The U.S. Treasury has started depositing and mailing stimulus payments to taxpayers. When you receive yours, why not use some of the money to make your mystery shopping business more profitable? That can mean investing in yourself, or in equipment to save time and qualify you for more shops.
Here are some examples of ways you could invest a small portion of your stimulus payment to earn more as a mystery shopper.
One way to invest in yourself is to get training that will make you more valuable to mystery shopping companies. Polish your writing skills by signing up for a seminar or class on grammar or business writing. Many local community colleges and continuing education programs have classes that help you to become a better and more confident writer. When your reports are better written, you may qualify for better assignments and earn more money. Feeling more confident about your writing ability can translate to spending less time agonizing over reports, meaning your effective hourly rate goes up–you get more done in less time.
Another way to invest in yourself is with MSPA Certification. With the new Gold DVD, you can get certified on your own schedule, without leaving home. Order your Gold DVD here. Some companies offer assignments to certified shoppers before others, or attempt to fill as many shops as possible with certified shoppers. Most certified shoppers see more and better mystery shopping opportunities after becoming certified.
Purchase equipment that will be less costly to maintain than current equipment. One of the best examples of this is replacing your ink jet printer with a laser printer. Laser toner cartridges last much longer than ink cartridges, and the cost to print a page is typically less. Although you will spend money on the printer, you will save on the cost of consumables. The price of laser printers has come down a lot over the years, with prices now starting under $100. Chances are, you would save at least that much money by replacing your ink-eating printer with a laser.
Get tools to make yourself more efficient. Mapping software can help you plan shopping routes that will save gas and time. A digital voice recorder (DVR) can make recalling details and writing reports easier. An inexpensive digital camera can qualify you for shops requiring digital photos.
Don’t look at the stimulus payment as money in your pocket for a short time. Invest it wisely, and it will pay dividends for months and years to come.