Mystery Shopping Book Reviews Which is Worth the Read?Cathy Stucker is the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's (MSPA)instructor for Gold Certification workshops. Cathy also offers a wide variety of lists on other home-based start up businesses through Amazon. She authors the Idea Lady web page that spans many industries offering major tips to all. The Mystery Shoppers Manual received the National Center for Professional Mystery SHoppers (NCPMS) 2003 Industry Book of the Year.The Mystery Shopper's Manual (6th edition) by Cathy Stucker4/5 starsBeginning with a forward by Lorri Kern, MSPA Shopper Services Committee Chairperson, this book drops names that you might expect an instructor with the MSPA to have access. Cathy does not invoke a get-rich-quick profession here and notes the possible infrequency of assignments. "Full time mystery shopping is not realistic for the vast majority of mystery shoppers" Cathy tells her readers (p.49)This book is filled with lists of: shopper traits, equipment required, business card tips, types of shops, Mystery Shopping (MS) company pet peeves, email tips and other opportunities outside shopping. The chapters on shopping specific industries, writing reports, MS technologies are especially interesting and very current. However, the strongest section of this book is the Writing Reports chapter. Especially noteworthy are the example comments/narratives.The MSPA is the only certification service listed. In fact the book is a good representation of the MSPA Gold Certification workshop. The MSPA Gold Shopper Workbook is more abbreviated, but the course content is very similar to what Cathy outlines in this book. There is no mention of NCPMS certification at all, even though this book received the NCPMS 2003 Book of the Year Award.The book is well written and does not need to be read in sequential order. This book is more current than Poynters or Newhouses books. This is probably the result of Cathy being an integral part of the MSPA Gold Certification process. The Manual includes 254 pages, 37 of which are URLS or company addresses. Appendices include: MS Companies, Internet Resources and FAQs. This book has had several updates as it is currently in its sixth edition.The Mystery Shopper's Manual (6th edition) is sold at the MSPA's website and MSPA Gold Workshops.As Jim Poynter at the Learning Annex, James Poynter offers online "How to be a Mystery Shopper" classes. Classes can be provided in audio or video formats, $9.99 and $14.99 respectively.Mystery Shopping Get Paid to Shop (4th Edition) by James Poynter4/5 starsJim Poynter advances the Dollar per Minute Rule that is very appropriate in this age of high cost of business and a constant influx of newbies. This theory states that when the earnings from a shop are considered they should be paid an average of one dollar for each minute worked. This would include time reporting, driving as well as shopping. He suggests that shoppers not take jobs that provide less than $1/minute.Poynter has an important suggestion to those wanting to illustrate a serious commitment to continuing education. He recommends listing professional readings in the education section of mystery shopping company applications. This suggestion is applied other industries, such as education, readers should list not only the bibliographical information, but the (approximate) date of the reading. Mr. Poynter goes into specific details about: negotiating fees without gouging and how to ask for more assignments. He expresses meaningful lessons through interesting vignettes. His writing is easy to read and offers specific details on shopping, reporting and earning the most money possible.Jim Poynters 2002 edition lists some companies that are out of business, or have merged with other providers, like The Genesis Group. Some technology updating could make this book more credible. Tools of the trade include a typewriter? The recommendation of purchasing a typewriter to fill out mystery shopping applications seems nonsensical. If companies are expecting something other than computer generated papers the companies are more than likely open to legible handwriting.This book makes application online sound like the exception instead of the rule; encouraging readers to still send letters of interest to MSPs even if you apply online seems redundant. Jim quotes Judith Rappold that while she likes the letter of interest, does not like that shoppers follow the form provided, it does not illustrate a shoppers ability to compose and construct a report like a free lanced letter would.Poynter sells many affiliated products at the end of this book: Start-up MS Company Consulting, a quarterly newsletter, top 77 Mystery SHopping Providers (MSPs) list, audio/video instructional programs, and various combinations of these products in packages.Jim Poynters fourth edition includes 191 pages, 19 of which are URLS or company addresses. Chapter Ten contains The Ten Step Process for Making Top Money and sums up the main points of this easy mystery shopping how-to book.Mystery Shopping Made Simpleby Dr. Ilisha Newhouse3/5 stars Mystery Shopping Made Simple is sold at the NCPMS's website.Mystery Shopping Made Simple also includes a forward by Niccole Rogers of the NCPMS. This book refers heavily to the NCPMS and its web-based resources. The MSPA is consistently named behind the NCPMS. Newhouses rationale seems to be The MSPA is an organization of mystery shopping companies for mystery shopping companies which she contrasts to [NCPMS] is an organization of shoppers for shoppers. Dr. Newhouse further explains The two organizations sponsor different programs and have different agendas pertaining to their populations. Dr. Newhouse offers I have heard a rumor that the MSPA plans to have all its members hire only shoppers who have taken this program referring to the MSPA Gold certification. Although this may be the MSPAs future intentionthis organization has only over 100 members and there are over 750 mystery shopping companies. While it does mention Kern Scheduling Service (KSS) at another point in the book, KSS is glaringly omitted under Scheduling Services. Just coincidence since Lori Kern a strong advocate for the MSPA?Her writing contains numerous testimonials and poses and answers and questions all in letter form. Sometimes the letters are cumbersome, but lend credibility to Newhouses information. Dr. Newhouse provides the NCPMSs data collection on Independent Contractors including demographics, but does not disclose the sample size or population. The statistics are intriguing, but without the information on the gathering process it is not compelling.Several things make this book standout: The book includes a section on the KASST test (NCPMS certification test) and a Study Guide. The certification process is sold in a more convincing way than even the NCPMS website does.This book makes mention that once $400 is earned an independent contractor needs to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Dr. Newhouse does endorse Select A Shopper; the only pay-for-leads company to receive any endorsement in these books. Dr. Newhouse highlights the ease and cost effectiveness of Internet application, but still advocates sending the LOIS and does in fact list 100 companies that work offline.The LOIS is the Dr. Newhouse equivalent as Mr. Poynters Letter Requesting Employment she however includes a list of MSPs that will work with you offline.Dr. Newhouses book includes 217 pages, 49 of which are URLS or company addresses.
