MONEY MONDAY: Boost your income by shopping in secret.

Get paid to shop? It’s something I covered before when I
talked about signing up to a Cashback site but this is something slightly
different. It’s all about mystery shopping and becoming a mystery shopper. Can I get an ooOOOoh?


First up – what is mystery shopping? Buying stuff without knowing what
it is? Going shopping dressed as Sherlock Holmes? 



No, it’s NOT some new shopping
fad (as awesome as it sounds). It’s actually a tool used by market research
companies who send a secret shopper to assess and evaluate their shopping
experience without the shop knowing who they are..


But who are these secret shoppers? Well, funny you ask that cos (in my best Lottery
Hand voice) …. it could be YOUUUUUU.





How does mystery shopping work?




Basically, you sign up to a market research agency who
specialise in Mystery Shopping – they offer you assignments (as if you’re some
sort of spy- COOL), you shop and then they pay you the dollarzz!



Who can be a Mystery Shopper?


 It will range per
company, but most will need:

         
Over 18

         
Internet & email access 

         
Good use of English grammar and spelling
(soz mates, I just
had to put it out there yeh?)

         
Access to a digital camera  – you might need to take a photo for some
reports, and in most cases will be asked to provide the receipt for your
purchases. A camera phone is normally fine.


Oh – and my favourite

         
ABILITY TO REMAIN A MYSTERY. None of this “I’m not
meant to tell you, but I’m actually evaluating your performance” business 
or wearing your fave “IM A MYSTERY SHOPPER” t-shirt. And you can
forget about getting friends and going dressed like this….


This is clearly how I’d shop…




Let’s talk money.


Okay, obviously it’s not a full-time job. If it was, it’d
probably be the best job EVER. Apparently you can be paid anything from £5 to £100 depending on the assignment but the average shopping assignment pays £5-£10
plus additional reimbursement of expenses or purchases you are asked to make.



But it’s not just about getting the cash – sometimes you can keep the purchases, even if they pay you back! If you’re
buying lunch say, obviously you get to eat the food and they’ll refund
your bill. Awesome!




So for all those cash strapped students and readers out there looking for a bit of extra dollar – consider signing up to a site today!


I’m not affiliated with any sites, so I recommend to just google “mystery shoppers wanted” and have a look!


xXXXx


Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 27, 2013 / 10:40 am

    Hmmm that sounds pretty interesting… 🙂

  2. Juyey Bats
    May 28, 2013 / 1:12 am

    I think I would be great / awful at this job. Having worked in retail for 8 years and know exactly how staff should be with customers (even customers who just seem to want to make a fuss about nothing), I can't go into another shop without finding something wrong with the service. (The staff talking amongst themselves and not bothering to even say hello when they're serving you is the worst). Also I'd be looking at the layout of the shop, the flow that kind of thing. Haha. It would be great – for me. It would be horrible for the stores though. Juyey xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      June 8, 2013 / 2:35 pm

      Haha – well it would serve them right! The whole point of mystery shopping is to find out how it really is – so that they can (hopefully) improve. I'd love to be able to give them a hard time mwahaha x

  3. Isabella Speight
    June 2, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Oh my gosh, this sounds like the best idea ever!! I'm seriously going to look in to it, £5 is better than nothing!I love your blog, it's gorgeous, can't stop reading!xxxhttp://beautyflutters.blogspot.com

    • Zoe Dubs
      June 8, 2013 / 2:33 pm

      Ahh thanks Isabella! You're right, £5 is better than nothing, – every little counts 🙂

  4. A Day In The Life Of A Northern Girl
    August 20, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Oh I am definitely going to look into this it sounds perfect haha Hannah xx