I love to mystery shop. Well, I love to shop. So the fact that I get paid to shop makes it even better. For those of you who aren’t familiar with mystery shopping it is a job where a company pay you to pose like a regular customer and then provide feedback to the company on things like how clean the store was or how well the employees interacted with you. In exchange for your feedback they pay you a fee and in most cases they will ask you to make a purchase and will reimburse you up to a set dollar amount.
I’ve been mystery shopping since I was 16 and have done many types of shops. I’ve been asked to pretend like I’m shopping for a car – took a test drive and everything plus earned myself a cool $60 for each dealership I went to that day. More commonly, I’m asked to shop local grocery stores, fast food establishments, and restaurants. I’m usually paid $8-$15 per location plus reimbursement for my purchases. Usually I can make an extra $400-$500 a month in mystery shopping. You can, of course, make more if you are willing to dedicate the time.
If you have seen articles out there about mystery shopping before you no doubt know that there are a lot of scammers that are trying to take advantage of the growing popularity in mystery shopping as a second job. NEVER pay money to a mystery shopping company to join. NEVER pay money to a company to see their list of jobs. There are real mystery shopping companies that are free to join and I’m going to share a few of my favorites.
I have shopped for all of these companies and I love them! All of these are free to join:
After your application is approved, you simply login in to their website and then select the jobs you want to do. They provide you with all of the instructions and then after you have completed the shop you will need to enter your feedback into their website. Some pay via direct deposit, but most will mail you a check at the end of the month. Pretty easy, huh?
I’d love for folks to post in the comments if you have mystery shopped before and if you have any other companies you have worked for successfully.
Good Luck Penny Hoarders!