Getting Started In Mystery Shopping (The Right Way)

Written by Melanie Jordan

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Go to Atrepparttar bottom of that page is a link to "Mystery Shoppers Resource", a great site for mystery shopping leads almost exclusively posted by schedulers. The webmaster, Julie Moreau, will even e-mail you each time she updatesrepparttar 125603 page (e-mail to, please mention I referred you). When you see a job posting in your area, simply followrepparttar 125604 instructions and apply. There's a lot more to being a professional, top-earning mystery shopper than just this, but it's a way for you to dabble and get a feel for what is possible.

Summary: Despite what others may say,repparttar 125605 biggest mistake you can make as a newbie shopper is wasting your time applying directly to mystery shopping companies. You wouldn't look for a job inrepparttar 125606 "real world" this way, andrepparttar 125607 "mystery shopping world" is no different. Learn to work with schedulers and you'll have started your mystery shopping careerrepparttar 125608 right way.

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Creating A Personal and Business Vision That Is Uniquely You

Written by Maria Marsala

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Make it an adventure and do it! If one of my clients is having a difficult time getting started on their plan, I ask what they've done that hasn't worked and then we discuss other options. Try these options for ideas: ~~Be creative and have fun. Designrepparttar most creative vision you've ever dreamed about! Design your first dreamboard. ~~Start a planning box. For "x" months, everytime you get an idea of what might be in your plan, putrepparttar 125602 thought on a piece of paper and put it in your box. Pick a date you'll put your ideas into a plan.

Take a good look at your current beliefs aboutrepparttar 125603 life you're creating. Pick up a copy ofrepparttar 125604 Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. It's a small book jam-packed with wonderful information on beliefs. Make sure what you believe is really "you". Don't get stuck in someone else's vision.

Purchaserepparttar 125605 book I use with my business clients The One Page Business Plan. It's a fun, tips-full, fill inrepparttar 125606 blanks, clouds, answer-the-questions type workbook. Use it to create your business or personal plan. Go somewher serene for a weekend and completerepparttar 125607 5 parts of your plan. Or you can close your house for a day by quietingrepparttar 125608 phone, using pre-made or order out meals, etc.). Spend a self- caring time creating your plan. Take a look what Jim Horan,repparttar 125609 author, writes about business plans. "Writing allows others to participate in your dreams and give you feedback" Writing is a tool to help you ... ~~see what you're thinking ~~turn your dreams into something "real" ~~go forrepparttar 125610 clarity you desire ~~stay focused ~~get prioritized ~~take immediate action ~~help you remember what it is you wanted to do

Once you write your vision, try it on for size. Learn to stretch, "act as if", make small changes, or make some big changes to your vision. If it feels good, keep it. If it doesn't adjust it further. Main thing is to be comfortable with it. Rememberrepparttar 125611 quote about insanity that goes like this "insanity is doingrepparttar 125612 same things over and over again expecting different results". "Try on" new concepts, new ways of doing things, and recommendations from others. Coaches are especially good at assisting you as you s t r e c h, s t r e c h, and then s t r e c h some more! So stretch right into your vision!

I bet that once your vision has been formalized, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner! And you'll be amazed atrepparttar 125613 time it takes to do vs.repparttar 125614 time (and energy) you've invested just thinking about doing it!

Maria Marsala, Business & Life Coach-Consultant-Author-Teacher-Speaker. Since 1998, Maria has worked with Home and Small Business Owners, Executives, Professionals, SAHD, WAHM, and almost empty nesters as they design, start or grow their businesses and careers around around what they love to do.

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