When I was single and lived in Omaha, I used to do some jobs on the side as a mystery shopper. A mystery shopper goes into a retail store, restaurant, etc. and performs a customer service check and then files a report and is paid.
This summer I came across an advertisement for a company that finds mystery shops and store audits for you in your area and alerts you to these shops. They wanted to charge me $29.99 a month for this service, which I had no interest in paying. Then they contacted me and offered me the deal of $4.99 a month, then $2.99 a month and finally a month free. I jumped when they offered a trial membership free for a month. The first week I accepted two jobs. One job was to complete a mystery shop at a local retail store on Hunter Douglas window coverings. The job paid $40. I also completed another job at our local Walmart store doing an audit on the Great Value brand of frozen pizzas. The audit took me 20 minutes and I was paid $12.
I then started applying for other jobs in my area through this website and it has led me to other websites where I signed up to be a shopper for free. At the end of my free month, I cancelled my membership with the original company. No one should have to pay them to find a shop when so many companies offer the service for free.Another job that I applied for was to become a store merchandiser for Foster Grant. Once a month, I visit a store and check there stock of Foster Grant reading glasses and sunglasses. I spend one hour in the store checking stock, filling stock, dusting the fixture, etc. Then I am paid for my service by Foster Grant.
When I applied to complete the pizza audit, a representative with Advantage Marketing and Sales contacting me about becoming an employee for them and performing more jobs for them at my local Walmart store as they became available. I said sure and filled out the paperwork.Since the pizza audit, I have been contacted to put instant redeemable coupons on some Health and Beauty products, construct an endcap of Dial Soap products, and place a sidekick by the bikes. I have another three jobs scheduled to be completed in the next 2-3 weeks also at Walmart. Each time I spend 20 minutes to 90 minutes completing the task and then filing a report online to Advantage Marketing.
I have also completed another Hunter Douglas shop, checked a car dealership on customer service (received a fee plus was reimbursed for my oil change) and a few others.
I will not get rich completing these shops, but it is a little extra spending money. If we lived in a bigger city, the earning potential would be many times greater. But, these shops do not require a lot of time. I complete them in the morning before I go to work at school. The best part is getting a check in the mail! My previous retail experience is helping me earn a little extra money without having to actual work retail.