Most mystery shopping companies offer the ability to self assign shops. Every shopper has to have an email account. Free web based accounts are fine.
Companies require a shopper to have a Paypal account also. I believe it’s best to have an account that is used just for shopping. Combining your personal and shopping email account is not a good idea. Important assignments or correspondence from schedulers could be missed or make it to your spam folder. I suggest checking your shopping email daily so as not to miss out on any assignments.
Access to a smart phone is not mandatory, but makes completing shops easier.
All shops have different scenarios and having a printer with a scanner is highly recommended. Without these two items it would be difficult to download, print and complete the report. I have used my digital camera to make a quick copy of a receipt for certain occasions. Nowadays you can purchase both items for less than a hundred dollars. Not having this convenience in your home office will make your job much more difficult.
Another asset would be a good watch that has a visible second hand. Timing is critical!
Once an assignment is assigned to your in box you will mark your calendar. Most shops have a window of time to complete and submit your report. Pay very close attention!
Reliable transportation is crucial because most assignments require that you actually visit the location.
Some companies offer phone based and online shopping assignments. Most of these shops require you use a land line phone and your watch or a timer.
Cash and credit cards are essential if you decide to begin shopping. Most companies require that you use your own cash, and sometimes your own credit card to make a purchase. You are reimbursed the following month.
Keeping up with receipts is a very important task. All assignments will require it.
Making sure you are organized with a home office and these few basic tools, you will be ready to start shopping.