We already know what being a mystery shopper entails. For people who want to get into it more, here are some companies I have worked for, and ones I rate highly. I have completed over 100 mystery shopping assignment, I always complete at least one a month. Of course, I have regulars but I would never do again. Also, the occasional one that appears now and then.
Mystery shopping is great because not only is it for money, it also gives you the opportunity to reimburse your purchases. It could be £5 in a pharmacy, just simple toiletries, or a £40 restaurant meal, perfect for a date night. It’s basically free stuff, and getting paid for it.
Marketforce are a mystery shopping company who operate world-wide. Getting started with them is easy, and once you do, you will be offered loads of jobs. You can enter areas you want to operate in. A good tactic is to have your home address as your main area, but add areas where you frequently visit, like local shopping centers to receive deals from shops there. When you receive offers, you will be able to clearly see the reimbursement and the pay, alongside the instructions, to make your final judgement on the job.
Marketforce never run out of jobs – their clients must be kept secret, but they include coffee shops, supermarkets, clothing stores and much more, even hotel stays of up to £110.
You do need to be aware of the instructions. It’s not all about how much money you make, but also provides you with experience you might not be able to normally afford. If a large pizza is £16, and you are being offered £10 for the job, then you are either £6 down, or if you were planning on buying one anyway, the pizza only costs £6. There are many ways you can look at jobs.
Another great thing about Marketforce is that they will often pay for travel if they are eager to get the job done. Sometimes the jobs include quotas that they must reach, and I’ve had free days out, fuel and parking covered, although I had to pay £15, but that’s nothing for a meal for 2, and getting paid for it!