The world is spinning around us. Every day, there are new changes and new ways to do things. As soon as we understand one piece of technology, the next comes along. There’s always something new to learn. We get caught up in all the blogs, posts and tweets about what we should have, do and be.
WordPress.com – the software behind our blog – tells us over 15.8 billion blogs are being read every day. Can you raise your hand and admit you are one of the participants in non-stop clicking and blog reading?
Most of us are guilty of this. There truly is so much good information online. And while knowledge is power, non-stop reading it isn’t getting the work done.
As an independent contractor, solopreneur and mystery shopper, it is easy to get distracted when looking online for work, checking out the boards for new shops, and reading forum discussions about the business of mystery shopping.
However, when you set time limits and boundaries on your work activities and your social online activities, you are much more productive and create more income for yourself.
Create a routine that will allow you to stay focused on getting new mystery shopping jobs, submitting the shops, and writing your reports in as efficient a manner as possible.
Decide how many hours each week you have to dedicate to your mystery shopping business. Make sure you include signing up with new mystery shopping companies, applying for shops through email, applying for shops on job boards, reading instructions for shops you have been assigned to, printing off materials, doing the shop, and submitting your report.
With the exception of doing the shop itself, most of your time is spent online. Use your time wisely:
1. Determine how much time it takes to do all of the online pre-reporting tasks. One time saver might be to set up a separate email address for only your mystery shops. Depending on how many companies you are signed up with, reading your email for available assignments and going through the job boards and applying for shops could take you as little as a half-hour or less.
When you are looking at the available shops – do only that. Don’t click over to other websites, get involved in discussions or start reading that mystery shopping company’s blog at that time. Look to see what is available, apply for the shop, and then go back and do that with the next company.
2. Take your list of assigned shops, put them on your calendar, print off any materials you may need and put them all together in one spot so you have the information you need when you leave the house. This could take as little as 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes, depending on how many shops you are assigned.
3. Reporting on your shop typically takes between 20-40 minutes. Take pictures of receipts with your smartphone right after you complete the shop and send them to your email address. This will provide you with all the information on your computer when you sit down to write the report. Allow a sufficient amount of time with no distractions and your work will be done!
Now that you have efficiently used your working time, you can go and enjoy all the blogs, websites and discussions that you would like! Especially Market Viewpoint’s! You’ve earned it!
What is your routine for finding mystery shopping work? Share with us below! Your tips can help other shoppers.