Living the dream…. Isn’t that what you thought being a mystery shopper would provide for you?
Working from home.
Being available for kids, relatives, to volunteer or spend more time doing what you like to do.
Sitting on your back porch sipping coffee as you enter reports or look at the boards for jobs.
Living the Dream!
So why are you still feeling stressed about not having enough work or having too much work, getting reports in on time and finding those darn receipts you uploaded to the computer or are scrunched up at the bottom of your purse?
We could say it’s because you’ve been spending too much time sipping too much coffee on your back porch…. But that is not really the reason.
Because, no matter what type of independent contracting or work-from-home activity you do, it is still …. work. And most of us tend to avoid work when we can.
To make Living the Dream type of work, work, you need to:
- Know your purpose
- Have a plan
- Set boundaries
- Be accountable
We’ll talk about this in two parts because it will be important for you to take some action after each posting in order to make Living the Dream as a mystery shopper a reality for you.
No one Lives the Dream without knowing why they do what they do.
Successful people – no matter what their field might be, understand the why of what they do. Warren Buffet and the surfer dude on the beach follow completely different paths, but they both understand why they do what they do.
Anyone building a business or following their passion to generate income has to have a purpose or goal in mind.
The purpose could be financial. It could be freedom from working for others. Or it could be to help others grow and succeed.
It doesn’t matter what the purpose is, but whatever IT is, the purpose is what drives successful people to be, well, successful.
Decide what it is you want to gain from your mystery shopping work.
Is it extra income for your basic needs? Disposable income to be able to give to others? Free meals and merchandise? A way to get out of the house?
It doesn’t really matter what your purpose is – but you have to know WHY you want to mystery shop in order to do it most effectively.
Once you know your purpose, you can then find the types of shops that best will fit your purpose.
- If you want to travel with lower costs, you may look for route shops and/or hotel and cruise shops.
- If your need is primarily for extra income, look for shops within a certain geographic area, perhaps in stores where you regularly shop or get services, that pay well or reimburse you for things you typically purchase.
- If dining for free (or almost) is your goal – then find which companies have restaurant and food chain shops.
Your purpose is what will get you out of bed. Your plan will be what you do once you are showered and ready to conquer the day.
With a defined purpose and a well-thought out plan looking for, and finding, mystery shopping work becomes far less overwhelming and tedious.
You will know which are your go-to companies for consistent work that helps you accomplish your purpose. Looking for shops will be simple. Work will be fun.
And then – that is when you can start the process of Living the Dream.
Next week – we’ll tell you how boundaries and accountability make your days even better.
But let’s talk now! Comment below about your purpose for being a mystery shopper and how you are Living the Dream through mystery shopping.