I tell people not to pay for information about mystery shopping. So when I recommend a guide about mystery shopping, you can be sure that I actually think it’s worthwhile.
In other words, this post isn’t just me shilling for affiliate income. (Not just shilling, mind you.)
Kristin from Believe in a Budget has created The Ultimate Resource Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Mystery Shopping and Other Side Hustles. Which from now on will be referred to as The Ultimate Resource Guide so that my fingers don’t fall off.
I was a mystery shopper for around five years, and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable. But Kristin brought up some insights and strategies that I honestly hadn’t thought of. Maybe it’s because she’s been doing this for more than 15 years!
Since she’s been a mystery shopper for so long, she’s able to provide some valuable information for companies she has worked with.
For example, the best information I’ve found on free resources is the kind of shop a specific company offers. Kristin, on the other hand, has lists of some actual corporations that hire each company.
If I had known some of this stuff, I would have been targeting one or two of these places more. I definitely would have been more focused on one mystery shopping company if I’d known it did GameStop shops. Oh, well.
Just that information alone is pretty valuable, but as you may have gleaned from the title, the guide isn’t just about mystery shopping. Among other things, it covers panel studies.
I learned a lot and now regret not looking into this back in the day. I’m keeping it in mind now, but I have a lot on my plate. Still, finding out I can do them from home… It’s tempting.
In all, I found the guide pretty informative, and while I’m loath to pay for this kind of information normally, I actually do think that The Ultimate Resource Guide is worth the $39 price tag.
If you’re put off by the cost, understand that three low- to mid-range mystery shops will cover (if not exceed) that amount. A single panel study should more than pay for it, too.
Still not convinced? There are two more benefits that you need to know about.
First of all, you’ll get lifetime updates for free. That is, any time Kristin adds new information, you’ll get the same details without spending another dime.
Second, The Ultimate Resource Guide comes with a workbook to help keep your information in one place: logins, a calendar for scheduling, a place to list your favorite companies, an income tracker, etc.
Honestly, this will be superfluous to some, but I bet a fair number of people will end up finding it invaluable.
I think this is a great resource for people who are considering getting into side hustles or those just starting out. Then again, based on what I learned, even seasoned side hustlers will probably get their money’s worth.
Have you ever been a mystery shopper? If so, how did it go? If not, have you ever considered it?