No matter what you've heard or read on the internet, mystery shopping is not a one of the fast ways to make money nor is it a way to get paid to shop. Shoppers are in business for themselves. While they do get paid for the work they do so while posing as shoppers. You are paid to gather the requested data - not just to shop. You're living frugal so it is a way to earn extra money.
As a mystery shopper, you're an independent contractor for a legitimate business. The majority of your assignments will encompass the below:
For instance, if Pizza Hut hires a company to conduct an analysis on the following criteria:
The mystery shopping company hires you. You pose as a regular customer in order to evaluate the above stated items in the example. After your visit, you submit your receipts and payment is made reimbursing you for your meal. You ate for free.
Lots of businesses use this service. It's the sure fire way to get an honest opinion of their services and staff.
As with all things these days, there are scams and you have to protect yourself. If any company offers you the following, it's most likely a scam.
Always look for companies that belong to the Mystery Shopper Providers Association (mysteryshop.org). Their member companies go through an extensive process to ensure they are reputable firms.
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