Good Morning Kristina,
Welcome! There is a lot here. It can be overwhelming. First, I would suggest exploring this forum. There are many responses from other shoppers that have some information which can be very helpful. Second, be sure to read each MSP contract so that you know what to expect as far as the way they pay you (usually PayPal) and how often they pay. Next, if you have not done so, set up a PayPal account (this is the method most MSPs use to pay you). Also, if you have not accepted any shops, look at the various shops listed for your area under your profile on iSS, to give you an idea of what kind of shops are available in your location. Finally, and best of all, reach out to others on this forum. We're all here to help each other out. Welcome again and happy shopping.
Here's a rough overview of how the system works, to help get you started:
-Once you log into iSecretShop, go to the "Available Shops" page, and browse the shops that are posted.
-When you see the one you are interested in, you click "View Details" and it will open a pop-up window with all the information on the shop.
-Then, you can either self-assign that shop, or click "Request shop" to submit a request for a specific date. The schedulers are frequently reviewing these requests, so it should be approved soon.
*If you are prompted to enter your PayPal email address, you may do so on the "Update Extended Profile" page.
-Once you have a shop assigned to you, you can always view it on the "Assigned Shops" page - there you can see all shops you have assigned, and can click "Complete Shop" on any of them to see the full shop information, the shop instructions, the questions, or/and fill out the shop report.
-If you have any questions about a particular shop, you can always contact the MSP that posted it, and their schedulers/editors will be happy to help.
-When you are done filling out the shop report - you click "Finalize Shop" to submit it - it will be reviewed to editors and either approved, or returned to you for additional information (if so, it will appear back in your "Assigned Shops" page).
-After the shop is approved, you can communicate with the MSP regarding your payment for that shop.
I also advise going to iSSprep.com and doing courses like "iSS 101" and "iSS 102" - these will not only provide you with additional knowledge, but will also grant you shopper points, boosting your rank rather quickly.
I hope this helps!