One of the challenges mystery shoppers face, especially when they’re getting started, is finding enough mystery shops to complete
This article will show you how to find enough shops in your area, so you’ll no longer be struggling to find more work as a mystery shopper.
The first rule of getting more work as a mystery shopper is to sign up with more mystery shopping companies.
That’s why we send out lots of companies in our free newsletter – so you can find those companies to sign up with.
But – when you’re just getting started, you’ll want to sign up with several companies at once.
And you may as well start with companies that are very likely to have assignments in your area.
The first thing to do is to search the job boards.
However, before you search the job boards, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, they list jobs that are probably available right now. However, I’m encouraging you to not think of them in terms of just finding jobs right now. I’m encouraging you to look for companies with jobs in your area.
That means if a company has an assignment in your area, the goal isn’t to get that specific job immediately. Instead, the goal is to sign up for that company, so you can have access to all of the jobs they list, and not just the ones on the job board.
That also means you should sign up for that company, even if you’re not interested in the specific shop they’re advertising in the job board. They may have other options available – and the only way to find out is to sign up for that company.
Here are four job boards that I recommend:
1. JobSlinger — This is the job board provided by SurfMerchants, creators of the Sassie mystery shopping platform. Companies that use the Sassie platform are able to easily list their jobs here. This is one of the biggest and the best job boards out there, and it is also completely free.
2. The MSPA Job Board. This is the job board provided by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, the trade organization for mystery shopping companies. They provide comprehensive search options. All of the listings are provided by MSPA members, adding a level of trust to the service.
3. MS Job Board. This is the job board provided by Shopmetrics. Similar to Jobslinger, companies that use the Shopmetrics platform are able to easily list their jobs on this job board.
4. The Mystery Shop Forum Job Board. This is the job board for Mystery Shop Forum, the largest community of mystery shoppers on the internet. Instead of browsing the listings, I recommend using their Google Site Search to search for your zip code. This will show you companies that have posted jobs with your zip code. Again, those companies might not have assignments for you, but the odds are much better than any random company.
The next thing to do, once you’ve signed up for several companies you’ve found via the Job Boards, is to sign up for the largest mystery shopping companies.
These companies tend to have shops in every area of the country.
There are more large companies, but those should be more than enough to get your started.
Once you’ve signed up for companies by searching job boards, and signed up for the biggest companies, the next step is to set up a routine for signing up for more companies
Mystery shoppers who make their living from this often sign up with 200 companies, or more.
You can find these assignments via our newsletter, and by reading Mystery Shop Forum.
The goal is not to actually work for all of those companies, but to have access to the most options, so you can take your pick.
Ultimately, you’ll want to develop quality relationships with a few companies, which will allow you to get the highest paying shops out there.