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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Side Hustles 101 with MiMi: Side Hustles for Shopping Divas - Mystery Shopping Side Hustles

Get paid to Shop Shop Shop - One common side hustle is mystery shopping.  For those who love to shop, this is definitely a win win situation.  Mystery shopping is quality control measure tool used by marketing companies. Mystery shopping enables marketing companies to measure retail service or product quality. Mystery shoppers usually pose as normal customers and shop/dine/ask questions, and report their observations to the marketing company.

Mystery shopping is used for restaurants, movie theaters, retail shops and so much more. For those individuals who enjoy shopping, why not get paid to do what you love?  Get paid to be the secret eyes, mouth or ears for a varitey of businesses around the country. Pose as shopper to get feedback on customer service, professionalism, etc.

Mystery shoppers are compensated in various ways, depending on the business. Businesses may compensate with either a fixed fee or reimbursement, if the shopper paid initial expenses him/herself. Mystery shopping companies provide the shopper with payment/reimbursement information prior the first mystery shopping excursion.

There are several mystery shopping companies online. As with everything else, be smart and aware - there are scams everywhere!  Do your research.  If it sounds too good to be true, then you know the rest.  To learn more about mystery shopping, visit the Mystery Shopping Provider's Association (MSPA) at  As with everything else, maintain a good financial recording system (including payments, receipts, etc.) of everything for your personal files and the IRS, where applicable. 

Happy Mystery Shopping!!

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