|Mystery Shopping : What it's all about - Become a mystery shopper today|
Mystery Shopping : What it's all about - Become a mystery shopper today
Let me guess. You've heard of mystery shopping, but have no idea what it is, how much it pays, how to get started, or whether you should be one.
We'll start with what it is. A mystery shopper is an Independent
Contractor who is asked by a mystery shopping company
(like this one Mystery-consumer.com to go to a business posing as a
'regular' customer in order to evaluate that business. A mystery shopper looks
at certain criteria set forth by the business being shopped in conjunction with
the mystery shopping company. You might be timing how long it takes a mechanic
to get to your car, or watching how an employee rings up an order to determine
if they are 'pocketing' company money.
I know there are ads out there claiming that as a mystery shopper you could make thousands of dollars a month. Realistically, don't quit your day job! (Mystery Shopping) is a great way to earn a couple hundred extra dollars a month, but you can not expect to live off doing it. Unless, and this is a big one, you have been doing it for quite a while, have built up a solid reputation with several MS companies, and live in a well populated area. If you live in rural PA where your closest neighbor is Amish, you are not likely to be getting the prime shops. However, if you live just outside of Pittsburgh, and don't mind traveling throughout the city, you are likely to be able to make some pretty decent money. When you are starting out as a shopper, you can expect to make between $15 and $25 a shop. Once you have some experience, and know the different kinds of shops, and what they are worth, you will be averaging about $40 a shop plus free merchandise and or meals.