Need a New Job? Tips on How to Be a Mystery Shopper

If shopping is both an interest and a passion for you, you might be glad to know that there is a job — a real job — that lets you shop as part of your job description.

You get to set your own hours (based on store hours, of course), don’t have to be trapped at the office and get to use your discriminating taste to assess products and services. Plus, you get to meet new people. Best of all, you get paid for doing what you love. Ready to start a career as a mystery shopper? Here are tips on how to become one:

Get hired.
There are companies that hire people to work as mystery shoppers for them, so don’t think that this is a job you can just do one day because you decided to. The easiest route would be to seek these companies online. Beware, though.

There are so many of these companies that you could get confused.

Check out forums and discussion boards regarding this job. This will help you narrow down your choices and filter sites that might be scams. When you find these companies, do some background checks on them first, so you know exactly what you can expect.

A good thing to keep in mind: you should never pay for a job as a mystery shopper and be wary about offers that sound too good to be true. There are no ‘secrets’ to this kind of job, only opportunities, so make sure you are aware and fully informed.

Have a good understanding of your interests.
Take stock of your past experience with consumer products and services. This will help you sell your skills to the mystery shopping company and get yourself hired. Showing strong interests in certain fields will make you a prime candidate for future mystery shopping assignments.

Learn what hiring companies are looking for.
As a mystery shopper, your job will require you to shop and observe how services are performed and how products fare. You will be required to be as objective as possible, especially because the type and brand of product or service you will be asked to review is specified.

It’s not enough that you know where the malls are or what types of products a particular shop offers. You also need to have a good understanding of what to look for. If you’re hired to be a mystery shopper at a shop that sells clothes designed specifically for 20-somethings, for example, don’t ask the salesperson for items that senior citizens can wear. To become a good mystery shopper, you need to know what to look for, what to expect and what to ask.

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