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When you first get started in the mystery shopping industry, you may wonder what the purpose of a mystery shopper is. Is it just to help with your commission check? No, mystery shopping is much more than that.
Mystery shopping can be an enjoyable and exciting way to meet new people, improve your communications skills, make new friends, develop your creativity, learn about the product or service you are evaluating, and make money while doing it!
What is Mystery Shopping?
In today’s economy, many people are looking for ways to make extra money or supplement their income by doing something they enjoy while also making some extra cash at the same time.
Many small businesses have started hiring mystery shoppers because they know that they can save a lot of money by using a mystery shopper instead of using a full-time employee who might not have all of the knowledge needed to evaluate their products or services correctly.
Mystery shopping can also be used as a marketing tool for those businesses that have their own website. Mystery shoppers can leave feedback about the company and their products or services and then provide the company with feedback that they are interested in their products or services, which will increase the chances of them receiving more business from them.
Who Can Become a Mystery Shopper?
The first thing you should do when you are thinking about becoming a mystery shopper is to ask yourself these questions:
Do I have the time to dedicate to mystery shopping? Do I have enough money to pay for products (since most companies don’t pay upfront for your service)? Do I enjoy doing research and interacting with people? Do I enjoy visiting new places? Do I like receiving free products?
Once you have answered all of these questions, you can start looking for companies that are in need of mystery shoppers. The best way to find out if a company is in need of mystery shoppers is to look on the Internet.
You can start by searching for companies that are hiring mystery shoppers in your area or by going directly to the websites of those companies.
Tips on Being A Mystery Shopper
When you are a mystery shopper, you will be evaluated on a variety of different skills and characteristics. You should make sure that you have all of the necessary skills to do this job before you start your first assignment. The following are some of the skills that are required for being a mystery shopper:
You will need to be able to research things such as a company’s history, its products or services, and their pricing structure. If the product or service is online, you will also need to know how to find it on the Internet.
You will need to be able to evaluate products or services and tell what they do well and what they could improve on.
You will need to be able to communicate with people who work at companies that you are evaluating so that you can give them feedback about their products or services. This is very important because it shows that you care about their business and want them to succeed in selling their products or services. It also shows that you can communicate with people easily and comfortably.
You will need to be able to come up with new ideas for improving products or services that you are evaluating.
Mystery Shopping Jobs
When you first start working as a mystery shopper, you will be given one or two assignments at first. As your experience grows, you can start getting more assignments as well as starting to become more of an independent worker who does not have to rely on others for assignments anymore.
It is very important that you always have a backup plan in case things do not go well with your current assignment. There are many different types of jobs that can be done as a mystery shopper, such as the following:
Evaluating software packages
This is where people evaluate software packages and make sure that they work properly and accurately before they are sold to the public. They test out the software packages by giving them out to customers so that they can find any problems with the software and fix them before the product is sold to the public.
This is where people evaluate websites and make sure that they are well designed and have a good amount of information on them.
Evaluating financial products
This is where people evaluate different types of financial products such as CDs, stocks, bonds, or money market accounts. They also evaluate the interest rates and tell whether or not they are high enough or low enough for the person who is going to buy the product.
Evaluating health care services
This is where people evaluate different types of health care services such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, etc. They evaluate the quality of care that they receive at these facilities and tell whether or not they are satisfied with it.
This is where people evaluate restaurants in their area and tell other customers if they think that this restaurant is good enough for them to go to again or if they think that it could be improved in some way.
For example, if you were evaluating a restaurant in New York City you would want to make sure that it was clean and safe for customers before you would recommend it to someone else.
Can Mystery Shopping Be A Full-Time Job?
Unfortunately, most mystery shopping jobs are only available part-time. This is because most mystery shoppers are in school or working full-time jobs, so they cannot be on assignment for more than a few hours at a time.
Also, you won't probably earn a full-time income as a mystery shopper. This is because most companies do not pay you a salary, but instead pay you a percentage of the amount that they make on their products or services that you are evaluating.