to the Mystery Shopper Getting Started Section
mys·ter·y shop·per (n) - One
whose identity is not known and visits stores in search
of information to assist companies in their marketing
You can get paid to go shopping, eat out at restaurants,
and do many things you enjoy and already do everyday ...all
while getting paid for it. But you gotta watch out, because
there are tons of sites out there that are trying to refer
you to buy ebooks or so-called "services" to
help you find paying jobs. The ebooks give a good idea,
but most people need a helping hand. Most of the "services"
are scams that rarely ever match you up with a real, paying
The one site that actually does find you work in your
area, has a great reputation, AND has even been on television
Shopper. They will help you get started AND help you
out Shadow Shopper
The cool thing about mystery shoppers?
They get paid. They get free stuff.
The bad thing about mystery shoppers?
Lots of people want to do it, but there's a lot of
Why is being a mystery shopper becoming so popular?
Well, the obvious reason is shopping, shopping, shopping.
haha. Who doesn't want to shop? ;)
In a nutshell, there are lots of people -like you and
I- who are secret shopper at a number of various retail
stores. But, those people worked hard to get their mystery
shopper job and they also had a bit of luck too. Not everyone
On the upside, more and more companies are starting up
mystery shopper programs to help them improve their services
and products. So, there is an improving chance for newbies
to get in on this boom. However, it could be tough to
try to find more than a handful of good, trustworthy programs
by searching on the Internet.
One great program we found by a simple and quick search
was Jack in the Box. If you have one of these restaurants
near you, then you might be in luck!
Jack in the Box's program is technically considered "paid
to eat", but it's all really one in the same. You
get free stuff and/or get paid to give your detailed feedback
However, the easiest way is to subscribe to a database
service (low, one-time fee) that maintains an updated
and comprehensive list of marketing firms and corporations
offering these programs. This is not the same as paying
for being on a preferred waiting list --those are typically
If you're interested in becoming a mystery shopper, check
out our advice below:
the Shadow Shopper Site (skip advice)
The easiest (and free) way to
earn online is with free
Mystery Shopper Advice
- Do not make the mistake of applying
to every "mystery shopper" job out there right
away. Instead, look through the listings and apply to
the top 3 that you think you are a fit for. Then, try
to have in mind what you can offer. If they don't accept
you; go to the next best 3 and try to revamp your presentation.
- After much feedback from our
valuable visitors, we no longer recommend signing up
with paid surveys companies that have mystery shopping
databases --unless you really want to do BOTH.
Companies like SurveyScout are great for paid
surveys, but are not the best for helping you get
started with mystery shopping (according to our members).
So we searched the Internet and
read several ebooks on the subject and on how to get started.
We have found an excellent service that even taught us
a few new tricks!
Nearly every ebook we read had great bits and pieces
of information, but one service stood out above the rest
and truly helps locate local jobs: Shadow
Shopper. This service had the best compilation of
facts, sample applications, resources, updated list of
companies, and helpful information on how to (step-by-step)
become a mystery shopper.
We hope you enjoy it as much as
we did and have FUN becoming
a Secret Shopper!!
the Secret Shadow Shopper Site
However, the easiest (and free)
way to earn online is with free
If you are interested
in Paid Surveys also, please check out our Paid