Working from home…it’s alot of stay at home wives and mother’s dream to be able to stay at home and still be able to make some money. In all honesty…there really isn’t very many jobs our there that can make you a good income while being at home. There are a few but not many. Even though I believe that financially it can make alot of sense to stay at home with or without having a work at home job(but that’s another topic for another day…)
However, there are some ways to make extra money at home and I have several posts lined up to help you make a little extra…from home! These are all going to be ways that I have personally tried, no guessing about jobs!
Today I want to talk about Mystery Shopping. I know there is a rumor out there that mystery shopping is a scam. That’s just not true. It’s also not true that you will get to shop for free all the time, however you will be able to get free things.
I signed up to start mystery shopping about 4 years ago, the only reason I no longer do it is because I don’t live in town anymore and don’t have easy access to stores. I enjoyed mystery shopping because it’s not difficult, doesn’t take very much time, and is something that you can do in your spare time.
Two good job boards to find mystery shopping jobs are Volition and JobSlinger. You can search for jobs in your area and if you aren’t signed up for the companies the jobs are with they will provide things to sign up with them.
A few good companies that I worked for that always seemed to have a good number of jobs are, Bestmark and Corporate Research International. Both companies pay decently and are very reputable. There are also many many mystery shopping companies that use the Sassie system and you can find most of those through the Job Slinger link above.
Once you get signed up with companies (and I recommend getting a different email address and signing up with ALOT of companies) they will send you jobs when they become available. Mystery Shopping jobs can be anything from checking out a convince store at a gas station to getting paid to stay at a hotel. And yes, those jobs really are available. I’ve gotten paid to buy clothing, paid to stay at hotels, paid for gas, and more. Some companies not only have mystery shopping type jobs but they also have auditing jobs. I worked as an audited for several years through a company and even though the job was only every other month, the extra pay was great and it was only a few hours for a day or 2.
Altogether, I probably made a few hundred dollars each month with mystery shopping. It’s not going to make you rich and it’s not going to pay for everything but it’s a nice little extra. Something to remember also is that mystery shopping is a 2 part job, you will have to do the shop part of the job (the fun part) and then come home to do some data entry about the job. So it does take a little time, but it’s an easy way to get a little extra here and there in your spare time!