Are You Looking for a Good Opportunity to Make a Bit of Extra Cash Online? Something to Help Support Your Finances, and an easy way to help pay the bills? Perhaps you have tried several things already and nothing so far has worked?
Well, IF so then… How Would You Like To Get Paid To Be a Mystery Shopper?…
You might be pleasantly surprised by how easy this is to get started . This is a very rewarding side hustle for those that participate. As all you need to DO is buy stuff, as you normally would…
but instead, you get paid for your trouble!
Seriously, it is exactly how it sounds you just need to go through the right avenues to find the work.
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Mystery Shopping is very lucrative if you can find the work, and it is the perfect opportunity to top up your back balance for whatever reason. In fact, for any new bloggers building websites and setting up passive income streams, this is a great way to finance your projects until things actually really start working out.
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You can find 2 different types of work for how to get paid to be a mystery shopper. I will explain both below;
i.) The first kind is a high street mystery shopper!
This is where you actually have to go out to physical stores and buy stuff in person.
This can become a great excuse to travel to different towns and cities whilst getting paid to go shopping.
It certainly can be quite inconvenient in a sense having to pay for petrol or public transport etc. on top of any purchases but usually, you will be reimbursed for everything providing everything is done right and you provide receipts. Even your lunch can be reimbursed if you get the right gig.
Plus as a more trusted mystery shopper, you will be given a shopping allowance, and it can be a quite decent opportunity that pays good money. However, work of this nature is a bit more difficult to come across…
It is not as common as this…
The SECOND type. Which is being an online mystery shopper.
Simply this is a role where instead of making purchases via the high street instead you will be given instructions to make purchases online. Once you receive items you must show a receipt of purchase.
You may also be required to review the product(s). Purchases may be anything up to $1000 in value but providing you can prove you have made the purchase and can follow instructions you should have no trouble with reimbursement.
Also, whether you are working on the high street or online the greatest benefit is you get to keep the products after.
From here you can either use the product yourself or can sell it on eBay or Amazon.
Disclaimer: What you Need to Know Before Applying – How To Get Paid To Be a Mystery Shopper – Is Mystery Shopping a Scam?
For anybody new to the concept of how to get paid to be a mystery shopper there is, unfortunately, a number of scams online for mystery shopper jobs. This is what puts a lot of people off (I am pretty sure) but here are just a few red flags to take into consideration when applying for mystery shopper vacancies.
1.) Do Not Ever Pay an Upfront Fee – This is the Hallmark of many scams. A genuine Mystery Shopper job will not ask you for payment upfront. It is they who are supposed to pay you once the job is completed.
2.) Any Company that Offers a Base Rate or Standard Income – This should be a massive red flag. Think about how this will benefit the company that pays you. They need to make sure they get paid themselves first.
3.) Check the Mystery Shoppers Providers Associations Website (MSPA) – Visit either https://mspa-americas.org/ or https://www.mspa-global.org/ to check out the company that is offering the Mystery Shopper Opportunity.
Alternatively, another idea is to look up the company online at the Better Business Bureau website (BBB.org).
4.) Research Legitimate Companies Online – See what other people have to say about their own experiences applying for mystery shopper opportunities. Read up on places like forums for people that have successfully been paid and make up your own mind about what solution will be best for you.
Legitimate Mystery Shopping Companies
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Below is a list of different companies that I have found offering services on how to get paid to be a mystery shopper. Feel free to do your research on each one and find which one works best for you.
- Amur (via Appen.com)
- Shoshone (via Appen.com)
- Best Mark
- Perception Strategies, Inc. (Based in the USA)
- Quest For The Best
- Sinclair Customer Metrics
- Secret Shopper
- Market Force
- A Closer Look
- Ipsos (formerly GfK)
How Do Mystery Shoppers Get Paid?
Well, you like me are probably wondering how this whole process actually works?
OK, so the usual idea is that you will be given a set of mystery shopping tasks to complete. This will usually be to walk around make observations and fill out a survey. It may require you to make a purchase or to return an item.
Even making a phone call might be another thing.
In other scenarios, you may have to eat or drink somewhere or stay at a hotel. Basically, any business that deals with customers. One job might be having a haircut or beauty treatment done to give your overall review of this service. It could be taking a car to a mechanic, or watching a film at a cinema ?
