Advantages Work when you like, fun
Disadvantages Low Pay
I have been a Mystery Shopper for 4-5 months now and I enjoy every aspect of it. Its great experience, especially if you want to work within retail or work in retail now as you can pick up a lot of things about customer service, etc.What is a Mystery Shopper?
How did I hear about Mystery Shopping?
I was looking for a new retail job and on a job search under the job search category I came across Mystery Shopping. I decided to have a look but there were no job vacancies available so I decided to go to Google and type in Mystery Shopper in the search bar. It came up with lots off different mystery shopping companies whom you can apply to become a mystery shopper with.
What does the job involve?
You can accept/apply for any assignments you wish. Most companies will e-mail you, or send you a text when there are new assignments in your chosen area. You can then choose whether you want to accept the assignment or not. Its up to you what assignments you accept! You will get sent a brief and a questionnaire about the assignment, such as what time and date it has to be carried out on. The brief will tell you what to purchase (if necessary) and what questions/products you will need to ask/enquire about. For this job you need a good memory and you must be reliable, honest and work professionally. You must never reveal to anyone that you are a Mystery Shopper, you must act like any other normal customer. You normally have to submit your answers within 6-8hrs of the shop/restaurant visit!
How many assignments will I get?
This varies. Some assignments require people from a specific age group or maybe even someone with a family. This isn't full time work. Some companies you can look on their website and search and accept any assignments when you wish and when you please, but its on a first come, first serve basis, so you have to get in there quickly! I check websites every 2 days for any new assignments!
Don't choose to this job just for freebies, it doesn't work like that! Yes, so you may get a free night out at a club or restaurant, but whilst you are on an assignment as a Mystery Shopper you need to remember everything so this means no drinking (if you have to purchase an alcoholic drink it will state how many, which is normally just 1), as alcohol can effect the memory as you all probably know and have experienced! This is a great job to earn some extra cash. I enjoy doing this job very much, whether its eating at KFC or purchasing a jacket potato I enjoy every aspect of it. I'm currently signed up with about 3-4 different mystery shopping companies to help me get more work. Retail Maxim is a good company as they ring/text you when they have new assignments in your designated area. Gap Buster is also another good company as you can log onto their website and look for assignments and choose whether you want to accept them or not.
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