How to Go Mystery Shopping with Kids in Tow

Mystery shopping with kidsThe best advice that can be shared about mystery shopping with kids is – DON’T!

However, many stay at home moms and dads pick up mystery shopping gigs as a way to supplement the household income. And to stay in touch with what is going on in the world beyond kids.

We think these are all the right things to do – and we really aren’t as hard core as that opening line sounds. But you do need to pause and think before you take your children along to ‘work’ with you when mystery shopping.

Bringing your kids along seems rather natural to many people. And in certain instances, it is. Amusement parks, fast food, and pre-schools are natural places where you would bring your kids. So why not on a mystery shop?

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7 Ways to Build a Profitable Mystery Shopping Business

 build a profitable mystery shopping businessWe’ve shared with you how to get started in mystery shopping.  Once started, however, how do you continue to build a profitable mystery shopping business?

As every spirited entrepreneur knows, after you start (and sometimes you need a good kick in the butt to do get going), it’s not always easy to keep the momentum and energy up.

So how do you build it up to be a profitable main source of income or money earning side hustle?

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How to Get Started in Mystery Shopping

How to start mystery shoppingLast week, ABC News aired a piece on mystery shopping. The short, informative piece started a flurry of activity and interest on line about mystery shopping.

So how do you start mystery shopping?

As stated in the video, it is going into the same establishments you already shop, bank and dine in. The difference in what you do when you visit these places as a mystery shopper is you are looking for specific things.

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Mystery Shopping Assignments – Having it Your Way!

Just like the vintage Burger King slogan “Have it your way”– we would all like to have everything our way, wouldn’t we?

That applies to a lot of things in life, but in this case, we are talking mystery shopping assignments.

In the ideal world, shoppers would get to pick which businesses to mystery shop, tell schedulers what they want to be paid, and then choose the best day on their calendar to do the shop.

That would really be having it your way!

But … alas …  (since we are going vintage, we’ll use old words too!) it cannot work this way.

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How Much are You Paid for Mystery Shops?

Mystery Shops If you look at the mystery shopping message boards and social media groups, you’ll find a lot of people griping about the fees that are paid for mystery shops.

And you’ll find a lot of people not saying too much about them at all. They just happily go about their work and make the money.

So why the divide?

Just like everything else we do in life – no one can make everyone happy all the time. But it’s not about mystery shopping companies making mystery shoppers happy. It’s about three businesses partnering with one another so all accomplish their goals.

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Watch This Now! Staying Organized to Achieve Your Goals

OrganizedHow do you stay organized and get it all done?

As a mystery shopper, there are a lot of pieces to keep in place. Looking for jobs, applying for assignments, interacting with schedulers and account managers, conducting your shops, gathering business cards, waiting for follow up, writing up your reports and submitting them. Then, of course, waiting for payment!

In between all of that is your home life, possibly your full-time job and then the hopes and dreams of what you want to do in the future.

It’s a lot easier when you have a system in place for knowing what you need to do, and more importantly, what you want to do!

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How to Vacation When You Have a Home-Based Business

Home-based business vacationDo you get a vacation when you have a home-based business?

If you have a home-based mystery shopping business there are likely people in your life who think you are on vacation all year-round. But we know that is not true!

To be a profitable mystery shopper you need to be constantly looking for shops, managing routes and filling out reports. But yes, it does offer you flexibility in your schedule.

It has become easier and more common in the last 20 years to have a home-based business or work from home full or part time. And there are many advantages to having the spare bedroom or the kitchen table be your ‘office’.

But for both at home workers and office workers, vacation time has become a bit of a conundrum with our 24/7 ‘you can reach me’, tech world. When do you ‘turn off’ and truly vacation?

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