Personal Finance

Make Money Mystery Shopping

With the economy the way it is right now, many people are looking for ways to make money. Some people are working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. It helps to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to ways to make money.

Mystery shopping is one way that you can make money. Mystery shopping, also known as secret shopping, is a way for consumers to evaluate businesses. Many different types of businesses employ the services of mystery shoppers. Businesses that use mystery shoppers are those involved in retail sales, fast food, sit-down restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, etc. The list goes on and on!

What mystery shoppers do is they walk into a business and discreetly evaluate the services and give a report to the company. They strive to provide the business owners with an idea of what an average customer experiences. Every business has standards and they train their employees to treat customers in a certain way. The way for businesses to stay in business is to treat their customers right! Mystery shoppers can help make sure that happens.

So here is what mystery shopping is not about:

  • Looking for all the negatives in the business you’re shopping
  • “Busting” the employees
  • Being treated special because you’re the mystery shopper

Mystery shopping is not all about pointing out all of the negatives that you see when you shop a business. Every mystery shop has specific criteria that the company wants you to focus on. Pay attention to what the company asks for and feel free to mention other things as you notice them, but that is not the focus.

Mystery shopping is not about busting the employees. You aren’t supposed to be snooping around and trying to find out what the employees are doing wrong. That is not what mystery shopping is about. Obviously you will make a note of what is going on but you should not make it your ultimate goal to tattle-tell on the employees.

Don’t expect special treatment just because you are a mystery shopper. Since you are a mystery shopper, you don’t usually reveal that fact. Your goal is to tell the experience of the average customer. If you tell the employees that you are the mystery shopper and that is not one of the requirements of the shop, you won’t get paid for your work. Some mystery shops do require that you reveal that you are the mystery shopper after you have done your evaluation but that is usually done after you have done all of your observations so you don’t get any special treatment.

So here is the thing about mystery shopping. You can make good money if you do it correctly. I am a teacher full time, but I still do mystery shops on the side every now and then if the price is right.

You can realistically expect to make from $100-$600 per week as a mystery shopper. It will take you some time to get to the higher end of the price range and how much you make depends on how much you work. I would, however, recommend mystery shopping to those who want to make a little extra money. I recommend it to my personal friends who want to make a little extra money on the side. My suggestion would be to just get out there and try it!

Nirra blogs about mystery shopping on her blog, Mystery Shopping Teacher. Check out one of her recent posts about mystery shopping to learn how you can get started as a mystery shopper.