Mystery Shopping As A Side Hustle

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There are many times in life when a little extra spending money is needed. Personal purchases, business expenses or just opening a savings account are many ways to use that extra cash, however, it can often be hard to find ways of making it.

One of the easiest ways to add a side hustle to your life, no matter how busy it might already be, is by becoming a mystery shopper. Yes, you are probably quite skeptical, and you should be! There are lots of scammers out there just waiting to take advantage of anyone who wants to make a few easy extra dollars.

So we’ll start by saying this: if you are ever asked to pay a membership fee, or any other type of fee for that matter, you are dealing with a scammer. No legitimate mystery shop company will ever ask you to pay anything.

Mystery shops are carried out by people just like you, who work to make sure that companies are carrying on with day-to-day business as they should be. The companies that hire you to do so are very serious about good field agents and their vetting processes are all a little different.

Some mystery shops can be done from the comfort of your own home, by submitting emails or website queries and you can even mystery shop some businesses by phone. Others require you to actually visit an establishment in person, but who doesn’t like to shop?

A lot of companies will pay you a certain amount for conducting the shop plus an extra amount, agreed upon before the shop is done, for reimbursement of products they have asked you to purchase.

If you’re wondering how much money you can make doing this, well, that’s completely up to you. The more shops you accept, of course, the more money you will make. You are completely in control of your schedule with this side hustle!

If you would like to start your search for reputable companies to work for as a mystery shopper, you can start that search here.

Good luck!


  1. I have been mystery shopping for 20 years. When I first started, we called our reports in. So much has changed. I’ve been a single mom for 19 years. There have been times pay from mystery shopping got us through tough times. It’s fun to me!

  2. I have always wanted to do mystery shopping, but scared that I would get ripped off. Thanks for the info.

    1. Cheryl I just started up in New Mexico and have had great success with it as a part time side job. Check out the MSPA website (I won’t pay for the membership) and also for some good information and legit companies to work with.

  3. Thanks for the link! My mom was a mystery shopper when I was in middle school, and I went with her a few times. I remember it was really fun, and she let me spend the money, which made it even more fun! lol I can’t wait to see if there are some I can do here in my area:)

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