants, not to mention countless difficult-to-fill assignments in rural locations. So if you think your holiday plans to visit Great-Aunt Betty in Chocktaw will cramp your mystery shopping style, you may want to check those job boards a little more closely! Mystery shopping is the perfect job to take on the road with  you this holiday season.

On The Fifth Day of Christmas… You have a full day of work, followed by a holiday production at your children’s school, and then your office holiday party. If you think that’s an exaggeration, you may want to check your day planner again. The holidays are the season to unintentionally overbook your schedule. So before you accept an assignment this holiday season, double check your calendar and make sure you have enough time to complete the assignment as well as complete the report.

Santa’s Helper Deserves A Paycheck! The good news about being a mystery shopper during the holidays is that you can still “work” while you tackle what may be one of the season’s biggest time commitments – holiday shopping for your loved ones! If you already have to be out in the stores battling the holiday crowds to buy that perfect gift for Uncle Ted, you might as well get paid for it! All it takes to get paid for your holiday shopping is to know ahead of time what gifts you want to buy, and then choose assignments where you can buy those gifts. It’s as easy as that!

The holidays may be a hectic time, but that doesn’t mean you have to take a break from mystery shopping to keep your sanity. The holidays are the best time to be a mystery shopper, so take advantage of the extra travels you are doing and use your mystery shopping job to pay for your holiday purchases!