How to Become a Mystery Shopper. Market research companies hire mystery shoppers to visit retail businesses and evaluate the quality of service. Recently, many directories listing mystery shopping opportunities have been revealed as scams--charging the shoppers to join and then never providing work. If you want to be a mystery shopper, it is very important to do your research. Follow these steps.
Research on the Internet for testimonials and reviews of mystery shopping sources. A great number of mystery shopping companies and directories advertise that you can earn hundreds of dollars an hour and receive free luxury merchandise. Whatever sounds too good to be true, probably is.
Apply to be a mystery shopper at a couple companies. Shop Until You Drop is widely known as reputable mystery shopping resource. They have a very reasonable application fee and a 45-day money back guarantee. Shop Until You Drop is affiliated with over 200 established stores and restaurants such as the Gap and Macy's.
Search the mystery shopping database at Shop Until You Drop and find shopping assignments.
Go shopping. Follow the directions of the assigning company and evaluate the quality of the products and services.
Report back to the company. Some companies will have you fill out a simple form or write a brief review of the retail shop. Others may have you telephone in with your report. Be honest with your findings.
Get paid. Mystery shoppers get paid either hourly or by the assignment. Periodically, you also may receive coupons for free or discounted items and services.
Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau before paying any money.