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Tips on How to Become a Mystery Shopper

Aug 17, 2007
For those who want to enter the career as a mystery shopper, you might be asking yourself, what should you do to become one. To fully know what is the nature of the work there are two things to realize:

1.The job
As it might have already entered your mind, mystery shopper is an individual who works for the company to observe, evaluate, and make a report on the status of the store from the costumer's point of view. The mystery shopper or sometimes referred to as secret shopper will enter work not as an employee but as a regular costumer enjoying shopping while getting paid.

2.Kinds of Service it Offer
Mystery shopper is not limited to shops. They also go to restaurants, cruise liners, movie theaters, department store, casino, service centers, fitness centers or heath clubs, salons, banks, homebuilders, amusement centers and parks, and everything in the business area that are customer oriented. With these, you get paid while getting a new haircut, gambling, dinning in style, traveling and shopping, at work.

Now that you know these, here are tips on how to become a mystery shopper.

First things first: apply to as many mystery shopping agencies as possible.

Good thing here is that mystery shopping companies does not charge registration fees.

Another thing you need to know if you want to become a mystery shopper is to know the difference between real and a fictitious mystery shopping company. Real mystery shopping company does not charge fees their shopper while fictitious mystery shopping company do the opposite. All the manual, instruction materials, and trainings are provided for free.

Once you get your first assignment, grab it immediately. A good mystery shopper commits to accept assignments in short notice. This would generate good reputation to each company you serve. As the old saying goes "first impression lasts." If you play hard to get, you might not get the second shot.

Although it might sound fun- shopping, dining, and enjoying while getting paid- there is a level of professionalism in this field. If you agree on specific date, make sure you can complete it. If you feel you cannot make it to the given date, ask of a reschedule or an extension. In this way you would not have to punish yourself doing your job or sacrificing another work.

Make sure also that you accomplish your reports and evaluations and submit it on time. There is no better way to please your client than getting your job done on time. Many mystery shoppers failed to get more assignment because of delayed if not incomplete reports.

A legitimate mystery shopping company also reimburses the amount of money spent for shopping as well as paying for the service you provide. Most companies pre-arrange the salary of the mystery shopper as well as the amount of purchase to be done.

One point to remember: although the money earned as a mystery shopper is enough to make a decent living, most mystery shoppers do this as the secondary source of income.

Finally, enjoy your work. There is no better way to create a good day on the store while working than having fun. Never treat it as a job but be mindful that by the end of the day, you can create a report/evaluation on the experience.
About the Author
Joseph Then operates a Mystery Shopper website that offers the user a HUGE list of resources for Mystery Shoppers. Check it out at http://www.MysteryShopperResource.com
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