Last updated on November 15th, 2019 at 02:04 pm
Secret Shopper Jobs
A Real Side Hustle to Earn Money
Probably you already heard about mystery shopper jobs, but you are not sure what exactly is? Well, do not worry, today I will tell you how it works and I may make extra money.
First, let me tell you how it is that I learned about mystery shopper jobs. A few years ago, I became a mom and decided to stay at home for at least the firsts years of my son. But honestly, I missed being able to spend money without feeling remorse for doing it; in all case, I was working for it, right?.
You must be asking yourself why I feel guilty about spending the money that my husband makes for our family. I do not know! I guess it is something that almost every stay-at-home-mom feels, or maybe It’s just me. 🙂
Where did I find Mystery Shopper Jobs?
Well, I searched everywhere, and when I say everywhere, I mean it, google, social media, blogs, news, etc.
Of course, I was afraid to be scammed in my attempt to earn money from home, so I investigated each job I found interesting to me. I tried every kind of way to make sure I was safe from scammers, using google, and blogs; and that’s when I found Mystery shopper Jobs, lots of bloggers described it as a great side hustle to make money.
I fell in love with Mystery shoppers Jobs after reading I could earn money for doing what I do almost every day; like visiting the grocery store, shopping clothes, eating in my favorite restaurant, etc. A lot of people were talking about it, so I could not resist to try it, and I do not regret it; It’s easy and fun!
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I hope after reading my story you are excited to register as a mystery shopper; if you are, then keep reading to learn how and where you may register for mystery shopper jobs.
First, let’s start by explaining what exactly is a mystery shopper in case you still do not have it clear.
What a Mystery Shopper is.
A mystery shopper is a person who works in most cases as an independent contractor, whether for a mystery shopper company or market research companies; who are hired by businesses whom interested in knowing their clients’ opinion regarding their services. Among these businesses are restaurants, retail establishments, banks, automotive service operations, to mention some.
As I mentioned before, the mystery shopper companies assess business services through their secret shoppers who are real people with the objective of giving an assess more attached to reality.
Thus, the mystery shoppers will visit a store or business to perform the task assigned without letting the employees know who they are and what they are doing. Isn’t it fun?
What Kind of Mystery Shopper Jobs Would You perform?
There are many types of tasks or missions to which you could be assigned but to have a clearer idea, here are some examples of the most popular mystery shopper tasks.
1.- Visit electronic stores and playing the customer role trying to buy an item. Your mission would be to assess the employee’s job with the customers.
2.- Visit a restaurant where you’ll assess both food and customer service. In this kind of mission (where you pay for a product or service), most of the time you get reimbursed for the money you spend.
3.- Visit a car dealership to assess the different departments.
4.- Evaluation of customer service from a bank.
5.- Visit a clothing store and buy an item. In this mission, you may be asked to assess the employees and the store’s facilities. This is a cool mission because you get your money back from the item, but you also keep it!
Company Where You Might Want to Apply.
Below I share the name of the company for which I have done some Mystery Shopper Jobs with excellent results; the reason why I feel confident to recommend to you.
There are many companies where you may enroll for mystery shopper jobs, but I will only talk about BestMark due to my experience with the company.
BestMark is a very recognized company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota who offers more than 10,000 mystery shop assignments each month in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Most of their clients are restaurants, retail stores, casinos, hotels, resorts, banks, automotive service among others; which means these are some of the places where you might perform the mystery shopper’s missions. As you may have noticed previously, BestMark only offers
You can learn more about BestMark on my post-Best Mystery Shopping Company where you will see some proof of how I make money as a mystery shopper.
Mystery Shopper Jobs Requirements
Besides having to be a United States, Canada or Puerto Rico resident, there are other requirements that I mentioned below.
- Must be 19 years of age or older.
- Having transportation to go to the place where you’ll perform the tasks. In case you do not have a car, BestMark does not pay for any transportation used.
- Having good writing communication skills since you have to fill out a survey every time you complete a mission.
- Must be able to focus on details; this because you may not write down anything in the store during your mission, so, you have to remember everything until you get home.
- Have a computer connected to the internet to fill out the questionnaires.
When you sign up on the website, you’ll see all the missions available in your locality and for which you can apply if you want. However, before applying for your first mission, you will have to pass a test about the policies and rules for mysterious buyers. But do not be nervous, this test is very simple, and you get a manual to study.
How Much Money Could You Make?
It all depends on how often do you accept a mission and the difficulty level to perform; since some of them can take you more time than others. In my experience, the payment for a task may be between $12 and $40; once again, depending on the task.
I am sure you would like to know is that every day there are more than a couple of missions available to do, which means more opportunities to earn money.
Finally, another cool thing is that sometimes you receive phone calls from BestMark offering you special tasks; and guess what? Sometimes, they pay really good for them.
Interested in Mystery Shopper Jobs outside of the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada? Check out my post Become a mystery shopper for Extra Cash.
In my opinion, Mystery Shopper jobs are a realistic way to make $1000 a month if you do a couple of tasks every day; but, if you decide to do only a few missions per month, you will be able to make $200-$300.
Well, this is it for now. I hope you had found Mystery Shopper Jobs post helpful and may make you earn the money you want.
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