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Want to know a fun way to get dinner out at no cost to you? Would you like to make some easy side money before the holidays? Check out how you can make money mystery shopping! Here’s a run down on how to get started and the best companies to work with.
We’ve done this for a few years now and have enjoyed a number of different date nights “on the house” basically.
What is Mystery Shopping?
Stores, banks, restaurants, and many other types of businesses contract with mystery shopping agencies to have customers come and see how their staff is performing. Are they going through the welcome and greeting messaging the business wants, did they show you the dessert tray, did they give you all the required government paperwork for a loan, etc. This can be very different from one mystery shopping gig to another, but you are helping the businesses to know how well they are doing.
You’ll be paid for any required purchases you need to make (example we had dinner at Longhorn and had to buy 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 appetizer). You’ll also earn a small amount for your time required in typing up the report. If you type a great report you can even earn a bonus with most companies. There will be a number of stipulations they give you about the “job” including what day or time of day they want you to visit.
Make sure you pick jobs that you will actually do, as you will have a running score tied to your account and if you do poorly or don’t do the jobs at all, they will offer you less and less work.
How to Get Started
There are a number of companies that offer mystery shopping work, however you should NEVER pay to join any of them! All the of the legitimate companies are free to join. Also, never accept a job that involves transferring money or accepting checks.
To find companies to get started with here are a few that I’ve worked with in the past:
Best Mark (personal favorite for oil changes!)
Sinclair Customer Metrics – to sign up look for a link at the top of the site.
MSPA – Job Search Board – this is a board that posts jobs from numerous agencies. You’ll have to sign up for the individual agencies before getting approved. It does help you to see everything in your area.
That should get you started with a number of options, but if not you can check out this massive list of mystery shopping companies.
All of these companies will ask you to fill out a questionnaire so they know what shops you would be best for. Many will also end up needed your SSN and other personal information so that they can pay you (this is required by the government). Many do pay straight to Paypal so you don’t wait long at all for reimbursement and payment.
Most companies will manually approve your application, so expect to sign up today and not have a first job for a few days.
As you get started I would love to hear what types of jobs you get offered! I’m off to get pizza dinner and a free carwash with local shops…