Mystery Shopping

Mystery Shopping Explained

I know it sounds a bit too good to be true but really isn’t and I can vouch for that.  I have been doing Mystery Shopping alongside my Market Research for about 25 years now and in that time I have had free:  hotel accommodation, meals in restaurants, hair cut and blow dry, supermarket shopping, eye test, admission to amusement parks, cinema tickets, contact lenses, petrol, played bingo and that’s just the assignments I can remember. (more…)

Here are a list of  Mystery Shopping companies that recruit people to take part in Mystery shops/dines etc.  I have worked for some of these companies but not all.  Some companies will be currently taking on new evaluators and some may have enough at the moment.  I have put a * next to companies that would be good to try first as a new evaluator as their briefs are likely to be a bit easier i.e. more straightforward and you will have as much chance of getting work from them as the next person.  Other companies tend to rely on their regular evaluators that they have come to know their work over a period of time, but it is still worth registering with them.  Because of this it is worth signing up with as many companies as you can. (more…)

Tips on applying to become a Mystery Shopper

When you first contact a Mystery Shopping agency you will fill in an application form on their website or in some cases they will send you an application form in the post or by email. (more…)

 Qualities of a Good Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping agencies require people from all walks of life, age, (although usually do not take on anyone younger than 18), race, gender etc regardless and in areas all over the country but you have to be aware of the kind of work involved and decide whether it is of interest to you.  Also if you live in the middle of nowhere the chances are that there will be limited work in your area. (more…)

The first thing you should do when you are booked on an assignment is to schedule it into your week.  Sometimes you are asked to carry out the assignment on a particular date and other times you are given a time period in which to carry it out.  Allow plenty of time to complete the evaluation before the deadline, never procrastinate! It is important that you, as a team member complete your work for pre-arranged deadlines. (more…)

Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities are out there, but so are plenty of scams.  If an opportunity is genuine, you won’t have to pay an application fee or deposit a cheque or wire money to someone else.
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