I watched an episode on the Katie Show about a month ago about how a girl paid for her student loans by doing mystery shopping. So I thought there had to be a catch, right? So I did a little research and found MSPA North America. I have never enjoyed something so much. My first few shops were perfect. I was beginning to wonder if I wasn’t going to have a “bad shop”. Maybe I was too lenient. Then it happened, I had my first bad shop and to top it off it was the store manager of the place I had to rate poorly. Overall it has been so much fun. I joined an agency where I shop places of entertainment and Robert and I get to enjoy fun things while I make money doing something we would do anyway. Another nice thing about doing these is I can do them when I travel too. I am loving it but i need to find a way to balance everything in my life. That is the tricky part.
There are easy shops that can be done from home that are only a quick phone call or a web evaluation. The ones from the house pay between $4.00 – $6.00 for 5 minutes of my time. Most of the surveys are quick. I have learned that the shops that pay the most generally have the longest and most detailed surveys with a bunch of narratives. I did a big one that required a 7 hour evaluation and the survey took about 6 hours to complete the pay was about $115 for my time and 4 free tickets to return in the future. That is awesome because now we have 2 free family trips there. AMAZING. Most of the shops break down to about $0.50 per minute (or $30.00/hour). Not a bad way to bring in a little extra cash.
If you’re interested in doing mystery shopping in your area: