The growth of the Internet has opened up many online entrepreneurial opportunities, creating much new employment and earning sources for all sorts of people. Among the many types of jobs created, some are home based, like being a freelance writer, designer or marketer for some website or company.
Being a secret shopper is another type of job that has become very popular over the past few years. This is someone who visits a retail store, shopping mall, movie theatre, restaurant, hotel, bank, electronics shop or any other commercial establishment. His/her primary job is to analyze the establishment on the parameters of customer service, cleanliness, product quality, friendliness of the staff and the overall shopping experience. One has to report his/her shopping observations to the company.
Being a secret (or ‘mystery’) shopper is a great opportunity not just for students and work at home moms, but for anyone who wants to have fun and earn extra money. Where else can you shop for free and even get paid for doing so?
There are secret shopping networks, individual stores and market research companies that hire mystery shoppers. Most of these companies can be found on the Internet. However, there are many who are mere frauds, especially those who try to charge you an application fee. Save your money and do your best to avoid the scammers.
Once you have found a legitimate company, you need to apply at their website and sign their application to be a confidential secret shopper. After being hired you will start receiving regular shopping assignments. You will usually be remunerated after the completion of the assignment.