Building a Moat Around Your Mystery Shopping Business

Building a Moat Around Your Mystery Shopping Business

Building a moat around your Mystery Shopping business is a great way for people with spare time on their hands to make some extra cash. Assignment schedules are relatively flexible and many shopping trips allow people to take care of personal errands at the same time. But if you have greater ambitions, it is entirely possible to turn mystery shopping into a full-time job with a steady income. Once you start building relationships with providers and gathering more experience, it’s easy to start scheduling multiple assignments each week for months and years at a time.  Naturally, maintaining a full-time job as a mystery shopper requires hard work and a high level of commitment. Without sufficient planning, many people can find their workload to become overwhelming.  There’s no reason to be overwhelmed, though. Here are some strategies you can start using now in order to take full advantage of your potential.

Diversify-After a few trips, you might discover that you have a particular knack for conducting shops at certain stores. While you should definitely focus on these kinds of assignments, it’s important to keep a diverse schedule of many different kinds of assignments. Providers work with stores in a somewhat unpredictable fashion. Sometimes a company will back out of services for any given reason on short notice. Make sure you’re applying for jobs through a large variety of providers so you can have alternative options available when specific opportunities fall through.

Research – As you develop the mystery shopping experience, take note of how your providers work. When looking for future jobs, it’s nice to have an understanding of what is out there in terms of which providers are easiest or most pleasant to work with. Keeping up with online mystery shopping forums is another way to familiarize yourself with the best and worst of the industry.

Organize – While doing all of this research on the best providers, keep a running document of the information you come across. Plans in the mystery shopping industry are always subject to change. But when an assignment falls through, a list of some of the best providers can make it much easier to find the next shopping opportunity Plan Scheduling can be one of the trickiest aspects of mystery shopping. There are two ways providers generally schedule assignments. They can either let shoppers actively choose their own job schedules, or they might just choose the date and notify the shopper without any prior input. This last method can be pretty stressful, especially if your life revolves around having a tight schedule. Keeping a loose calendar, however, is an essential way to keep track of the dynamic assignment schedule