How to Become a Mystery Shopper

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I absolutely love mystery shopping! I’ve been paid to eat at my favourite restaurants, shop at my favourite retailers and get paid to buy my favourite moisturiser! You do have to be aware that their is (a little) work involved; usually in the form of a quick review! Here are the mystery shopping sites that I use (and have been paid by):

Mystery Shopping with Market Force

Market Force mystery Shopping

Sign up to Market ForceYou’ll need to pass a basic grammar and spelling test – this takes around 10 minutes. When you do sign up to a task make sure to read through the task notes. This step is really important to ensure that you get paid! You usually need to have completed the feedback form the same day/within 24 hours.

Make sure that your payment details are correct. You can expect to be paid no later than 5 days after the next payment date (the 25th of the month). Market Force are particularly good at efficient payment (straight into your bank), and they also offer great support if you get stuck during your task!

Check regularly for new tasks as the good ones get taken quickly! I’m usually paid between £10-£30 for a mystery shopping assignment with Market Force.

Here’s all the free food that I’ve got through mystery shopping with Market Force so far:

Want more free food? You should read my free* food blog post!

Mystery Shopping with Retail Active

I haven’t had as much experience with Retail Active but depending on your location this one may be worth signing up to too. The average shopping tasks pays between £3-£10 but I’ve seen in demand tasks pay up to £60! 

Retail active also have an App called ‘Mobi Audit’ that you can use for picking up visits and completing reports on the go.

Mystery Shopping with BeMyEye

If you’re wanting to earn an extra bit of money while you have a spare 5 minutes BeMyEye is the one for you!

BeMyEye is an app on your phone (meaning that you need a working smartphone to sign up for this one). Also often with BeMyEye you don’t have to buy anything – you just head into a shop, take a few pictures of a display and give your opinion on it! Easy! I’ve had tasks in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis and I’m usually paid £3-£10 for 5 minutes work!

Mystery Shopping with Field Agent

Field Agent Mystery Shopping

Field Agent is an audit service in the UK (and worldwide) that collects data for clients using the Field Agent app (available for both iPhone and Android users). When a new job comes up Field Agent broadcasts the task via the app for agents (you) to complete in exchange for payment. Typically tasks include simply taking a photo or video, counting items on a shelf, checking a price or filling in a survey.

Most tasks pay around £5, are pretty simple and take between 5-10 minutes to complete. I earned £15 within the first day of downloading this app so I would 100% recommend!

Mystery Shopping with StreetBees

Streetbees logo

Streetbees is an app (available on both Android and iOS) which pays you to complete the odd surveys and tasks. You’ll notice when you sign up that their are a lot of unpaid screener tasks; sometimes you have to do these before you’re invited to the paid ones! Most of the paid tasks will reward you with £1, however, you can make up to £10 in some cases. The payout system is very quick and through PayPal (once it has been verified).

To give it a go click on the link below and enter referral code 7833GV.

Video Reviews with Voxpopme

Voxpopme isn’t really ‘mystery shopping‘ but it is a review sharing app that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Voxpopme will ask for your opinion on a brand/retailer/topic and then you have 15 seconds to a minute to give your response. The only catch is that you have to record yourself while you give your opinion – so if you’re fine with that this could be a winner for you! 

You’re usually rewarded 25p per recording but there are the odd opportunities to earn £5 or £10. You’ll also need PayPal to cash out!

Disclaimer: if you’re looking to become mega rich, mystery shopping is not the answer! If you’re looking for something to do in your spare time (meals/days out) then mystery shopping is awesome! Anything you earn from Mystery Shopping is your responsibility to declare for tax purposes.


Lynn James · July 22, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Helpful post clearly explaining mysteryshopping

Regina Gonzalez · July 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm

How interesting I didn’t know anything like this was a thing. Thanks for sharing. #Alittlebitofeverything link up

Claire · July 26, 2018 at 11:10 am

Mystery shopping really interests me… I’m in the shops enough anyway! Thanks for all the advice <3

justnatonya · July 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm

I never knew about mystery shopping, appreciate you taking time to explore this topic for us.

Peachy · July 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

Very informative. Great post. #Alittlebitofeverything

Lauretta Wright · August 3, 2018 at 10:13 am

I’ve tried mystery shopping before but I’m only registered with one site, so it’s great to see there are lots of different options out there to try. Really helpful! Popping over from #SnappedUp

Malou's Figments · August 9, 2018 at 10:32 am

I might try something like this out sometimes! This post is very insightful and helpful, thank you 🙂

Lisa Rachel · August 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

This is a really informative post. I once considered becoming a mystery shopper because I used to work for a high street retailer that got mystery shopped, so always thought it looked fun. The problem was that it seemed very complicated but you’ve made it seem really straight forward, thanks! 😊

Su {Ethan&Evelyn} (@ethannevelyn) · August 14, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for all the great tips, I hadn’t quite realised what was involved in being a mystery shopper. #SnappedUp

Jennifer Williams · August 17, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Excellent post! I was a mystery shopper and it was so much fun…and the extra cash wasn’t bad either ☺️

olliviette · September 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

I just got a dining assignment with a company that I had signed up with ages ago and was wondering should I start doing these as a way to make a pound or two and have new experiences. The dining experiences seem to pay from 5 up to 20 sometimes. We’ll see!

Casi Mott · September 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Ive heard of this but never looked into it. Great post and I will definitely be exploring it!

Peanuts & Cacahuetes · October 4, 2018 at 11:24 am

I always wondered if it was worth it to do mystery shopping but it seems like it can actually help you to get some money! Noted! I will try to give it a try soon (when my life is calmer haha)
Thanks for sharing!

Faith A. @ Much More With Less · October 28, 2018 at 8:33 am

Wow I never realised there were so many options for mystery shopping, thanks for the round up!

Nicola Tax Consulting · November 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm

I like the idea of the £60 budget I always thought it would be fun I wonder if i could act the part thats my only fear 🙂

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