A few years back I got curious about this job I kept hearing about, Mystery or Secret Shoppers. There is a lot of information online to become a mystery shopper and the first thing you need to know is if you have to pay money to be a shopper, don’t do it, this is a legit job and you are supposed to get paid not pay for it.
One thing that is often misrepresented is that this is a easy job that pays big bucks for shopping. The is so totally wrong. The main thing that is vitally important is your skills of observation, your grasp of the English language and your ability to remember a lot of details and then report them in great detail(using correct sentence structure, spelling etc.) It’s a hard job.
When I got into it, I read forums first so I knew what was expected, I read a lot over and over about what kinds of things I could be doing, the legit companies, the type of pay and type of shops(jobs) available. I was also able to get sponsored to be able to attend a workshop which certified me and got me better and more jobs.
Ok so what I did was start registering at the legit companies, again research the forums they have a lot of great information. Lots of passwords to remember because there are quite a few companies that hire Mystery Shoppers. I don’t even remember what my first Shop was, I did that many. Some of the different things I did was shop at grocery stores and see if employees greeted me or offered assistance, I had to buy something at one retail store and then return it an hour later, and report on the whole process including names-descriptions-times (details details-and you can’t exactly take notes while you’re doing it, it’s secret remember). I got to take my sister to a fancy Italian restaurant and have huge amounts of food for free. One of my favorites was a reward shop, where I would go to see a movie and have to buy products at the concessions stands, if the person at the counter offered to upsell and offer me the special product for the month I got to hand them a certificate for $100 bucks and be honored by their manager, those were great-but after a while you had to work on different looks or they recognize you.
Sounds like fun, huh? It is but as I said it’s hard too you have huge reports to fill out after the shop, you have to remember so many details(digital recorders can come in handy), and sometimes you just don’t remember and you’re stuck. You are affecting people’s jobs so you have to take it seriously. It’s travel time, depending on where the shop is. It’s a great way to make extra money but don’t think it’s all play.
If you’re going to try it, good luck there are a lot of great people and opportunities out there.
I Was a Real Mystery Shopper