Once your email has been approved, you’ll receive a link to the application page (the link expires within 48 hours).
You’ll have to fill out personal and demographic information, and write a sample essay with “a minimum of two full paragraphs describing your last casual or fine dining restaurant experience.” This essay will be partially used to determine your eligibility, so try to do a good job on this.
Submit and wait for a response.
BARE hires mystery shoppers to do in-person, internet, video visits or customer talk. In 2019, the company was awarded a Shopper’s Choice award from the MSPA.
This award is voted for by individuals who complete shopping jobs with mystery, and it indicates that BARE was one of their favorite companies to work for.
You will be able to mention five area codes in which you want to shop in mystery when you sign up to work for BARE. If you operate and live in various area codes and want to optimize your earnings, this is beneficial.
Fill out the Online Shopper Profile, including contact and demographic information such as gender, which languages you speak fluently, if you have camera access to do hidden video shops, and if you have airport security clearance.
If there’s a job in your area, Quest for Best will give you the info for the shop. If not, they’ll store your profile until a shopping opportunity is available for you.
8. Secret Shopper
Secret Shopper is a well-established business that lets consumers use mystery shoppers to collect data to better their companies.
They have been around since 1993, and with several awards, including the 2018 MSPA Elite title, they are very credible. Signing up is easy, and you choose your own hours.
Read and agree to their Shopper Basics rules and guidelines.
Complete the basic certification test that verifies that you read all the rules.
Fill out your personal information, such as your name, address, date of birth, etc.
After entering your personal information, you’ll receive your shopper ID and password. Use your ID and password to log in, then view and schedule available shops to complete.
BestMark is one of the leading companies for mystery shoppers and has been around since 1986. They are a member of the MSPA and sell restaurants, hotels, and resorts with 10,000-plus mystery shop assignments every month.
Based on the task that you want, the payment will differ.
How it works:
Click the “Sign Up Now” button on the right-hand side of their become a shopper page.
Fill in your basic personal information, demographic questions, work history, ethnicity, and create a password.
Read and agree to the independent contractor agreement, guidelines, and policies.
Once you submit this information, you’ll be able to see which in-person or phone/web mystery shopping gigs are available.
Be Careful of Mystery Shopping Scams
Only pick from a trusted list of mystery shopping companies
When searching for reputable mystery shopping companies, make sure you sign up for companies recommended by trusted sources.
Never wire money
If you are asked to deposit a check into your personal account by a mystery shopping company, withdraw the sum in cash, and wire it to a third party, do not do it. There is a fake check, and it is a scam.
The check through look like it has gone through and the money in your account has appeared, but it has not been officially cleared. A fake check will take bank weeks to uncover.
Once the fake check is discovered, for the amount you deposited and withdrew, you will possibly be held responsible for paying back the bank.
Play it safe and never pay someone you do not know if you’re going to wire the money back with a check.
Never pay to become a mystery shopper in advance
It is free to sign up for all the mystery-shopping companies mentioned above, and that is for a reason. If you ever encounter a mysterious shopping organization asking you to pay money to enter it, it is a scam.