Mystery Shopper Worth It Or Not?
This is a question that comes up quite a bit. People want to know whether being a mystery shopper is worth it. If you are going to sign up for something, then you want it to be worthwhile.
Let’s take a look at this to begin with. Don’t pay a fee to sign up as a mystery shopper. This is one of the common mystery shopper scams. And you want to avoid it. Legit mystery shopping companies don’t ask for a fee up front. In fact they don’t ask for a fee at all. With this crossed off, let’s take a look at whether being a mystery shopper is worth it or not.
Cold Hard Cash
I suspect many of us actually start out as a mystery shopper for one reason and one reason only – to earn money. The Guardian claims a mystery shopper can earn up to £40,000 a year. I don’t find this a realistic figure, but there is good money to be earned if you know where to look.
Market Force is a great place to start for a mystery shopper. Their fees stand up to the rest of the market and there are a good number of assignments available. Check them out if you want to get started.
The best way to make good money as a mystery shopper is to stack assignments. Rather than travel somewhere to carry out one assignment, look for a few in the same place. This can really help you to save costs while generating as much money as possible. When deciding if becoming a mystery shopper is worth it or not, assess how many shopping places there are near you. This can be –
- Shopping centres
- Retail parks
Each will offer you the opportunity to make money mystery shopping.
Time Is A Factor
One of the common conversation I have with people over being a mystery shopper is linked to time. The mystery shop itself might be over in a few minutes. Even the longer restaurant assignments will be over in less than an hour.
But there is other time you need to take into account. There is travelling time. And there is the time to prep. But most importantly there is the time to file the report after.
If you are tech savvy then these reports can take as little as 2 minutes. I typically have a report completed within a few minutes of leaving the location. It helps me to remember the details.
But if tech isn’t your thing, then it can take longer. All of the reports are filled out online nowadays, as you’d expect. Some are 20 questions, some 100. The best way to find out if this works for you is to sign up, complete a few assignments and measure the time it takes.
Mystery Shopper Worth It?
For me, it is worth it every day of the week. It’s why I’ve been a mystery shopper for the last decade or so. And it’s why I’ve put this site together. There is so much fun to be had in mystery shopping.
When I’m asked if being a mystery shopper is worth it, I always answer a resounding “YES!”