How to become a Mystery Shopper
Being a mystery shopper looks like a ton of fun and most of us have probably wondered about how you would get such a job. Think about it…you can go out and shop for your favorite products, get reimbursed for your expenses and then get paid for your time on top of it. What is not to like? Granted there are much more things involved that might dampen the experience for some. Still, it is a legit working job. But how do you even become a mystery shopper? Here are some things you need to know:
Find a legit company
Without a doubt, finding the right company is the key. In fact, you will probably need more than one of them. Since you will be contracting your services, you will need more than one client and the competition is fierce. There are a ton of folks that want to work as mystery shoppers. Like anything else that involves a ton of cash, plenty of fraud exists too. You have to be careful and find the legit companies.
Here are a few companies for you to check out:
- BMA Mystery Shopping
- Best Mark
- Market Force
- Customer Impact
- Trend Source
- Shoppers View
Remember, it’s important to read all the details of each job and company so that you can make an informed decision, not every company will be for every person so choose the ones that fit you best!
NEVER Pay to join a Mystery Shopping Company, The real companies are looking for the right people in the right areas, so they will not charge you to apply for jobs!
You can also check to see if a company is a member of the MSPA the official organization that regulates Mystery Shopping.
Get the items you need to do good work
The right supplies can make the difference between having plenty of work and not. You will need at a minimum a good computer, Internet access, notebooks, a solid recorder for notes and dependable transportation. You also will need to be able to “dress the part” of a typical shopper for a number of products.
Make sure you keep great records
The mystery shopping companies that are legit will be looking for people that keep immaculate records and that can convey that information efficiently. Your ability to relate your entire experience in the store will directly affect whether you get enough work to make it. Like any other job, you will have plenty of assignments if you show yourself to be dependable and good at what you do. This is largely dependent on your note taking and records.
Another big reason for this is because of taxes. Without solid records you can quickly find yourself over your head with the IRS.
Start taking assignments
Now that you have everything that you need, you can enjoy a lucrative career as a mystery shopper. Things will begin slow but you have to be patient. In time, you will have a reputation within the industry. Take assignments and do them to the best of your ability. If you do, you will never have to worry about finding work. It will find you instead.
If you have been involved in Mystery Shopping before I would love for you to share your best tips/tricks in the comments below!
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