If you’ve never heard of mystery shopping, you’ve likely been missing out. Sometimes called “secret shopping,” it’s a contract job that involves, well, going shopping.
If you enjoy going out shopping, this could actually be an amazing opportunity for you, too.
As a mystery shopper, you’ll go on a shopping trip while pretending to be a regular customer. You’ll then report back on things like the store’s cleanliness and how you were treated by the employees.
Often, you’ll be paid a set amount to shop at the designated store. You’ll likely also be reimbursed (up to a certain amount) for your purchases.
Finding a Mystery Shopping Gig
There are a lot of questionable “opportunities” out there, so it’s important to avoid potential scams. Luckily, there are also plenty of legitimate companies seeking mystery shoppers. For starters, you may want to check out Sinclair Customer Metrics, Best Mark, Intelli-Shop, Market Force, and Experience Exchange.
These are companies you can apply with to become a mystery shopper.
If approved, you’ll be able to log into the respective website and choose which jobs interest you. You’ll then be given specific directions to follow and instructions on how to provide feedback.
Most of these companies pay monthly for your services.
Skip the Scams
The companies mentioned above are all reputable options, so they’re likely your best bet. However, there may be other legitimate opportunities.
Here are some key things to remember in order to avoid being taken advantage of.
First of all, you should never pay for a mystery shopping opportunity. No legitimate company will ask you for money. That means you shouldn’t pay to see listings either.
Secondly, you should also see whether or not the company is a member of the MSPA (Mystery Shopping Providers Association).
As long as you do your research, you should be able to sign on with a legitimate company.