Make Money as a Secret Shopper!
Yes, you can make money as a secret shopper also termed mystery shopper. Secret shoppers are hired by mystery shopping companies to act as spies for big name companies who want to know what happens during a routine trip to their establishment. Mystery shopping gigs will include trips to fast food restaurants, casual dinning, and retail suppliers. Once you accept a mystery shopping job you will be given the points and guidelines the hiring company is looking for such as how soon you greeted in the store and if you were offered any specials. It is imperative to review the points prior to entering the store and not reveal you are mystery shopper my carrying around your guidelines. Some jobs will require you to take pictures or make purchases while others will only need a report of your interactions. While most secret shopping jobs are unrevealed meaning you never tell the staff that you are shopper. Some are revealed which means at the end of the shopping experience you will alert the manager that you have been secret shopping the establishment. The pay can range from a few dollars to around $20 depending on the job type and can include a free meal or free items purchased. Secret shopping is not a get rich quick job, but it is an easy, fun way to make side money.
10 Things to Know About Mystery Shopping:
1. There are many companies offering mystery shopping, but each company usually has only a few jobs posted at a time. It's best to sign up for a few companies and check back often for assignments. Note: It's free to join mystery shopping companies so Never pay to join one!
2. There are several ways to find mystery shopping companies to join. An internet search will turn up a few and you can also find companies through the Mystery Shopping Providers Association.
3. The average mystery shopping job is a reimbursement for a meal or item purchased plus around $5-$10 pays. For example, a visit to a local pizza joint will earn you a free dinner plus a payment of $8.
4. Once you've agreed on a gig you will be required to learn about the points of interest to the company hiring you and how they would like the shop performed. Details are the gold here so make sure to stay focused and on task during a shop.
5. You do not need a certification to be a mystery shopper but it can give you an edge. Certification is offered by the MSPA and can be found here. Some states may require different laws on licensing. You will be considered an independent contractor and eligible for a 1099.
6. Mystery shopping companies will each have their own set of standards they wish to provide for the corporations who hire them and this will mean training with each mystery shopping company. After you've joined a company and before taking on an assignment be prepared to read a manual or watch video then answer a few questions.
7. Once you've completed a shop, be prepared to report back to the mystery shopping company with your findings within 12 hours.
8. Mystery shopping is one of the most flexible jobs you will find. If mystery shopping is something you want to try, go for it. Whether you have a full-time job and can only do a lunch shop once a month or are a stay at home mom and want to fill up your days while the kiddos are at school, mystery shopping offers that extra fun and income.
9. Mystery shopping can lead to additional jobs. Many mystery shopping companies offer additional services such as retail audits, on-site inspections, and inventory services. Once you find a company you like you'll be able to apply to different services and make even more money.
10. Have fun and respect the company who hires you! Mystery shopping offers a double whammy of free items plus getting paid to get a free item. Now that's cool.
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