How to become a mystery shopper

Companies in the market research sector hire mystery shoppers to visit retail businesses and evaluate the quality of service.

Many directories listing mystery shopping opportunities have been discovered to be scams by charging shoppers to join without providing any work.

To become a mystery shopper, it is important that you follow the below steps and do your research.

Make sure you begin by doing research on the internet for testimonials and reviews of mystery shopping sources. A large number of companies and directories advertise that a person can earn a lot of money in an hour and also receive free luxury merchandise. However, nearly all of the time, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

When applying to be a mystery shopper, do so to a couple of companies. If you’re accepted to both, research into the two again and decide which you’d prefer to be signed up to.

You can then search the database of your chosen mystery shopping company and find an assignment that appeals to you.

Going shopping is one of the important steps. Follow the directions of the assigning company and evaluate the quality of the products and services.

The next important step is to report back to the company. With some, you’ll need to fill out a form or write/type up a brief review of the store. There may be some companies that will ask for you to call in with your report. Remember that you should be honest with your review and include as many details as you can remember.


Mystery shoppers will either get paid hourly or by the completed assignment. It is possible that a mystery shopper with receive coupons or discounted items and services.

Contact our Mystery Shopping Company, Retail Maxim, for more information on our services.