A letter from John Lewis, professional mystery shopper about his typical day…
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.
Proud mystery shopper in NY, USA.
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