I think many of us write professionally, are published, teach, have advanced degrees in English, or possess other attributes that make us well suited to Coyle's style. Keep a log of the changes and the advice that their editors give. I have never, ever been unfairly docked points with Coyle. Everything their editors write has been valid. Sometimes there are style choice differences, but I cannot recall an actual error from them. I'm impressed with their level of skill. I would rather write a dozen reports for Coyle's editors than one for editor3.
I have hesitated to sign up with Coyle. It's not the writing that puts me off so much as it is all of the detailed observations I read about here. And the fact that it doesn't seem as if one can get much enjoyment out of an overnight stay!
I can write, but when I try to type more than about 60 wpm, my fingers go berserk, and I make typos. So I fear I'd be doing a lot of "backspace and re-type" on these because I'd be trying to hurry! And, I'm not sure I could handle all of the observations. (Of course, I say that to myself on just about every new shop I do, and I usually do OK....)
It would, however, be a pleasure to have my work edited by people who know what they're doing!
52 pages and 8 hours plus a weekend stay at a hotel???!!! @#$%& You better be getting paid like 5-6 bills per shop people. I have been shopping for almost 5 years and I discovered that most companies will have you do a tremendous amount of work for crap ass pay. Trust me. If your not making at least $400 per hotel shop don't even waste your time friends. It took me a while to filter them out but I am now with 7 companies who PAY GREAT! for the amount of work they expect you to do. I do 5 $50 shops in a day and it takes me about 2 hours to fill out all the reports and about 4 hours to hit up all the locations and conduct the shops. OR I do like 10 $20 shops in a day which takes me even less time. Instead of shopping yourself to exhaustion try shopping around for a company that respects you as a human being and not one who things you are a slave.
Really? I've found that Coyle often lowballs travel reimbursement; at least, based on time timetables they often give me. If I'm lucky I'd have 3 weeks between when I applied for a shop to when I get it, and even then they rarely cover the cost of a full plane ticket. I can drive most places in the northeastern US on their travel reimbs though.@PasswordNotFound wrote:
The travel reimbursements are the biggest incentive, imho. Want to visit the kids in California or the parents in Florida? Coyle often pays full travel expenses to get there. Just make sure to do the hotel stay after your family visit because it's going to take a good two days to complete the report (some people are faster; not me). Or maybe you're freezing your patootie off and could do with a weekend in sunshiny Phoenix or Miami. This company requires a lot, but they give a lot as well.
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Hey if you enjoy what your doing that's more power to you. There's nothing wrong with trying to create a unique and thrilling experience for yourself. I doubt however that the bulk of these shops include. "overwater bungalows in Bora Bora at over $1,200.00 a night, not including reimbursements for food and beverage, and may also include spas, tour/car service, etc.," The good thing about shops is that you can be selective. I personally never heard of Coyle until reading these posts and based on what I read it sounded like people are pretty much suffering with these shops. I'm mostly in it for the $$. And I just wanted to let people know that I spent hours on my computer typing responses for shops that paid CRAP not knowing what I was in for when I scheduled them, and it wasn't until after a year of doing shops that I discovered that there are much more reasonable MSC's out there that are very fair with their pay and their reports don't take so long to complete. I wish someone would have told me about that sooner. I signed on with about 30 MSC's and only 7 of them pay fairly based on the amount of work they want you to do. I did a shop for a company that asked so many damn questions and wanted so many narratives that it took me 2 hours to complete and it only paid $11 which led me to believe that these other MSC's are just being greedy pricks who mostly just want to charge their clients a crap load of $$ by giving them a crap load of information but not reciprocating that to the service testers (US). This is quite common in most jobs all around in this country and I think its sickening. I really want people to know that there are options and they don't have to struggle and slave over a shop if the don't WANT to because it really isn't necessary.