A typical day as a mystery shopper...
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A typical day as a mystery shopper…

A letter from John Lewis, professional mystery shopper about his typical day…

Dear reader,

Hi everyone.  My name is John Lewis.  I began mystery shopping about 3 years ago when I was looking for ways to earn money from home after the birth of my third child, who was 2 months old at the time.  I was on maternity leave and dreading the return back to work, so I began researching work at home opportunities.  When I first heard about mystery shopping, I couldn’t believe that you could actually get paid to go shopping!  But I decided to give it a try, since I had nothing to lose.  And I’m so glad I did!  Mystery shopping has been so much fun and profitable for me.  I am able to bring my 3 year old son with me to all of my assignments, and earn anywhere from $10-$40 per hour depending on the job.  Plus I get a lot of our clothes, household products, and food for free.

Here’s what a typical day is like for me.

I start my day around 10:00 AM, after my older children have left for school and my toddler and I have enjoyed a nice breakfast.  I log onto the internet and check my email to see what kind of assignments are waiting for me.  I choose the ones I want, and then my son and I get ready for our day.

The first assignment is to evaluate a department store at the mall downtown.  When I get there I head straight for the children’s department, because Evan (my oldest child) needs a new pair of shoes.  As I enter the children’s department I am greeted with a friendly hello from the sales clerk.  I pick up a pair of shoes and pretend to look puzzled.  The sales clerk approaches me and asks if there’s anything she can help me with.  I ask her a few questions about the shoes and ask if she has them available in a size 13 1/2.

As the salesclerk goes to the back of the store to see if the shoes are available, I walk around the store a little.  I notice that there are quite a few shoes and shoe boxes lying on the floor, and make a mental note of this.  The clerk returns with my shoes, and asks if there’s anything else she can help me with.  I am ready to leave, so she rings up my purchase, and I am on my way.  Overall, she has been very helpful and friendly – although the store could use a little cleaning up. When I get to my car I grab a notebook out of my glove box and jot down my experience.

My next assignment is to evaluate a local grocery store.  When I get to the grocery store, I grab my weekly grocery list out of my day timer and go inside.  On my way in, I notice that somebody has spilled a coke on the floor near the entrance way and nobody has cleaned it up…I make a mental note of this.

For this job I am supposed to ask a sales clerk for help.  So, I approach an employee who is working on stocking canned goods on the shelve.  I ask if he could please tell me where I could find the toothpicks.  He is very friendly, and stops what he is doing to lead me to the correct aisle.  I thank him and continue my shopping, making a mental note of how helpful he was.

When I get to the produce aisle, I notice that the lettuce and tomatoes do not look fresh.  I also make a note of this.  I grab the last few items on my list and head to the checkout.  When I get to the line, a clerk rushes over and opens a register for me so that I do not have to wait.  She asks if I was able to locate all of my items okay, and makes friendly conversation as she rings up my items.  I take note on how courteous she is.

After the bagger is finished putting my groceries in bags, he offers to help me out to my car.  I gladly accept, it is nice to have a helping hand when you have a toddler with you!  He assists me in loading the bags into my trunk and takes the cart away.  When I get inside my car, I jot down notes of my experience and head home for the day.

Once home, I fill out my evaluation forms, noting my findings for the day.  I email them to the company I work for, and they send me a check for my time and items purchased.

If you think this sounds easy, you’re right.  This is definitely one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had to do.  Earning a full time income as a mystery shopper does take a lot of hard work, but using the tools provided by YourCompany.com makes finding new jobs and keeping organized a breeze.

Happy Shopping,

John Lewis
Proud mystery shopper in NY, USA.


This could be a typical day for you too!  When you become a member of any mystery shopping company, you will be given a step-by-step guide on how to get started in the exciting career of mystery shopping!

You’ll learn:

  • Exactly what to do to get started as a mystery shopper.
  • Where to find the best opportunities, starting immediately.
  • How to become a certified mystery shopper.
  • Exactly what to say in your telephone interviews and applications that will get you accepted immediately.
  • What to expect on your first mystery shopper assignment.
  • Tips & tricks on keeping organized so that you can get more accomplished and take on the most assignments.

In addition, you’ll receive the following valuable information:

  • Sample mystery shopper forms resume, and more.
  • A detailed checklist to help ensure your success.

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