Mystery Shop Continued – Applying For jobs

So you’re signed up with Jobslinger, upgraded to Jobslinger+ with your 30 day trial, completed the Recruiterator and setup wizard – Now you’re ready to browse for local shops!

As I began this article I’ve also created a new account. So you’ll be able to see the growth and payouts from beginning to end! No false promises here – if you follow my directions you will make money. 

We’ll start from the Jobslinger Dashboard. After logging in you will be taken to your frontpage. At the top Command Central. There are 2 things to pay attention to here:
Snap-Shops! – Gives a quick view of shops available in your area.
SASSIE MegaLog – Gives you an agenda of upcoming, completed, and shop errors.

The great thing about this is the ability to see any shops currently assigned to you. You can easily click on these shops for more information or view your log to begin preparing your route. We’ll get to that later.

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Since we’re just starting I want to begin making money without any initial investments. Note: Most of the shops payout on the 15th of the month following your shops. So most of the shops you see in this article will not be paid until November 15th, 2016. I will definitely be providing an update at this time. This will definitely detour a lot of people wanting to make money right off the bat, however it is perfect for the weekend shopper or traveler who wants to make quick bucks shopping at places they already throw money towards 😉

Let’s View the shops that are <10 Miles from me. You’ll be presented with a similar layout.

 

I love interacting with associates so I’m open to practically any shop that pays $10+ as long as it’s directly on my existing route or within a shopping center I’m already visiting. If you did 6-7 of these in a day that’s not a bad turnaround – but I prefer going for the $20+ jobs.

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I’m going to choose Grocery for Visalia. Click Apply. You will be taken to the new page which has all of the information regarding the shop:
Location, date, instructions, and the ability to request the shop.
Some shops allow Auto-Assign meaning you don’t have to wait for approval.
Avoid these shops until your rating is at least 8.0 or above – you’ll rarely be declined!

In order to keep the information of companies safe I am NOT going to provide any details on location info or exact pay amounts. 

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Once you hit apply you’ll be taken to your confirmation page. Since you’ll be recognized as an IC Pro 100 – you have a higher chance of being approved. One effective thing I learned when I first started was I introduced myself to every sheduler from the Shop Comments and explain my previous customer service experience and how eager I was to begin.
I only recommend this if you can create a very efficient and beautiful cover letter and truly present yourself as a stellar shopper. Remember: This IS a job. You are an independent contractor and these people rely on you to keep your appointments! If for any reason you can’t make a date – alert them immediately. You can go to your MegaLog to see which needs to be reschedule and click Details.
If you’re going to use my name as your referral, pleeeeaassseee be a diligent rep! 

So now you’ve submitted for your first job. Congratulations! Now you must wait to be approved for the shop. Since my account is new I let each recruiter know my existing profile had an average 9/10 rating so I was very quickly approved for a few shops.

Once approved jump back to Tools > Megalog.

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As you can see I’ve got 6 shops paying me a total of $90 if completed. I’ve removed the company data and pay to avoid possible TOS violations – however the totals should be just fine. This blog will be edited after approval from Jobslinger so I can guarantee I’ve covered the setup properly.

Clicking on the + will give you the information for the shop. Click Details.
You will be taken to your Shopper Log for the company specific to that shop.
Remember: Jobslinger is a database – they connect you to all of the companies looking for shoppers and you’re required to interact with these companies directly. You will rarely deal with JS Customer Service unless you have issues with the website. I wanted to add this because it can be very confusing when starting as a shopper.

status.JPGYour view will obviously show all of the details, I’ve simply removed it for security.
Click CONFIRM! This is required to let the scheduler know you’ve seen the approval.
ALWAYS DO THESE IMMEDIATELY! 

You will click CONFIRM! then be taken to a second page to confirm the date selected which will update the sheduler.

Click Guidelines -> Download Guidelines. This is the bread and butter of your shop.

From here you will be presented with your scenario and a walkthrough of how to perform the shop. Read this carefully. One thing I always do is save the .PDF or a copy to my desktop which is Synced to DropBox – so I can access the document from anywhere while I’m traveling. For those of you who travel with a portable printer this is a great method in case you forget a Manager / Audit Signature Sheet.

Everyone has different schedules. You may check it in the morning, night, mid-day, randomly, anytime! I personally check my jobs nightly at 9PM to prepare my route for the next day if I have some coming up in my shop log.

I will finish off this section by recommending you apply for 3-5 jobs – and no more! You may get approved for 10 jobs all in the same day while some require specific times – be sure to be mindful of the address and keep a tab open with your favorite Maps program while searching!

