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.MaganHarries
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Decatur, AL
USA
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Posted - 04/01/2004 :  8:19:46 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you're going on a trip to another state/city & you'll have the time and resources to complete a job in that area, do you/are you allowed to accept it?

I'll be accompanying my husband on a few out of state business meetings over the next couple of months & I'll just be sitting in the hotel room during the day with nothing to do so I was curious if I could scout out jobs in that city & try to get them. We'll be bringing our laptop along so I can use that to enter in my assignments. I didn't know if MS companies only allow you jobs in your designated area or if you can accept jobs out of state.

Magan
MSPA Silver lij38o
Mystery Shopper in North Alabama (Decatur, Huntsville, Hartselle, Madison, Cullman, Athens & Moulton)

Mazie
Star Contributor

Forest Grove, OR
USA
468 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2004 :  8:47:42 PM  Visit Mazie's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Most websites state the radius that they will allow you to do shops in, and some invite you to email if you will be traveling. I would email your schedulers if you see a shop you would like, there's no harm in looking.

Gold Certified shopper, editor, editor trainer.
Shopping the Portland Metro area, willing to travel.
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BlueAbe
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Mid-Central, Ohio
USA
2097 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2004 :  8:49:56 PM  Visit BlueAbe's Homepage  Send BlueAbe an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
As someone who travels between state to state every month..YES!! I was in Michigan on Monday, I'm in Florida right now, and I have 6 shops to do tomorrow!

Gold certified since the beginning. Merchandising, Mystery shopping, & Court Research throughout Mid-Central Ohio.
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MrsKenna
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Oxnard, CA
USA
1641 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2004 :  9:01:54 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hey, I'm in Huntsville, AL next week if anyone needs me there for airport shops!

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CALIFORNIA- Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura, Port Hueneme and neighboring cities
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MaryFL
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FL
USA
219 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2004 :  9:27:54 PM  Send MaryFL an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the wonderful world of mystery shopping and working for yourself! One of my favorite aspects of this career is the flexibility that it allows us to work as much or as little as we choose as well as the ability to pick up work when we travel. I am always cautious to wait until my travel plans are finalized before picking up shops in another town/state. Good luck and enjoy your trips!

Mary
MSPA Gold Cert# hcxa8g
Experienced traveling video shopper w/equipment. Home base is Orlando, FL.
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.MaganHarries
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Decatur, AL
USA
30 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2004 :  9:34:08 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
MrsKenna, I live right outside Huntsville! Do you come to this area frequently?

Magan
MSPA Silver lij38o
Mystery Shopper in North Alabama (Decatur, Huntsville, Hartselle, Madison, Cullman, Athens & Moulton)
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Bo
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USA
82 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2004 :  9:37:18 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Although this doesn't apply to you Magan, one word of caution for other people considering this: if you're on vacation, the last thing you'll feel like doing is sitting in your hotel room writing shop reports! I took several shops on my last vacation, wrote my reports very quickly, and ended up getting my first 8! I was not pleased with myself. That's probably the last time I'll try that!!
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Terra
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USA
443 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2004 :  03:40:54 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yea, but if your shops pay for your vacation... that's definitely incentive.

MSPA Silver Certified #ectp6r
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Sandi In Mississippi
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MS
USA
1285 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2004 :  06:51:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you're shopping away from home and don't have a laptop, try entering your shops from "afar" at the nearest public library. I've bought memberships in two county library systems where I shop a lot . It's a great convenience and allowable as a business expense. Most libraries will allow you to use the computer room once or twice before asking you to join and they're usually hospitable to people from out of state on vacation.

We've had a couple wonderful vacations with most of our hotel cost paid by mystery shopping. As you become established, occasionally a company will relax their 24-hr requirement if they know you to be a reliable shopper. Of course in many hotels there's access to a computer but I'm nervous about writing a review while sitting a few feet from the breakfast bar L0L!
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JodiShollz
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Front Royal, VA
USA
14 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2004 :  7:29:44 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
We went to Florida for vacation this summer and I emailed several of my schedulers in advance to let them know and I did a few shops including two Disney shops which were great!!! As a stay-at-home mom it was nice contributing to the paying for our vacation!!! Good luck!!!

Jodi Shollenberger
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PaulaKC
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Kansas City, MO
USA
177 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2004 :  8:39:19 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
As a relative newbie, many of the shops I'm get anyway are the self-assigned ones. So when my travel plans are finalized for a new city, I find what I can in the new place that works with my travel schedule, starting with airport shops. At best, I can help pay for meals and shopping on the trip, and at worst, I can write off some travel expenses that I was planning to incur anyway. It's also especially good for long car trips to break up the monotony.


MSPA Gold Certified
Shopping Kansas City metro area, Northern Missouri, San Francisco and Washington, DC
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Arlene_HI
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Lawai, HI
USA
676 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2004 :  4:19:05 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Just make sure you are familiar with the area or you could be booking shops in the bad part of town or set them up in an efficient manner. I took a shop while traveling and it was in a downtown area with very expensive parking. Fortunately the ms company split the parking with me. Also computer/fax access can be very expensive while traveling.

I'll be traveling later this month (Lihue airport anyone?) and shopping while hubby is in meetings. He usually begs me not shop if we travel for pleasure, but I can always manage to cover the cost of my trip by picking up shops.
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AShuman
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Gastonia, NC
USA
448 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2004 :  10:20:41 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I shop from South Carolina, straight up the East Coast to Southern Maine... The bulk of my work is in NC and the SC Upstate, but I travel to Maine several times per year (love those hotel shops!).

