In or around 1991, email became available to businesses and to the general public as a way of communicating. In the past 23 years, it has evolved from an effective and time-saving way of getting a message to someone (which it still is) into a series of items on everyone’s to-do list.
We advise our mystery shoppers to sign up with many mystery shopping companies to make the most use of their time and territory management. By working for several companies that have clients in your area, you can maximize your money making abilities by doing several shops in one road trip.
That commitment to growing your mystery shopping business creates an influx of the number of emails you receive each day. You may get upset and ask the mystery shopping company to only send one per day, but that is nearly impossible with the systems most companies use. Our requests for shoppers to fill mystery shopping assignments are usually done on a by-location basis.
However, there are ways to make your inbox more organized, to shorten your search for work to a 5-10 minute to-do item each day, and to keep you from just deleting the mystery shopping opportunities that are sitting in your inbox.
1. Set up a separate email account for your mystery shopping business. Do NOT make your account “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com.” There are too many times you are asked on a shop for your email address, which you must provide in order to receive followup information essential to the completion of your report. This type of email address obviously blows your mystery shopper cover.
Use a logical, neutral name that makes sense for you. By setting up an email account different from your personal email, you are able to focus only on looking at the shops available instead of the ad from a local business or the forwarded joke from Aunt Martha.
2. Set up your email accounts to have email from mystery shopping companies fall into a specific folder within your account. This alternative accomplishes the same result: focused reading. Only open that folder when you are ready to work on setting up new shops for the week or month.
3. Temporarily stop email from nationwide mystery shopping companies that never have shops in your area. Instead, check their job board once a week or once a month to see if their client base has changed.
4. Set aside a specific time each day to focus on your mystery shopping emails, apply for shops, read your assignments and print off the necessary materials. When you stay focused on your “work,” delete what you know is not necessary, or file assignment email in the appropriate folder(s). Then you are done for the day and can go back to reading all the marketing materials sent by your favorite stores in your regular email box.
Working efficiently and effectively will help you to manage your time so that you spend more time making money and less time weeding through your inbox.
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