So, you want
to be a mystery shopper. What next?
Congratulations on making the decision to become a
Mystery Shopper! Here are some helpful tips to get you
started off on the right foot.
1. Get Equipped. Mystery shoppers are independent
contractors who shop for one or more Mystery Shopping
Provider Companies. As an independent contractor, you are
responsible for providing your own equipment. While the
equipment you need may vary upon the specific job you are
doing, in general you will need access to a computer with
an internet connection, reliable transportation, and a
timepiece such as a cell phone with a stopwatch feature
or a watch with a second hand.
2. Get Organized. You will need a system to keep your
jobs organized. Keeping a schedule with all your jobs and
files for each mystery shopping company is a great idea.
Use what works for you. Many people have scheduling
software on their computers, tablets, or cell phones,
others are more comfortable with calendars and paper
3. Get Connected. You can sign up to be shoppers online
at the website of many mystery shopping companies.
Shoppers who are members of the Mystery Shopping
Providers Association have access to the names of more
than 300 legitimate member companies.
4. Get Assignments. Once youve signed up to be a
shopper for a mystery shopping company, check their job
boards to see what jobs are available. Most companies
will send out e-mails to shoppers in the area of new
shops that are posted but you can also go online to
search. If you have questions on how to apply for a shop,
you may contact a scheduler with the company.
5. Get Familiar. When youve been assigned a shop,
get familiar with the shop guidelines. It is important to
follow the directions exactly so that your report will be
accepted. Clients and Mystery Shop Provider Companies
spend a lot of time outlining exactly what must be done
on each shop. Knowing the shop guidelines can ensure you
do everything correctly. If you have questions, contact
your scheduler or the editing department.
6. Get It Done. Be careful to complete the shop during
the correct timeframe on the scheduled day and at the
location specified in your assignment. Mystery Shopping
Companies track shopper reliability, and you are more
likely to get an assignment if your scheduler knows she
can count on you to get the job done correctly.
7. Get It Submitted. Your shop guidelines will specify
when your report is due. In most cases, it is within
12-24 hours of a shops completion. It is best to
get the report in as soon as possible after the shop,
while all the details are fresh in your mind.
8. Get Paid. Shopping companies usually specify what the
wait period is to be paid. Most companies will pay their
shoppers within 30 days.
9. Get Started! Join Mystery
Shoppers America today. We are actively looking for new shoppers