Mystery Shopper
Earn Extra Cash By Shopping For A Living

What is a mystery shopper? Basically it is being someone who visits shops, pubs, cinemas, in fact any sort of public commercial area, and either buy certain things or make reports about the place, people, service etc.

Sounds great doesn't it? Getting paid to go shopping or visit a restaurant, but before you all go rushing out to sign up. Be warned it is not as great as it first sounds and the amount you can earn is not as much as you would think.

Having said all that, if you enjoy shopping or would like the odd meal out etc while earning some extra income then it could be good option. Unfortunately there is lots of competition for this kind of work and so initially you may find your self being offered rather dull jobs for little money.

However if you are persistent and work your way through these offers you will be seen as flexible employee and will be offered better jobs in the long run.

Here is a list of some of the things you may be asked to report on:

  • D├ęcor
  • Cleanliness and tidiness
  • How busy it was, i.e. how many customers
  • How many staff
  • How long service took
  • The quality of the service
  • The answer from staff to certain questions
  • Product availability

You will be expected to submit your report and receipts soon after your visit, so you must be flexible and able to do this regularly.


No training is required and you will not have to sign a contract. The work is issued randomly, with no guarantees of work.


There should be no costs involved as travel and expenses will be paid for by the company (as long as you submit receipts for everything).

Pros and Cons Mystery Shopper

If you enjoy shopping or eating out, or visiting the cinema etc then being a mystery shopper is a great way to earn some extra cash. The type of work you may be offered can be varied and you may even be asked to stay in the occasional hotel etc.

On the negative side, the money and freebies are not as much as you would think and can range from a few pounds/dollars to a few hundred a week. You may also be asked to visit places you would not normally want to go to, i.e. nightclubs or certain restaurants etc.

Useful Contacts

Mystery Shopping Agency -

There are many different agencies worldwide, which could offer mystery shopper work. Look for companies in your local area or country via the Internet for the best ones for you.

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