"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds."Lady Nancy AstorFear of the unknown and doubting ones ability to achieve success have stopped many good people from achieving their goals.If we could see the future, we all would be rich. Our lives would be almost mistake free and we would have very few problems. But, alas, we can't see what will happen down the road. It's this fear of the unknown that has held many people back in many areas of their lives, especially in the area of starting their own business, particularly a work at home business. I realize there are many scams out there but there are also many legitimate ones that you can make money with and the negative mindset has stopped many people from even trying. Many people see themselves as failing before they even start. They see themselves as not having the time, money, or know-how to make their own business work. They see what they "think" should or will happen. They are also influenced by others who tell them they can't do it. The basis of what they see is a mindset - one that says,"Others can succeed in this but I can't." So you see, people don't start their own "work at home" businesses not because they don't have the time, money, or know-how. They don't start because they have a negative mindset. They simply believe that it won't work for them. They feel they are cursed to failure, cursed to live week to week, cursed to always work for somebody else, cursed to working 40 or more hours a week, for 40 years, and hope they will have enough money to survive, much less do anything else."You can learn anything you need to learn to achieve any goal you can set for yourself; there are no limits." Brian TracySo, how do you change this mindset? Well, it isn't easy. All of our lives, we have been told that, "You can't do that" by friends and family. We have been programmed to think negatively. Reprogram your mind by flushing out the negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. I am not talking about some magical or mystical formula here. Although volumes of books have been written on the subject, here a couple of simple tips. First, try to surround yourself with positive people and avoid, as best as you can, the negative folks. Begin to read books written by motivational speakers such as Napoleon Hill, Jim Rohn, Dale Carnegie, and others that deal with thinking the right way and sit in on seminars and teleconferences that deal with changing the way you think. There are even work at home opportunities whose sole basis is showing people how to be successful by changing the way they think. It won't happen overnight but eventually you start to see yourself thinking in a different light. The "I can't" will become "I can." You will stop doubting yourself. You will begin to see that you can do it. You will step out and do things you thought you would never do. In closing, let me share a quote with you from Napoleon Hill:"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Think about it!
Make money is easier than you imagine. It's not only fact but it's also a powerful key to make wealthIn order to know how we can make money we have to know what the meaning of "make money" is. Make money means earn money, get money so we know what the meaning of make very well. The questions is: What is the meaning of money?MONEY is what you will earn when you serve people (serve indivual people,serve companies, Serve orgnaizations or government) so how to make money means how to serve people. Lets think about how people serve people and make money for the service.When you sell a product (food, clothes, electrones, books, cars, homes or any kind of product)you serve people which they are in need of this product, nobody buys unneeded poducts so when you sell a product to people it means you served people by giving them what they are looking for. Employees serve the employeer that's why the employeer pay them money as a salary, employeer serve people that's why people pay the employeer money as fees, fair or price.Now you can know how everybody makes money so that we know 1000's ways to make money. Make money is esier than you imagine all what you need to know how successful people serve people, try to understand very well what they do and use the knowledge you got to serve people in order to make money.In my other articls I'll tell you the a,b,c of how easy is make money at home to have more choices in the way that you prefer to start making money at home from your website or without a website if you prefer to work without a website, make money at home is very flixable and you have so many ways to choose from depending on the time you want to sepen online and your experience in using the net.good luck
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Im rethinking my position on home businesses. I still think selling nick-knacks is insane and has probably been induced by a combination of lost personal dreams and confidence and also a thuggish predatory distributor that feels no shame in misleading others for the benefits of their own ends. On the other hand, I think having a store that sold knick-knacks would probably be just as depressing. But, back to the more positive side of this story.Im thinking a home business might be the way to go. Dont get me wrong, I think that Dr. Laura is so laughably ridiculous that I need not bother pointing out her nonsense (she does a good enough of a job of that). I do think, however, that perhaps the blind pursuit of corporate success has brought unintended diminutions to our sense of camaraderie and community; within our families and the greater population. Maybe, taking a step back, moving at a schedule that is set by your priorities other than a human resources administrator could potentially get us back to putting humanity in a position of value. Challenge yourself mentally. Find feelings of accomplishment through work. Earn money that you can use to take care of your family. Do all of these things, but allow them to be part of a balance in your live where personal values and others are the priority. And you, you need to be the priority also. Your home business needs to be working for you and not the other way around. Finding success in your home business needs to also be done by having the business actually be something that interests you. Not, just some product that is sold as your financial freedom by some unaccountable internet site. I often think about some of the problems that arise from the excessive demands of corporate agendas. It just might be possible that finding satisfying work in ones home business can be the missing link to reintegrating happiness in all the aspects of our lives.