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There is nothing for free. But how about almost free, or free with little
effort? Ah ha! Now that you’re paying attention, let’s talk about the
world of Mystery Shopping.

Mystery Shopping, or being a secret shopper, is merely evaluating a
product or service, and then getting paid to do it. The only stipulation
is that you must be covert about it. The list of assignments is literally
endless. You could be asked to go to a fast food restaurant, a clothing
store, an employme...


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There is nothing for free. But how about almost free, or free with little
effort? Ah ha! Now that you’re paying attention, let’s talk about the
world of Mystery Shopping.

Mystery Shopping, or being a secret shopper, is merely evaluating a
product or service, and then getting paid to do it. The only stipulation
is that you must be covert about it. The list of assignments is literally
endless. You could be asked to go to a fast food restaurant, a clothing
store, an employment agency, a car repair establishment, receive a
bouquet of flowers, get your eyes checked, be a potential renter in an
apartment complex, or eat out at a fine dining restaurant. Many will
reimburse you for the item they required you to purchase and also give
you a small bonus ($8-$15) on top of that. Sometimes you’re allowed to
spend $40 for dinner and you’ll get an extra $10 if you submit your
report on time. Other times you will be reimbursed only for what you
purchased and that’s it. Each company compensates differently.

Like everything, there are a few downsides. Perhaps “areas of
consideration” is a more appropriate word to use here. What is your time
worth? Sometimes you’ll be offered a gig where you have to stay in a
store for 20 minutes and interact with different employees. Then you need
to come home and fill out a three page report detailing every single
tidbit that happened. You may have driven 40 miles round trip and you’ll
get a check for $10 when all is said and done. Consider how much your
time and a tank of gasoline is worth. The assignment may fit your
situation just fine. Also you may be asked to go to a boatload of fast
food restaurants and purchase Crabby Patties. Now suddenly you need an
entire new wardrobe because it appears your dryer is shrinking all of
your pants. You just need to evaluate where you want to go and determine
if you are willing to do the assignment for the agreed upon compensation.
Getting started is rather simple. Google the words “Mystery Shoppers” or
“Mystery Shopping” or “Secret Shopping”. From there you’ll see a plethora
of companies that work in this arena. Visit each site to sign up to
become a shopper. They’ll ask you for basic contact information. Some
will ask why you want to be a shopper. Others might ask for a sample of
your writing. This is to insure you can complete an evaluation report. It
could take 4-6 weeks before you hear back from some. Some will phone you,
some will send you emails and some will send assignments in the mail
(note: most have done away with snail mail assignments). Register with as
many companies that interest you.

Remember. Do not pay for a guide advertised on the newspapers. All the
information you need is easily available online… Free! Free! Free!