I would love to make that kind of money! Would you elaborate a little on the type of shops you do, where you are located, etc. Thank you!
FWIW, I would never do a $40 shop that took 2 hours to complete. Oh my goodness. My goal is to make $60 an hour mystery shopping. I won't do business in which I make less than $30 an hour. My time is more valuable than that. When I calculate how "long" it took I factor everything into the equation ~ requesting the shop, reading the instructions, driving to/from the location, doing the report, making sure I get paid.
I wish I knew that you could make this kind of money when I started mystery shopping.
I might have to take an 800 mile route to the boonies, but the money is there. I drive those two-lane roads very, very happily! I've lived where it took one and a half hours to drive 13 miles to a shop; here, in one and a half hours, I'm 90 miles down the road. It makes a HUGE difference, because the companies I worked for would NOT pay a bonus on that 13 mile away shop, so it just wasn't worth doing. And a "route" in a metro area never ever worked for me. It doesn't, if the shops are 3-7 miles apart but honestly, it takes close to an hour to drive that 3-7 miles. Then, OMG, find parking, too! In a metro area, base pay just wasn't enough to motivate me to leave my house!