I have to say there are some shoppers that have never completed an assignment for me and ask for a bonus every.single.time they email me. It is a huge turn off, for me personally, when they do that EVERY time.
I get a set amount of $ a month for bonuses (some months, I am given no bonus money) so I have to delegate it out. I cannot give, most shoppers what they want, unless they are only requesting a small bonus. The shoppers that email me for bonuses every time they email, are asking for $20 and $30 bonuses each time. I just don't have the funds for that.
What I WILL do when trying to get a shop completed, if it's a shopper that is good to ME (helps me out in a bind), I have offered them a bonus "just because" (when I am able) even though it's not a hard to fill one. Or if I reach out to a shopper and they respond back asking for a bonus (small one) I can try to do that too. Scratching each others backs does help!
I think the difference between bgriffin, myself and some other shoppers is that both of us would just as easily stay home then do a shop for less money than we feel it's worth.
I used to ask for bonuses more often than I do now. These days, my regular schedulers and MSCs call me with the bonus money already in hand. I have trained them well over the years.
But I have also helped them out in the past, built relationships with schedulers and editors and I have a solid track record with the MSCs. I find that when I am working with new schedulers but for a MSC that I have been working with for a long time, the new scheduler is already aware of my track record so they do not mess around with me.
I have to turn down work like bgriffin and techman; there are just not enough hours in the day. I can guarantee that I have a completely type of MS job schedule than they do. We do what works for us.
That's employee and not business owner mentality.
It has nothing to do with being a new shopper or having relationships and it is not opinion anymore than the earth being round is an opinion. Shoppers who have an employee mentality tend to not do as well and not be as satisfied as shoppers who have a business owner mentality. Doing local shops at base pay if they fit your profit profile or it's a shop you find particularly fun is great. Doing it because you think you have to will get you a reputation of being a pushover who will work cheap. Sure there are some companies who might reward you with an occasional bonus shop, but there are more who will take advantage of you. The number of companies who will say OMG I won't let CQ do that super bonused FF shop 50 miles away because she won't do the base pay one 5 miles away and I'd rather just let it go overdue is equal to exactly 0.
It's never wrong to ask for a bonus. The worst they can say is no!
On Tuesday I had a day trip to an outer island for a meeting for my day job. My company booked me a later return flight than I preferred to save $100 so I started looking for shop opportunities to fill a bit of time. I came across an email for a couple retail shops on that island that were regularly $30 but bonused to $60. Having seen this bonus progressively increase I decided to contact the scheduler, let them know I lived on another island but would be willing to do the shops for $120 each. One day later I was assigned both shops. I also contacted a scheduler at another MSC because I had been given $200+ bonuses to do their home improvement shops on that island on several occasions. When I requested a bonus to take on that shop I was given a quick "No", but I thanked them and was on my way. I also reached out to a third MSC about an airport shop but didn't hear back. So I was 1 for 3 in my requests for that day but it gave me $240 for a couple hours of work.
All that said, these were all companies I had a good relationship with. It helps to feel them out to get a sense for how willing each will be to give bonuses for certain jobs and locations.
The phrase "Their wish is my command!" did not give the impression that your last post did. It gave the opposite impression.
Also I'm always cranky. SRH and all that.