Beginner’s guide to Mystery Shopping!

Mystery Shopping

We have all heard about Mystery Shopping, but can we really use it to make extra cash and how can we go about it? Here are some tips and suggestions to shop for free:

1  Choose your jobs carefully

If you want to make extra money make sure you read the job description carefully! Some jobs only offer a partial refund on the purchase made, meaning that you’ll end up spending as opposed to earning. If you’re only looking for some discount than these types of jobs might be perfect for you nonetheless. Regardless of what you are looking for, however, always make sure you read the description accordingly.

2 Get the best jobs

The best jobs for mystery shoppers go away FAST! As this industry is based on a first-come-first mentality always remember to apply to the best jobs as soon as you see them. What do we mean by best jobs? If you’re looking for profit, apply for the kind of jobs that offer bigger margins or full refunds. If you’re just looking for the experience and some discounts get the jobs that best appeal to you and your personality.

3 It all depends on you

The beauty of Mystery Shopping is the ability to pick the jobs you want and ignore the ones you don’t, so you only get what you put in. If you want to make some extra money out of it make sure you are organised. Write down the jobs you do to measure your success and your points of improvement for the month ahead.

4 Know what you are doing

Make sure you know exactly what is required from the job description before entering the shop, write down some key points on your phone or a piece of paper so you don’t forget anything. Another important tip is to write your report as soon as you leave the shop, so that all the information is fresh in your mind! This way the job is also less stressful and time consuming as you can get everything done in one go.

5 Manage your time efficiently 

If you want to get the most out of your Mystery Shopping experience remember to only choose the jobs that are right for you! This means that spending money on petrol to leave town for a job would lead to avoidable extra costs that will make you regret that particular assignment!

6 Most importantly: Have Fun!

Although it is important to keep track of information and successes, also remember to have fun. Mystery shopping is the best way to get some money and freebies on the side so you need to enjoy the experience and the opportunity to be a fashionista on the cheap!

Retail Maxim is a Mystery Shopping Company based in Staffordshire and operating UK-wide. Contact us to find out more about our services.