Mystery shopping can be a great opportunity for you to provide feedback to companies from a client perspective while making a little bit of extra money. While there are numerous scams online, there are hundreds of legitimate mystery shopping sites who will pay you to provide your opinion.
Tips You Need To Know
There are a few things to keep in mind:
- Never pay to become a mystery shopper. Legit companies will pay you and will require no payment to participate.
- Many companies will ask you to pay for their products upfront and will provide reimbursement in exchange for your feedback. Make sure you follow their specific instructions to receive your mystery shopper fee as well as your reimbursement. Not following the company’s rules may leave you out of your time and money.
- This is not a get rich quick scheme. Mystery shopping takes time and effort, however in exchange you will receive free food or products and a small fee.
- Keep in mind your gas, time and transportation expenses to complete a shop. These can often add up and sometimes can be greater than the fee you will be paid.
How to get started mystery shopping?
First, find a few reputable websites. Each mystery shopping company tends to specialize in a type of business. If you prefer to mystery shop restaurants you can try sites such as bestmark.com and nationalshoppingservice.com. These sites provide a minimal fee and full food reimbursement in exchange for a detailed shopping experience. Internationalservicecheck.com provides great opportunities for those who can share their experiences in airport establishments and www.grassrootsmeasures.com will provide a free meal at higher end restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Café.
The most important things to keep in mind when you are mystery shopping is you must pay attention to detail, keep the client’s instructions firmly in mind and make sure you enjoy the process. Sign up with multiple websites and do a good job, and before you know it companies will be emailing you daily to offer you mystery shopping opportunities. While the five to ten dollar fee may not often seem worth the hassle, it will give you great opportunities to enjoy merchants in your area.