If you are interested in legitimate mystery shopping companies, Second to None might be one to consider. This company has been around since 1989 and they are well known in the customer experience industry. Second to None provides a lot of different services, including mystery shopping, customer feedback, and brand compliance.
You can sign up as a mystery shopper for Second to None if you are from the US or Canada.
How much does mystery shopping for Second to None pay?
With mystery shopping, there usually isn't a flat rate that all shops pay. The exact amount will depend on the shop and how complex it is. You are typically paid a certain amount for actually doing the shop and then additionally paid back for what you spend during the shop if you were asked to purchase something. If you are doing a restaurant assignment, you'll be paid back for not only the meal, but also your tax and tip. You might occasionally receive bonuses for some of the shops you do.
Note that this money is not usually given to you upfront. You'll have to actually complete the shop and then turn in the report on the shop that you're asked to write. The report has to be accurate and very detailed, so make sure you follow whatever instructions you're given to a “T.” After you've done your shop and you've filed your report and had it approved, you will receive payment. If you receive a follow-up message from Second to None about any of the reports you submit, make sure you respond promptly. Sometimes they will need clarification on something you mentioned in your report. If you do not provide this, you will not get paid.
When and how does Second to None pay?
They pay once a month via either direct deposit to your bank account or with Paypal. If you choose to be paid with Paypal, there is a $1 fee they deduct from your earnings.
How do you claim assignments?
You'll receive an email if there is an assignment in your area, but you can also just log in to see if there are shops available. You may not get emailed about each and every opportunity, so it might be a good idea to log in often just to see what is there. You will have to be quick and claim the assignments that you want. You may have to take tests before you get approved for shops you claim.
Does it cost anything to sign up with Second to None?
Absolutely not. And just so you know, you should never ever pay to register with any mystery shopping company. A mystery shopping company that makes you pay a fee to sign up is a scam. You should also avoid like the plague any Western Union or check cashing requests that might come in from a so-called mystery shopping or secret shopper company. These are also scams.
What do people say about mystery shopping for Second to None?
You will see that there are positive and negative reviews. People who have been paid say that Second to None pays accurately and on time. People who are complaining it appears did not get paid because they messed something up on their reports or did not respond in time to the clarification requests.
Can this be a full-time job?
Probably not. Most people do mystery shopping as a side earner. It's a good way to get paid for doing something when you're out and about. However, the more mystery shopping companies you are registered with, the more shops you might get invited to do and the more you can earn. So I suppose it is possible that you might be able to turn it into more than just a side earner if you did it all the time.
Keep in mind that if you live in a very rural area without a lot of stores around you, you probably won't have as many shops available that you can do. And the ones that are available might require that you drive far away, and most likely you won't get reimbursed for gas.
How do you sign up as a shopper at Second to None?
Go here to get registered. Good luck, and please provide any feedback you have on the company below.
Want to learn more about mystery shopping in general?
For more detailed information, you can read The Mystery Shopper's Manual by Cathy Stucker, a woman who has successfully trained over 10,000 mystery shoppers.