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How far would you drive for a Mystery Shop?

Hi Bethany, I’ve read your book on mystery shopping, very informative. I was wondering what was the maximum number of miles you would drive for a retail shop? -Driving Daisy   Hi Daisy! Well, as with all things mystery shopping: … Continue reading

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Is it a real mystery shopping company or a scam?

Hi Queen! I’ve just started with Mystery Shopping, and I still can’t seem to tell a real company from a scam artist.  I called on an ad in the newspaper, and they wanted me to pay them $75 to be … Continue reading

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Unclaimed money: Go get yours!

Not too long ago, I was talking with a friend who told me she had received notice from a company trying to track her down and give her “unclaimed money” from New York State. Immediately, my “scam” flags started going … Continue reading

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Will a company still contact me if I ignore their emails?

Dear Buzzy, I have signed up with a lot of the mystery shopping companies you recommend, and I’m getting a lot of job offers (yea!) but I simply don’t have time to answer all of the emails.  I’m concerned that … Continue reading

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59 Ways for College Students to Make Extra Money

When I was in college, the internet was still in its infancy (remember “telnet” and “gopher” anyone?) so most students went the traditional route of getting campus jobs or internships to make extra money. My summers were spent waitressing at … Continue reading

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Is Shadow Shopper a scam?

Hey Queenie! I found a company called Shadow Shopper and they said that they could get me started in mystery shopping, but they charge a fee.  I remember that you said that you should never pay to shop, so I … Continue reading

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Working at home vs. self-employment

Many people come to me wanting to escape the 9-5, but don’t know exactly what they’re looking for.  They want to “work at home” or be “self-employed”, but don’t understand the intricacies of how either would work. Many people don’t understand … Continue reading

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Plan your business before you begin

“Plan your work, and work your plan.” One of my father’s gems…along with “Do your homework” and “Remember the Golden Rule” this phrase has stuck in my head over the years. My mother, sister and I got so sick of … Continue reading

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Top 10 worst uses of your time

I recently read, Career Success without a Real Job by Ernie Zelinski.  It was lighthearted, fun, and full of inspiration on how to get what you want out of life.  One of the things that caught my eye was his … Continue reading

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The main thing you need to start a business

For the heck of it, I took a poll of about 1,000 people looking to start their own businesses. I asked them a series of questions ranging from, “Were your parent’s self-employed?” to “How do you behave at a cocktail … Continue reading

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