Benefits of Mystery Shopping For Secret Shoppers
Written byJoseph Then
Mystery shoppers are people who are hired to scrutinize employees, products and customer services of any organization. The benefits that they get from mystery shopping are:
They enjoy doing a job that's fun and frolic.
Mystery shoppers shop because they enjoy doing that. Mystery shoppers visit not just the stores but the restaurants and hotels too. They are supposed to evaluate products like food, drinks, spa and gym. It's obvious that they have to use the products in order to assess them. They get their money that they had spent on eating, back. To top it all they get some bucks for doing this job. Quite often, they get free meals in restaurants and free stay in hotel suites. This is really "hitting two birds with one stone."
Acting attracts them
Acting gives them an all time high. They even get paid for it. What more could they ask for? They get to shop in the department stores with the hidden camera. They pretend to buy stuffs and simultaneously catch the persuasive talks of the salesmen on camera. Sometimes they even color their hair and shave their beard or mustache to mingle with the shoppers. They do such funny and adventurous things to conceal their identity.
They can get engaged in secret shopping at any point of time
Mystery shopping is open for people of all age and category like, retired persons, home makers or the professionals. The technological and economical developments have brought mystery shopping in forefront. Ex-employees of airlines, banks etc. too work for mystery shopping companies. This profession is good especially for those people who have been badly-placed in their full time jobs or are dissatisfied with their jobs. Mystery shopping is a good means of earning for such people. There are various mystery shopping companies that register people to be mystery shoppers, online. Some people get registered with 10 companies, whereas there are others who get registered with few that offer interesting jobs like cruising and visiting nightclubs.
They make good money
Different companies pay differently to the secret shoppers. Money earned, actually depends on the nature of the job. For example, a shopper can get somewhere near $8 for accomplishing small assignments like banks while for more sophisticated jobs they get $25 or more. The working efficiency of a person too determines his earnings as a mystery shopper. There are shoppers who make about $100 by working back-to-back in a day. A mystery shopper initially begins with as little as $5 per job. Hard work and sincerity enable him to earn hundreds of dollars a month and he grows as a professional. It is assumed that as mystery shopping gains popularity both mystery shoppers and the companies will make big money in the coming years.
The task is sometimes very simple and easy to accomplish
Sometimes these shoppers are required to do simple tasks of assessing the drive-in tellers. Secret shoppers observe their welcoming style, whether or not they chew gums and the time taken by them for delivery. This is why secret shoppers carry useful stuffs like stop or digital watch. Mystery shoppers answer some queries in the form provided to them by their employers at the end of their scrutiny. They send it back to the mystery shopping company and from there it is sent to the actual client.
Future prospects are good
As the mystery shopping business is growing, shoppers are always on their toes. They have to log-in on websites in time otherwise they might lose some opportunities, to shop, and their competitors might win. The scope for being a mystery shopper is vast as companies don't repeat a shopper for the same job at the same place. They always hire fresh faces. The craze for being a mystery shopper is such that some companies get calls very frequently from enthusiast who want to be mystery shoppers. Mystery shopping companies serve clients in many countries and employ about thousands of shoppers. This provides opportunities for large number of aspirants who look forward to work as secret shoppers.