Shopping for Students
great way to make extra money in your
Read this article written by
Katherine, a university student who is
also a mystery shopper.
Ive written many articles about
ways to make money while at school - when
you're too busy for a real job but need
some extra cash. In addition to paid-to
sites, paid research studies and the
other suggestions I've made - I'd like to
add one powerful new weapon to your
money-making arsenal: Mystery Shopping!
What is Mystery Shopping?
Mystery Shopping is a tool that companies
use to evaluate their performance from a
customer's perspective. A mystery shopper
goes into an establishment with a
situation provided by the company, in
order to evaluate what actually happens
to a real customer on an ordinary day.
They will evaluate everything from
customer service, to cleanliness, to
whether the correct signage is being
used. Then they report their findings
back to the company so that the company
can see where they need improvements.
If you've ever worked anywhere, you know
that the day the district managers come
to visit calls for a week of
deep-cleaning and everyone using their
best behavior to make it seem like that's
how things always are. Management caught
onto this awhile ago and got sneaky:
hence, mystery shopping.
As a mystery shopper, you are truly
getting paid to shop. Or eat. Or get your
brakes looked at. Or get a spray tan or
go to the movies or talk to someone. If
it sounds too good to be true, that's
because scammers have been giving mystery
shopping a bad reputation. While there
are some scams out there (usually
involving cashing cheques) - mystery
shopping is 100% real and legitimate and
there are hundreds of genuine companies
I was skeptical myself when I signed up
for a few mystery shopping companies last
summer and I decided not to report back
until I'd gotten paid from these
companies to prove that they were
actually legit. Several months later, I'm
here to tell you that they are real and
This is hands-down the best way for a
student to make extra cash. I've actually
resorted to mystery shopping as my
primary source of income last semester.
I'm in a small town, which means fewer
companies to shop, so I'm making about
$200 a month on average but when I was in
a big city this summer, I was making much
more than that.
If you live in a large city with a
mystery shopping company located in that
city (Toronto is a great example of this
- there are tons of mystery shopper jobs
in Toronto!) it is perfectly doable to
turn this into a steady part-time job. If
you're willing to travel for a shop, you
can potentially turn this into a
Some shops pay you just to go and talk to
someone, some shops require you to make a
purchase and then reimburse you later. So
far, I've mystery shopped at clothing
stores, car dealerships, fast food
restaurants, electronics stores, cell
phone stores and even a fitness centre.
It's fun, it's easy, and I end up making
more per hour than most of the jobs I've
had so far. Many companies pay via PayPal
or mailed cheque but I've also received
direct deposit income with no problems at
Tips for Students
Mystery Shopping requires role
You'll be given a situation to memorize
and you must stick to that situation and
make it seem convincing - this may
require making up additional details on
Mystery Shopping requires
attention to details.
This is excellent practice for students.
Details may include things like,
"How many seconds before you were
greeted? How many TVs were turned off in
the electronics department? Was there a
coffee machine in the waiting room? You
will need to be able to remember what
details youre looking for and
remember what you saw.
Mystery Shopping requires
Some shops must be completed at a certain
time and on a certain day - and all shops
require a report to be filled out and
submitted within 24 hours of completing a
shop. This is a real job so treat it as
Ready to become a Student Mystery
Sign up with a genuine Mystery Shopping
Provider and get set up with their
certified hiring companies. Select a
mystery shopping job that you find
interesting and pays well. Complete the
job, submit your report and get paid.
It's fun, it's easy and anyone can do it!
What are you waiting for? Go get paid to
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