Editor Job Pay and Advice

I'm looking to see if anyone on the forum would be able to give me a ballpark range of what a new mystery shop editor might earn. I'm sure that it varies per company and from what I understand payment would be per report. I'm trying to decide if taking on a editor job would be feasible as an already part-time shopper. Thanks!

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I hated editing. I was an editor for two different MSCs at two different times...I don't know why I thought it would work out better the second time, LOL. I think if someone can't drive, doesn't have transportation, or is homebound for some other reason it might work well, but if a person likes having any sort of freedom to do shops and have a life, it's not a good fit. At least it wasn't for me. SCM, I too made $5 a shop, and it was awful when I needed more info and had to contact the shoppers. Some got back with me promptly, some were a day or two later, and some not at all. If the shop doesn't go through the editor doesn't get paid...very meager pay for the work involved.
Looking at the number of narratives I write for my shops, I would hate to think that an editor would only be paid $5 to read them and correct any issues... Blech.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
MFJ, if the majority of shoppers wrote as well as you do (or many of the shoppers who post in the forum), editing would be a breeze and worth the pay. It would be a five-minute edit (if the editor had to make any changes at all). Unfortunately, that is not the case.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

MFJ, if the majority of shoppers wrote as well as you do (or many of the shoppers who post in the forum), editing would be a breeze and worth the pay. It would be a five-minute edit (if the editor had to make any changes at all). Unfortunately, that is not the case.

True! Although a lot of shoppers on V thought that they were amazing; they were not.
I edited for a company local to me for a while. They paid a small base fee per shop $0.02/question, which was halved if the report had to be rejected. The majority of reports I got were approved and I had a reference list for how many questions per report by client. Ultimately they took longer to edit than was worth it for the pay.

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I just applied to be an editor. The thing that scares me is it takes three weeks of training. And they said that the ave per edit would be $5. Hmmmm...not sure if I want to commit to that, cus its an average which means my edits being new would likely be less.
Thanks, but... I'm still not convinced that it would be worth the trouble... I make plenty of typos.

@JASFLALMT wrote:

MFJ, if the majority of shoppers wrote as well as you do (or many of the shoppers who post in the forum), editing would be a breeze and worth the pay. It would be a five-minute edit (if the editor had to make any changes at all). Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
Typos are the LEAST of the issues and easy to fix. The problems come from incorrectly performed shops and incomplete or conflicting report details.

Editors who merely had to fix proofreading errors would be able to make a decent salary.

@MFJohnston wrote:

Thanks, but... I'm still not convinced that it would be worth the trouble... I make plenty of typos.
@Threemom wrote:

Typos are the LEAST of the issues and easy to fix. The problems come from incorrectly performed shops and incomplete or conflicting report details.

No kidding.

Example #1: "The restroom was clean and well stocked."
(This location had no restroom.)

Example #2: "I berated the waitress for putting a lemon in my iced tead. I was furious!"
(I had to remove that whole section.)
Oh, I had one shopper who used voice to text to complete their reports and didn't bother to read it carefully afterwards before submitting. Hilarious.
@indianyooper wrote:

Any feedback about Wordsmithpros?

They're awful, in my experience and opinion. I did a shop once that was edited by a Wordsmith editor, and she changed my correct usage to incorrect! She changed a plural possessive word (which it should have been) to a singular possessive (which was incorrect), she capitalized words that shouldn't have been, she asked me for information that was already in the report. I was furious after going back and forth and back and forth with her. What would have been a very profitable shop turned out to be little more than break even by the time all was said and done. I had to get the managing editor of the MSC involved.

I've heard from other people, not necessarily in the shopping field, that their experiences with this firm have been terrible, too.

By trade, I'm a professional writer and editor. I thought about becoming an editor for a company that advertises once or twice a year for editors and e-mailed them asking for more information. There's no way the pay is commensurate with the work involved. If these firms want competent editors, they're gonna have to pay for them. IMO.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
I'm quite sure I'd throw myself off a bridge if I had to not only edit and proofread for grammar and spelling, but also verify the shop had been done correctly and that all key points were covered. Just the first would drive me insane.

For the amount of money they pay editors, that is. If the money's right, I'll edit anything.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.


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I wonder if the editors think as highly of shoppers as they do themselves. Some here seem quick to judge others. I wonder if they are the same way with the people they mystery shop because some seem quite judgemental in many of their posts. Just an observation from doing more reading than posting.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Oh, I had one shopper who used voice to text to complete their reports and didn't bother to read it carefully afterwards before submitting. Hilarious.

Unfortunately, many people tend to think that their devices can actually proofread. Or that their devices never make mistakes, so they don't need to manually proof their work. And that spell-check is infallible. One of the biggest mistakes a writer can make.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.


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The people who put a lot of stock in voice to text, etc., need to visit this site.

[www.damnyouautocorrect.com]

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@LisaSTL wrote:

The people who put a lot of stock in voice to text, etc., need to visit this site.

[www.damnyouautocorrect.com]

Wish we had a "laughing" like icon!

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
What I hate is when I change my phone's "suggested" word to the right one, hit "send" and then see that the damned thing changed it back! I posted something online yesterday where I needed to use "its." My phone's auto-fill filled in "it's." I changed it back and posted. Much to my horror, "it's" appeared. I was mortified. There was no edit function, so I hurried to reply to my own post with the correction.

I thought this was just me, but other folks I know say the same thing happens to them! I turned predictive text off on my old phone because it was wrong more often than it was right. Just like spell-check. New phone is a lot better, but it's too stubborn for my liking.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
Ah, this was reassuring to read. Maybe it's not good to admit, but I like knowing that there are mystery shoppers who are pitas. I think my reports might just be excellent for a newbie then. Does anyone know if a scheduler personally calls you and asks you to do a shop, and you do not respond, is that terrible?

This happened last month, but I was out of the country.
IonnieS, don't sweat it. It happens all of the time. Besides, they only want to hear from you if the answer is, "Yes, I can do that shop."

Evaluating and mailing packages since 1994
There is a shop that I do once a month. I get the bonused shop by replying to an email. After the shop is assigned, I get calls from schedulers asking me to take different locations. I initially told them that I do one shop per month because I don't want the extra calories. Now, I don't even answer their calls,

@lonnieS wrote:

Does anyone know if a scheduler personally calls you and asks you to do a shop, and you do not respond, is that terrible?

This happened last month, but I was out of the country.

The internet doesn't make you smart. It makes you good at regurgitation.
@OP: As an editor, you would deserve hazard pay. (Even though I generally am anti-union, I would support this one point.) Mystery shop editors deserve hazard pay. There is a chance that they would deal with my drek. Due to circumstances beyond their control, they could deal with a single report over a span of days. The report could have a domino effect and spill over into scheduled activities, joyful not-to-be missed blessings, and/or emergencies. Shall the editor of the report from hell accompany the spouse for the birth of the baby, or shall the editor deal with the report from hell, which is now due by midnight today? In the best case scenario, you would deal with perfectly packaged reports which are easy for you and pleasing to clients.

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