Who is a Mystery Shopper?
A mystery shopper is responsible for visiting an establishment, typically a retail store, restaurant, bank or any other establishment where the public does business, for the purpose of observing and assessing the standard operating procedures being followed by the staff. It also includes measuring product quality, customer-service and the overall environment of the business is following the benchmarks set by the company. Most retail establishments and restaurants have been paying mystery shoppers for their review since more than a decade. Most mystery shoppers are usually university students looking to earn few extra bucks. It’s convenient, quick and a fairly easy process to mystery shop and earn. Let’s look at the 5 avenues where students can earn money through mystery shopping.
Students don’t have to really purchase anything in this kind of mystery shopping. However, they would still be required to do some snooping around. A typical tasking app would involve being asked to visit an establishment, like a supermarket or a dollar store and instead of making any purchase you would have to snoop around. You would be provided with a few questions like how many apparels are on each shelf, where are the standees placed in the store, is there someone who greets you upon entering the store, etcetera.
You don’t even have to visit any store for this kind of mystery shopping. All you have to do is sign-up for having some brochures and catalogues sent to your home address through postal or courier services. You have to see how much time it takes to reach your address and in what state they are when delivered to you.
Mystery Calls (Mystery Shopping on Phone):
Preferred by most mystery shoppers, this kind of mystery shopping doesn’t involve going to any establishment or subscribing and product. You have to call the respective establishment via phone and make some general enquiries related to product information, service related information etcetera. You will have to record and assess these conversations and submit a report.
E-mail Mystery Shopping:
Again, a mystery shopping job that appeals to most university students looking for part-time income. You have to visit an online store and review the user interface. You might also be asked to purchase something from the online store and assess how responsive their support team is or how prompt is the delivery.
Beware of this one! Most online survey jobs are either scam or pay really low for a time consuming survey. Legitimate online surveys include filling in surveys to review a product, service or would simply ask you for your preference for consumer research.
Apart from the mentioned, there are other mystery shopping gigs that pay for reviews and tasks. Subscribe our blog for more updates on how you can ease your student-debt burden without having to ask for a loan.