Friday, May 18, 2007

Mystery Shopping And Paid to Shop Sites

Are they really genuine ?

Well, if you are in need of some part time work, becoming a mystery shopper may well be the answer!

With flexible short hours and good pay, a mystery shopping job offers a fun and an interesting working environment. Companies are willing to pay you to shop, visit their place of business, and act like a normal patron. These companies will pay you just to spend a couple of hours browsing, because they need an honest opinion from an everyday consumer on how well their facilities are doing. ie., whether their stores and surrounding areas are clean, if their staff is helpful etc. Several companies will send assignments right to your email inbox. You can read and decide whether you would like to accept it or not. You may be asked to go to a restaurant, hotel or watch a movie to evaluate the food, cleanliness and overall attitude of the staff. All of which helps businesses improve their customer service and product quality to increase sales to stay ahead of their competitors.

Once the task is completed and a full report is submitted, the mystery shopper receives their well earned pay...... Easy Work! Jennifer Voitle, the notable mystery shopper was featured in a Wall Street Journal article which stated the she earns over $7000 a month in mystery shopping fees - along with shopping freebies! She went dress shopping, stopped into a bank to cash a check and visited a Saturn dealership to look at new cars. After golf, she was headed to Manhattan for dinner at a nice Italian restaurant. All these activities were paid shopping jobs. Her total earnings for the day: about $300. "Can you believe they call this work?" she said.
(Source: Get Paid To Shop Site)

Shopping Jobs ......... You can work full time or part time and decide on what assignments you want to take. Many shoppers earn between $10 and $40 per hour just for having fun. This is perfect for stay at home moms! Besides, you get paid to shop, eat in restaurants, play golf, take cruises and more

On an average most mystery shopping jobs pay up to $50 per hour, but don't last more than 2 hours and you have the option to accept or reject each offer. Therefore, typical earnings would be around $20 to $100 per job including some free goodies or a free family meal at a restaurant. This may not make you rich, but if you can line up more than 1 job per day, it is an interesting and fun source of income. Unfortunately if you want to participate, you are likely to find hundreds of websites claiming to help you get daily work for a mere $20 to $30 fee. However, many of these websites have one intent - raking in your hard-earned cash without providing very useful information or resources to help you get work as a mystery shopper

Given below are a few SAMPLE mystery shopping reports ;
survey report / shopping report / search report / car report

Cathy Stucker has written a well-researched book called The Mystery Shopping Manual with insider information on the mystery shopping industry, a must read for those who want to be great mystery shoppers. You can also obtain more guidance from the fab job guide to mystery shopping.

In fact, Cathy's Mystery Shopping Manual is the first and only book for mystery shoppers to receive the endorsement of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), the international professional association dedicated to mystery shopping. Cathy is the presenter for the MSPA's Gold Certification Workshops. The MSPA is the largest professional trade association dedicated to improving service quality using anonymous resources. With over 150 member companies worldwide, it has a diverse membership that include companies that specialize in providing mystery shopping services.

The Mystery Shopping Provider Association (MSPA) provides solid information and a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful shopper. The MSPA recognizes that Mystery Shopping is a profession, not just a hobby. Accordingly, they have developed an on-line Silver Certification program and a more in-depth Gold Certificate program to be offered in person. Companies are always looking to hire the best and brightest, and this certification is one method of setting you apart from the crowd. The Silver Certification consists of a $15 online test. If you pass this test, you will be given a confirmation number. You will be able to use your e-mail address and this confirmation number to sign up for Gold Certification conferences.

Although, membership in MSPA is ONLY for those companies involved in the mystery shopping industry and not for mystery shoppers, it provides the most comprehensive resource available to you to help you find the right mystery shopping engagements that are fit for you! Here, you can search for jobs by location and you can find information about MSPA member companies.

Click here to go to the website for mystery shoppers

Mentioned below are a few of the reputed companies that provide info on mystery shopping, although they are mainly paid online surveys.

Survey Scout

This is more of a Get Paid to take Surveys site - But it includes the 'Get Paid to Shop' database as a free extra. It has a large database of 'paid to shop, paid surveys' and an instant survey paying $25 when you sign up details - You also get access to 25 FREE survey reports has been advertised and recognised as one of the low risk online survey companies that also have other areas of specialty. Ideal for a stay-at-home mom or a college student searching for some additional money.

Wishing you the best in your survey, paid to shop jobs and mystery shopping

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