Alison
MSPA Gold 2006
Shopping Greater Charlotte, Gastonia, and the Upstate of SC.
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Jeff68005
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Bellevue, NE
USA
1172 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2004 :  10:31:55 PM  Send Jeff68005 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I could have picked up several shops in the Denver area last week prior to the Denver Gold training. I tested for a few, but my laptop went on the fritz. For that reason, I did not pick them up. They were not all the same kind of shops. Considering the number of shoppers in the area, I found that "Verrrry Interesting".

Jeff Hix
Serving metro Omaha, Nebraska including Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
MSPA Silver Certified - MSPA Gold Certified - NARMS Proficiency Test PASSED
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SandieS
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Long Island, NY
USA
504 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2004 :  05:04:31 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Writing up the reports on a public library always sounded like a great idea until I had to use the library's computer this week. My modem cable was not working properly and I needed to get a report in within 12 hours.

Long story short, when I tried to enter the mystery shopping site on the public library's computer system, it would not allow me to do so! When I explained to the librarian that I was having difficulty entering a certain site (without telling him what it was), he replied that many sites are filtered, and won't allow you to enter. He said it doesn't need to be a "porn" site to be filtered, and it's at the discretion of the county. Apparently, even EBay is filtered on their system! With a heavy heart, I left the library.

Has anyone else ran into this problem? I always thought the library was a great backup, but now I'm not so sure.

P.S. The cable technican came by that evening and repaired the cable so I was able to enter my report like a "real" person. Whew!

So, caution to anyone planning on using a public library.

MSPA Silver Certified
Shopping Suffolk and Nassau Counties on Long Island, New York
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Jeff68005
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Bellevue, NE
USA
1172 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2004 :  05:35:24 AM  Send Jeff68005 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have seen a few libraries have timers like Sassie. If you are not done when the timer does, you're fried. I'm sorry, but I'm do not type that fast.

My other concern is that when I was at the library as a "real person", I saw someone who worked at a location I could shop. (opps) That person was going around looking at the computer timers when they were all in use. The last thing any of us needs is to be seen reporting by someone who knows what MSer do.

When traveling, I look for a quality Internet connection like some people look for a pool.

Jeff Hix
Serving metro Omaha, Nebraska including Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
MSPA Silver Certified - MSPA Gold Certified - NARMS Proficiency Test PASSED
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.ciaKate
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Lunenburg, MA
USA
44 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2004 :  3:28:50 PM  Visit .ciaKate's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
As a scheduler, I would like to put in my

We sometimes have hard to schedule areas... .these may not coincide with the areas that you are visiting, but it never hurts to ask! Email your schedulers and tell them where you will be staying. Be sure you are able to navigate this new place easily... it would not be fun to spend your whole day looking for location X. Also, don't take on too much... shopping a new locale is not like shopping your home area. You will get lost, so expect delays!

I love to get an email from a reliable shopper to say that he/she will be traveling to a different area. This allows me to give them shops and not worry about them being spotted again next month! It also allows me to give the local shoppers a break so that they don't get spotted either!

If anyone ever travels to Arkansas, please contact Michelle at ciaarvestshops@aol.com We have some very hard to fill areas. Anyone visiting family there over the holidays?? (worth a shot right?)


Kate Carrig
MSPA Gold Certified Shopper/Scheduler
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KimBie
Star Contributor

USA
607 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2004 :  5:39:11 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I was going to look for shops for my trip to NY, but this time I'll think I'll just relax! (Yeah, I say that now until I check the boards!)

Kim
MSPA Silver Certified
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SelenePN
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Fairfax, VA
USA
942 Posts

Posted - 01/28/2006 :  11:18:33 PM  Send SelenePN an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
When I am traveling, I always check the MSCs' websites where I could search by State/City/Zip Code of the destination. I don't email the schedulers because it feels like it would be more bothersome than helpful to the schedulers. Sometimes I happened to land a job or two. I have never run into any problem for taking an out of State assignment, so I would say shoppers definitely "can" accept those jobs. Sometimes I feel a little bad because it feels like I am "stealing" local shoppers' piece of pie. However, I "do" take these jobs, because there are rotation requirements anyway, and I only do this very rarely. Fellow shoppers please bare with me!

Thanks,
Selene
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KathrynH
Member

TN
USA
40 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2006 :  10:47:24 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
YES you can complete assignments away from home!! If you request it and they assign it to you, it's yours.

I travel on business and am regularly in four states. I request assignments in all the areas I'm going to be in. And I do get them. A couple of the companies have me send my schedule ahead of time and they will call me if they have an emergency shop.


The only downfall I'm aware of is being scrutinized because of other not-so-high-in-the-integrity-department-shoppers who take shops that don't require proof of visit and fill out the form without ever having been there. It only takes one bad apple for the rest of us to pay a price. So, I ALWAYS get some proof of visit for the away from home shops. That way, if my work is ever questioned, I can pull out a .50 cent receipt or a business card or something to show I was there.

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!
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Shasha
Valued Contributor

MS Gulf Coast
USA
241 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2006 :  12:51:48 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yes,you can do shops outside of your hometown. I would just double check with my scheduler first. However, it should not be a problem. Just think, you would be a new shopper for that particular area. The chances of you being recognized as a shopper is slim to none. Any scheduler would jump at those odds.

I travel alot and I have selected shops while I was traveling. It worked out ok for me. My only suggestion is not to select shops that require a long narrative or a very involved report. This could wear you out while you are traveling.

Just my

mystery shopping along the mississippi gulf coast & mobile, al
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