Certainly a J.O.B. has benefits that MS does not have. Many/most employers offer some sort of benefits package which may include health insurance, perhaps a retirement plan, sick days and vacation days. A person with the diversified set of skills necessary to be a successful shopper should be attractive to most employers. A steady paycheck is of course a plus of a J.O.B. And if your employment work schedule is predictable, there is no reason that shops can't be worked in around it. Mystery shopping as the sole source of income for keeping a roof over your head and the lights on is tough. Many of the benefits come in the form of reimbursements, in the form of sheltering income from taxation via the mileage deduction and in keeping technology current as a business expense rather than as an out of pocket expense. So yes, my tax return legitimately shows that my 'net income' from shopping is small, but my gross and benefits are substantial and certainly worth the time invested.
^^This^^ It's why I'll take jobs in rural Timbuktu. The mileage is enough to write off the bonus money and cover some of the income I'm making elsewhere.@Flash wrote:
Many of the benefits come in the form of reimbursements, in the form of sheltering income from taxation via the mileage deduction.
@ mare ako lol
You forgot wear and tear on your car for driving to your shops, as opposed to sitting inside an office all day.@ingridjes wrote:
It may be time for me to do less of mystery shopping. After driving to and from route of shops. I figured that I may not be fully making all that money. Gas and time, and reports afterwards. This actually started as a stepping stone, until I found a J.O.B. lol. It lasted longer than I thought.
@Connecticut Annie wrote:
My CPA told me I was working for nothing mystery shopping, tax wise. He did not let me take all the mileage I put on my car, saying it would make ms-ing look like a hobby.
Other than tires, I don't see much additional expense mystery shopping. I've never had a job across the street. Never.