- Step 1: Have the right equipment Ensure you have a computer with internet access, as most companies require filing reports online. Also have reliable transportation for visiting businesses in person.
- Step 2: Register online Register online with multiple companies that hire shoppers. These can be found with simple keyword searches.
- TIP: Scams are common. Never pay to work for a company or deal with one that asks you to cash a check in advance of the job and wire money back.
- Step 3: Carefully apply Fill out online applications carefully, as they are evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Most assignments involve submitting written reports.
- TIP: Some companies may have you submit a practice write-up before you're hired.
- Step 4: Consider jobs carefully Consider job criteria carefully, including travel distance and deadlines. If you miss a deadline, you may not get another job from that company.
- TIP: Most jobs pay between eight and 30 dollars. If the job pays much more, be wary -- it could be a scam.
- Step 5: Consolidate and organize Consolidate several trips in the same area at around the same time to avoid wasting time and gas. Keep track of all your jobs in a journal or log and include all pertinent details.
- Step 6: Blend in Pose as a customer, blending in with your clothing and mannerisms, and take notes in the bathroom or in your car. If you have to make a purchase, save receipts.
- Step 7: Evaluate Fill out the evaluation form and scan or fax any receipts to be reimbursed by the mystery shopping company. Then go out and find your next job.
- FACT: U.S. retail and food services sales were an estimated $340 billion in May 2009.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Reliable transportation
- Writing skills
- Organizational skills
- Journal or log
- Ability to blend in
- Scanner or fax machine