Mystery Shopping is not a get rich quick opportunity, but it’s a great way to earn some extra cash for doing things you already do while out shopping, going out to eat and/or running errands.
I personally only sign up for mystery shopping jobs that will benefit me and that aren’t out of my way. My favorites are getting free oil changes and free food (i.e. ice cream, cinnamon rolls, candy bars, etc), all from name brand retailers. If I lived in or closer to a metropolitan city, I would probably be able to do a shop every time I was out and about! The jobs themselves may not pay much, but getting reimbursed for my purchases is a great way to save money!
These are the two companies that I am personally signed up with to do mystery shopping:
- Bestmark – Use my Shopper ID: NE6563 for priority acceptance! Or if you need my email address, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org – they send out a weekly email with available shops for restaurants, retail stores, casinos, hotels, auto service and auto services available in your area.
- Intelli-Shop – I’ve been with this company since 2002 (almost 15 years)! They use SassieShop as their software system, and you’ll find that a lot of other companies use this same software, so you won’t have to learn to navigate several other platforms.
There are over 175 more mystery shopping companies out there! Check out Elite Mystery Shopper for more info. I normally wouldn’t recommend that someone pay some place to get a “job”, but this is a great resource. You are not only paying for their time to compile the list over 175 companies that hire mystery shoppers (it took me over an hour just write this blog post about two of them), but they also offer tips, benefits and bonuses, therefore I believe this lifetime member access is definitely worth the $29.95.
Or if you prefer a hands-on experience, take a Mystery Shopper Course on Udemy for only $10 (with a 30 day money back guarantee) where you can learn the secrets of mystery shopping from a professional with over 14 years in the industry. Discover who is all hiring, what the companies expect, how you can write great evaluations, how to do tax reporting, how to avoid common scams and more.
What is your favorite Mystery Shopping Company to work for?