Mystery shopping can be a rewarding part-time job. You will be contributing information that will help company’s improve their customer service, and that helps everyone who shops! There’s no shortage of information on the Internet about how to become a Mystery Shopper, but you should beware: You should NEVER pay a fee to anyone to get information about doing this as your job or side job. Legitimate companies such as Customer Perspectives can be found easily.
When you do pursue a mystery shopping opportunity, as this article states, you must be honest about yourself and your background. You’ll need to provide a Social Security number and your earnings will be reported to the IRS.
The skills needed to become a mystery shopper include paying attention to details, being organized and having good record-keeping skills. You’ll be asked to take notes, most likely, as you seek to evaluate a business’s customer service quality, and those notes should be grammatically correct when written up in final form. You’ll probably do best if you leave your children at home during a mystery shop. You need to stay focused on the things you are sent to evaluate, so you won’t want any distractions. You must complete each assignment and follow your instructions carefully.