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Should you give out your social security number?

Buzzy, It seems like every Mystery Shopping company that I sign up for wants my social security number. I don’t feel comfortable giving it out. What should I do? -No Soc-Sally Oh Sally, I know that Mystery Shopping does sound … Continue reading

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Self-Employed tax tips

Note: I do not now, nor have I ever worked as a tax attorney. Make sure you consult one so that you are aptly informed of the current laws and don’t get carted off to jail for tax fraud! Government … Continue reading

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Do I need an EIN for mystery shopping?

Dear Buzzy, I was signing up with some mystery shopping companies that you recommended, and one of them stated that you had to have an EIN to shop for them.  Here is what is in their IC agreement: “Shoppers are … Continue reading

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Insurance for the self-employed

Insurance. When most of us hear the word, our eyes glaze over and our mind starts to get fuzzy. Insurance, specifically health insurance, is complicated and confusing, and most self-employed people prefer to delay having to think about it. Until it’s too … Continue reading

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What is a financial mystery shop?

Hey Buzz, I know you said that Mystery Shopping companies don’t deal with certified checks, but I had an assignment recently where I had to cash a check at a payday loan place.  So, I’m confused.  What are good and … Continue reading

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Why can’t I get a gift certificate for mystery shopping?

Buzzy, I’m supposed to do a really high-end restaurant shop this week, but the mystery shopping company won’t get me a gift certificate.  I’m supposed to take 10 people!  This is going to cost me around $300, and even though … Continue reading

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Mystery shopping dilemma: What if an employee hits on you?

I love mystery shopping, but I swear, sometimes the weirdest things happen on assignments which leave me scratching my head and thinking, “Ok, how am I going to write this one up?” In one apartment shop, my cover story was … Continue reading

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Is Bethany Mooradian a Scam?

As my books and website becomes more popular and my name gets a little bit more recognition, the inevitable Google search phrase will start to pop up, as it has for so many others before me: “Is Bethany Mooradian a … Continue reading

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What is a retail Mystery Shop?

Hey Buzz, What is a retail shop?  Do you have to buy something?  Do you have to spend your money, or will they give you some?  Are you supposed to keep the merchandise or send it to the company? -Retail … Continue reading

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My professional dilemma

I contract with hundreds of companies for a variety of work: mystery shopping, virtual assisting, merchandising, small business development, social media marketing, research,  etc.  These companies have other contractors.  Some have a handful, some have hundreds, some have thousands.  I’m … Continue reading

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