Making it WORK: Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopperMaking it Work is an ongoing series about people who move with their spouse’s career and still create a way for themselves to stay involved in their own profession and interests. We hope this series helps and, more importantly, inspires you! If you have a story you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at themovingmom@gmail.com

Today’s featured mom is named Jennifer and she works as a mystery shopper – check it out!

Tell us a little about you and your family and how you got into the moving lifestyle!
Steve and I met in Chicago when he was working on a project. 3 months after we started dating he got transferred to New York. He moved to New Jersey right away and I moved a few months after he did. We lived in New Jersey for 5 years and then bought a house in Monroe, New York. Four weeks after we moved in, Steve got transferred to Syracuse. We left our new house and moved up there for 2 years. We are now back at our house in Monroe.

What did you do for a job prior to moving?
I was a massage therapist and managed a day spa.

How did you get into mystery shopping?
I actually found the job on Craig’s list. I was pregnant with our second child and felt like I needed to contribute to the household income. It’s the perfect job because I can do it from almost anywhere!

What exactly does a mystery shopper do?
I work for a company that trains the sales force for senior living communities. I have been trained in their sales platform. I call the communities, using an assumed name and information and see how the sales team performs when “selling” the community to potential residents and their families.

Who is a perfect mystery shopper?
Someone who is organized, well-spoken and diligent. You have to be internet savvy also.

What is the best part about your job? The most difficult?
The best part is the flexibility. Sometimes the company isn’t busy, and there aren’t many shops to be done, so I would say that’s the worst part. It’s not a consistent paycheck.

If someone is interested in getting into this field, what would you suggest they do?
Find a reputable company. There are a lot of companies out there. Do your research!!

Any other tips you have for women out there who move, but still want to continue their careers?
Just do it! Your happiness is just as important as the move!

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