A New Series
As many of you know, I am a stay-at-home mom living with my family on a single income. However, to help contribute financially (and because I thrive on human interaction and getting out) I pick up various jobs that fit with my schedule and family dynamic. Some of these include being part of a survey panel or cleaning houses, but there is one particular job that has generated quite an interest from my readers: Mystery Shopping.
That is why, for the entire month of October, I am thrilled to share with you how I got started mystery shopping, and how you can get started too- and start making money by Christmastime!
When I started this job, I could not find a lot of reliable information to go on. I have learned a lot over these last two years, and every day I will be sharing with a tip or suggestion that I feel, as a whole, will serve as a fantastic guide to all new mystery shoppers.
A Little Background
When I first started mystery shopping, my daughter was about 6 months old. I left her with the grandparents while the hubs and I went to dinner at a nice restaurant. We were able to order an appetizer, two entrees, and beverages, which was a huge treat in comparison to what we normally order. Even alcohol would have been covered, should we have chosen to drink! It was a pretty sweet gig, but what is better than getting an entire date reimbursed? How about getting paid an additional $15 on top of our free meal?!
It did not take long for me to become hooked. I had never realized how many companies throughout my city were reaching out to attentive shoppers to visit their establishments and provide feedback. Trust me, they are in your city too. Even if you live in a smaller town, there still might be jobs in your area, as I consistently get offers to evaluate businesses in nearby towns.
What exactly is Mystery Shopping?
Mystery Shopping is the exchange of a detailed report in return for goods and/or payment. It is a legitimate way to earn a small income by posing as a customer in an establishment, and paying attention to required details. Your job will to be to observe the procedures of an establishment and report those findings to a company. You may be asked to buy products, which you will be reimbursed for, or just have a discussion with an employee. Your job could be anything from attending an NFL football game to touring an apartment complex with a manager.
The best part is, you get to choose your hours, your pay, and what which assignments you would like to complete.
What is Mystery Shopping not?
Mystery shopping is not a scam. I have been successfully making a part-time income from being an independent contractor for the last 2 years. On the other hand, Mystery shopping is also not a way to get rich quick. Like any other job, work is required and pay is reasonable. It takes a few weeks of work to see the income start rolling in.
Also, it is also not something that you *have* to do once you sign up. If you decide a certain company or the program isn’t for you, there is no obligation to remain in the field.
Could you benefit from some extra income?
I’m assuming if you’re here reading this post, it’s because you need some extra wiggle room in your budget. I have been there. I am passionate about helping families minimize debt so that they can give freely in return. Maybe you are looking for a creative way to save for a big purchase, paying down a student loan, or struggling to make ends meet? The good news is, if you start mystery shopping now (or anytime in the next few weeks) you *will* be getting paid by the time Christmas shopping season hits. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a little extra money for it? Or better yet- get *paid* to buy your gifts, that you are reimbursed for, at various stores?
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