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5 reasons why you should treat mystery shopping like a business

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In business, there are several guiding principles that lead to success.  Many of these same principles can help you in your activities relating to mystery shopping.  If you want to understand more about what mystery shopping is, click here.

5 reasons to start mystery shopping now

5 reasons to start mystery shopping now

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If you’re new to the concept of mystery shopping, you may be wondering “what is it?” and “why bother?” 

10 things to avoid when entering your mystery guest survey

10 things to avoid when entering your mystery guest survey

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You’ve applied for and been awarded the job, and you’ve gone and completed your super-sleuth work (having taken meticulous notes).  Now it’s time to enter the results.

Piece of cake?  Should be, but often this is the point where mystery guests (also known as mystery shoppers, or phantom shoppers) can come unstuck.  Here are 10 things to avoid when entering your survey.

Who am I competing against to win mystery guest jobs?

Who am I competing against to win mystery guest jobs?

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One of the great things about being a mystery guest is that you really only need to meet a few basic requirements to be able to get paid to shop.  It can be very flexible in terms of time and location and is therefore attractive to people from all walks of life.

Through my discussions with a range of different mystery guest companies, I’ve identified who your competitors are when you’re bidding for jobs.

Life before mystery shopping – my first ever income

Life before mystery shopping – my first ever income

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During the time I have been developing the Mystery Shopping Guide, I have spoken to quite a lot of young people (late teens) about their earning habits.  This is particularly where they are looking to earn extra money before taking up full time work – either during high school or tertiary studies.  What was your first income source?

Help, I’ve forgotten to do my mystery guest job!

Help, I’ve forgotten to do my mystery guest job!

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If you do a few mystery guest jobs from my time, it’s inevitable you’re going to find yourself with a job you just can’t do.

Worst case, you will have straight out forgotten to do the job.  Hopefully, you’ll realise just before the due date that you can’t do it.  This happened to me recently.  I was interstate and had a job to do in Sydney.  I’ll tell you how it ended up below.

The 10 biggest mistakes you can make as a mystery shopper

The 10 biggest mistakes you can make as a mystery shopper

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As a mystery shopper (AKA mystery guest, phantom shopper, mystery customer), you are paid to be a ‘fresh set of eyes’ on how businesses treat customers.  If you’re good at it, you can earn good money doing so.

But there are mistakes you can make which can curb your income.  Here are the 10 biggest mistakes you can make and how to avoid them.

What are the typical or best mystery shopper assignments?

What are the typical or best mystery shopper assignments?

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As a mystery shopper, life can be like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get (thanks Forrest Gump).  In this article, we’ll have a look at the different types of assignments and compare them to different types of chocolate. : )

Mystery guests – we take having fun seriously

Mystery Guests – We take having fun seriously

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Just because you need to earn some money as a mystery guest / mystery shopper, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.  Life’s too short not to have fun.  In this blog, we discuss some of the ways to make being a mystery guest fun.