If you’re looking for an fun and interesting side hustle, then mystery shopping might be for you. The concept of mystery shopping is great. You get assignments to visit a shop or restaurant, make a purchase and then fill out a form to evaluate the customer service, quality of your product and other things about your experience.
Mystery shopping is done by ordinary people who provide a company with feedback about their service. Companies hire mystery shoppers for a wide variety of reasons. Some want to investigate the quality of their employees. Others may want to find out more about the way their service is provided. There are many different reasons that a company looks to hire mystery shoppers.
Although companies can hire mystery shoppers directly, most of your mystery shopping jobs will come through a proper dedicated company. Some of the best jobs are usually after you have more experience, you can receive assignments to eat at restaurants and stay at hotels.
As a mystery shopper, you will not only get the chance to try out products and services for free, but you will also get paid. You can get paid in several different ways depending on the mystery shopping company. You can get paid at flat fee for completing the job, or sometimes you are just paid with the free product or service. Obviously the jobs that are paid a flat fee are more desirable. But when you are first starting out, you may need to take some of the other type of job just for experience.
You’ll get paid for a shopping assignment when you complete the necessary paperwork on your shopping experience. Your feedback can normally be completed online. When I was doing mystery shopping about 15 years ago, there was lots of actual paperwork – its so much easier now.
To get started with mystery shopping, you’ll need to find a mystery shopping company to work for. Unfortunately, some of the companies that offer mystery shoppers assignments are frauds. Many will ask you to pay them for a list of opportunities. You should never, ever have to pay for someone to hire you and this is no different. Becoming a mystery shopper is totally free when you find a reputable company.
When you start doing assignments, you will be asked to pay for the services or products that you will be trying. Although this may sound a bit dodgy, the company will reimburse you for your purchase. The reason that they require you to pay upfront for your purchase is because the company doesn’t want to take the chance of your getting a product for free and then not turning in a review.
Although being a secret shopper can be rewarding, it’s not something that can be relied on for consistent monthly income. You’ll never make enough money as a mystery shopper to live on each month. However, you may get enough to pay your phone bill or electricity bill. When you add the perks of getting free meals, products and services, mystery shopping is a nice stream of income for anyone looking to make money in their spare time.
We suggest starting with this mystery shopping company, then branching out as you get more confident.