Time management on mystery shopping trips

One of the biggest benefits of mystery shopping for a job is having a flexible, self-managed schedule, according to Mystery Shop Maven, a site that provides practical mystery shopping advices and resources.

One of the biggest benefits of mystery shopping for a job is having a flexible, self-managed schedule, according to Mystery Shop Maven, a site that provides practical mystery shopping advices and resources. Mystery shoppers can work from home or complete jobs throughout the day as they fit into a complicated schedule because they are essentially their own bosses.

However, mystery shoppers might be able to make more from their positions when the manage their time well to fit in extra assignments and get credit for the most reports. The source suggests that shoppers fit in extra trips first thing in the morning, right before they go to sleep or on their way to or from running errands to boost their income.

Another strategy is to search for jobs that align with a shopper's usual tasks or activities, the site suggests. For example, they could pick up assignments at the supermarket where they regularly shop so they can earn income while picking up their weekly groceries. Shoppers can even combine work and play, the source recommends, by seeking out assignments at restaurants, movie theaters, bars or nightclubs that will allow them to have fun and boost their weekly revenue.

One thing to keep in mind when considering time management and planning assignments is that some jobs must be completed within a certain time frame, according to The Mystery Shopper's Manual. Some tasks require shoppers to visit a location within a specific range of dates and times, the source explains, such as visiting a fast food restaurant for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. If they go outside of those times, their report might not be accepted and they will not be paid for the trip, so it's important to plan those time restraints into a shopper's schedule.