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****Mystery shopping in general****
This is not a way to get rich but it does have its advantages.
You can earn money on things you would have done anyway. I often go out to lunch at places i have a mystery shop for and not only do i get lunch for free but i often make money out of it as well.
It is flexible so you can fit it around work or if you have children.
Employers love it!!. Saying that you have done mystery shopping on your CV looks great. It shows you know what mystery shoppers look for in terms of customer service etc and in theory you will do it yourself.
Other good things include direct payment into your bank account and the chance to try things you wouldn't normally.
Like all jobs out there it also has disadvantages
The money is not that great.On paper it can look like you are losing money Most of the jobs have to be done during the day so it is not as suitable for those in full time employment trying to make extra cash.
You have to register as self employed within 3 months or face getting fined from th inland revenue.
Some jobs have to be payed up front and you get reimbursed later.Which means if you don't have the money you can't do the job and get your shopping rateing higher.
Some companies limit the jobs you do at first so you might have to do some rubbish ones.
This is not a full list but includes some of the more common mystery shopping companies . Grass Roots abai retail eyes bare amber arch abai optimumcontact.com gfk GAPbuster WebXpress I can't mention jobs but they include hotel visits,plane trips,banks... One thing i don't like is that some of them send emails when there is a job available so if you are not in you miss out.
Haven't got anywhere with mystery shopping in the past! xxx
tune57 21.09.2008 21:50
I have been on the panel of Grassroots for about the last 16 years but haven't had any work from them for ages. I am also a member of cybershop and work comes in dribs and drabs from them. Think it's so much better that it's all done by email now although have noticed you do have to be quick in responding unlike the days when it was all done by post.
arnoldhenryrufus 21.09.2008 20:22
I have worked for 4 of them off your list, I would have liked to have seen a little bit about each one of the companies mentioned, as I found with the four I used they did work in different ways, hitting different sections of the market - lyn x