Is it worth being a mystery shopper?

Even if they say the money is really for certification, training, or a guaranteed job, don't do it. No real work, including mystery shopping, involves paying to get the job. You'll find that certification is worthless and that there's probably no work. If you're curious about what a mystery shopper does and if you need to go out and buy a wig and sunglasses to be one, here's everything you need to know about the secondary hustle and bustle to finally answer the question: “Is it worth it to be a mystery shopper? Working as a mystery shopper is a flexible alternative to a 9-to-5 job.

You can learn more about businesses in your local area and hone your observation and customer service skills. You'll need to be on the lookout for scams, but if you invest some time reading and researching the best mystery shopper websites, you could find a new way to earn additional money. Being a mystery shopper is a great experience. Even if you only use it to supplement your income, you're doing something that most people will never have the opportunity to do.

Being a mystery shopper is an exciting and fun way to make money.

Mystery shoppers

often conduct routine shopping visits for businesses, except that these visits have specific duties and objectives. As a mystery shopper, you decide which tasks to accept, choosing from a variety of locations, schedules and tasks. These include dining at a new Italian restaurant or buying a novel at the bookstore.

For most assignments, some travel is required. Specific jobs vary, but the primary duty of mystery shoppers is to detail their experience with the company. This is a great job if you like shopping and eating out, as many companies will pay for your expenses and your time. But not only do you need to make the store mysterious, but you also need to keep all the information gathered in the mission (such as the name of the seller, how you greeted him, how long it took to be served, etc.) and write it all down in a fairly detailed report that usually needs to be sent to the agency within a 24-hour period.

Well, I applied to one of the multitudes of mystery shopper agencies online (I'll list a few below). You must complete an online application form and I also had to do a 20-minute phone interview with the agency before they approved me. Mystery Customer has been established in Australia for more than 20 years and has made more than 15,000 transactions during this time.

Mystery Shopping

is a job where a company pays you to impersonate a regular customer.

You'll provide valuable feedback to the company, from how clean the store was to how employees interacted with you. In exchange for your feedback, you are paid a fee and, in most cases, you will be asked to buy something and then you will be refunded a fixed amount. You'll know that amount before you buy. It may be a real job, but the question is whether the number adds up to make it worthwhile, even as a part-time job or even as a job.

It's by no means an easy job or something that any of my friends think is worth the time and effort. It may not be the highest paying service, but it may be worth taking the time to gain some experience in the mysterious world of shopping or having the opportunity to visit a casino resort for free or try lunch at a new cafe for someone else's money.