Everyone has heard of people who ‘Mystery Shop’ and make additional income. Does anyone actually know anyone who does this? Now you do.
A college friend of mine posted on Twitter one day about being a Mystery Shopper and actually getting paid. I was intrigued. I sent her a few text messages asking questions and decided to give it a shot. Here’s how I did it.
Step 1: Go to http://www.bestmark.com and click on “Become a Shopper” in the top right corner.
Step 2: Click on the “Sign Up Now” link and fill out the questionnaire.
Step 3: Wait 24-36 hours for your confirmation email that you’ve been accepted to be a shopper.
Step 4: Log in with your given username and password and search for open shops.
Once you find a shop you want to do, click on it and sign up. You will get another confirmation email and then begin the process of the shop. Before each shop you will have to open and “digitally sign” a couple of information forms that tell you what day and between what times you have to do your shop. The company will designate what they want you as the shopper to do and say. Usually you need to make some sort of purchase in order to prove you actually did the shop. Sometimes you need a receipt, sometimes a business card. The restaurant shops usually cover reimbursement up to about $30 but you don’t actually get paid. The retail shops require to you get a receipt but reimburse for about $2 so you can get a soda or something.
When you’re done with your shop, you have until 10am the next morning to go online and do your survey and upload a copy of your receipt. It’s a pretty simple process and actually kind of fun. I have done three shops so far and have about $45 worth of checks in the mail (they take about 4 weeks to arrive). Is it a lot of money? No. But it’s an easy way for me to make a little extra money to put away and save for new exhaust for my motorcycle next summer!
Oh, by the way, there are a lot more shops in metropolitan areas than in smaller cities. That is why I used St. Paul, MN as the search in the picture. My city only has about 5-6 open shops right now.