Saturday, July 14, 2012
Just How Much Can You Earn?
The second mystery shopping question that I am consistently being asked (right after being queried, “Is this a scam or what?”) is with regards to how much money can be made via mystery shopping. Obviously this will depend on a variety of factors, including the following:
· Geographical Location
· Time Commitment
· Willingness To Travel
· Number Of Mystery Shopping Companies You JoinNow, keep in mind that very few people do this as a career. In fact, I am a freelance writer by trade and only mystery shop to supplement my income and get out of the house when writer’s block renders my mind a blank slate. To give you a very specific idea of my experience, following is a typical day, week, and month. I have pulled this information from my very detailed Mystery Shopping Log, which I have been diligent in maintaining since the very beginning of this adventure. Your results may vary, but I believe that I am a fairly average mystery shopper and you can likely expect very similar outcomes yourself.
May 2, 2012TOTAL: $48
This day I did five assignments, including a fast food lunch, hockey supply shop, two shipping companies, and a telephonic survey. The total time I spent mystery shopping on this day was approximately, 2-1/2 hours and that included drive time.
May 6, 2012 – May 12, 2012TOTAL: $256.55
During this week I did a total of 17 assignments. Some of these assignments included a plumbing supply shop, major home improvement store, a national resale shop, a clothing store and a great brunch with my family at a very popular and upscale location.
May 2012TOTAL: $1,000.30
I ended up doing a total of 69 shops this month. Some of these assignments (besides the aforementioned locations) included a local coffee shop, electronics store, smoothie shop, bowling alley, office supply store, movie theater, and an overnight stay at a five star resort.