Question for you vets....

Okay so heres a totally newbie question and I know probably a dumb one LOL but what exactly is Merchandising? Is it where you sit up displays in big chain stores and sell samples or advertise samples? Is it decent income in merchandising? I'm brand new to all of this and full of so many questions. I'm a full time firefighter looking to make decent side income with mystery shopping and the merchandising caught my eye. Just trying to learn as much as I can and see where I want to get my feet wet first.

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@Bobbycfd
You are correct about what merchandising is.... I'll let others tell you more about it as I don't do it. However, "decent" money is a subjective term. Some folks are happy to work for $10 an hour. Some demand more.

It sounds (from your posts) that you are looking to maximize your income doing this part time. That's exactly what I do. Allow me to ask: What do you consider "Decent" money and what is your income goal? How many days on a weekly/monthly basis do you plan to shop?

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@Bobbycfd
You are correct about what merchandising is.... I'll let others tell you more about it as I don't do it. However, "decent" money is a subjective term. Some folks are happy to work for $10 an hour. Some demand more.

It sounds (from your posts) that you are looking to maximize your income doing this part time. That's exactly what I do. Allow me to ask: What do you consider "Decent" money and what is your income goal? How many days on a weekly/monthly basis do you plan to shop?
I would say I want to maximize my income for sure. I work 24 hour shifts and average 10 to 11 days a month so that would give me close to 20 days a month where I could focus on this. As for income goals, I would love average out around 150 to 200 dollars a week. I know being brand new to all of this that's probably a high number, and I'm thinking low numbers to start while I get my feet wet and learn the ropes, but with my full time career I am blessed to have plenty of time to put the effort in this and do well I hope.
If you are up to doing a little driving, you can average that each month. It will depend on your proximity to cities. If I take a full day to shop, I expect to make $200-$300 that day alone - more at the end of the month. It might take you a little time to find the right mix of MSC's for your area to do just that, but it can be done. You'll want to take some time off as a $300 day can be a long day and, after a 24 hr. shift, you likely will want to have some time to rest.

For pure money-makers, I would suggest looking at apartments, banks, and, if you stick with this, video shopping.

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Depending on where you are, apartment shops can be very lucrative. I average around $150 a day including bonuses. Reports aren't that difficult once you've done a few.
Most merchandising companies want to hire you as an employee and will want to give you a set schedule, albeit part time. I make decent pay per hour with Advantage Solutions but the starting pay is $10.25 (I make much more than that). I am able to get them to give me a flexible schedule but I have been with them for about six years. They don't do that for new hires.
I merchandise occasionally, but it's rarely worth the money (unless, like JAS, you have built a long-standing relationship.) Mostly I take short jobs to fill in time between other shops.

Apartments pay well, especially senior living ones. The real way to make money, though, is to route shop, even if it's just a day route. Start with Apartment 1, pick up some post office shops, gas shops, and bank shops on your way to Apartment 2. Post office and gas shops do not pay a whole lot, but they're simple, easy to report, and make good fillers. In the above scenario, you could potentially make $100 + another $20 or so in gas in 3 or 4 hours (plus reporting time.)

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Since you are a fire fighter I would highly recommend getting your feet wet with an alarm installation company and working your way up, with a few classes and easy/cheap certifications, to Xfinity / Security systems installer. The ones in my area are making $45 an hour as Xfinity contracts out their security system installations. Work Market also has assignments that I do occasionally trouble shooting self-installed security systems and adjustable beds and alarm systems at small businesses.

eta Merchandising pays crap, generally. I'm in it part-time for the med/dental insurance and the matching 401k and other benefits.

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