How to Get Started in Mystery Shopping

How to start mystery shoppingLast week, ABC News aired a piece on mystery shopping. The short, informative piece started a flurry of activity and interest on line about mystery shopping.

So how do you start mystery shopping?

As stated in the video, it is going into the same establishments you already shop, bank and dine in. The difference in what you do when you visit these places as a mystery shopper is you are looking for specific things.

Mystery shoppers might need to notice if:

  • Items stocked correctly
  • Store representatives approach you to see if you need assistance
  • Additional products and services upsold to you
  • The timing between courses at a restaurant
  • Your transaction handled correctly

While there are no specific requirements to be a mystery shopper, there are certain skills you should have to be considered a good mystery shopper.

You need to have keen memory and observation skills. The ability to translate what you have seen and heard into an informative written report.  Time management and organizational abilities.

Each of these traits are behaviors or qualities that can be learned and improved upon as you get more comfortable with mystery shopping.

Places to Go to Start Mystery Shopping

We suggest that new mystery shoppers first take some time to look into the best of the mystery shopping companies. Find out which have shops in your area and fill out profiles to get into their databases.

Note that all companies may not have jobs now, but may in the future. Do your research and evaluate companies two to three times a year.

Start easy with telephone and web shops that you can do from your desk at home so to become familiar with the process. Never hesitate to reach out to others at the mystery shopping companies or at social media groups to ask questions and learn more about the industry.

Take this seriously, because you can make serious money. You are starting our own small home-based business!

Need more incentive? Here is a list of our top ten tips to help you get started in mystery shopping!

If you are already a well-seasoned mystery shopper, please share this article to help others learn about this great way to earn some extra cash!

If you liked this article and want more information to help you become a better mystery shopper join the Market Viewpoint community by clicking here.

Click here if you want to join Market Viewpoint’s team of mystery shoppers.

Do you know someone who would be a good mystery shopper? Please forward this post to them! You’ll be sharing the wealth and spreading happiness! And, after all, isn’t that what we all want?


About Market Viewpoint

Market Viewpoint offers comprehensive mystery shopping services, complete customer service audits, employee and customer surveys, customer focused marketing strategies, and customer service training to help you improve your customer service and outshine your competition.
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