Your Mystery Shopping Business

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Most mystery shoppers do not think of themselves as business owners, but that is exactly what we are. As business owners, we are responsible for our profitability. Don’t like the shops you are doing, the people you are working with or the amount of money you are making? It is up to you to change those things. Start by having a business plan. That’s right, a business plan. No, you don’t have to have a binder full of spreadsheets, charts {Read More}

The Green Dot MoneyPak Mystery Shop Scam

The scammers continue to come up with new angles for scams. One that is becoming more popular is a variation on the fake check scam. Instead of wiring the money to the scammer via MoneyGram or Western Union, the bad guys have their victims purchase Green Dot MoneyPak Cards or other pre-paid cards and send the PIN numbers to the scammers. Here is how it works:

Is It Normal to Be Scared to Mystery Shop?

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We have all heard of “stage fright,” but is there such a thing as “shop fright”? Some people who are interested in mystery shopping tell me that they are too afraid to take their first assignments and get started. How can they get past the fear and launch their mystery shopping careers? Any time you do something new, it is normal to be a little nervous. You were probably nervous the first time you got behind the wheel of a {Read More}

Make Money at Home and Work in Your Pajamas

The flexibility of mystery shopping is part of its appeal to many shoppers. We can work when we want to and work as much (or as little) as we wish. But how great is it when you can earn money without leaving the house? Maybe even without getting out of your pajamas! (But you really should shower once in a while. Really.) Connie Brentford knows all about this. She is the author of several books about making money from home. {Read More}

That Which Confuses Us About Which and That

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If you’re like me, you have safely become a successful adult by completely avoiding situations that involve complex use of the words, “which” and “that.” They’re confusing, and hard to understand. Below is a quick and easy guide to getting rid of the stress associated with these two rascals, so that you can properly use them in a sentence. Knowledge is power, and confidence is key! So What’s the Difference? There’s a very subtle difference between the two words, but {Read More}

What happens to my mystery shop report after I submit it?

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One thing many shoppers wonder about is what happens to their reports after they press “submit.” Who looks at the reports? What do they do with them? Of course, every company and client may be a little different, but here is what happens in a typical situation. First, the report goes to an editor or quality control reviewer. The job of the editor is to make sure that the report meets all of the client requirements. They look at things {Read More}

When and How to Use Quotations in Mystery Shop Reports

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One of the goals you should have when writing mystery shop reports is to help those who read the report to feel that they were there, experiencing what you experienced during the shop. Directly quoting what employees said to you during a mystery shop visit is one of the things that helps the mystery shopping company and the client imagine what your visit was really like. But quotations can be overused. Let’s look at when you would use quotations and {Read More}

10 Hyphenation Tips

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Do you know when to use a hyphen and when not to? This infographic gives five examples of when a hyphen is needed and five examples of phrases that should not be hyphenated. Some of these may come in handy when writing mystery shop reports. Is it “one half” or “one-half”? “Self-serve” or “self serve”? Was the steak “well-done” or “well done”? by grammar.net. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Where Are All of the Good Mystery Shops?

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New shoppers are often disappointed and frustrated when they look for assignments and find only low-paying, not-very-exciting shops. “Is that all there is to mystery shopping?” they wonder. Absolutely not! There are lots of high-paying and interesting mystery shopper jobs out there. In this article, I explain why you are not seeing those better jobs, where they are hiding and how you can uncover them.

Modifier Madness

Making your mystery shop reports as clear as possible is important. Using modifiers incorrectly can completely change the meaning of a sentence. Misplaced modifiers are easy to do, and often hard to spot. Before getting into the mistake, however, let’s first explore what a modifier is. Modifiers are words that are used in a sentence to describe something else. They’re typically adjectives, which are words that describe nouns but can be any words or phrases that describe something.