Mystery shopping is becoming a popular way to make extra money. This is due in large part to the fact that it is a flexible and fun option for added income. However, there may be times times you log in to the EPMS website, excited to complete a couple of apartment mystery shops, only to find there are none available near you. Here are three tips to help you successfully locate shops near the places you live, work or travel.
#1: Expand Your Search
A shop search is typically linked to your zip code. You can find the zip code search box in the top left-hand corner of your profile page after clicking on the link titled “I want to see shop contracts near me.” You can expand this search by entering a zip code for the area you may be traveling to, in or out of state, to see if any shops are listed. For example, if your daytime job is located within another zip code, you could take note of that zip code and enter it into the mystery shop zip code search window. Alternately, when you may be traveling to visit your home town or family, you can use the zip code of the house or hotel you are staying in during that time to find available shops. You can also use the ‘Distance’ bar right about the zip code box to increase the distance that you are willing to travel within that zip code area. Of course, if you see any available shops, you should act fast and request them. This tip works really well if you are traveling to less popular cities or where mystery shopping is not as well known.
#2: Complete Phone Only Shops
Check the phone shop tab from your main profile page. It is located right next to the ‘In Person Visit Required’ tab. Under the ‘Phone’ tab, you will find phone only shops to complete. The phone shops usually require less of a time commitment and the forms do not take very long to complete. There is a certain number of in-person shops you are required to complete before you can begin to request phone only shops, so get to work!
# 3: Add Yourself as a Backup Shopper
Do not be afraid to click the backup shopper button when a shop that is really close to you is taken. I have received several shops this way. It would not hurt to try and if the other person cannot complete the shop, it is yours! Don’t worry; you will be given the same amount of time to complete the mystery shop if you become the primary shopper, so no rushing is needed.
All of the above tips may not work all of the time, but they will give you more options when staring at a blank page of available shops.