The perks of doing this to earn income are very much there to be seen right away. Getting paid is usually after a job is completed but a more experienced mystery shopper may be given a shopping allowance upfront.
Potential for Earning Money as a Secret Shopper
Although some people’s experience with this as a source of income is not always good. There are a lot more opportunities available after one begins to gain more experience.
Furthermore, there is a qualification for Mystery shoppers called the MSPA Certificate. This shows any potential companies that might hire you that you are experienced and have done this kind of work before.
However, Just be careful with this though as there are fraudulent companies that sell fake certificates. So don’t get ripped off here. Make sure the company offering this service is legit.
What you want is to get an official certificate so when you apply for work the employer can recognize this and offer you work based on your work history and qualification.
Of course work experience counts most really but if you would like to become a certified mystery shopper…
E-Learning resources are available on the MSPA website. See (here).
Becoming An Online Mystery Shopper
If you are put off by visiting high street businesses or simply just can’t find the work fortunately as mentioned above there is a second alternative to get paid to be a mystery shopper. This is by far the easier option and I will show you how you can apply to do this today below…
This is, as the above title suggests, to work as a mystery shopper online. Rather than on the high street.
My tip here is to make an account with Appen.com. This is great for finding other work as well. Even surveys with Appen pay OK so definitely check them out.
Finding Mystery Shopping Jobs with Appen.com
If you would like to become an online mystery shopper the best place I have come across so far for this is Appen.com. In my post 7 Side Hustles for your new blog or website, this is a website I mentioned and actually, I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to make an extra $100+ a month.
Whatever time you can spare is great. Some people I spoke to said 20 hours a week they made $300 so definitely, 10-15 hours work a week you should easily make $100. Admittedly I only really participate in the surveys for a few hours a week and make maybe $30 a month but you do more definitely.
So, the first thing is first to sign up with Appen.com.
- Fill out your details. Phone number, email address etc.
- Upload your photo ID
- Link your smartphone
- Go to Appen.com and select jobs
- Select Projects and Apply
- Look for either Amur or Shoshone to find mystery shopping work.
Just bear in mind this work might not always be available but you can find other work as well in the meantime.
Also, you can check the list I shared above and try applying through some of these websites. I have not personally tried all these. I have visited some of the websites but have not actually properly gone through the process of applying. So far it’s only the Appen ones Amur and Shoshone that I’ve applied for.
So What Do I Think?
When I first heard about how to get paid to be a mystery shopper the first thing I thought was how great of an excuse to travel to different towns and cities this could be. Actually, I love travelling and this is a big reason why I run this website (to earn as an affiliate and through advertising). Passive income whilst I’m on the move.
Although, The downside for a lot of people is that these opportunities are often few and far between. Even online mystery shopping gigs can be difficult to get as this is such a sought after form of employment. Many will need to join a waiting list until new vacancies become available.
Without taking the credibility away from this post I haven’t had any work (yet) in Mystery Shopping. The fact I already write for this website and run an eBay and Amazon business does not give me a whole bunch of free time but I do like to get about so I will be giving this a go as soon as my time comes.
I mean I couldn’t think of something more appealing. Short tasks where you can keep earning good money regularly. You get to keep free stuff all the time and the work is easy if you can get it.
But if you can’t?
I wouldn’t give up on applying for this work. Be prepared to wait a few months and follow up on your applications and in the meantime try some other ways to make money online.
But, ultimitately here a re a few ideas to try out;
If you join Appen you can sign up with Amur and Shoshone and whilst you wait to get approved you can make a bit of money with surveys and other work. eBay is great as well – reselling is another great gig.
Plus if you do get a gig as a mystery seller it will help to have an active eBay or Amazon to resell the products from your mystery shopping jobs. This should be fairly easy as these products will be brand new and you can sell them for whatever you want as you will be refunded for your purchases anyway.
Really it is the best job if you can get it – why people have difficulty getting this work really says it all.
But not to worry. Please let me know your thoughts. Have you ever tried to get paid to be a mystery shopper? How was your experience? or if you haven’t is this something you’d like to try?
Let me know in the comments below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
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Alex B. Chivers
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