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Planning out Your Mystery Shopping Route
It doesn't matter what you do, it is often necessary to plan your self
in such a way as you will be successful. Many people would not be able
to do anything without careful planning, as they fill their days so
full of things that nothing else could possibly be crammed in. The same
is true with mystery shopping. If you want to be successful with
mystery shopping, especially because it does not pay you a lot of
money, you need to plan your day and your route in order to be
effective while you are doing the job.
The first thing that you're going to do is plan your route. This should
be done before you accept the jobs and even leave your home. If you've
been doing mystery shopping in your area for any amount of time, you
will know most of the jobs that become available on a regular basis.
These would include such things as restaurants, grocery stores, gas
stations and convenience stores. You can certainly accept many of these
during the day and hit them one at a time in a a specific pattern. If
you are part of several different mystery shopping networks, you can
also fill in any blanks that are available.
At times, it is necessary for you to be at a mystery shop during a
specific hour in the day. You would want to make sure that you
certainly show up during that time as you would not be compensated if
you missed it. If you miss a mystery shop that is timed in such a way,
it can leave a hole of an hour or more in your day depending on which
job it was. Make sure that you plan your day out in such a way that you
will not be too pressed for time in order to show up in this type of a
job in a timely fashion.
You also need to keep in mind the type of shops that you will be doing
throughout the day. It is not a big deal if you are doing things such
as movie shops or mystery shopping at gas stations, but doing anything
where you may end up with perishable items in the car needs careful
consideration. As an example, you would not want to do a mystery shop
at a grocery store and end up hauling around perishable items in your
hot car for the rest of the day. You should either plan these type of
shops for late in the day or do them in such a way as you would loop
back by your house to drop off the items.
By planning out your mystery shopping route and the timing of your
shops, it certainly is possible for you to make a success of mystery
shopping. Some people even find that they are good enough with their
planning that they can do it as a full time job. With some careful
planning, you may find that it works that way for you as well.