If you are new to mystery shopping, you are probably wondering how you can get started in a fun and exciting career as a mystery shopper. What skills do you need? Where do you apply for a job? Do you need any equipment? These questions and others are probably running through your mind. Here’s what you need to know to get started mystery shopping.
Who Can Be A Mystery Shopper – There are very few requirements to be a mystery shopper, so just about everyone can give the job a try. The job entails visiting stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and other venues and fulfilling certain requirements at each location. Then you have to return home to complete a report on the computer. A good mystery shopper needs to have an eye for detail to fulfill the on-site requirements. They also need to be able to report on their observations in a way that is impartial and fair. Mystery shoppers should be able to complete the reports in complete sentences with good grammar and spelling. If you think you fit the bill for all of these requirements, you may be an excellent candidate for being a mystery shopper.
Where To Look For Jobs – There are many places you can look for mystery shopping jobs. But there are also many scam artists out there who prey on newbie mystery shoppers and try to cheat them out of money. You never have to pay to get a list of mystery shopping providers, and you don’t need to pay to take classes to be a mystery shopper either. There are some legitimate certification courses mystery shoppers can take, but these are in no way required to do the job. Check out jobslinger.com and mysteryshop.org for a first step in finding providers. Most providers will require you to provide some personal information before you can view their job boards, but this will not be any more information than you would need to apply for any other type of job. Some providers may also require you to take a short writing test to prove your reporting skills.
What Equipment Do You Need – As a mystery shopper, you will be working out of your house. So it’s ideal if you have a dedicated home office space. Even this isn’t required, but if you plan to do some serious mystery shopping, you will need to dedicate some space for your paperwork. Every mystery shopper should be able to access the internet to search the job boards online and find jobs. The internet is also needed for completing your reports online. Mystery shoppers usually need access to a printer, and either a fax machine or a scanner so they can get copies of their purchase receipts to the providers. Finally, you should have a watch and a phone. If you have a digital camera and a video camera, you will open yourself up to being able to complete additional assignments that require these devices.
Getting started as a mystery shopper is really pretty easy. If you put some effort into signing up for a few providers, you can be completing your first assignment in a matter of days!