Frequently Asked Questions
should become a mystery shopper?
Work as a mystery shopper is perfect for anyone
who enjoys working flexible hours, who would like
to earn high contract wages, and who would enjoy
a variety of assignments. Its fun and easy
need any special training or experience?
No previous experience or special training is
required. If you like to shop you will do just
fine. As long as youre neat and responsible
and enjoy shopping - you can succeed with our
help. Our only requirement is that you be 18
years of age or older. Mystery shopping is
also an ideal job for senior citizens!
men be mystery shoppers?
Absolutely. As a matter of fact, some
specialized shopping assignments are for men
only. This job is for women, men and sometimes
the whole family.
bring my children on my shopping assignments?
Yes! Mystery shopping is great for
stay-at-home moms and dads. In almost every case,
you can take your children shopping with you.
There are even assignments where you might be
asked to bring your whole family or a friend. For
example: hotels, restaurants, resorts, country
clubs, amusement parks, movie theatres and even
The business that you shop for pays you. Payment
options usually include automatic bank deposit,
PayPal or mailed check.
refuse certain assignments?
Yes. That's another great benefit of this job.
Because you'll be working independently, you only
have to accept the assignments that you are
there work where I live?
You can live just about anywhere in the country
and work as a mystery shopper. Because your
services are valuable to every type of business
in every community - all towns, cities and
regions can provide great opportunities. We
can connect you with work wherever you live.
need to travel?
Thats up to you. Most of the time you'll be
asked to work within your local area. But
occasionally, some shopping adventures may come
up that would require traveling to another town
and possibly staying overnight at a hotel or you
might even get to go on holiday with all expenses
paid! Again, you choose only the shopping
adventures you want. But, if you like to travel
and would like to get paid to do it - accepting
the long distance shopping adventures may be
perfect for you.
anyone supervise my work?
The company that gives you your
assignment will supervise all aspects of
fieldwork. There is always someone available if a
shopper has a problem or question.
registration fee a one-time only charge?
The registration fee is a one-time only
charge and it guarantees you Lifetime Membership
with our organization. You will never be
re-billed and your membership never expires.
you just take the registration fee out of my
The money you make will be paid to you by the
company you do the shopping assignment for. We
will introduce you to the companies that hire you
to shop - but we will not be employing or paying
you. Since we will not be the ones paying you,
there is no way for us to deduct anything from
your pay. The registration fee is to cover our
administration costs and for the mystery shopping
provider service we provide.
safe to give my credit card information online?
Yes. No matter what rumors you may have heard -
it is much safer to give your credit card
information online than anywhere else. Unlike
going to a restaurant or giving your credit card
to a clerk in a store, where strangers see your
credit card number, authorization number and
expiration date - no one working at our company
or on this website will ever see your credit card
number or information.
All credit card information is encrypted and
privacy protected before transmission. For
maximum card security, all registration payments
are transmitted directly to the banking network
for immediate authorization. We do not store any
credit card numbers. This means the only persons
who will ever see your credit card number or
expiration date are you and your bank.
else do I need to know?
Everything you need to know about
getting started as a mystery shopper is covered
in our members website, but any additional
information you might need will be provided by
the company youll be shopping for.
soon can I start shopping?
Right away! Sign up now and you could be
than 9 million Mystery Shops were
conducted in 2016.
The Mystery Shopping industry had an
estimated value of nearly $800 million in
the United States alone in 2016.
Mystery shopping revenue by industry:
Dining (Fine/Casual): 35%
Auto Related: 8%
Double-digit industry growth between 2015
and 2016 is expected to see growth of up
to 15 percent or more in the Retail,
Restaurant and Financial Services
industries from 2017 to 2018.
Mystery shopping is conducted in almost
every industry, ranging from
quick-service and high-end restaurants,
hotels and resorts, banks and financial
service providers, apartments,
convenience stores, chain and specialty
retailers, home builders, self-storage
facilities, healthcare organizations and
Mystery shopping providers help
businesses design, implement and evaluate
mystery shopping programs, as well as
coordinate the assignment of mystery
shoppers to conduct shops.