Friday, September 20, 2013

My Other Jobs

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.

Take care,


  1. Wow -- what a great idea!! You are such a hard worker! Have a fun weekend!

  2. What a great way to earn some extra spending money.

  3. This is awesome. I love extra money and this is why I do what I do. Not just my job for the photography company, but my Mom's Little Secrets. It all adds up!

  4. You go girl! That rocks! I have done some secret shopping too and it's fun! When you are professional shoppers like us, it's easy money!