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Gift Yourself Mystery Shopping this Holiday Season

2020 has been a tough year due to the effects of the pandemic. One-third of consumers’ employment statuses changed because of COVID. Additionally, 36 percent of consumers have experienced a negative impact on their income. With these unfortunate changes, money’s tight. As people cut back on spending and travel this holiday season,

Mystery Shopping is the perfect opportunity to keep busy while also earning extra cash.
For businesses, Mystery Shops can provide new insight into how they can improve the quality of their services and how well their employees are following protocols. Let’s explore how shoppers and businesses can benefit from Mystery Shopping.
Consumers get paid to shop

Since the start of the pandemic, the gig economy has seen a spike as unemployment numbers increase. Whether you’re between jobs or home from college for the holidays, Mystery Shopping is a great way to enjoy entertainment, food, and shopping without breaking the bank. Not only is signing up as a mystery shopper easy, but there’s also:

  1. No commitment
    Mystery Shopping requires no commitment. If you’re interested in shopping during the holiday season to kill time or while you look for other work, you can start and stop at any time.
  2. Flexibility
    As an independent contractor, you can commit to as many or as few shops as you’d like. This also allows you to select the shop opportunities that best fit your schedule and level of comfortability. From curbside pickup to restaurant dining, the choice is yours.
  3. The opportunity to try a new business
    Have you been curious about a particular restaurant or store? Mystery Shopping allows you to try out a variety of businesses’ products and services.
Businesses get a different perspective with mystery shops

The customer’s experience and safety are key to a company, especially in the wake of COVID. As compliance guidelines change regarding health and safety practices, companies need to ensure that their stores and restaurants operate at their best. That’s where Mystery Shopping comes in. By signing up for Mystery Shops, businesses can identify their strengths and weakness related to:

  1. Employee performance
    By utilizing mystery shoppers, you can get an outside perspective of how your staff communicates with customers and how well they’re following company guidelines.
  2. Company protocols and compliance
    The pandemic forced companies to put in place new processes to ensure safe distances and cleanliness amongst facilities, employees, and customers. Now more than ever, it’s important to ensure that staff is adhering to CDC recommendations to mitigate risks.
  3. The overall customer experience
    The customer experience can be the difference between a loyal and a one-time customer. From the store’s cleanliness to the employees’ helpfulness, learning about the customer’s experience is key to your business.

The idea of making money while shopping might sound too good to be true, but it’s the real deal. If you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable way to earn money this holiday season, sign up to become a Mystery Shopper with A Closer Look today. If your company’s ready to see what details Mystery Shopping can reveal about your business, especially during the holiday rush, reach out to us today to learn more.