Make Money While You Shop…Is Mystery Shopping The Real Deal?
You may have seen ads in classifieds or job sites about mystery shopping. The ad says you can make money while you shop, or even better, while you eat at a fine restaurant. You may ask, is this true? Can I legitimately get paid while I do these things that are already a regular part of my routine?
The answer is a resounding yes. I am aware that people have been scammed in this area, but later in this post I will explain an easy way to avoid that. The point I want to make in this article is that you can potentially make hundreds of dollars a month as a mystery shopper. I can vouch, because I am one of those people that make good part-time income
In case you are wondering, I will outline what a mystery shopper does. The bottom line is that companies will pay you to act as a regular customer in a store, restaurant, bank, or wherever. You do not say that you are a mystery shopper, but you act as someone buying or potentially buying the product that the business offers. The employee usually has a list of things they have to do for you or say to you. It is your job to report back to the company whether the employee follows the requirements.
I have been mystery shopping for 12 years. It is fun, sometimes very interesting, and even humorous. For me, it’s often the acting opportunity I was never given by Hollywood. There are not many easy to find jobs that are fun and you can make money at the same time.
I will say up front that you will not get rich from doing this, especially in the beginning. However, I already mentioned that it is an excellent part time income, as many people including myself make hundreds a month. There are a select few that even make hundreds a week.
You may be asking, how do I get started? It’s a matter of signing up with as many companies as possible. You can do a search on Google for mystery shopping companies, or go to this excellent resource for an immediate list of hundreds of companies to sign up for….http://www.volition.com/mystery.html
Once you sign up, you can check each company’s job board or respond to e-mail invitations for particular jobs. I would also recommend that you find a good mystery shopping forum. These forums often post opportunities specfic to certain areas. I have found many of my shopping opportunities on these sites. Here is one that I use regularly…http://www.mysteryshopforum.com/
Are there any drawbacks or warnings to be aware of? One is that you have to sign up for many companies to get significant work. This is because many companies only have work in certain areas. Before you sign up for a company, try to find out where they have shops and that they offer work in your area. If you see that they don’t, then you can save time by moving on to another company. You also need to check the work per pay. Almost every company I work for provides pay that lines up with the work. For example, I earn about $10-15 per hour on the average. Sometimes I earn twice that. I will earn less, I can avoid that job and move on to something else.
One other drawback is that you don’t get paid until about a month after you do a shop. However, once you do this regularly, you will continue to receive payments on a regular basis. To track payments that should be coming in, I recommend you have a spreadsheet that helps you track what jobs you’ve completed and when you receive payment.
Earlier, I mentioned mystery shopping scams. I will say this up front. Every mystery shopping company I’ve ever worked for was free to sign up with. I have received payment from every one of them. If you have to pay to join a company, avoid them. That’s where the potential for scam lies. There are hundreds of free companies to join. Place your full attention there and you will not get scammed.
This article is a basic summary of mystery shopping. To summarize, I will say that it is legitimate, fun, and allows to get paid an excellent part-time income working when you want, doing the jobs you want. If you are offered an assignment that doesn’t appeal to you, you simply decline it without penalty (as long as you haven’t already committed to it). I recommend you check out the list provided, and start signing up with as many companies as you can. This job works. There is no mystery about it.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I would be happy to help : )