Making money with a mystery shopping sidehustle
I started making money with a mystery shopping sidehustle in the second quarter of 2023. Here’s what I think of it.
Can you earn money with mystery shopping?
To be honest, I didn’t know how or where to start mystery shopping. What platforms to use and would they turn out to be scams or not? I had seen other finstagrammers like Helpsavemoney actively using mystery shopping as a fun sidehustle. So I wanted to try too!
I researched platforms with local mystery shopping gigs to find out if I could earn money or if it was just too hard to get into.
The fun mystery shopping gigs
One of my presumptions about mystery shopping was that it would be harder to get into than it actually was. I thought I might have to do “boring” tasks to get to the fun ones but really, there weren’t that many barriers of entry.
I found my first three mystery shopping gigs through a Danish platform and could only have one active task at any given time. The platform needed my information of course, but they also needed me to prove that I could perform the tasks according to the brief they sent out.
I went looking at kitchens, jewellery and had a call to make too. All quite decent tasks. In reality though, I am looking forward to jumping on one of the amusement park gigs as they are what I would love to do haha. Free adrenaline kicks and food? Sign me up!
3 months of mystery shopping
My verdict on mystery shopping as a sidehustle is that on the one platform I’m on, it’s only viable to take one task a month. There aren’t that many different gigs to sign up for every month, plus you might not be eligible for all of them. (Some tasks demand prior knowledge to a certain product).
I wouldn’t be able to scale very much, unless I also went for some of the tasks that don’t interest me very much or sound more time/effort consuming. I’ve only been taking the gigs I find to be low effort to me. Hopefully even more fun tasks will come my way soon!
One task a month isn’t very much. But I’ve made between $ 22 – $ 30 every month in Q2 of 2023. In my book, that’s a pretty alright little fun sidehustle to complement my other income sources. I typically don’t spend more than 15-30 minutes on each task either.
Will I keep mystery shopping as a sidehustle
I will most likely continue to do one mystery shopping task a month. Just to keep myself on my toes and to get that extra little $20-$30 in my account.
If you want to know more about my current income streams and how I make money online, feel free to check out my other blogposts!