Once you have the spending and budgeting under control, it is time to evaluate a way to earn extra income. Personally, with two young children, extra income is always a good thing and one way I earn extra income is to perform mystery/secret shops.
Where To Find It
Before we get in to mystery/secret shopping, the first place to look for extra income is your paycheck. If you are paid weekly, you receive 4 extra paychecks per year and if you are paid bi-weekly, you receive 2 extra paychecks per year. I explain how to use those extra paychecks here. Once that is covered, another option for earning extra income is by becoming a secret/mystery shopper.
What Is It
Mystery/Secret Shoppers typically, depending on the company, will go to an assigned business and perform some type of task. Some tasks are as simple as taking a couple of pictures or a involved as interacting with an employee for a detail retail scenario. These interactions can also be store audits where you identify yourself as an auditor and work together with the staff to complete the required assignment. I have tried a few companies and found some that consistently have work available and pay fairly.
What Is The Pay
On a recent weekend I performed six mystery shops that, in total, paid over $110. The pay is often reasonable for the task/assignment requested. My payments have ranged from $5 to $50 per job. Some jobs will reimburse you for up to a certain amount for purchases and will pay a commission. Other companies will just pay a straight amount for completing the job. It really depends on the company.
Where To Find Jobs
So, does this sound interesting to you? I’ll share three of the companies I have had the most success with.
- Gigwalk - These are app only based jobs and are some of the quickest jobs to complete and the pay is reasonable for what they require.
- Corporate Research International - These are more detailed shops and are some of the highest paying jobs available.
- BestMark (Affiliate Llink) These jobs are mainly free oil changes that also pay a generous commission for reporting your service experience.
These are the quickest and easiest ways I have found to make a little extra income.
Do you use these companies to earn extra income? Do you have another company you use for mystery shops?
Leave a comment below to share you experience.