Next: Pre-Calls, Pre-Prints, and Pre-Day Prep

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Mystery Shopping – A Complete Guide

     Secret Shopper: a person employed by a manufacturer or retailer to pose as a shopper in order to evaluate the quality of customer service.

Are you interested in visiting some of your favorite stores to evaluate customer service in exchange for reimbursement + pay for your time! Then this is the article for you!

Mystery Shopping is a great part-time project which can easily be done during your regular shopping. The trick is to utilize the tool I’m about to introduce and coordinate your weekend shopping!

Ideas:

  • Reimbursements for oil changes
  • Get paid $20+ for bank audits (pretend to be a new customer)
  • Reimbursements for sunglasses
  • Reimbursements for electronics
  • Sporting goods, World Market, jewelry shops, and more!

A quick run-down of the process is you visit a store and track your location using the Geo-Verify app as well as providing pictures of the business and any materials picked up during your audit. Many require a purchase – however many do not! 
There are many shops which allow you to earn money just by taking notes! Others allow you the opportunity to actually return your product – so you can either keep your purchase or return it to double up!

You’ll want to start by visiting JobSlinger and signing up for a new account. The process is straight-forward so I’ll skip this part. Once you’ve confirmed your e-mail address you will definitely want to take advantage of the 30 Day Jobslinger Plus Trial – this will make coordinating your shops/trips/roadmaps MUCh easier! Also the money made within your first 30 days can easily pay for a year of this service – just follow my directions!

Once you sign up for Plus+ you’ll want to take the tutorial. Take your time and read every aspect and set this part up right. I recommend spending a solid 30-45 minutes on this initial setup – taking time now to properly setup your targets and account info will save valuable time in the future.

You will come to the Setup Wizard which looks like this. You’ll want to really pay attention to the SlingMeMyTargets, and Recruiterator section. This is where you setup your alerts and specify the shops you’re willing to complete. These are the aspects I’m going to focus on.

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SlingMe

This is where you’re going to setup your alerts. You have the options for e-mail, text, or both. I have mine set to text me every hour and send e-mails once a day. This is so I can see hourly alerts from anywhere and snag jobs that are highly appealing – and receive 1 daily email with an overall agenda.

Be sure to customize this to your needs. The great thing about new shops is you usually have 3+ days before it actually begins so even though you apply – it may not be required for a few days. This is not always the case – be sure to read entire descriptions!

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MyTargets

This is probably the 2nd most important part of organizing your auditing. This is basically a quick overall view of the shops available with filters you designate. I do not know the limit on targets – but I currently have 4 setup. You can see the example below.
1) Set to any shop within 5 miles (for quick bucks/regular shops on daily trips)
2) Set to $20+ shops within 20 miles (2o/20 rule + consideration of adding a shop to local travel)
3) Any shop available within 60 miles (Gives me a view of anything within an hour, spontaneous road trips!)
4) High paying Audits ($50+, usually are video audits)

I’m all for making a quick buck here and there – because at the end of each pay cycle they all add up! These are my preferences because I love to travel and I have seen $200+ shops appear about 120+ miles away which landed perfectly with some of my out of town jobs. A free set of Oakley’s for a 20 minute visit? Sign me up!

Recruiterator

Now this is probably the most tedious and lengthy part of your setup. The Recruiterator allows you to quickly sign up for new Secret Shop Companies by inputting your Jobslinger+ data – but as you can see from the list there is a lot! I recommend going through one-by-one and signing up for as many as you can before you get tired of it – be sure to mark where you left off so you can continue in the future. I of course recommend signing up for all of them! This will unlock many more shops and potential earnings. Like I said earlier – a bit of configuration now will save time and effort in the future.

Once you’ve signed up – you’re ready to move on and be presented by a full dashboard which should have a ton of shops in your area. If you live in the larger metro areas you’ll definitely have more shopping opportunities.

Notes:

After signing up for the new companies you’ll notice a couple items. Some may require you to fill out your Extended Profile or pass tests in the center. You can either knock these out as you sign up – or finish them after you’ve signed up for the companies. Your call! Just remember you may be missing out on some great assignments if you fail to complete these.

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Signing up with these providers initially will save you time in the future. When you see the jobs appear on your list you’ll be required to have an account with the provider – you may sign up with them as they pop up however you may miss out on these jobs by taking the time for registration. Preparation is key!

Next: Preparing For Your First Shop