I am relatively new to the world of mystery shopping. I've been hustling though. Doing all I can to learn and make myself a valuable "go to" contractor. I guess it's working. I have received calls from 4 different scehdulers at 4 different MSC's in the past week. All the calls have been the same in nature. They have shops in my area and could I help them out. I do the same thing each time. I ask them about the job and let them know I need to review my calendar before I can commit."
I always have my calendar at my fingertips, by virtue of my smart phone. My cell phone is my only phone. The amount of shops I pick up, on the go, each month, more than pays for the cell plan. Plus, cutting my landline saved me $40+/month.
"Being so new I wanted to hear from some seasoned veterans. Should I ask for bonuses or should I "prove" myself and the quality of my work for a while before asking? Here is why I ask. I really do want to be a valuable asset, yet I don't want to be looked over because someone may not like that I didn't do the job for their original base rate."
We prove ourselves with each shop. You will not be overlooked if your body of work is excellent.
"I've read where some of you have built good relationships with schedulers and how they will hook you up due to your prior quality of work. I want to reach that level of trust and competency.
I really do want to be a valuable asset, yet I don't want to be looked over because someone may not like that I didn't do the job for their original base rate.
Honestly this mindset baffles me.
It's also why many people in this profession average $3 an hour.
Which of course puts the scheduler in a bind since there were 23 requests ahead to do that shop. But somehow it is not a perfect world and bribery will get you a long, long way.