The best way to make serious money is to fully immerse yourself in this industry. You can become certified, obtain a high shopper rating, be very loyal and consistent with chosen companies. But what if you want to make serious money but just do it casually? Here is how I used to do it.
When I lived in WI, I worked for a mystery company that specialized in timing MacDonald’s restaurants. Typically, the shopper pay was not very high. You would earn $10, and get reimbursed for the food. It’s not bad, but no one is getting rich. However, I noticed that shopper pay would be high for more remote locations, and higher during certain times of the month. I would keep at eye on these shops, and would strike when it got to be about $30. This company got to know me very well.
I made my best deal when I was able to negotiate a 3 shop deal around Christmas time. I had to shop three different MacDonalds, but I could map my route so that I could do it around the same time. I hit one MacDonalds for a late breakfast, and two for an early lunch. I made $150 for all three shops, and got a ton of free food. You have to always evaluate both the dine-in and a drive-thru with each shop. In case you’re wondering, I had to sample all the food. Let’s just say after the second cheeseburger, I wasn’t loving it 🙂 .
- Look for shops with remote locations
- Watch the shopper pay climb with looming due dates ( Holidays, and storm seasons are the best)
- Contact the mystery shopping company, and strike a deal
- Since time is money, see if you can group your mystery shops