I have never been required to submit an "excessively long report" to ACL. Maybe five to eight short paragraphs if that. Perhaps it is the type of shop which I do for them which has such short reporting requirements.
Their storage shops and home decor pay and have easy, peasy reports. . The regional convenience/fuel shops pay and reimburse at a very nice level. The reports are hilariously simple! You may be missing some $$$$.
I like them just fine. They have a fair number of various shops for decent pay in my area. I confess though, with them, I mostly just do restaurants. I know they merely reimburse, but they have the best line-up of high end restaurant shops of any other MS I know of in my area, and I am a sucker for a good meal. For much of my career, I have been a writer/editor, tech and otherwise, so the narratives are just my cup of tea. Easy. Peasy. quote]
Similar to you, with a background in marketing, I have written many pieces over the years. That experience has certainly proved beneficial when it comes to MS narratives.
After seeing this post it reminded me to update my payment method. Done!
Two months ago I did a shop that was "Fast Pay", was in my PayPal in days. Last month I did a storage shop, noted it was dated/scheduled about a month payout after the shop. That shop paid by paper check. I'm wondering if A Closer Look is going hybrid with both Paper and Paypal, depending on the client.