I just returned from an out-of-town trip where I used a navigation system for the first time. Wow! What a useful device to have when driving in an unfamiliar area. Instead of trying to read printed directions and find road signs, I just drove and listened for the little voice that would tell me to turn right, or follow this road for 4.2 miles, or stay to the left . . . it was so easy to get where I was going. I couldn’t help but think how useful this would be when doing mystery shops.Continue Reading
In a recent post about saving money on gas, I wrote that you should avoid speeding to get better gas mileage, as well as to avoid the expense of speeding tickets. That prompted one reader to email me and ask (rather sheepishly) if she could deduct the cost of a speeding ticket on her income taxes. She was driving between shops at the time she got the speeding ticket, so would it be considered a business expense?
Are high gas prices making it harder for you to make a profit with mystery shopping? Here are a few tips to help you reduce your gas expenses. Remember that every dollar you save on expenses goes straight to your bottom line, increasing your profits.Continue Reading
Do you want to make more money as a mystery shopper? You do not necessarily have to work at lot harder to have more money in your pocket.
One way to make more is to get paid more for the time you spend. That may mean making more money per shop, or it may mean using your time more effectively to get more done in less time.
And at least as important as making more money is keeping more of what you make. Cutting expenses, and finding ways to save money on taxes, will let you hang on to your hard-earned cash.Continue Reading