Shoppers who want lots of options sign up with 100 or more MSCs. Client move around, all the time and MSCs also succeed in marketing to as-yet-un-shopped industry segments and/or clients. Yes, everytime an MSC gets a comment identifying it on the forum, that count increases. That lets you know what MSCs are most discussed. Those are good ones to sign up with first, as they may have a lot of shops for newbies. But they also may not be the MSCs that pay the best or provide better opportunities as you become more skilled.
Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel
I'm signed up with more than 20 but less than 50. I wind up getting jobs from a handful of companies in a month work for a company once and then not work for them again for a year or two. Others I do every month but toward the end of the month when they quit lo-balling the payments. Some of the companies that I have signed up for have never had work in my area. This month has been messed up. had one of my Thyroids removed last week this week I am back in the hospital because the hematoma that developed started it leaking out of the suture wound that was made when they removed the stitches. So now this week has been shot and I have to make excuses.
I'm signed up with 118 companies, plus about 6 more with the iSS platform. I regularly do shops for about 8 MSCs per month....I only shop part-time. Like others have said, you just never know when one company will all of a sudden start something that peaks your interest!
Originally about 50, having filtered down to 10 the best of the best....but am slowly looking for a couple more, with jobs in my town...if only they'd stop with emails for many miles or states away, we do put down a radius...
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.