|A check for 1 week of work from February|
Mystery shopping. A lot of you have emailed me and asked me about this recently. I thought I did a post on this but I guess I didn’t because I can’t find it anywhere. I usually make around $150 to $200 a month from mystery shopping (find my latest mystery shopping extra money update here).
I use mainly Bestmark for my secret shops. I’m not sure what else are good and reputable sites. What sites do you have luck with? Do you use Bestmark?
Last month I didn’t make too much because not a lot of “good” shops were offered in my area. Lately, I’ve been a little more picky with the shops that I sign up for also.
What I consider a worthwhile shop for ME:
Of course, what’s worthwhile to you and me might be different. When I first signed up for mystery shopping (sometime last summer I think), I literally signed up for everything. I made decent money, but it literally wore me out. The amount of surveys that you have to do is so repetitive that it makes you want to throw your computer at the wall.
Sometimes surveys take just a minute, but sometimes they literally take an hour. Restaurant shops usually take a little longer than others because usually you are grading every little detail.
Some examples of shops that I’ve done include:
The highest paid shops I do are usually for restaurants. I’ve done a couple of nice restaurants where I had to eat over $100 worth of food. Crazy! I’ve also seen Hotel mystery shops, but they’ve never been on a good day for me, so I’ve never been able to sign up.
Also, if you find that you cannot do a shop that you sign up for, all you do usually is contact your scheduler and say you need to reschedule or cancel. I’ve actually done this a lot lately, and they HATE it. So I wouldn’t recommend it. I have a horrible memory and will usually forget about the shop until it’s past the time that I’m supposed to do it. These schedulers will remember you, and if you’re good to them, they will give you good shops, so remember that!
Mystery shopping money will NOT make you rich. I want to make that clear. It’s just a nice form of side income, where I can get things I want for free! What I make from mystery shopping, I add to my vacation fund. So it’s a nice little addition every month.
If I want to eat at a nice restaurant that I would usually go to, then YES I would love to do a secret shop there. Those are always the greatest shops because you are paid to have fun.
P.S. Newlyweds on a Budget has a great post about how to become a mystery shopper. Check it out!
Also, if you join Bestmark, please say I referred you! My ID is MO4999