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What is a Mystery Shopper?

May 21, 2008
While this business has been around for over 70 years, it is still widely unknown among many businesses and many consumers. If you are looking to become a mystery shopper, you will find the process relatively simple and easy to get started. The most important thing to take into consideration is to choose the most reputable company that is known for their client service and their overall shopper program.

Most mystery shoppers have a common goal; they work in a convert fashion to detect and deliver information to the company that hired them regarding a specific business's operation. There is an assignment given, detailed instructions and then the mystery shopper goes into the establishment to gather that information. This information is then presented back to the company in an aim to assist their marketing development.

The way in which you conduct mystery shopping is always the same; however the places you conduct it in differ greatly. This is especially the case if you sign up as a mystery shopper with a number of different companies. One assignment could involve visiting a restaurant while another could involve checking out a hospital. As a mystery shopper your work is dependent upon the different industries that need you the most. So you can never truly guarantee what type of work you will undergo.

Additionally, a mystery shopper will be reimbursed for his/her services in several ways. Typically, anything having to do with the hospitality field, such as hotels, restaurants, or fast-food places, would provide a reimbursement to a set figure. For example, you might be asked to shop a restaurant, which in return, would reimburse you for your meal up to $20 to $50, depending on the price of the menu items. However, many other shops will pay a flat fee. Keep in mind that some assignments provide the mystery shopper both, reimbursing for a service and/or product purchased, as well as a small fee.

In order to become a mystery shopper you will need to have a few certain qualities. These include being honest, being able to keep information confidential and you will also need integrity. Usually transportation is also required and you should speak English unless otherwise stated. As a mystery shopper you may also be required to have your own equipment such as a digital camera and a cell phone. However some companies will provide you with these if they are needed.

Overall you will need to have certain qualities in order to become a mystery shopper. Good communication skills and listening skills are also required. Being a mystery shopper is in a way similar to acting too. You should also be at least 18 years of age usually too.
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