I don’t usually toot my own horn, (well, that loudly anyway) but I kicked ass the other day.
I prefer having specific shop days…I don’t like doing one shop on Monday, two on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, etc. I much prefer scheduling a whole bunch in one day and just getting them done and out of the way.
Apartment shops are the most time consuming mainly because of the form, and until recently, the most I had ever done was four in a day. But, I got an offer of doing six apartment shops in an area about 90 minutes away from home.
I was apprehensive…after all, if I couldn’t get someone to show me an apartment, or even answer the phone, I was out of luck and would quickly lose money.
I took them on anyway, telling the scheduler that I hoped to get them all done, and asked for her understanding if it simply couldn’t be done. She was fine with it and wished me luck.
The day before my shopping day, I researched the apartments, and plotted them all out on yahoo maps. Two were in the downtown area, four were in the outskirts, so I decided my plan of action. I made all of the phone calls the day before, and wrote up the phone shops. Although I was only able to get 4 out of the 6, this significantly cut down on the time needed the day of the shop. My first shop was scheduled was 9am sharp, and I scheduled them an hour apart, giving me time to write up the forms in-between.
I took my laptop, a digital voice recorder and camera with me, to make sure I wouldn’t forget any details. After each shop, I pulled into a nearby parking lot, and wrote up as much as I could on the form so it was fresh. When it was time to go to the next apartment, I finished by verbally filling out the form on my digital recorder. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about the details.
The day was not without its hiccups. My noon appointment (the fourth one) stood me up, and so I pulled into a shopping area to finish writing up the forms of the other shops. I also took this time to try and reach the other two apartments that had eluded me earlier. Luck was with me, and I was able to get both phone shops of the apartments I missed, and the man at my noon appointment called me back to say he was in the office and completely forgot.
I was able to finish up my noon shop by 1pm, and then headed to finish up my other shops at 2 and 3pm.
After all of the shops were physically completed, I then needed to write up the forms. I headed to the local library, which I knew would have free wfi-fi, and most importantly a plug for my fading laptop.
From 4pm-7pm I finished writing up all of my forms, and was ready to head back home. All in all, it took me about 15 hours to get everything done, (including travel time) and I made a cool $300. Yes, it was a long day, but I averaged $20/hr, so I was more than happy to take it!
It was the smoothest multiple shopping day I’ve ever had! Of course, I couldn’t have done it without my laptop, a cell phone, or wifi at the library…but these are the types of Mystery Shopping days that I live for. You go in, spend a lot of time, get a lot of work done, and then move on with your life. It’s awesome!
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