Looking for full or part-time work? Try Mystery Shopping, where merchants and various companies hire people like you and me to go shopping. Sounds simple, right? Well, it isn't that difficult.
Mystery shoppers are used for many different purposes. The most common being shopping in a store to check out customer service. You will be walking around checking things like employee integrity, how long has trash gone without being emptied? See how managers are handling their duties throughout store.
Mystery Shoppers, or sometimes referred to as "Mystery Customers", are a vital component of a merchants ability to run a quality store. It helps companies to evaulate their employees. To find out how phone calls are handled, and similiar types of evaluations critical to success of a store.
Mystery Shoppers are sometimes referred to as "Spotters" or "Secret Shoppers". The merchants will put you thru training to show you what to look for and how to conduct yourself in store or on phone. In return, they need your qualified evaluation of current status of operations in store.
This gives them information needed to make changes where needed. Or to properly train and/or evaluate their employees for a more efficient and therefore more profitable store.
You might be hired by not just merchants, but banks, government offices and resturants. With over 200,000 Secret Shoppers and over 750 companies hiring Mystery Shoppers, field is very competitive. Also, pay is low for starting Secret Shoppers, but you can work your way up by doing above standard work. However, you can shop about 75 businesses a month to earn $1,000 or more if you are good at it.
The average pay is from $7 to $15 per visit, depending on type of merchant. This would be a good way to shop, if you enjoy shopping anyway, and earn some cash on side. You are allowed to purchase items for yourself too, while purchasing items for company and being reimbursed for those. So if you like shopping anyway, this is just ticket for you.
When filling out application, pay close attention to spelling and grammatical mistakes. They also want observations without being critical. Keep report short but make sure to include important details. Also make sure to fill out everything on application, any blank spots will diminish your chances of getting some of Secret Shopper assignments you want.
Roughly 70% of shoppers don't make grade for various reasons. Incomplete reports or not doing assignment your are given. If you file short, concise and complete reports, and do every assignment on time your chances increase greatly at getting more assignments. The top "Secrets Shoppers" might even get to pick assignments they want to do.