MYSTERY SECRET SHOPPER
If you like shopping and you enjoy exploring different new products in the market and you enjoy the shopping process then becoming a mystery shopper is probably the best career for you. Becoming a secret/mystery shopper is very easy! All you need is a good portfolio and some good shopping skills. You also need to be very active as a mystery shopper, you will have to sign up with one of our mystery shopper networks and as you sign up with these companies on their websites, you will have to make sure you are ready to shop.
You must also know about the unusual requirements of any particular company! So that when the time comes you do not miss out on anything. There are a lot of exciting things about being a secret/shopper, you visit many places and markets, and you wear a variety of clothes depending on the shopping outlet you are going to shop from and many more.
Did you ever want to become a secret shopper?
You will be getting plenty of shopping assignments soon and to become a good mystery shopper you need to keep track of every shopping you did for every client. You can keep record of these assignments by having a PDA, computer or just a notebook simply. Create columns for the company name, due date, paid date, shopper fee and the shopping assignment name.
YOU MUST HAVE THE RIGHT SET OF TOOLS FOR GETTING THE JOB DONE
The first and the most important requirement and tool is internet access and a reliable computer. Majority of the companies will require you to have a high speed internet access account but this is not a mandatory requirement. It does not matter whatever you use or whatever you are comfortable with because the company is not paying your expenses, if it would have been paying your expenses then the story would be different.
You need a reliable punctuation as well to get to your assignments. Having a proper outfit is also very important; the type of your outfit will depend on the type of the assignment. Mostly casual outfits work but there are certain shops which are in expensive restaurants and apartments; some of the retail outlets as well. So you will have to dress up accordingly to blend in in these places.
MAKE AN ACCOUNT ON THE WEB WITH NUMEROUS MYSTERY SHOPPING COMPANIES
Do some research on mystery shopping companies and you will come across plenty of mystery shopping companies that you can apply to. There would hardly be a mystery shopping company who do not have an application on their website. Start up by signing up with a few mystery shopping companies and increase the frequency of application as you get more used to the process. Beware! Never ever in your life pay for signing up with a mystery shopping company! A mystery shopping company will not charge you for signing up with them.
CREATE YOUR PROFILE ON THE WEB AS A SECRET SHOPPER!
You should have a list of all the zip codes with you where you are eager to shop. When you have this list you can then just copy this information and paste it in the application. It is always a very good idea to keep a sample of your writing as well in this file. Majority of the companies will demand you to write one or two paragraphs on your recent shopping experience. Companies demand you to write this paragraph to see whether you are capable of writing properly and you do not make a lot of spelling mistakes, you proficiency of the punctuation and grammar is also checked.
Everything matters here, as it is the one and only way in which you can tell your clients that you are able enough to do the job to their utmost satisfaction. So when you have these paragraphs written and you come across an application that you are considering to fill, you just have to copy these paragraphs and paste them into the application. In these paragraphs you should add every little detail that it directly proportional to your skills in secret shopping.
CREATE A LIST OF COMPANIES
This is a file or a form on your computer which contains all the names of the secret shopping companies that you signed up with, you should also mention the usernames and passwords for each company in this document so that you do not forget. In this document make columns for notes about the unusual requirements of any company. Incorporate all the necessary information in this document related to the secret shopping companies that you signed up with.
NOW IT IS TO WAIT FOR DIFFERENT ASSIGNMENTS TO COME TO YOU!
When you get your first assignment, record this assignment into your log and print out all the instructions about the shopping from the company’s website. Also download the form which you fill to tell the company about your experience in this shopping assignment. Although you have to fill this form on line on the website but it is wise to download the form and have it with you while you are shopping and fill it as soon as you get the answers. If you choose to just fill it on line after your shopping expedition is over this might be risky because you might forget a lot of things about the shopping experience.