Bare Bones From Bare International

In my local area the offerings on Bare International's Job Board are garbage. I suspect they give the decent stuff to the 'in crowd' via emails or calls and leave the crumbs for the newbies to fight over. Is it worth doing some of the slavery work in hope of getting a decent job offer further down the line?

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I have noticed that, as you prove yourself with a MSC, a shopper tends to get better assignments. I'm not sure I would call tenured independent contractors the "in crowd." That seems to denigrate what we do. We are professionals running our own small businesses. The better job we do, the more and better jobs we get in many cases (not all, of course). There are some MSCs that do not value experience and track record. Those companies who do not respect experience seem to make all jobs available to new shoppers and there is little benefit to building a relationship with them. Market Force is a good example. I'm happy to work for companies that give preference to the contractors who have previously done a good job for them.

And,. yes, Bare has some great jobs. They are a nice company to work for. I would say it would be worth your while to build a track record with them.
It is melodramatic to refer to their offerings as "slavery."

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What kinds of jobs are you seeing?

I have done some of their lower paying bank jobs because I can make a trifecta with other shops. I have had a scheduler contact me for a higher paying audit, a motorcycle shop, and a dinner shop.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
My first and only job with BARE so far was a $40 shop with quick pay.

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@LisaSTL wrote:

It is melodramatic to refer to their offerings as "slavery."

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
I have seen nothing interesting since the shipping shops left them. I loved those shops and the way they were handled and scheduled.
@sandyf wrote:

I have seen nothing interesting since the shipping shops left them. I loved those shops and the way they were handled and scheduled.

Sandy...more and more health clubs, haven't seen anything of interest for months.

Live consciously....
Yeah, I've been with them for years and done many shops, but nothing appealing in my area most of this year so far.
I battled through all kids of shipping shops. They are definitely worth sticking around for if you can. My area has very little from them recently. They are typically very good with pay. The previous month gets paid around the 15th-ish of the next month. I am expecting to get my August pay within the next week or so.
I miss their jewelry store shops in which I could purchase their overpriced charms. They were easy to do, and I enjoy the merchandise.
They haven't had a lot going on here lately. Then today, I saw some gas station audits, so I clicked to get more information. It turns out they are only paying about US$19 per visit in our currency, and you have to spend about and hour and a half in the stores and then upload a whole bunch of photos along with entering the report. It seems like you could end up spending a minimum of another hour with the photos and report, based on other similar projects I have done. I want to work, but that seems like a really low rate for the amount of effort involved. They also deduct the 10% tax, so I would get US$17 now and have to wait until next year for a refund of the rest.
No, there is far more there than you can see.

We're not the "in crowd." We are the established shoppers with a track record who can work independently and make decisions when things go south. I have more than 1000 successful shops performed with BARE.

They are always in my "Top 5" come tax season when the 1099's come rolling in.

Your slavery comment is ridiculous.
@sandyf wrote:

I have seen nothing interesting since the shipping shops left them. I loved those shops and the way they were handled and scheduled.

I want to update my comment of a month ago. Last night I did an entertainment venue shop for them. I would say it was very well worth my while and I did not feel like a slave at all. Great food and great entertainment and (hopefully) paid for by my few hours of work involved. Keep checking regularly and these types of assignments will come your way. It is of course depending on your location and the location of their current clients. You might try checking a few other zip codes in other states/cities to see what types of shops they are offering. It might just be your location is not the best for their current client list.
Bare listed most of this months shops well over a week ago. They go fast, because most are popular and the company has a good reputation. I've yet to see any difference in the clients I saw listed from several years ago (when I signed up with them) through today after performing many successful shops for them.

My posts are solely based on my opinions and for my entertainment, contact a professional if you need real advice.

When you get in debt you become a slave. - Andrew Jackson
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