Marketing agencies are getting paid fortunes by large brands to make sure they are represented properly in store. You can sign up to these agencies and get paid to complete “mystery shopping jobs” which mostly involve going into shops and buying things, or asking questions about the availability of items.

The mystery shopping jobs are posted online and the first person to select the assignment will get the job and have to complete it in a certain time frame. You can get the money back for the items you buy plus extra cash if you do everything the assignment asks (Yes that’s right, you get paid to go shopping!).

I’ve been mystery shopping for a few months now and the results have been a real mix. However, I have been paid for all assignments, which is always a good thing!

Market Force

The first company I joined is Market Force and this company provide me with regular assignments. I’ve had a few well paid jobs but mostly they are smaller fees with lots of free food, homeware, clothing & regular work!

They pay twice a month straight into your account. The reports are fairly long and you need to read the assignment notes carefully to ensure that you are paid.


The next company I have completed mystery shopping jobs for is Redwigwam. The pay is fantastic for mystery shopping and merchandising work and the jobs are really easy to complete.

I live in an area where the availability is low but I still manage one or two a week and the freebies are great! An extra bonus is they can pay within 24 hours and have a great variety of work available including mystery shopping, merchandising, bar & waiting temps and retail audits.

Bare International

Bare International is a family-owned business with ten offices worldwide, covering more than 50,000 evaluations monthly in 150 countries.

They use the SASSIE reporting system which in my experience makes writing evaluations a simple process. They have a good variety of clients which keeps the work interesting, and they also provide great shopper support. You can choose from three different methods to receive your shop fees: bank transfer, PayPal or if outside the EU, Western Union.

I will sign up to a few more agencies and post info as I go. Mystery shopping is definitely a good way to top up your monthly income and receive some freebies too. I was sceptical at first but the companies above are legitimate and you will get paid as long as you complete the reports accurately and in the time frames given.

I have found some great apps that hugely increase the earning potential when mystery shopping. These include Task Apps like Roamler, Be My Eye and Streetspotr.

Are you a mystery shopper? Do you have any questions about becoming one? Let me know in the comments below!

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