My husband and I both mystery shop. He has an EeD in Education. A Master's in college teaching and a BS in physics and math. We are both enjoying retirement. This is my second marriage after a trial run of 35 years in my first marriage. I was married at 19, raised two children and took college courses as time and money and moving allowed. I have been a secretary in Chicago for a Director of Engineering in a large Gypsum oriented business. Also, I have been a secretary for a publisher as well as worked for a gentleman whose Father was a Mayor of Houston. I explored selling real estate and enjoyed that field. A couple of car accidents and some cognitive trauma have tried to slow me down, but.........
My first marriage took me to many places in the states and internationally. I am thankful for all the experiences and jobs I have had and interesting people I have met.
I owned and operated a Hallmark store while teaching part of that time. I am now retired from teaching and have sold the Hallmark business. I have been mystery shopping and merchandising for the past 11 years and my only regret is that I did not start sooner.
I was a flight attendant for 24 years. I have a degree in Social Work and Nursing. I am now a Psychatric ER nurse going to school for my Nurse Practitioner liscense. I mainly do high end restaurant, hotels, and entertainment shops.
I'm currently on medical leave but in my previous life I was a writer for a newspaper, worked in radio, was an editor for two MSCS, a personal shopper for another MSC, and did data collection for a market research company. I still mystery shop once in a while when I have the energy and if the pay is worth it.
Worked F/T 'til April 2017. Had to take Soc Security early to make it work, as clergy work pays zero. But I have been doing MS for 13 years.
If only I could get myself better focused,I'd be doing quite well at.While work,I did what I could and averaged $25/hr.
I have undergraduate degrees in Spanish Linguistics and Math and masters degrees in both Teaching and Education... I spent fifteen years as a middle school Spanish and am now in my seventh year teaching high school calculus.
Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
Great question... I have wondered the same about other shoppers. I just left a full time position as a Production Controller for an aerospace company and have worked in other office administration and computer tech support positions for over 30 years. I have tried a few times over the past few years to work myself into early retirement, and mystery shopping really helps to fill the gaps! I absolutely love it and I am training my younger nieces and nephews my trade secrets. There is a lot to be said for the skills gained through mystery shops; product and service assessments, customer service observations, objective writing, etc. Not to mention learning to negotiate higher fees to sweeten the deal and make the travel and reporting time worthwhile :-) I have recently accepted a part time job at Lowe's in a merchandising position so now I have plenty of time to do more mys shops!
I am a Southern Belle. I am a retired retail pharmacist of 38 years. After losing my son 10 years and retiring from pharmacy, I started mystery shopping. It was great therapy for me. It got me out of the house and demanded I pay attention to detail and helped my muddled mind to recover. I also do merchandising. I worked retail for 38 years so I enjoy interaction with folks and I very much enjoy a variety of circumstances. Extra money is always welcomed. I raised two of my grandchildren and they have learned to mystery shop and merchandise to fill in while in school. Tobacco audits puts some bucks in their pockets.It is really cool to see the varied backgrounds of folks on the board.
*correction - we are a Republic, governed by law. A democracy is governed by majority/mob rule. Huge difference. See Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution. [constitution.com]
I write, mostly for magazines, but I am working on another book. The nice thing about books is that you write them once, but collect royalties year after year (granted, it's not much, but every bit helps.) I used to do websites, but Google Adsense cut their $ by about 80% and it just wasn't worth it any more. In my spare time, I go on adventures with the kidlets. I also have a regular job.
@iShop123, your intuition has some basis, but the simple fact of the matter is that our country is now a democracy rather than a republic. Ever since women and former slaves were given the right to vote our elections have been governed by majority rule, state by state. I'm not sure what your point is that you question my comment.
What is correct is we are a Republic, made up of 50 States elected democratically by the people of those states.Adding women & former slaves to the voters does not change the fact we a Republic.
Now, some changes like the States not electing their Senators by the Legislatures have made a change, and the Courts interpretation of the Constitution have had an effect.
Paul, it's not "intuition", it's the supreme l;aw of the land. May we never devolve into a country where the rights of a minority are subject to the whims of the majority. See the history of Rome. We are thankfully governed by LAW, not by mob rule.
My point is that we are not a democracy, regardless of what a few misguided(?) politicians claim. Here's a good article by Walter Williams: [www.dailysignal.com] if you need a refresher.
Back to the original topic, it appears that academia and journalism are over-represented here. I wonder if that holds true for the whole of shoppers.