Life can be fun and rewarding for a secret shopper.
As a secret shopper you are a freelance professional who is contracted to pose as a real shopper in order to evaluate several aspects of a business.
Among other aspects, you may be asked to evaluate customer service, product availability, product pricing, product quality, store cleanliness, website operations and telephone customer service. After evaluating the business, you are then required to report their findings to the companies that contracted them. So where do you find these opportunities?
Your first step should be to log onto the internet and start your search there. In secret shopping, 99 percent of the available opportunities are found online. Our website provides a listing of the many legitimate and reputable companies who are seeking reliable and dependable mystery shoppers.
Another source of mystery shopping companies is the Mystery Shopping Providers Association http://www.mysteryshop.org/. They offer an extensive source of mystery shopping tools as well as the opportunity to become certified. Browse their website and get a feel for what they have to offer.
How do you apply for the assignments available:
As you browse the listings of the mystery shopping companies, there is a short information paragraph, which advises of the types of secret shopping scenarios available from that shopping company.
Some of these mystery shopping companies specialize in specific industries or type of shops. Based on the type of mystery shop you are looking to perform, you can decide if you want to register with that company or move on to another company which offers the type of shop you are looking to complete.
Responding To postings:
The majority of secret shopping assignments are posted online or offered to the secret shoppers who have signed up with that company via email.
In the posting, you are advised on the type of secret shopping assignment, as well as all the relevant details such as time frame for completion, general location, type of secret shopping and the fee to be paid.
It is imperative that before you sign up to accept an assignment that you understand what is required, especially the time frame for completing and submitting your report.
Many companies will drop you from their database if you sign up and then cancel a shop repeatedly. If you are uncertain about any of the details of the assignment, including the time frame, you can send an email, or call the company for clarification.
Keep in mind, however, that many of the assignments are very competitive and they go quickly, so by the time you request additional information, the assignment may be already awarded to another shopper.
The skill of determining what is required from an initial posting is something that comes with experience and after a while, you will become expert at determining what assignments you are willing to accept and perform.
Myrna Marshall is a professional MSPA Gold Certified Shopper and author of Secret Shopper Strategies and Mystery Shopping Secrets â€“ The complete manual and toolkit for serious mystery shoppers.
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