Engaging with fellow mystery shoppers online

Mystery shopping is a uniquely individualized profession.

Mystery shopping is a uniquely individualized profession. While you report to your schedulers and may even shop with others from time to time, your success is largely up to you. For that reason, it's important to fill the void of social collaboration with online tools.

Mystery shopping forums can be a great way to learn about the ins and outs of the industry, specific assignments or schedulers, or to merely share experiences with fellow secret shoppers. Visitors can also talk about payment issues, reporting questions and other concerns.

"As a mystery shopper, you may enjoy the unique level of independence that comes with working at this job that you just can’t enjoy from other jobs," the blog Mystery Shop Maven points out. "While the independence is a positive benefit indeed, there are times when you just need to interact with peers on your level."

Shoppers can also engage in social media to interact with fellow shoppers or schedulers. Facebook groups, LinkedIn connections and Twitter feeds can be leveraged to enhance your online identity and build your resume. Don't be afraid to market yourself as a top mystery shopper.