Setting Fees for Your Home Based Business

Written by Wendy McClelland

Many people assume that since you work from home you should charge less. I disagree - when you consider that most home based business people are supporting families, paying their own benefit package including medical and dental, and have increased liability in terms of insurance and licensing - I think home based businesses should charge close to orrepparttar same as other businesses.

Home based business can offer that's unique is personalized, customized service that may not be available from a larger company. These extra touches are well worth paying for in my opinion.

In figuring out how much to charge for your services you can do a number of things to set fees:

1) Go online to some ofrepparttar 135491 wage comparison sites and see what jobs similar to yours pay a) b) c)

2) Also, online take a look at some ofrepparttar 135492 job sites and see what salaries are being offered to people who would dorepparttar 135493 same type of job as your are going to be doing. Remember though your work isn’t 9 – 5 each day....being self employed often means longer hours and there is no overtime pay.

3) Talk to people you know who work inrepparttar 135494 industry you are entering and see if you can get an idea aboutrepparttar 135495 salary range

4) If what you’re doing is something very unusual and unique ask yourself “what would I pay for this service?” “what can my customers afford to pay”

5) Sometimes your pricing REALLY does depend on whatrepparttar 135496 customer is willing to pay – wealthier clients will pay more for a haircut than someone who makes minimum wage (eg. $500 versus $7.99) This is why you need to ABSOLUTELY clear about who your customer is – and to remember you CANNOT be all things to all people.

Mystery Shopper 007

Written by Jon Castle

Mystery Shopper 007 Living a Double Life as a Mystery Shopper By: Jon Castle

As a mystery shopper you are kind of like a spy. Just as James Bond gets briefed on his next top-secret assignment at some high-tech cave complex beneath a tropical island, yourepparttar mystery shopper are briefed in advance overrepparttar 135461 telephone or emailed at your own secret location—your home. While James Bond gets shot at, you get free mugs of beer placed in your hand, steak put on your plate, and you have to deal with several more hazards that come withrepparttar 135462 job--like dodging golf balls while teeing off on an 18-hole golf course. That’s because your job as a mystery shopper is to shop. That’srepparttar 135463 best part about being a mystery shopper--companies will pay you to buy their products and services. Imagine getting a back massage as part of your job. Sounds like tough work doesn’t it?

Attentive companies are hiring mystery shoppers to get an impartial consumer evaluation onrepparttar 135464 quality of their customer service. Customer service is arguablyrepparttar 135465 most important factor contributing to a company’s continued success. Every business has customers and if these customers aren’t satisfied they can easily take their money somewhere else. There are several ways a company can screw up when it comes to customer service. A mystery shopper can inform a company about current business practices that might need adjustment or about employees whose attitudes need an even bigger adjustment. Companies use this feedback to improverepparttar 135466 overall customer experience.

If you would like to mystery shop you have to be prepared to write a small evaluation report or complete a survey that gradesrepparttar 135467 level of customer service you received from your client companies. In regards to that, you better have a decent memory and pay good attention to detail. You’re probably not going to be allowed onrepparttar 135468 job with a laptop or a giant note pad and pencil. You will have to leave your, “I’m a Paid Mystery Shopper” t-shirt at home as well. Remember, as a mystery shopper, you are going in undercover.

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