If you've only had a few mystery shopping jobs, chances are, you haven't made much money. If you want that to change, there are some steps that you need to take. Mystery shoppers who make more money are dedicated to becoming better mystery shoppers. They consistently improve what they do. In order to make more money as a shopper, you need to do the same. Because your mystery shopping job is probably a side gig, you don't have to spend hours upon hours sharpening your skills, but take some time to think about what you do well and what you improve upon. Here are some tips:
Always be on time
This should go without saying, but it is worth stressing again. Even being a few minutes late to an assignment can hurt your chances of getting jobs in the future and receiving the best compensation. Show up a few minutes early to jobs and always make sure to get your report in on time. Getting your report in on time can mean typing up your report very late at night or early in the morning, but sometimes that's what it takes to get the job done. The same goes for any edits or feedback you receive. Communicating with your client in a timely manner is always going to reflect well on you, and it will help you get more jobs in the future so try to respond quickly even if it isn't totally convenient.
Find more jobs and take more jobs
Because you're working as an independent contractor, it's important to always be seeking out new opportunities. The best way to make more money as a mystery shopper is to take more mystery shopping jobs. Devote a portion of your week or a small part of your day for searching for jobs. When you find jobs, even if it's not a job you particularly want, it might be smart to take it. When you're starting out, it's important to take what you can get.
Improve your reports
The reports you write are what get you paid. If you improve your report writing skills, you'll be able to get more jobs and jobs with better compensation. Study writing techniques and mystery shopping reporting examples to see the best way to write up reports. Another great way to improve your report writing skills is to pay close attention to what the client wants. Every job will give you a list of requirements. Address those requirements in your report, and you can be sure that you're report is a good report.
Make sure to get the details
Take your time while you're on a mystery shopping job. This will allow you to soak up all the necessary details you need to write an accurate and helpful report. While you can't have a pen and notepad out, you can get away with typing small notes into your phone. To the casual observer, it will just look like you're texting someone.