The Rising Cost of Commuting

Did you know Americans spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work? If you spend countless hours in your vehicle driving to and from work each day then you know the affects a long commute can have on your wallet. Those hours on the road burn up time and money. And with the current state of our economy making headlines everyday many companies throughout the country are being forced to address the challenges associated with commuting. A new survey just released found that 57% of companies in the United States are now offering at least one program designed … Continue reading

Wait, Are You Sure that They Aren’t Still a Company? – Part 1

There is a weird thing that happens as you age – you forget that things change! Oh, I know that my son is getting older, I know the president changes from time to time and I know that my favorite television show “Sex and the City” is no longer broadcasting new episodes. But, there are companies that I grew up with that aren’t companies anymore and sometimes I just forget. I mean I still remember when Nissan was Datsun! I forget that companies go bankrupt, get bought out, etc. And some, I was so used to having around, I knew … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Direct Sales Companies

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to work from home doing something you absolutely love to do? Many scrapbooker’s dream of the day they could retire from the everyday nitty gritty of a full time job and devote all their time to their passion. There are dozens of ways to make money with your love of scrapbooking. Direct sales companies are a popular home business to start up. These work well because typically they require a small start up fee for a kit. The kits typically include sample products, start up materials, business manuals and information and other useful items. I will … Continue reading

Mystery Shopping: Sassie, a Scheduling Software System

SASSIE stands for Scheduler And Shopper Survey Internet Engine. Okay, so it’s not the easiest thing to roll off the tongue. Nobody refers to it that way, though. It’s Sassie. Sassie is quickly becoming the software of choice for many mystery shopping companies. It’s very easy for the end user (us!) to use, and automatically keeps records of your shops. Many companies have gone to self-assign on the Sassie boards. That means they simply post a shop there and it’s first come-first serve. Others require that you express interest and a scheduler gets back to you. I like Sassie because … Continue reading

The Best Mystery Shopping Companies

So, you’ve read the Mystery Shopping Introduction and How to Get Started segments. You’ve signed up with the two recommended starters, read the materials, and successfully completed a number of shops. Congratulations! Now you’re ready to expand your business base by signing up with more companies. Everyone has their favorites, for various reasons, but these are companies that I personally would recommend. Fast-paying. Often in mystery shopping, you have to wait 45-60 days to be paid. For some people, that’s not an option, especially if you have laid out money up front. With these three companies, I have experienced unusually … Continue reading

Travel: Think Pink

If you didn’t already know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition of the 31-day celebration, dozens of companies are offering items from cosmetics and clothing to kitchen appliances and travel accessories in various shades of pink (or that bear a pink ribbon, the symbol of awareness of the disease). A percentage of sales of each item will go toward breast cancer research and the search for a cure. I listed some pink items in a previous blog, but I am encouraging you to think pink when it comes to travel as well. The profits from the following … Continue reading